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A Weekend Wellness Getaway in Victoria

Posted on January 2, 2020

From the moment you arrive, embrace the serenity that comes with island living as you soak up the intentional pace of life, abundant natural environment and calming vistas. Between relaxing oceanside in mineral pools, meandering among giants in west coast rainforests or paddling out for an epic sunset on the Salish Sea, discover why Victoria offers the ultimate wellness getaway. 

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The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a seaside oasis that will have you experiencing the ultimate in relaxation.  From their luxurious rooms to the heated outdoor mineral pools to summertime yoga on the seaside terrace – everything about this place is pure bliss. 

Escape to the tranquil Parkside Hotel & Spa, where they’ve brought the outside in with their stunning atrium full of lush plant life and tranquil ponds with colourful koi fish as well as a wide selection of spa services. Alternatively, rejuvenate at the iconic Fairmont Empress and at their award-winning Willowstream Spa where you’ll leave feeling energized and inspired. 

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Wine with a View

Watch your worries wash away as you drive through the lush pastures and rolling hills of the Saanich Peninsula. Make a stop at The Roost Farm Bakery & Vineyard Bistro and pick up a freshly baked treat or glass of wine before getting comfy in their secret garden, on their “chicken-bus” or on their patio overlooking the vineyard. 

Often referred to as Vancouver Island’s wine country, Saanich is home to a number of stellar wineries including de Vine Wine & Spirits, Church & State Wines and Deep Cove Winery. If cider is more to your liking, make a stop at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse and enjoy a tasting flight overlooking the orchard. 

Insider Tip: If you’re looking to make a day of it, book a wine tour with Island Time Tours and enjoy a tour of delicious wine tasting throughout Cowichan Valley, Salt Spring Island or Saanich.

 

Immerse Yourself in Nature

There’s nothing quite like a venture into nature to get yourself grounded and re-centred. With endless scenic trails and lush forests, Victoria is the perfect place to experience forest bathing which will fully immerse you, body and mind, in the natural world. 

Book a hike with The Natural Connection where you’ll explore the natural wonders that surround Victoria and be guided through a mindful meditation practice. If you’re looking for a more intense and therapeutic approach, book a Self-Discovery Quest with Elemental Magick Adventures. This holistic wellness excursion into nature will incorporate mindfulness exercises, energy healing and traditional psychotherapy. 

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Fuel up with Nourishing Food

Start your morning at Nourish, with a brunch menu of unique dishes focused on local and natural ingredients, you’ll leave feeling healthy and happy. Whether you opt for a savoury option like the Benny’s Gone Nuts or a sweeter option such as local favourite, Sleeping Beauty Pancakes, your taste buds will be thanking you! 

The farm-to-table movement is flourishing in Victoria, so opt for a local, fresh dinner at spots like Agrius, or 10 Acres. For a conscious experience, head to Rebar Modern Food with a menu boasting many fresh vegetarian and vegan options and signature items such as the classic almond burger and tempeh Rueben.  

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Get Out on the Water

Experience the Pacific Northwest’s legendary sunsets from the water for ultimate relaxation. Head out on a sunset whale watching tour, or hop  into a kayak and paddle into the sunset with Kelp Reef Adventures while enjoying spectacular views throughout the protected waters of the Inner Harbour and Gorge. Alternatively, be greeted by the salty ocean breeze as you hop on one of Victoria’s famous water taxi’s, also known as the happiest little boats in the harbour! 

For a unique water experience check out Floathouse Victoria and delight in the feeling of weightlessness as you float effortlessly on the surface of 12 inches of water heated to skin temperature and supersaturated with Epsom salts. 

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