Living in the Lap of Luxury in Whistler, BC
Many travellers plan a Whistler getaway for one of two reasons. Either they’re seeking big mountain adventures, or respite and reconnection with nature. But there is a luxury side to Whistler, too. If it’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation that you’re after, consider Whistler for your five star escape.
Don’t let your budget get in the way; depending on the time of year that you plan your Whistler getaway, you too could be living in the lap of luxury, with a more reasonable price tag. Join us as we explore VIP Whistler – from the little treats to the downright extravagant.
Gourmet Eats in Whistler Village
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just feel like treating yourself, there’s lots of fine dining options in Whistler. Here’s five of our favourites to whet your appetite (looking for budget eats?)
- Red Door Bistro
You’ll find Red Door Bistro in Whistler Creekside. It’s roughly 5km south of the main Whistler Village area but very accessible. Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Whistler – it’s certainly worth making the trip! We recommend booking your table in advance as this romantic, little spot quickly fills up.
The menu features a hearty variety of fish and meats fit for a king, including veal, boar and elk. Expect approachable flavours delivered with exquisite flair. A firm favourite of ours is the Bouillabaisse, and you can’t go wrong with the Peanut Butter Bombe to finish! Red Door is the perfect little date-night spot.
The sister restaurant of popular Vancouver eateries CinCin and Bluewater Café, Araxi is located in the heart of Whistler Village. They serve “the best of nearby fields, pastures and pristine waters” all expertly overseen by Executive Chef James Walt. Araxi has a wonderful patio, which we find is best enjoyed in summer months. Live large and make time to try their oysters washed down with their ‘Trophy Wife’ cocktail. It features pink peppercorn infused vodka, apricot, egg white, lime, and lemon. A couple of those and you’ll feel like a million dollars.
Hot Tip: Consider visiting Araxi in the shoulder season to enjoy a great deal. Taking place in the spring and then again in the fall, their Shoulder Season menu is typically 5 courses for $37. Alternatively, catch their Après Oyster Special: 10 for $18 – bargain!
- The Grill Room
If you’re looking for traditional elegance in a refined setting then look no further than The Grill Room at Fairmont Chateau Whistler. On the menu you’ll find locally-sourced meats, Oceanwise seafood, and seasonal trimmings. The Grill Room is the perfect place for a five-star dinner with friends. The service alone will make you feel like a VIP. It’s polite, welcoming and engaging with table-side appetizers the norm. Order the Tomato Gin Soup, for example, and they’ll prepare it right in front of you! For a taste of Whistler opulence, we recommend the Steak Tasting For Two.
Nothing screams lavish more than Four Seasons Resorts, which is why we love living it up at Sidecut. And it’s not just the food that’s a treat. Sidecut runs an exclusive cocktail program named the ‘Spirit Of The Mountains’, which should be on any luxury-seeker’s radar.
Using Whistler’s unique environment as inspiration, the menu features some incredible brews. Top of our list is London Mountain (Whistler Mountain’s original name). It features Ketel One Vodka blended with Whistler’s local “Hygge Chai” and elderberry among other ingredients. This is one drink that seriously oozes sophistication.
You needn’t have expensive taste to experience fine fair in Whistler. Be sure to plan a trip to Basalt during your Whistler getaway. We love it because of it’s tapas-style approach to dining, as well as it’s sleek interior and prime patio real estate.
The menu features impressive cheese and charcuterie from around the world as well as several incredible dishes for larger appetites. The wine list alone makes Basalt a must-visit on Whistler Village Stroll. Add it to your itinerary for a taste of the high life in the Sea-to-Sky.
A Few Suggestions for Luxury Whistler Accommodation
When it comes to finding stately surroundings for your Whistler getaway, there are a number of options to consider. From full-service, private residences to Airbnb and luxury hotels, living in the lap of luxury is within reach in Whistler, BC. Here’s 3 of our top picks:
- Fairmont Heritage Place, At Nature’s Door
Experience Fairmont’s familiar, unparalleled service in the comfort and privacy of your own luxury residence. Heritage Place is made up of beautifully appointed homes directly adjacent to Whistler Mountain ski runs. Featuring a private Spa, outdoor heated pool, and hot tubs, Fairmont Heritage Place is the ideal retreat after a day of Whistler adventures.
- Airbnb – Whistler Mountain Chalet
You’ll feel like a rockstar in this incredible ski-in/ski-out chalet on Airbnb. At 2,400 square feet, it comfortably accommodates up to 12 guests and includes an après-style hot tub and media room. The decor has a modern lodge vibe with high-vaulted ceilings and luxurious stone finishes. You’re sure to have a one of a kind vacation at this Whistler gem.
- Four Seasons Resort
If you prefer to be waited on hand and foot, the Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler is the place for you! From the moment you’re greeted by valet, you’re whisked away to sublime mountain luxury. Featuring Whistler’s largest guest rooms, Four Seasons has all the space you need to relax between adventures.
Hot Tip: Consider booking your stay at Four Seasons Whistler so that it falls midweek. Reservations Sunday to Thursday save 20% off the best available rate.
Making Memories To Last A Lifetime
There are so many ways to spend your time in Whistler. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking to spot some wildlife, there’s something to keep everyone entertained. To get a feel for luxury, we would recommend making time for the following during your Whistler getaway:
- Retail Therapy
There are a number of excellent stores in Whistler selling everything from sports and mountain gear to diamonds and furs. A trip to Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s shopping arcade is always worthwhile. You’ll find it at ground level and it’s easily accessible from the pedestrianised Upper Village area. Here you’ll discover Snowflake, Bogner, Mountain Galleries and Three Singing Birds. It’s a great place to start your souvenir shopping or to treat yourself to a little something!
- World-famous HydraFacial
Tucked away in the quieter Creekside area of Whistler is the award-winning, organic Spa At Nita Lake Lodge. They partner with clean beauty brands like Naturopathica and ila to provide a range of beauty and massage treatments. For the ultimate luxury facial, ask about their HydraFacial treatments. It uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate leaving you with an incredible glow that would leave an A-Lister green with envy.
Hot Tip: Check out The Spa’s monthly specials for great offers on beauty, esthetics and massage. Taking your loved one for a spa day? Ask about their couple’s treatment room.
- Illuminate The Senses
New for summer 2018, Whistler welcomed Vallea Lumina to Cougar Mountain. This incredible, multi-media experience takes place after dark and uses light and sound to tell the story of two missing hikers. Expect trees that come to life, stardust that falls from the sky, and a trippy, enchanted forest. Vallea Lumina is one Whistler experience that will take your breath away.
- Helicopter Tour
The pinnacle of any luxury Whistler getaway has to be a helicopter tour. It’s without doubt the best way to escape any crowds and capture the best views of the Coast Mountains. Why not elevate your experience even further? Blackcomb Helicopters is home to Heli Picnics, Heli Golf, and even Heli Yoga!
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Vacation in Whistler
If you think Whistler is all about van living and mountain sports, think again. There’s another, more exclusive side to Whistler that’s just waiting to be explored. And the beauty is that you don’t need to be particularly well-off to have a taste of it.
Even if you’re in town for the rugged, mountain activities, we could all use a little pampering from time-to-time. Treat yourself the next time you’re in the Sea-to-Sky and you may just see a side to Whistler that you never knew could exist.