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Spa special: Luxury destinations you won’t want to miss

Natural Oasis
If Stella McCartney’s vegan handbags top your holiday wish list, Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa (magnoliahotel.com) offers a number of treatments that are likely to satis­fy your environmentally conscious tastes. Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher’s new and entirely organic Intelligent Nutrients product line has secured distribution in Canada through Spa Magnolia’s Paula Veenema, with exclusive treatments offered at the spa itself. Balance your chakras with an Inbalance Vibrational Zone Massage ($110), or improve your inner beauty with a facial before soaking up some ocean views at one of the world’s top hotels, as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

Victoria Summer Getaway: Celebrate the Provincial Capital’s 150th Birthday

From sweet deals on boutique hotels to tribute teas, craft cocktails and city-wide parties, here’s how to celebrate Victoria’s 150th birthday in style

Before Vancouver, there was Victoria: the warmer, prettier B.C. hub known for lush gardens, formal tea rooms, whale watching, breweries and access to unparalleled park space for any kind of outdoor sport you so desire. Continue Reading

Victoria perfect for a quiet and unique trip

Picturesque. Calm. Serene.

If you’re interested in any or all of the above, then Victoria Island is for you. In just under three hours aboard the Victoria Clipper – a passenger-only ferry service with year-round daily departures to Victoria, B.C., from a pier in downtown Seattle – you’re able to take a quick or extended weekend trip to one of the most luxurious, yet welcoming islands in the Pacific Northwest. From afternoon tea at a century-old hotel to drinking a pint in one of Old Victoria’s pubs, there’s a little something for everyone.
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Set sail on a fall boutique getaway in Victoria BC!

Victoria BC – mild weather, tree-lined streets, museums, outstanding food and fabulous shopping! The perfect fall getaway!

Fall is a great time to visit Victoria! Come experience the laid back elegance of a beautiful city, boutique shopping, and fabulous food all at your doorstep of The Magnolia Hotel & Spa.

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City Escape: Date Night at The Magnolia

There is a famous Spanish proverb that says, “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward”. On a recent weekend city escape to The Magnolia Hotel, Spa and Prime Steakhouse in downtown Victoria; my husband Steve and I had the opportunity to put this adage to the test and guess what? It’s true!
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Victoria: a capital experience

Old-fashioned service and luxury in the heart of Victoria as British charm meets Asian buzz in the city.

You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to find Old-World charm. In fact, it’s right here in British Columbia.

It’s only a short ferry ride from the Lower Mainland, but our provincial capital offers a taste of Britain that’s hard to duplicate on this continent.
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Victoria springs to life!

Cherry blossoms and Magnolia buds abound making Spring the perfect time to plan a Magnolia getaway to Victoria BC!

Victoria is renowned for magnificent gardens and Magnolias! Enjoy a stroll in Beacon Hill Park, 200 acres of beautiful landscaping and home to numerous birds and wildlife. Visit Government House, the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of B.C, with 14 acres of formal gardens and 22 acres of a rare Garry Oak ecosystem. Of course, Butchart Gardens is one of the world’s premier floral show gardens, with 55 acres of glorious beauty. Spring bursts forth in Butchart Gardens with hundreds of thousands of bulbs in bloom alongside flowering trees and shrubs for a spectacular floral display!
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Island Profile: The Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Published November 23, 2010 in www.kiera-anne.com

There comes a time in every girl’s life when a weekend away with friends graduates to something with a bit more style and sophistication than in younger years.

Rebecca and I recently escaped to Vancouver Island for some rest and relaxation and found ourselves at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa in downtown Victoria. From the moment one enters the lobby, it’s clear that this four-diamond hotel is a true gem within the capital city.
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A tour of Victoria’s wine region with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s “Grape Escape” package

Sometimes the universe speaks to us in strange ways. It spoke to me via an invitation to experience Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa and their Grape Escape package which included a tour of the Cowichan Valley wine region. The message was delivered in the form of slow boats through the islands, a welcoming boutique hotel and meandering country roads and local wineries.  The message wasn’t loud, but it was clear: slow down.

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