Oak Bay Beach Hotel: A Perfect Stay
The year is almost ending and I’m thinking about trips I took and experiences I had. I realize that I haven’t written a post about staying at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, one of my favorite hotel stays this year.
While I was in Victoria, Canada, I spent a night in Oak Bay. If you’re unfamiliar with Oak Bay, it’s a seaside community just outside of Victoria with a very British heritage. It’s really cute and charming and even though I grew up in BC and have been to Victoria many times, I had never been to that area.
I left downtown and drove along Beach Drive. Take your time when you do, it’s so picturesque and stop if you can. I did right here:
Don’t you just want to sit here and hang out a while? I did!!!
Gorgeous scenery along Beach Drive
Love that they kept the classic old signage even after renovating
Here’s my lovely suite with an ocean view and patio
In the morning I grabbed a latte and a pastry from Kate’s Cafe and took it out to my patio so I can soak this in:
Seriously…right?!!! The view from my suite
I never take baths at home…just in nice hotels :)
Here’s a better look at the bathroom
I couldn’t resist a having a spa treatment and a lot of robe time! I got an incredible facial at the Boat House Spa.
I love spas and robes!
Pool area in the day time
Hot tub views in the day
You know what I love? 24 Hour outdoor heated pools!!! Oak Bay has 3!!!
I may have had a solo hot tub party!
They have a great “living room” where you can sit by the fireplace and read a book!
They may also have a Rolls that can pick you up :)
And for the piece de resistance:
During my stay, I attended their Winemaker’s Dinner with Mission Hill Winery and their wine educator Ingo Grady. I am by no means any kind of wine expert or oenophile, but it was an amazing experience to be a part of. I would recommend anyone who wants to learn more wines and eat a perfectly complemented meal. This is a perfect splurge night out for the ladies or with your significant other. Living in California, I don’t get to experience much Canadian wine so I was more than happy to drink Mission Hill all night. Now I’m planning a girls trip out to BC’s interior!
This was our meal along with the wine pairing:
Soppresatta Wrapped Sea Scallop and Spot Prawn Mosaic
paired with Martin’s Lane Riesling, 2012
Pan Seared Sable Fish
Apple and Fennel Puree, Citrus Butter Sauce
paired with Perpetua Chardonnay, 2011
Pressing of Foie Gras and Duck Confit,
Sour Cherry Puree, Pickled Beets, and Salted Walnuts
paired with Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir, 2012
Green Apple Champagne Sorbet
Roast Lamb Saddle
Truffle Carrot, Braised Portabella, Kennebec Rosti, Red Wine Sauce
paired with Legacy Series Compendium, 2010
Okanagan Tiger Blue Semifreddo
Oculus Poached Pear, Dark Chocolate
paired with Legacy Series Oculus
After dinner, I had a few more drinks at the Snug Pub with my new friends who sat with me at dinner. It was really lovely and I wish I had more time so I can have a proper pub meal at Victoria’s oldest pub.
What more can I say?
It was a really relaxing and luxurious stay at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. It’s perfect for everyone; girlfriends, couples, and even families. There are so many great events for both visitors and locals. There’s a great room just off of the lobby with an amazing fireplace. I didn’t have enough time, but I would definitely take my iPad, a latte and read the paper here. Everything about this hotel is done well and I can’t recommend it enough. I know you’re thinking that my stay was extra nice because I’m a travel writer, but that is not true. Every guest from what I saw was given the 5-star experience. Many of the staff that I spoke with had been here for years and were like a tight-knit family. I can honestly say that I’ll be back again to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and if I could move in, I would!
**Disclaimer: Many thanks to Oak Bay Beach Hotel for hosting my stay. As always, opinions expressed are my own.
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