Vancouver is one of our newest destinations, and if the beautiful west coast Canadian city is calling your name this summer, you’re in luck.
Not only does Vancouver burst into life each year with a series of unmissable summer events, right now a range of city hotels are offering carefully curated city break packages which include accommodation and one-of-a-kind experiences based on four different themes – culinary, cultural, spa and adventure. We’ve picked out a selection of our favourites below…
Spa: The Shangri-La
Shangri-La Vancouver is located in the heart of downtown within the tallest building in British Columbia. The three night 'Indulge in Vancouver' spa package includes two 80 minute West Coast Spa treatments at CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La, a post-treatment Spa Cuisine lunch for two, afternoon tea for two at Xi-Shi lounge during your stay, and complimentary late checkout.
Shangri-La Vancouver, 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. Packages start at CAD$945 (around £605). More information on this spa package.
Adventure: The Fairmont Waterfront
With one of the best locations in Vancouver, the five-star Fairmont Waterfront looks out over the harbour from floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. The 'Uniquely Vancouver' three day getaway includes access to the Gold Lounge and outdoor terrace for the duration of your stay, a bottle of wine from British Columbia's Okanagan wine country, dinner for two in Herons West Coast Kitchen and the chance to attend a Bee Demonstration to learn about the hotel's own rooftop honeybee apiary.
But we're really here for the adventure - the package also includes a scenic helicopter flight tour over Vancouver, complimentary use of the hotel's BMW bikes to explore along the Stanley Park Seawall, private return transfers to Grouse Mountain and your own private picnic lunch at the top, with a pair of gondola tickets thrown in too.
Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver, 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, B.C. Packages start at CAD$2,399 (around £1,540). More information on this adventure package.
Culinary: Metropolitan Hotel
Downtown's Metropolitan Hotel is renowned for being the home to some of Vancouver's finest cuisine at its Diva at the Met restaurant. As part of this three night package you'll sleep in a luxury suite and experience one of Chef Hamid Salimian's exquisite seven-course tasting menus with wine pairing, featuring rare European vintages and fine examples of British Columbia's top producers, including Burrowing Owl and Blue Mountain.
Metropolitan Hotel, 645 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. Packages start at CAD$799 (around £512). More information on this culinary package.
Cultural: The Listel Hotel
Elegant and artistic, the boutique Listel Hotel on trendy Robson Street is offering a 'Gawk, Gather, Graze' package which includes three nights in a BC or Artist Series Suite, a private guided tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Bill Reid Gallery - which features the work of British Columbia's pre-eminent First Nation's artist - and the Museum of Anthropology; the world's largest collection of Northwest Coast art. You'll also receive a copy of 'Vancouver Stories' featuring the fiction of 12 highly acclaimed authors, and a 15% discount in the Vancouver Art Gallery's store.
The Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. Packages start at CAD$999 (around £640). More information on this cultural package.
Virgin Atlantic operates seasonal, direct flights to Vancouver from London Heathrow.
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About the author: MaxineMaxine Sheppard
Maxine is the editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.