Victoria BC’s newest resort-hotel hasn’t had trouble fitting into its Old English landscape. In fact, there are distinct advantages to not being 100 years old. Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa’s modern design shows off its surroundings and brings the outside in, while it’s unique amenities both satisfy active lifestyles and ease weary bones.
While Western Canada’s oldest city is perhaps best known for its Victorian and Edwardian-era architecture, along with the famous Empress Hotel, Parkside fills an important niche by combining modern open concept and environmentally sustainable design for the enjoyment of hotel guests and fractional real estate owners.
Parkside’s uniqueness is evident from the very first step inside its main lobby, which opens to a three-storey glass atrium adorned with rare tropical gardens, water features and koi ponds. The atrium is so beautiful that it has become a popular venue for art exhibits, galas, weddings and even opera performances.
Parkside is both a place to relax and to be entertained. Guests and second home owners can bask and barbecue on rooftop gardens overlooking the city, stay toned in the fitness centre, and watch nightly screenings in its HD movie theatre. AquaTerre Spa is on-site, offering an impressive menu of signature treatments, while the Penthouse City Club Lounge provides an impressive social space for meetings and festive gatherings.
Besides the unique amenities available, Parkside’s 126 suites set the hotel apart. Expansive one- and two-bedroom suites reaching as large as 1,100sq-ft offer all the comforts of home, from fully-equipped kitchens, dining areas, patios, laundry facilities and elegant soaker tubs overlooking famous cultural and historic landmarks such as St. Ann’s Academy.
Parkside is a member of the Resort Condominiums International (RCI) Registry Collection, an exclusive group of international leisure properties. As such, fractional real estate owners can mix up their vacation time by exchanging their suite at Parkside to explore the world in comparable luxury. Owners can also place their suite into the hotel rental pool and collect revenue. This versatility makes Parkside fractional ownership an investment in lifestyle.
Ownership is also an opportunity to become a part of something truly world-leading.[member]
Parkside is quickly becoming known as Canada’s greenest resort-hotel for its push to become the country’s first built to LEED® Platinum Certification standards. The LEED® Green Building Rating System ensures sustainable building design, development, construction, operations and maintenance and is internationally accepted. It also supports a high level of occupants’ indoor comfort at Parkside, contributing to increased guest satisfaction and a healthy indoor environment.
For example, the 25-metre pool and hot tub are ozonated, which reduces the use of chlorine by 90% and is both an environmentally-friendly and healthy alternative to conventional chlorine found in most swimming pools. It also provides a more natural swimming experience.
Gardens are important to the property both aesthetically and environmentally. Water-efficient gardening and landscaping measures, including the use of native and droughttolerant plants throughout the gardens and other areas of Parkside, eliminate the need for potable water irrigation. Parkside reduces stormwater runoff by nearly 100%. All pavement on site is porous so rain is absorbed into a 68,500-gallon underground collection tank and used for irrigation purposes throughout the resort.
Officially opening in 2010, Parkside made an immediate impression on the international architectural design scene, winning gold in both the resort architecture and site plan design & utilization categories at the 2010 American Resort Development Association’s (ARDA) award gala.
The hotel was also awarded a 5 Green Key rating with the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program, a rating system designed to recognize the commitment of hotels, motels and resorts to improving their environmental performance, and five awards by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Vancouver Island Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards. In 2011, the hotel accepted the Energy and Environment Award from the Hotel Association of Canada, which recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture towards integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations.
By combining true comfort in a modern yet down-to-earth atmosphere, Parkside proves that luxury can be experienced with a clean, green conscience.
Pacific Shores Resort & Spa
Parkside may not have become what it is today without the earlier development of Pacific Shores Resort & Spa, its sister resort in the beach community of Parksville BC, on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
While Parkside is an urban oasis in BC’s capital, Pacific Shores is a gorgeous waterfront property located at the tip of serene Craig Bay, overlooking the popular Rathtrevor Beach. Surrounded by majestic old-growth forest, Pacific Shores is comfortably tucked away, yet encourages guests and fractional owners to get out and explore 15 acres of botanical gardens, picnic areas and heated thermal pools. There are also neighbouring trail networks, a nature sanctuary, complimentary kayaks and other on-site activities.
An incredible ocean setting combines with expansive grounds to make Pacific Shores a very desirable wedding destination. AquaTerre Spa provides an extra touch of relaxation while The Landing West Coast Grill offers West Coast cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, and includes an outdoor heated patio, award-winning wine cellar and stunning ocean views. Signature dishes include wood-fired cedar plank salmon, rotisserie-style ribs and West Coast seafood bouillabaisse. Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or appetizer in the lounge or indulge in a full dining experience in the restaurant, which features the largest privately-owned saltwater aquarium in Western Canada.
Much like Parkside, one- and two-bedroom luxury suites at Pacific Shores go above and beyond with gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms, designer furnishings, stainless steel appliances, fireplaces, washer/dryer, modern décor and private patios or balconies with beautiful garden or ocean views.
Pacific Shores is ideally situated for daytrips to forests of giant cedars, stunning waterfalls, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island’s spectacular west coast. Numerous golf courses, miles of sandy beaches, spectacular wildlife and hiking trails are all just minutes away; yet, since there is so much to do onsite, many guests are content to simply soak it all in seaside at Pacific Shores. [/member]