Get Yourself Lost In The Most Romantic Spots of Canada

While the Premier King is the top accommodation, all guestrooms are suitable for couples — its only a matter of guest preference. Good to know: the Signature and Premium categories are both in the original Auberge du Vieux-Port section and offer a more rustic feel. The Premier King includes a wrought iron bed, electric fireplace, exposed brick or stone, beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, a double therapeutic tub and separate multi-jet glass shower.

There is also the Lofts du Vieux Port, which are connected, containing 29 lofts and apartments. Certain lofts have double sinks, so if that’s something your clients prefer, ask specifically for one of these rooms. Guest Service Manager Michael Chehade is available to field any questions and book specific rooms. The rooms at the Lofts have a much more contemporary feel.

Rounding out the top selections from Montreal is Hotel William Gray, which opened in summer 2016. Chef Concierge Melanie Joseph (mjoseph@hotel-williamgray.com) can help guests from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day to customize any experience that couples might be looking for.

For a relaxing time in town, the hotel is near the Old Montreal Locals Boutiques.

Of the 127 guestrooms, the hotel recommends the Alcove Suites or Maison William Gray category for couples. The former has views of Old Montreal, a King bed, spacious bathroom with double vanities, multi-jet shower and separate bathtub with large window overlooking the river, and either a sofa bed or furnished balcony; the latter has similar amenities but rooms have either stone walls or cathedral ceilings. Tip: The Deluxe King and Alcove Suites have the best views of the Old City / port.

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Alcove Suites at Hotel William Gray have views of Old Montreal, some of the best in the hotel

The top restaurant at the property is Maggie Oakes, which house-cures its own charcuterie; top dishes include AAA Canadian dry-aged beef (between 35 and 45 days).

Good to know: The Spa William Gray is opening this summer. Contact Spa Director Roxanne Hamel for enquiries.

Just over 300 miles to the west, Toronto offers much of the same unexpected romantic offerings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto can book couples curated culinary, art and wine tours, private shopping experiences (think: Saks 5th Avenue and Nordstrom), and city excursions, among others, although the rose petal turndown service remains one of the most popular.

To plan something unique for your clients, reach out to Lead Concierge Melinda Wagner.

The hotel reports to cater to both honeymooners and babymooners very often, and can arrange amenities such as relaxing spa treatments and romantic surprises for either. On site, there is a 32,000-square-foot spa with 16 treatment rooms. Bookings should be made two weeks in advance; the most popular couples treatment is the “Floating on a Cloud,” where couples receive a foot ritual followed by aromatherapy messages.

Good to know: Wedding parties can buy out the spa, which also offers a Champagne Nail Bar. Advisors can contact Spa Director Maggee Byrd.

Book the Chef’s Table at the hotel’s restaurant, TOCA.

We recommend the signature ravioli, which is made in-house every day. Reservations should be made two weeks out.

There are 263 guestrooms, including 56 Corner Suites, four Simcoe Suites, two Wellington Suites, and one Ritz-Carlton Suite, the top accommodation, which sleeps four and totals 2,415 square feet. Couples, however, should consider the Corner Suites, which are larger than the traditional Luxury Deluxe rooms and include a separate living space. Views from the Corner Suites include Lake Ontario and the CN Tower or the city skyline. September is busiest due to the Toronto International Film Festival, so bookings must be made a year in advance during this time.

Top Tip: There is no butler service but Club Level guests receive a dedicated concierge.

Looking to get a little further outside the city — to one of North Americas most romantic destinations? Shangri-La Hotel Toronto will book guests a private tour of Niagara Falls with a luxury chauffeur and guide or via helicopter. They will even arrange visits to local wineries such a Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant and Trius Winery & Restaurant.

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Shangri-la Hotel Toronto’s Bosk Restaurant serves Asian-spins on modern Canadian cuisine

Just reach out to Chef Concierge & Dkector of Guest Experience Robin Elliott to arrange a tour. Other excursions have included top gastronomic destinations, private dining, and finding the best tickets for events, concerts and sports. The hotel suggests taking a stroll through High Park or taking a ferry to the Toronto Islands. If shopping is your clients’ thing, Queen Street (recently named among the coolest streets in the world) is a trendy area within the Fashion District.

According to the Chef de Cuisine, Richard Singh, the best table at Bosk is Table 10: its in a window-lined corner of the main dining room with excellent views of the terrace and wine wall. As for what to order? Try the Yukon Gold Potato agnolotti, with chestnut, black truffle and a confit hen egg. Before dinner, sip on a   Honey, Honey, which is made with Johnnie Walker, burnt honey syrup, and Angostura Bitters. Fun Fact: the honey comes from a beehive on the third floor of the hotel.

Couples should book the One Bedroom Deluxe Suites, which have views of the CN Tower. In the suite, guests will find a spacious, walk-in wardrobe and a master bathroom with windows. The Owners Suite is the top one- bedroom accommodation. All guestrooms, except for wheelchair accessible rooms, have bathtubs.

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The Omni King Edward Royal Suite has a sunken living area and a formal dining space for eight

Located in the heart of the city, The Omni King Edward Hotel has easy access to many of the goings-on in Toronto, namely: top dining, entertainment, and sightseeing.

General Manager Christophe Le Chatton (Christophe.lechat-ton@omnihotels.com) joined the hotel in 2014, and, in the same year, led an extensive $40 million renovation. Updates to the 1903 building included all guestrooms, meeting rooms and dining rooms. Note: The Crystal Ballroom underwent a $6.5 million renovation this past April.

The Crystal Ballroom is located on the 17th floor and has 5,000 square feet of space, accommodating up to 280 guests. Additional events spaces at the hotel include the Sovereign, Vanity Fair and Windsor Ballroom. The Omni King Edward Hotel was featured in Weddingbells magazine as one of the Loveliest Wedding Venues in 2017.

Most rooms are suitable for couples, so its simply a matter of preference. Couples who are getting married at the hotel might consider the Royal Suite, which has 1,800 square feet of space, including two fireplaces, a butlers entrance and a full kitchen with a formal dining area with seating for eight — perfect for a dinner with the family or bridal party before the big day. Good to know: There are 29 exclusive Royal Club Lounge guestrooms and suites. These come with special VIP access to the new lounge, plus daily deluxe buffet breakfast, light bites in the afternoon, evening hors d’oeuvres, complimentary Wi-Fi, nightly turn down service, morning car service and more.

To ensure you get the room you’re looking for, book at least three months out.

Nouvelle Maria Spa and Salon Owner Maria Micsia can book an assortment of couple’s treatments, including the “Time Together” (a pedicure, manicure, and massage; three hours), and the “Day Together” (a deep cleansing facial, neck treatment, mani and pedi, massage, makeup application and sauna time; four hours).

Couples looking to get away for the holidays might do well to consider the Fairmont Royal York, as the hotel notes it’s “an especially memorable time.”

We suggest couples book the Fairmont Gold, which has its private reception area on the 12th floor. Fairmont Gold members receive a dedicated concierge team to assist with anything they might need, from dinner reservations to limousines, as well as breakfast every morning and hors d’oeuvres in the evening. The Fairmont Gold One Bedroom Suite is the top option in this category.

There is also a “Royal Romance Package” available, including a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast in bed, and a 3 p.m. late checkout.

Tip: Fairmont President’s Club Members have access to the house BMWs for pick-up and drop-off in the downtown area. Nearby attractions include Ripley’s Aquarium, which has date nights, the Distillery District, and the CN Tower, where daring guests can try the Edge Walk. President’s Club Members also have the option of touring the city on BMW bicycles.


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