What couple needs an extravagant honeymoon when they have each other? For those who already live in British Columbia, a local honeymoon can offer the same culinary delights, requisite pampering, and first-class surroundings as an international getaway with plenty of opportunities for elevated romance.
BREATHTAKING VIEWS AND EUROPEAN CUISINE IN VANCOUVER
For Vancouverites, a honeymoon at home can equal a breathtaking adventure without venturing far from the downtown core. We like the idea of cozying up with the romance-themed package at The Fairmont Pacific Rim, one of the city’s newest luxury hotels, complete with wine, marble bathrooms, an extended checkout time, and views that brings newlyweds up close and personal with the mountains and harbours of the city.
There’s much fun to be had at nearby Stanley Park where a romantic stroll on the seawall and dinner at The Teahouse with a picture-perfect sunset backdrop are sure to get hearts aflutter. For those wishing to add a European touch to their tummies, we’d suggest a candlelight meal at the South-of-France influenced Provence Marinaside or the Italian-themed Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, both of which make the food in a couple’s honeymoon meal as satisfying and enjoyable as the company they’re with.
Old-fashioned romance in Victoria
Victoria is a staple of timeless elegance. For couples who live there or can make the short journey over, it’s an ideal honeymoon backdrop. The Fairmont Empress has been the hospitality jewel of the city since its 1908 opening, and couples can expect the crème de la crème of comfortable surroundings, and romance each other with a multi-course meal at the Empress Room, putting them in the same company as classic Hollywood stars and British royalty.
Besides the allure of The Fairmont Empress, the aura of The Butchart Gardens never gets old, where 55 acres of floral beauty can keep the heads of any newlywed pair completely in the clouds. A horse-drawn carriage tour is a must, while the Blue Crab is the place to end the night with a perfect seafood meal and picturesque views. Couples wanting even more old-fashioned charm can also visit Il Terrazzo for a sensual courtyard atmosphere and fireplace dinner setting.
Alpine romance and honeymoon pampering in Whistler
The 2010 Winter Olympics put all eyes on Whistler, but nearby residents to the village realize the romantic potential that it has to offer for local honeymooners. Nita Lake Lodge is an ideal setting for newlyweds, given that it offers glimpses of the nearby lake and alpine beauty thanks to its prime location on the doorstep of Whistler Mountain. The luxury suites are made even more enjoyable by the lodge’s emphasis on spa relaxation and first-rate organic food from the kitchens of Aura Restaurant.
Whistler offers many couple-friendly romantic choices, but we like the Tuscan-themed creations at longtime local favourite Il Caminetto as well as La Rua, a prime destination for those couples craving seafood or steak. No Whistler honeymoon is complete without an alpine experience which – depending on season – can range from hiking to skiing.