Just off Laurel Point, where the waters of Victoria’s Inner Harbour are protected and calm, seaplanes come and go. The sight is magical. Watching them leave is like a choose-your-own-adventure for the imagination. Seeing them come is like love letter to the adventure hungry spirit – a reminder that no matter how far you go, coming home can be just as beautiful.
Capitalizing on the awe-inspiring view, the Inn at Laurel Point sits at the tip of the peninsula. A slice of Japanese-inspired elegance, this luxury hotel is a serene getaway that’s just minutes from the bustling action of downtown Victoria. (You can walk to Parliament Buildings in five minutes!)
Rooms, especially those in the Erickson Wing, are light and airy. Decorated with blond wood and Asian touches, they all come with balconies – a perfect spot for coffee and seaplane watching in the morning.
Spa bathrooms feature soaking tubs and complimentary bath salts. In-room spa services let you be pampered without even leaving your room. Free WiFi ensures you’re always connected. And, the turndown service includes tea from the Silk Road, one of Victoria’s most popular tea shops.
Grounds Worth Lingering
The Inn’s grounds could also be described as a museum. Maintained by hand, the Japanese garden rests beside the harbor. A saltwater pond and waterfall, trees, shrubs, flowers, and meandering stone paths are carefully constructed to encourage lingering.
Sprinkled throughout the Inn are mini art displays. Each showcases museum-quality pieces. Collected through decades of international travel by the hotel’s owners, they are primarily comprised of Asian and First Nations’ works.
The largest exhibit can be found on the third floor of the Erickson Wing. The display cases run the length of the hallway with items such as exotic masks and geisha robes.
Where Love Blossoms
Well-known as a wedding venue favorite, love blossoms at the Inn at Laurel Point. Over the years it’s become a destination for couples enjoying their honeymoon, celebrating their anniversary or just spending a few nights together.
Ladies and Gents Take Note: Valentine’s Day is only days away. Why not say, “I love you,” with something extra special. Naughty and nice packages are available upon request.
Award Winning Food
AURA’s view alone would attract a crowd. Located on the ground floor of the Inn, it’s large bay windows face the harbour. But, it offers far more than a view. Executive Chef Takashi Ito’s commitment to locally sourced organic ingredients has created a seasonal menu that has made AURA one of the best restaurants in Victoria. The Japanese-inspired fare is complemented with an eclectic mix of local wines and microbrews. Check back for more details about AURA in a later post.