48 Hours in Vancouver for Luxury Vacationers

Rosewood Suite Private Patio. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Suite Private Patio. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

48 Hours in Vancouver is a weekly series appearing on the Inside Vancouver blog featuring photos and information on interest-based itineraries such as food/wine, arts & culture and luxury travel; helping visitors plan the best Vancouver trip possible based on what they love. Today’s feature focuses on exquisitely luxurious vacation experiences for the sophisticated luxury traveler who loves the finer things in life.

What You’ll Need to Go on This Luxury Vacation:
• Sunscreen & sunglasses (to enjoy the sunshine)
• A set of golf clubs (rented or your own)
• Comfortable footwear (so you can enjoy walking around downtown)
• A good quality camera with a great zoom
• A sense of adventure!

Day 1

Morning-9:30 am to 11:30 am

Halo Penthouse Suite. Photo Credit: Loden Hotel

Halo Penthouse Suite. Photo Credit: Loden Hotel

Spend a relaxing morning lounging in your Halo Penthouse Suite at the Loden Hotel. With over 1600 square feet of room, you have the entire top floor of the boutique hotel to yourself.

You can relax in the custom king-sized bed and surf through the channels on the 50” inch LDC TV and have a leisurely breakfast in the dining room as well as your own private kitchen. If you’re so inclined, you can also plug in your IPod to the TV to add your own musical ambiance. Depending on the weather, you can sit outside on the massive wraparound terrace and enjoy the sunshine and the breathtaking views of the North Shore Mountains and Coal Harbour with a good cup of coffee.

Before starting your day, why not take a soothing bath inside the deep soaker tub in your zen, spa-like bathroom to ensure that you’ll enjoy the start of your day.

When you’re ready to go on your first luxury experience of the day, you can take a ride in the hotel’s private London car service to get to your next destination at the Vancouver Harbour Heliport in the heart of the downtown core for your Helijet sightseeing tour.** (*Reservation Required*)

Early Afternoon-12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Horizons from Helijet. Photo Credit: Helijet

Horizons from Helijet. Photo Credit: Helijet

Once you reach the Vancouver Harbour Heliport, you’ll have a choice of 3 different trips or you could combine all 3 of them and have an amazing sightseeing tour that rounds out to be about half an hour long.

Take the 10 minute tour to fly along the tree-lined coast of Stanley Park to English Bay and then soaring high above the coast to see the majestic vistas of the north shore.

Expand the tour to 20 minutes and you’ll also be able to see West Vancouver’s coastline along with Horseshoe Bay before climbing up to 1600 metres to glide in between the twin peaks of The Lions. From there, you’ll get the chance to see all the hidden valleys and canyons of the north shore mountains as well as Capilano Lake and Vancouver’s skyline.

If you extend the tour to 30 minutes, you’ll be able to see Howe Sound as well as Stawamus Chief Mountain and the north shore mountains. You’ll soar over the Salish Sea and Vancouver Island in the distance before returning to the Vancouver Harbour Heliport.

For $199, you can have an unforgettable luxury sightseeing experience and embrace some of the West Coast’s most beautiful horizons-all before lunch.

Soya Glazed Beef Short Rib. Photo Credit: Market by Jean-Georges

Soya Glazed Beef Short Rib. Photo Credit: Market by Jean-Georges

Take a short walk and break for lunch at the luxurious MARKET by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel. Dine on smooth and silky butternut squash soup and luscious sea scallops with caramelized cauliflower for appetizers, roasted sablefish and the renowned MARKET burger with some delicious black truffle dressing, creamy brie and French fries.

After you’ve finished such an exquisite lunch, make a call to Limojet Gold to for a Lincoln Town Car** to travel in style, lounging in air conditioned luxurious buttery leather seats with plenty of leg room to get to your next destination of Northlands Golf Course for an afternoon round of golf.

Mid Afternoon-2:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Northlands Golf Course. Photo Credit: Northlands Golf Course

Northlands Golf Course. Photo Credit: Northlands Golf Course

After the 25 minute scenic drive to Northland Golf Course, grab yourself a golf cart for $30 and a set of clubs (if you happened to forget yours) for a mere $50 along with a set of golf balls.

Green fees for the 18-hole course on the weekend during the spring season run up to $55, but you can also call ahead to book a suitable tee time for you and any other players you’re traveling with. Advanced booking for 2-14 players will run you about $10/person, but on busy weekends, it’s worth it to grab a spot on the green.

Northland Golf Course was opened in 1997 and named by Golf Digest as Runner-Up Best New Course in Canada for 1998. Cut-out of a 100 year old mountainside forest, the golf course was designed by Les Furber, Canadian golf architect renowned for his work on mountainside courses. More experienced golfers will also appreciate the water elements on the back nine holes, in particular on holes 15, 16 and 18.

Once you’ve finished a round of golf and are feeling a little peckish for dinner, why not grab the Lincoln Town Car from Limojet again and take the 25 min ride back to the downtown core in style.

