Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Victoria, Victorious

Oak Bay Beach Hotel rises from the ashes


Reclaimed wood? You can't open a restaurant without some. But are you ready for a completely reclaimed building?

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a glorious metaphor for your whole relationship. Originally built in 1927, it burned to the ground almost immediately, only to be rebuilt three years later into one of the most luxurious spots in Victoria.

Now's it's been completely rebuilt once more, using salvage materials from the original construction. Now that's a tale of perseverance worthy of V-Day conversation fodder.

Reclaim your relationship mojo beginning in the bedroom. The working fireplaces and sprawling ocean views are just a precursor to your soak in one of three heated natural mineral pools outside.

If Mother Nature isn’t pampering enough for you, check in for a spa treatment. How about a full-body Swedish massage or a specially-formulated gentleman’s facial?

After you’ve purged your toxins, stop in at the Snug – one of Victoria’s oldest cocktail bars – to imbibe some new ones. Then take a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, or just retire to the decadent comfort of your room.

Victoria is less than an hour away from Seattle by seaplane, so don’t even bother with traffic.

Again, except the horse-drawn kind.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive
Victoria, BC, Canada
(250) 598-4556

Price: Starting at $139 per night

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