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A Luxury Guide to Whistler
Tell us a little about yourself and tell us why you’re an expert on luxury travel in Whistler.
Hi I’m Aimee and I’ve been living abroad for the past five years – firstly In San Franciso, then in Sydney and finally in Whistler. But, I’m an Irish girl true and true having been raised in the beautiful Emerald Isle. I love to travel and this past year I undertook the impressive feat of travelling to 16 countries in a year. It was and still is the best thing I’ve ever done. Anyway, enough about me, let’s move on to the scenic town of Whistler nestled in the mountains of British Columbia. I have lived here since May of this year and honestly it’s the prettiest place I’ve ever called home. There are hundreds of reasons why you should make Whistler your next luxury travel destination.
What makes Whistler a perfect destination for travelers seeking a glamorous trip?
Whistler is picture-perfect, it’s one of those places that has you saying ‘wow’ every 10 steps. It’s renowned the world over for its skiing, but for me there’s so much more to Whistler. From luxury hotels back-dropped by snow-capped mountains to some of the best restaurants in the world – Whistler has everything you could ask for of a luxury travel destination.
What 5 star hotel is the best in Whistler?
The Four Seasons located in Whistler’s upper village provides an epic panorama of Blackcomb Mountain. Inside the hotel massive open fireplaces welcome you with open arms and the rooms although luxurious provide a home away from home experience.
What about boutique hotels in Whistler, of them all, which would you send your friends or family to stay at?
Nita Lake Lodge is considered one of the best hotels in the Whistler area. Built on the serene Nita Lake and a 5 minute drive from Whistler village – Nita Lake provides the tranquil and luxurious experience that most tourists to Whistler are looking for.
Are there any fun activities for the adventurous traveler in Whistler?
Lots. Whistler has everythng from dog-sledding the nearby Callaghan Valley, a wine tasting tour of Whistler village and surrounding areas and heli skiing over Whistler Blackcomb Mountain. All once-in-a-lifetime experiences, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Where are the best hang outs during the day in Whistler?
In the summer a walk to Lost Lake is a must-see. A beautiful nature trail that offers a true Pacific Northwest nature experience. Sit on the banks of the lake and take in the magnificent views or if you’re feeling brave take a swim in its refreshing waters. The best cafe in my opinion is Camp Coffee & Lifestyle Co. in Function Junction – fantastic coffee in a modern lifestyle store.
If you have a big date night, what are the most delicious restaurants in Whistler and what are their best dishes?
My number one choice is Rimrock Cafe near Creekside Village. It is continually ranked as the top restaurant in Whistler, it provides both a unique dining experience and the best fish dishes’ in all of British Columbia, in my opinion. A close second is Araxi in Whistler village which has some very innovative dishes including
Quebec Rabbit dish (which is my personal favourite) . Also, worth a mention is Bearfoot Bistro with its famed wine cellar – it has one of the most extensive wine cellars in all of Canada. Their butter poached Atlantic Salmon is amzing.
Let’s talk desserts in Whistler- what place makes the best?
Purebread is famous in Whistler. You won’t miss it, as there is usually a long winding queue out this small Cafe’s door. Their tantalising display of sweets has everything from Sticky Toffee Pudding to Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie. Pure mouth-watering bliss.
What are a couple of the best salons and spas in Whistler?
Scandinave Spa allows you to relax in the heart of nature. A nordic-inspired 20,000 square foot outdoor spa surrounded by cedar trees. Soak in the outdoor hot tub and experience the beautiful vista of Whistlers natural beauty.
Time for a great sunset view in Whistler… where would you go?
Lost Lake, in particular the huge pier along the right-side of the lake is an amazing setting to catch the sunset over Whistler Mountain.
Now that the sun’s gone down, fill us on the best places to go for some evening drinks or a great pre-gaming spot.
Bar Oso offers a profusion of Spanish-influenced small plates and fantastic cocktails in a cosy yet sophisticated environment. With 20,000 plus wine bottles, Bearfoot Bistro’s wine cellar is a must-see, you can also try your hand at sabering a bottle of champagne.
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Aimee is an events professional and travel blogger from Ireland, now living in Whistler. With a background in journalism and a passion for offering travelling advice and photography on her blog Snap Happy Travels. Don’t forget you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
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