We may know Vancouver like the back of our hand, but beyond the city lights, there’s so much to discover and explore in the surrounding areas and never enough time. So when we chose Victoria for a recent weekend away, much to our surprise and delight, we’d never heard of our hotel prior to this stay – making the impulse staycation all the more exciting. And if you hadn’t heard of Oak Bay Beach Hotel yet either, the cat’s out of the bag now, you’d better get those booking fingers on the ready.

Originally built in 1927, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was completely renovated in recent years, garnering consistent top-tier accolades (Top Luxury Hotels in Canada, Top Hotels in Canada, and Most Romantic Hotels in Canada by visitors on TripAdvisor.)  And it’s easy to see why. The main foyer opens to reveal stunning waterfront views, beautiful architecture, elegant event facilities, and three different dining options with modern west coast menus.

And that’s just for starters. The immaculate garden terrace overlook a resort-like pool area featuring full spa amenities, eucalyptus steam room, and private hot mineral pools (heated year-round) set against the gorgeous waterview backdrop. The icing on the cake? There’s a full-service bar poolside with a menu that speaks to a west coast-meets-beach-vacation appetite. We blissfully sipped watermelon mojitos and white wine all day long. Oh wait, did we mention that the pools are open til midnight, and the mineral baths are adults-only (16 years and older) from 6am – 8am and 10pm to midnight daily.

Those with a taste (and wallet) for this lux lifestyle on a more permanent basis can invest in one of the upscale private residences on the premises. While that may not be in our cards in the foreseeable future, we are ready to start planning our next getaway here.

Giveaway time: Another Day in Paradise

Oak Bay Beach Hotel is our most recent pick for a slice of paradise. Next time, we’ll be posted up by the pool lounging on one of these gorgeous towels, a collab project by Vancouver-grown brands Slowtide and Explorer’s Press. You can check out this video to see EP owner and creator Brendan Megannety’s take on inspiration, hardship, and the definition of paradise. Because we’re such fans of both these brands, we’ve partnered up with Explorer’s Press to give you the chance to win one of these exclusive premium towels! To enter, comment with your favourite place you like to call paradise – bonus points for keeping it local – we want to keep exploring beautiful BC!

Good luck, everyone!

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