Five ways to treat yourself at Vancouver’s YVR Airport

Photo credit: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Photo credit: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and also the busiest at Vancouver International Airport. Over the holiday period, about 60,000 travellers will be arriving and departing YVR each day—about 30 percent more than on average.

It goes without saying that you should arrive at the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight. But there’s another benefit to getting to there early: more time to indulge. It is the holidays, after all!

Here are five ways to treat yourself before flying up, up, and away.

Photo credit: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Photo credit: Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

1. Raise a cuppa at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Located directly above the US departures terminal before security, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is a quick stroll from the  luggage carousels–close enough to slip away for fancy treat.

While the hotel offers afternoon tea year-round, it’s putting on a special Mistletoe Tea until the end of December. This includes house-made scones, finger sandwiches, and of course, holiday sweets aplenty.

The restaurant offers seatings between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily; find more info here.

2. Hire a butler

Celebrities who need to make a discreet entry and exit into the airport can hire the Airport Butler Meet & Greet Service to whisk them through. But you don’t need to be “somebody” to ease your journey.

Services include meeting you curbside and escorting you though to your gate, either on foot or by mobile cart; guiding unaccompanied minors; and meeting and greeting connecting passengers. Concierges who speak languages other than English are also available to help make passengers more comfortable.

Or if you just want somebody to help you finish off your Christmas shopping, these butlers can help with that, too.

Photo credit: Plaza Premium Lounge

Photo credit: Plaza Premium Lounge

3. Kick back at a Plaza Premium Lounge

Regardless of your airline or class of ticket, you can buy access to first-class lounge facilities at one of YVR’s three pay-per use lounges.

The flagship location in the International Departures area spans over over 6,800 square feet with two food service areas, barista service, shower facilities, and more. There are even three nap rooms available where you can snooze before your flight. How luxurious is that?

You can pay at the lounge upon entry ($50 for up to three hours) or buy passes online.

Photo from Absolute Spa's Facebook page

Photo from Absolute Spa’s Facebook page

4. Say “aah” at Absolute Spa

There’s not one but four locations of the Absolute Spa @ Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Depending on how much time you have, you could settle in for anything from a quickie chair massage to a pedicure to a blissful full-body massage and facial. There’s even a new water massage bed at the US Departures Gate 85 location.

You don’t need to make an appointment for many of the services–so go ahead…treat yourself.

5. Enjoy a glass of wine

There are two locations of the Vino Volo wine bars at YVR, both offering wines from around the world by the glass or in tasting flights. Look for offerings from B.C.’s Okanagan Valley to keep the terroir local.

The bar in the U.S.A. terminal is located after security, so you can sip and swirl until last call…of your flight, that is.

Happy holidays, and enjoy your flight!

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