Whistler's grand mountain resort
Standing guard at the bottom of Blackcomb Mountain, it’s hard to miss Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Not only is the luxury hotel massive with 550 rooms, but it’s regal as well. In fact, at first glance, you may think you’re checking in to an old European castle in the Alps. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end Swiss resort: ski-in/ski-out access, lavish spa, a top-notch golf course just down the road and several restaurants.
Each of the 550 rooms is outfitted with mountain chic furnishings (think carved wood headboards and earthy tones) and boasts stunning vistas of the surroundings (try to score one with a slopeside view). For a little extra pampering, book a room on the Fairmont Gold level, where you’ll find accommodations that are a bit more spacious and have upgraded amenities such as fireplaces. With one of these rooms, you’ll also snag premier concierge service and entry to the Gold Lounge for access to complimentary cocktails and free usage of laptop computers.
Dine in one of the four year-round, full-service restaurants. The Wildflower Restaurant offers seasonal cuisine for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch, while The Grill Room serves up chops, steak and seafood with as many local ingredients as possible. On the lower level of the hotel sits Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery, which is a go-to lunch spot for many visitors (and a great place to sit outside in the summer).
About a mile down the road, you’ll find Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, home to Canada’s only David Leadbetter Golf Academy. When you can’t practice your swing due to snow, you can enjoy a traditional alpine dinner at The Chalet, which offers fondue mid-December through March. The Clubhouse opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner just in time for golf season, which runs May through September.