This luxurious seaside boutique resort property sits right at the heart of one of Canada’s toniest neighborhoods. Oak Bay is known for its genteel British heritage, not to mention its many Tudor-style mansions, a charming boutique-filled village, two marinas, three golf courses, and all the accouterments of a life well lived. The hotel itself is a key part of that community. It’s been owned by the same family since it first opened in 1927 and was completely rebuilt, restored, and reopened in 2012. Although the hotel is almost entirely new, many features of the original have been retained, and the feel is of a grand old manor that has been lovingly maintained. The attention to detail here is meticulous, from the luxe sheets to the perfectly soundproofed walls. All the rooms have either an ocean or residential view, fireplace, spa-inspired bathroom, kitchenette, and oversize windows. The hotel is home to The Snug Pub, a newly renovated homage to Victoria’s first pub, with the original beams and customers’ pint mugs, as well as the gorgeous gourmet dining room, cozy Kate’s Café, and even special dinner-theater programs. Plus your stay gets you access to the mineral pools that overlook the ocean. Should you need further relaxation after a tough day on a nearby golf course, the Boathouse Spa offers nurturing treatments with a stunning view.
- Frommer's Staff