While some might enjoy planning each activity, restaurant and hotel for their getaway, it can be nice to have everything done and booked for you. That’s what the team at Enjoy Whistler set out to do – you tell them what kind of break you want from the city and they’ll have everything planned for you… just show up!
Enjoy Whistler has carefully designed several Whistler City-Break packages of awesome experiences at incredible values. If you’re looking for something a little more custom, their vacation planners can also tailor your package to include exactly what you want from airfare, ground transportation, activities, restaurants, ski tickets and lessons and more. Some of the packages include:
- Sex and the City: Perfect for a girls getaway that includes three nights at the Four Seasons, Floatplane Charter to Whistler, Day Pass to Scandinave Spa, Four Seasons Signature Massage and Finer Things Dinner Tour. (starting at $1,025 per person)
- Gourmand & Gourmet: Perfect for the foodies, which includes three nights at the Summit Lodge & Spa, Finer Things Dinner Tour (four courses) and Vodka Tasting at Bearfoot Bistro. (starting at $338 per person)
- Zen & Tranquility: Perfect for those looking for a quiet, relaxing few days with three nights at the Lost Lake Lodge, Day Pass to Scandinave Spa and PEAK2PEAK pass. (starting at $290 per person)
Some of the activities, places to stay and restaurants you’ll find included in Enjoy Whistler’s packages:
Relax: Scandinave Spa
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This might just be one of the most relaxing things you’ll ever do. Not your typical spa, Scandinave is hidden in the mountains where you’ll get the ultimate Scandinavian baths experience, which are widely recognized for their hydrotherapy energizing and relaxing effects. All you need is a few hours, or the entire day, going back and forth between hot (saunas, steam baths, hot baths), cold (showers, cold plunges) and relaxing in the solarium.
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You’ll also experience silence at Scandinave, something the Spa believes is essential to the experience, leading you to complete relaxation.
Just steps away from the Village and Whistler Mountain’s chairlifts is the award-winning Hilton. While one of the oldest resort hotels in Whistler, you wouldn’t know it as the resort recently underwent a $52-million renovation in 2005 and boasts some of the largest and most elegant rooms in Whistler, which are designed with mountain-style and indigenous art. Some of the resort’s rooms even have wood-burning fireplaces, which are not just for decoration!
If you don’t want to venture out into the cold, you’ll be able to transport your senses to the exotic islands of Indonesia at the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, the only authentic Javanese spa in North America.
You’ll leave feeling renewed and refreshed from the spa and can follow it up by exploring the Pacific Northwest at the Cinnamon Bear Grille, where creations are prepared fresh daily with their innovative menu combining the finest and most decadent ingredients available.
Thought by many to be one of the best restaurants in Whistler, Araxi certainly will not disappoint. Located right in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi presents Pacific Northwest and features a raw bar with sashimi and sushi. Their philosophy is defined by high quality and the promise of creative flavours, aromas and textures, along with the commitment to local ingredients, all delivered by Executive Chef James Walt.
Araxi is also home to 2013 Sommelier of the Year, Samantha Rahn, who sources exciting, value-driven wines to complement the restaurant’s highly acclaimed 11,000 bottle library. As the winner of the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s illustrious title, Rahn also got to create and bottle her own wine, “Samantha,” a 2013 Cerquiera Vineyard Syrah from B.C.’s Okanagan Valley – medium and robust, layered and complex with fruity notes and a hint of spice.
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You can’t go to Whistler and miss out on the PEAK2PEAK, which is definitely not your average gondola ride. Travel up the longest and highest lift in the world and you’ll be able to take in all the sights – from the volcanic peaks to coastal rainforest. Once at the top, leave the cabin and you’ll find walking trails, mountaintop restaurants, wildlife viewing and indoor interpretation displays ready for discovery.
Taste: Whistler Tasting Tours
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With so many great dining options, you might want to consider a tasting tour to try a handful of restaurants at once! Whistler Tasting Tours offers diners multiple tours to choose from: Finer Things (four top restaurants for dinner), Hidden Gems (four local restaurants for dinner), Dessert Tour (six delicious stops in one night) and Lunch Tour (six stops in one afternoon). Regardless of your taste, a dining tour will surely have something to satisfy everyone in your group.
If you’re looking to catch a break from the city and venture out into the mountains, book your getaway with Enjoy Whistler, a great hassle-free alternative with packages to save you time and money.
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