This summer I got to spend a glorious week at Whistler. I was taking my older daughter to ski camp out there (they had such a tremendous snow fall last season the top snow fields were still open). The week kicked off our summer vacation so I wanted to make it good. I researched a few resorts and decided to split my time between the Westin and the Four Seasons. I already shared my opinions on the Westin, this is my Four Seasons Whistler review.
Why Mountains in the Summer
I've spent a lot of time during the winter months at ski resorts, and this summer, I've gotten to see a lot of mountains in the summer. Warm weather is a balm for this ski mom. I've had a great time soaking in the sun and adventuring outdoors without being bundled up. To get an idea of all the things you can do in Whistler, I put this list together.
For this summer trip to British Columbia, I wanted a bit of luxury. The storied Four Seasons brand comes with expectations. While the Westin has a fabulous location, kitchen and the lower price tag, I relished my time a the posh Four Seasons.
Location of the Resort
Whistler is broken into three base areas. The Village Centre is home to the Westin and loads of shopping plus a gondola that takes you to the Peak to Peak experience and mountain bike trails. TheVillage North are has the Olympic Plaza, shopping and lots of dining options (plus play areas for the kiddos). The Four Seasons is in the Upper Village (as is the Fairmont). Location wise, I think prime territory is the Village Centre. Why? There are so many restaurants in the village and the best shops are all there. Upper Village does have some shopping and dining, but it isn't as vibrant as the other two areas.
But, here's the thing. It’s a different world at the Four Seasons. It's okay to be in a bubble and away from the hubbub of the village when you realize all this resort has to offer. And if you want more action, it's just a 15 minute walk to the other areas.
Four Seasons Whistler Review
I talked earlier about expectations. With the price you pony up, I would be less-than-thrilled if I didn't interact with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. I also want the grounds to be manicured, and the rooms to be divine. All my expectations were met and then some on my stay at the Four Seasons Whistler.
Here's an example: Kids are most definitely welcome here. At check-in my daughter received a new plush toy—an adorable husky which she name T-Bar. Our room was ready early and we were greeted with a welcome beverage.
Another example, each night the staff filled our two ceramic pitchers with cool water. Perfect for staying hydrated in the altitude. I never cease to be impressed by the little touches at luxury ski resorts.
Rooms at the Four Seasons Whistler
The room décor reflected the mountain setting and made use of the lovely tree-filled views outside. Again we had a king bed and a fireplace and a spacious living area. We booked a comparable room size at the Four Seasons (to the Westin) and it was perfectly proportioned and appointed with all the luxuries…the only thing it didn’t have was a kitchen.
We settled in and unpacked in our ENORMOUS closet. For any family that has ever been on a ski vacation you know how tight space can get, please know that this is NOT an issue with the Four Seasons closets. We had a ton of room to spread out. Our bathroom was equally delightful with his-and-her sinks and a big soaking tub (which we used).
Dining at Four Seasons Whistler
Yum! We got a taste of what the kitchen could do right away. After check in, our things were whisked to our room and we were soon greeted with a welcome cheese platter and a personalized chocolate chip cookie for my daughter.
It only got better from there.
I mentioned we didn't have a kitchen - well frankly, I could use a break from cooking. With our package, breakfast was included, and for those who start the day early you can opt for room service instead of the restaurant buffet.
My daughter and I wanted to make the most of our room, so we opted for room service. My skier and I tucked into a hearty breakfast – I had eggs over easy and she French toast. The tray was delightful—with a fresh sprig of pine in a Glassy Baby vase. We loved this special morning together.
Tired of pasta at home, it was a treat to dine out at night. We headed to the lower level restaurant, Sidecut, at the Four Seasons. Four our dinner, I ordered the trout and my daughter had the broiled salmon from the kids’ menu. Yes, friends, a kids' menu without breaded food. A-men. She had steamed veggies and a hearty hunk of perfectly cooked salmon. everyone was delighted and the room was buzzing with activity.
Activities at Four Seasons Whistler
The pool is the social hub of the resort, there are a number of hot tubs and a big wide open pool for playing (though not great for laps). There are plenty of deck chairs for sunning or reading and very efficient pool service (a big glass of merlot please!) for snacks and beverages.
There’s lots to see at the Four Seasons—the lower level has shopping and a restaurant. And there are nooks all around where you can sip a cup of tea or cocoa and read. The property rambles through the wooded setting and fits seamlessly into the surroundings.
Since my visit was short, I didn’t get a chance to try out the spa (I headed to the Scanidnave Spa instead), but I did make a visit to the fitness center. My one criticism—no natural light. The gym, though well lit, is in a windowless basement. The gym offers yoga and spinning classes and has a full array of equipment and strength-training gear.
Overall Notes on the Four Seasons Whistler
Service and great food go a long way to make this Mom Boss happy. Indeed, you get what you pay for. Compared to the Westin, the nightly rate is about $200 more. My bottom line: if you can spring for it, upgrade yourself to a stay at the Four Seasons.
Now tell me, have you been to Whistler? Where do you stay? Do you love the Four Seasons brand?
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