Inside the Shizen Spa.
What are you doing for lunch? You may want to swap the cafeteria for the spa — seriously — thanks to the Shizen Spa found in Toronto’s Pantages Hotel, offering a lunch deal too good to pass up.
From Monday to Friday between noon and 2 p.m. the spa is featuring the ultimate pick-me-up for busy women on the go (a.k.a. everyone): a Quick Fix Manicure or Pedicure, plus a healthy lunch for only $30. READ MORE
Toronto is not only the capital of Ontario, but it’s also Canada’s largest city with a current population of more than 2.7 million. Whether you’re here for the first time or are coming back for the 10th time, if you really want to say you’ve been Toronto, these are the things you must put on your to-do list.
1. Ride up the CN Tower
Not only is the CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western hemisphere, but it’s Toronto’s most iconic attraction, piercing through the city’s skyline and lighting up the sky at night. The views from the top are incredible and it’s definitely an all-ages experience, with guests young and old testing their nerves on the glass bottom floor. For those who are in the mood for a serious adventure should consider Edgewalk — the Tower’s newest and most thrilling attraction. The 30-minute walk takes place on the edge of the CN Tower, as you’re strapped into a harness via a trolley system, allowing you to be completely hands free as you circle the building. Scaredy cats need not apply!
Though we may be a bit bias, we certainly believe Toronto is a world-class city worth visiting. From its amazing restaurants, to the great shopping, and cultural flair, it’s pretty hard not to be entertained in Canada’s biggest city. When it comes to deciding where to stay that can be a challenge, mostly due to the fact that there are so many outstanding options.
In the past few years, the city has seen the opening of more than a handful of luxury hotels open, from the Four Seasons to the Ritz-Carlton, meaning whether you’re coming to party with your girlfriends, have a romantic weekend pour deux or are here on business, you won’t be disappointed. Read on to find out our top 10 picks for hotels in Toronto.
When it comes to planning a destination wedding, Tara Soloway is a bride’s best friend. Having planned her own destination wedding in Jamaica and wishing there had been service that would have allowed her and her husband Matt to maintain their vision without having them be involved in every detail, the two decided to start LUXE Destination Weddings.
Based in Toronto, LUXE is a group of wedding consultants, travel planners, designers and photographers, who specialize in luxury destination weddings and honeymoons at some of the most exclusive destinations and resorts in the world.
With most couples opting for a destination wedding in a hot locale, Tara often finds herself near the beach in places like Mexico, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic, just a handful of the countries LUXE has expertise in.
We had the chance to chat with Tara who told gave us the scoop on some of her favourite things — including her favourite hotel, most essential travel accessory and where she goes on vacation. READ MORE
A bedroom at the Soho Beach House Miami.
We’re kinda really into the idea of getting all-access to a members-only club without paying full price. Can you blame us? One of the most exclusive members-only clubs around is the Soho House. With locations all over Europe and North America including London, New York, Berlin and most recently Toronto, the chain has branched out to include restaurants (some of which are open to non-members) and hotels. READ MORE
La Societe Bistro.
Are you as excited as us for Winterlicious? Toronto’s annual culinary celebration is back and is looks to be better than ever. Running from January 25 – February 7, 2013, Winterlicious is when dozens of the city’s best-loved restaurants offer prix fixe menus at lunch and dinner, as an opportunity to get more customers through their doors during this typically slow restaurant season.
We however, see it as that time of year when we can try a new restaurant we’ve been dying to check out, as well as dine at some high-end restaurants for a fraction of the price it would be if we were just walking in on a regular day. This year a total of 191 restaurants around the city are participating in the prix fixe menus, and on top of that are unique culinary events you can attend, including a cocktail making class and pasta-making workshop.
With so many restaurants and events it can be a challenge deciding where to go, so we’ve selected our top picks for this year’s Winterlicious. Bon appétit! READ MORE
We know we’re not the only ones who like to step up their fitness game in anticipation of a tropical getaway, since that inevitably means showing more skin (hello, sundresses, shorts and tank tops) and stepping out in a bathing suit (preferably a two-piece). These efforts are even more crucial when the getaway is major — say a destination wedding or honeymoon. To help us amp up our workouts we have some go-to places in Toronto we think you’ll love too. Changing up your routine is always a good thing and trust us, these spots will kick (and seriously shape up) your butt.
January is a great month to travel. The holiday travel rush has subsided, March break is still months away and prices haven’t reached their peak. Even if you can’t travel this month, it’s still a great time to buy now for travel later in the year. Here are a few deals we think you’ll enjoy!
99 Days of ALT at $99
Earlier this year, we told you about the newly opened ALT Hotel at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, a basic luxury hotel that is high on style and easy on the budget. The standard daily rate for a room is $149, but starting January 1, 2013 until April 9, 2013, ALT is offering a rate of $99 to our readers. Yay us!
If you mention you saw this deal on our blog you will also get a $10 voucher, which you can use towards anything off of their ALTcetera menu — you’ll find yummy things like fresh baked croissants in the morning to dinner entrees like curry and coconut milk chicken. READ MORE
Self-portrait with Monkeys, Frida Khalo, 1943
Passionate activists and a real-life married couple — Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are undeniably Mexico’s most famous artists. The two were known for their commitment to the Mexican revolution that began to reshape their country, as well as each other.
Now 60 years after their deaths, the couples’ work is being presented together in a unique exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario entitled Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, on until January 20, 2013. READ MORE
The exterior of the ALT Hotel.
Just last week we had the opportunity to visit the newly opened ALT Hotel, located at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. The first of its kind build outside of Quebec, this basic luxury hotel is all about being sparse on added extras, yet high on style. Their motto appears brightly as you walk through the doors on the television screen: “We do less.” It’s not really about less, per se, it’s about offering guests the basic luxuries you want in a hotel, without the extra add-ons that wrack on the room rate (think valet parking and 24-hour room service). But really, how much do those things really matter when you’re planning a quick over-night trip or are stuck on a layover? READ MORE