Evening-6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Filet of BC Halibut. Photo Credit: Bacchus Restaurant

Filet of BC Halibut. Photo Credit: Bacchus Restaurant

Take a seat at Bacchus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel, one of Vancouver’s award-winning upscale French restaurants. Winner of the 2013 Silver Award for ‘Best Upscale French Restaurant’ and the Four Diamond award from the CAA/AAA, Bacchus has French cuisine to fit every taste from the novice to the expert.
Dine on spinach, endive and Anjou pear salad for an appetizer, or for the more adventurous, try the chicken liver and cognac brûlée to start dinner.

Feast on a roasted rack of lamb with saffron couscous as a main course or try the halibut. They also carry exquisitely tender Triple A center cut beef tenderloin for your hearts’ desire.

Once dinner is finished, take a walk around town, digest the sights and sounds of Downtown Vancouver before retiring to one more nightlife spot to cap off Day 1.

Late Night- 9:30 pm-11:30 pm

UVA Wine Bar. Photo Credit: UVA WIne Bar

UVA Wine Bar. Photo Credit: UVA Wine Bar

If you’re still up for a night on the town after dinner, stop by the UVA Wine Bar at the Moda Hotel for a few hours. On weekend nights, you can enjoy live performances in brass and bounce southern jazz along with a drink. They have several different red, white, rose and sparkling wines from Italy, France, California and BC. And if cocktails are more your poison, UVA has a list of over 20 you can choose from.

So put your feet up, take a break and enjoy some jazz to close out Day 1 of your itinerary.

Day 2

Morning- 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Contemporary Art Gallery. Photo Credit: CAG

Contemporary Art Gallery. Photo Credit: CAG

Take an early stroll down to the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) and enjoy some new exhibitions by artists Kevin Schmidt and Tim Etchells. Etchells is the current Artist-In-Residence for the Vancouver PuSh Festival and his work primarily focuses on writing, producing neon, video and text, collaborations with the photographer Hugo Glendinning on photographic work, and performance projects with an ever-expanding group of artists from around the world. His current exhibition at CAG is a bold neon commission on the building’s façade.

Schmidt’s solo exhibition concentrates on his most recent work including the EDM House, produced by the artist for five months during the winter of 2013, using a small cabin in BC’s Interior. An abandoned house in the middle of an isolated winter landscape has its outside festooned with garlands of colourful lights akin to a suburban celebratory display. The building also glows from within; the illuminations synchronized to the rhythm of an electronic beat, creating the illusion of a night club in the middle of a secluded mountainous setting.

Once you’ve had your fill of the unique contemporary pieces, take a short walk to Rosewood Hotel Georgia for your appointment at the Senses Spa.

Early Afternoon-11:30 am to 2:45 pm

Senses Spa. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Senses Spa. Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Take a break from your art gallery hopping and embrace the exquisite comforts of a spa treatment while on your luxury vacation.

Embrace the Sweeter Side of the Spa package and you’ll be able to experience a glacial honey scrub and signature massage with custom-blended aromatherapy and shea butter with body services followed by a deep cleansing Fresh Facial and a Canadian Maple Pedicure. Along with a light lunch, it’s one of the best ways to relax, decompress and enjoy an afternoon.

Once you’ve been properly pampered and you feel totally relaxed, take a 6 minute drive in the Lincoln Town Car to get to Vancouver Urban Winery to have one of the most exclusive wine tastings available in the city.

Afternoon- 3 pm to 5:30 pm

Vancouver Urban Winery. Photo Credit: Vancouver Urban Winery

Vancouver Urban Winery. Photo Credit: Vancouver Urban Winery

Once you arrive at the winery, you and your group can control how you want the tasting to go. They can take you through the five appellations of BC in an in-depth tasting and give you a tour of the winery and its operations at your request. You can get more for your tasting tour by tapping into the Urban Winery’s sommelier services and you can experience an in-depth look at a specific region, style, or grape variety, a casual Wine 101 for a group of wine novices or a crash course on wine and food pairing. The sommelier, David Stansfield, will lead you through educational wine tours, teaching you about the different regions and nuances in different varieties.

If you’d like, before you leave to go enjoy a sunset dinner cruise, you could also purchase a bottle of Roaring Twenties or the VUW Colab Series wine to go with your tasting experience.

Take the Lincoln Town Car for a 10 minute drive to your last destination for this vacation, a sunset dinner cruise with Harbour Cruises.

Evening-6 pm to 9:30 pm

Sunset Dinner Cruise. Photo Credit: Harbour Cruises

Sunset Dinner Cruise. Photo Credit: Harbour Cruises

Embrace a special dining experience for your last night in Vancouver and book yourselves a sunset dinner cruise with Harbour Cruises.

After you board at 6:30 pm, you can enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise with live music and absolutely breathtaking views of Vancouver along False Creek. You’ll also be able to enjoy a West Coast-themed buffet dinner, complete with artisan bread, Caesar salad, slow roasted rib eye, fresh BC salmon and New York cheesecake or chocolate cake for dessert.

Once dinner is finished, you can wander out onto the deck and enjoy the evening under a star-lit sky as the moon reflects off the Pacific. Take in the sights and sounds of the city while cruising past the magnificent skyline at night.

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