April 20, 2010

Working While Relaxing. It Exists.

Yes, the comfort of one’s hotel room (when traveling for work) matters a great deal. And my favourite experience to date has been my recent stay at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

I was in town on business and wanted to find a place that would let me relax while working…does that exist? Well, yes, as a matter a fact it does. It exists at Laurel Point. From the moment in stepped foot in my hotel room, I loved this place.

My room looked out on to a beautiful Japanese Garden framed by the Ocean. I fell asleep each night to the peaceful sounds of the garden and to the soothing scent of a complimentary relaxing yuan zhi sleep mist that had been placed by my bedside.

I felt like I was at the spa every time I entered the bathroom – the soaker tub was equipped with lovely Molton Brown bath gels and a relaxing seamoss stress-relieving hydrosoak. There were samples of Molton brown’s cooling eye cream and moisturizing lip rescue (translation: lip balm). Not only do I love Molton Brown products, but Laurel Point has brilliantly picked intuitive items from the Molton Brown product assortment. This is not just your standard shampoo and conditioner offering…it feels a lot more like a private spa boutique right in your very own hotel room!

There’s also a brand new fitness facility, a glass enclosed indoor pool with a view of the garden, an award winning restaurant (Aura), and my favorite…in-room spa services. Seriously…I’m not joking. Hotel guests can experience a rejuvenating and healing spa treatment in the privacy and comfort of their own room. It’s awesome.

They also welcome pets (which is actually very handy for many travelers these days) and they’re the first (and only!) carbon-neutral hotel in British Columbia – which aligns nicely with the sustainability efforts that KFM employs.

Not only would I recommend this hotel to any business or vacation travelers, but I have complete confidence that planning an event or conference at Laurel Point would be a great experience.

I didn’t want to leave and I’ll definitely be back.

p.s. As luck would have it, I just won a $250 gift certificate to the Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spa at the Pacific Rim in Vancouver! I won’t really be able to share how I’d feel if I was staying at the Pacific Rim on business, but I’ll you all know what I think of the spa!

KARRAN FINLAY MARKETING (KFM)

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