Friday, August 07, 2009

Villa Marco Polo: Pedal and paddle packages


Victoria's Villa Marco Polo Inn has some cool pedal and paddle packages that combine luxury and adventure.

Butchart and Biking in Victoria Package

Two-night stay
Bike and helmet rental
Transport and admission to The Butchart Gardens
$50 CDN ($46 USD) credit for afternoon tea at The Butchart Gardens
Dual massage in the inn's Penthouse Spa Hammam
Full gourmet breakfast

Rates start at $425 CDN ($394 USD) based on double occupancy. Through Sept. 14, 2009.

Paddling Pleasure Package


Two-night stay
Guided kayak tour including rental equipment
Dual massage in the inn's Penthouse Spa Hammam
Full gourmet breakfast

Rates start at $450 CDN ($418 US) based on double occupancy. Through Sept. 14, 2009.

I've stayed at Villa Marco Polo Inn several times, and it's lovely -- and the massage upstairs in the Penthouse Spa Hammam was sublime. The home was built as a wedding gift for a young bride and today the Italian Renaissance mansion is a romantic destination for celebrations that include proposals, weddings, honeymoons and even
babymoons.

Suites feature double soakers, fireplaces, fine linens, luxurious beds, down pillows, hardwood floors and Persian carpets. I love the quiet neighborhood and waking up to the yummy breakfasts, made with local ingredients and served either in the dining room or the smaller sun room. Innkeepers Eliza and Liam have created a wonderful getaway on Vancouver Island. If you go before Sept. 30, 2009 make sure to see Treasures: The World's Cultures from the British Museum, on display at the Royal BC Museum.

A view from inside Villa Marco Polo Inn
Photo by Sue Frause