After 16 months of back-and-forth lockdown restrictions, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel. Though the pandemic taught us that life is unpredictable, that doesn’t mean we’re not dreaming of a getaway the moment travel restrictions are fully lifted.
Luckily, the hospitality industry has been preparing for the expected boom. While we were stuck in the confinement of our homes, hotel and getaway spots across the country have been gearing up to welcome you back in luxury and style.
It’s time to say goodbye to your pandemic sweatpants and say hello to pampering yourself. Whether you’re looking to connect with nature or explore the coastline, here are a few notable places to stay that you should know about
Immerse yourself in nature without having to set up camp. From the minds behind Tokyo Smoke, Arcana is the latest in upscale glamping. Located two hours northwest of Toronto, its sleek reflective cabins offer a futuristic feel while embracing the wilderness, letting you become one with the surroundings. Within the 275 sq ft. cabins, you’ll find a kitchenette for all of your meal needs and a full bathroom with a hot shower to use after a full day of exploring the area, which includes a sauna a short walk away. Enjoy your evenings by the outdoor fire pit, then wake up the next morning in a plush bed that overlooks an unparalleled forest view. One weekend at Arcana and you’ll return home with a new peace of mind.
Wander the Resort
Created with relaxation and luxury in mind, Wander offers guests the ultimate getaway in the heart of Ontario’s wine county. The hybrid of classic, clean Nordic design with timeless Canadian cabins produces an atmosphere that is luxurious yet familiar, “an elevated cottage.” Beaming with natural light, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, a European-style kitchen, outdoor showers, and heated floors, Wander’s cozy cabins are a welcoming home away from home. With just 10 available cabins, Wander is an exclusive must-stay accommodation that is filling up quickly—all the way through 2021.
1 Hotel Toronto
Located in King West Village, 1 Hotel Toronto is set to be the first Canadian location for luxury lifestyle hotel brand, 1 Hotels. Bringing the same flair from their exclusive properties across the world’s most vibrant cities, the Toronto location will embrace the best of the city’s diverse culture, celebrating the beauty of the city’s skyline with sustainable initiatives at the forefront of design. Unwind in your light-filled room or enjoy the outdoor oasis of the rooftop pool, and enjoy a farm-to-table meal from 1 Hotel’s signature Lobby Farmstand. Opening in August 2021, 1 Hotel Toronto will be a must-stay for work or play alike.
Inspired by the welcoming hospitality of Nova Scotia, Muir Hotel is an upscale retreat located in the new Queen’s Marque district. The first five-star luxury hotel in the province, The Muir offers breathtaking waterfront views and direct access to the Atlantic ocean—an unparalleled escape in the city. Each room perfectly blends luxury and comfort, while amenities like a premier fitness and wellness centre and exclusive guests-only art gallery raise the bar on what to expect out of a hotel stay. Enjoy all of the tastes that the east coast has to offer at Drift, which features modern, elevated takes on classic Atlantic Canadian dishes. Then seek out BKS, a secret speakeasy exclusive for guests and clients of The Muir, that opens to a waterfront terrace with stunning views of the city.
Park Hyatt Toronto
After being closed for almost four years, Toronto’s iconic Park Hyatt finally completed its renovations in the fall—and to great fanfare. Located in the city’s luxurious Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, the hotel’s interiors were inspired by Canada’s rich environmental and cultural diversity. Designed by world-renowned firm Studio Munge, the space features local Canadian materials and artwork. Start your evening at the lobby restaurant Joni before making your way up to the 17th floor Writer’s Room bar to grab a drink and take in spectacular skyline views.
In the heart of downtown Montreal, Humaniti Hotel offers a world-class experience in the hustle and bustle of the city. Standing at 39 stories, the striking architectural design first catches your eye, while the hotel’s amenities draw you in. With 193 light-filled rooms and suites, this stay is the ultimate place to relax and recharge while remaining close to the downtown culture. However, you don’t have to leave the hotel to have a good time. Head down to the h3 restaurant for a dining experience that celebrates Quebec’s legendary cuisine or enjoy a dip in the rooftop pool with immaculate city views. If you’re looking for the ultimate pampering experience, the ninth-floor spa is an urban oasis, sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated.