Luxury Escapes:A world away. If this statement conjures up thoughts of rest, relaxation and tranquility, transporting you to another time and place, then you are well on your way to a place so unique - it's almost unimaginable. Think nature, far away from the corporate world; a place of serenity where inner reflection becomes a daily affair. Not only is this destination absolutely magical, but it's exceptionally fresh and invigorating. A true mountain playground, come prepared to indulge your adventurous side.
It's literally impossible not to gasp at first sight of this incredible jewel nestled in the Canadian Rockies. Situated between snow-capped mountain peaks and the liquid blue glacier-fed Lake Louise, the Fairmont Chateau is often described as a "Diamond in the Wilderness." It could easily be the perfect hideaway for anyone, from the adventurous to the elite; a place that snow worshipers, backpackers, mountaineers, and nature photographers have frequented since 1882 when it was just a simple, single-level wood chalet with only a sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and veranda. To date, foreign dignitaries and Hollywood stars have frequented this distinctive hotel featuring its elegant yet cozy charm.
Built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the Château concluded renovations and expansion of the property in 1990 which beckoned a new era for the resort, transforming it into a four-season luxury vacation retreat. It has since become one of the world's most recognized hotels. Lavish guest rooms and suites boast a variety of differing configurations, paying special attention to thoughtful details. Unique features of the rooms include ornamental fireplaces to sweeping canopy beds; a guest powder room to spiral staircases; a roofed, private balcony and en suite bath. With milky blue lake and rocky mountain vistas framing each window: there no such thing as a bad view. In the most distinctive accommodations of the resort, the Gold Floor affords the discerning clientele private check in, access to the luxurious Gold Lounge, and exclusive concierge services. No matter what caliber of accommodations are chosen, however, guests are provided with dedicated Fairmont hospitality and the utmost in pampering.
Surrounded by the Banff National Park and Rocky Mountain wildlife, the region offers a tremendous diversity of sports and recreational opportunities. Paddle a canoe through the gorgeous emerald-green waters of "Emerald Lake," named after the vast amount of minerals that reflect in the sunlight. Climb the nearby summits, or hike Banff National Park to catch a glimpse of big horn sheep, elk, moose or mountain goats. Go horseback riding or try your hand at fly fishing; go white water rafting on Class II and II rivers or tee up on golf greens surrounded by the intense Canadian Rockies. Explore the backcountry on a mountain bike and then treat yourself after a rigorous day in the Escape Spa. In the wintertime, hit the slopes with skis and snowboards, or try heli-skiing for a new challenge hike up to a frozen waterfall, snowshoe, ice-skate or go dog sledding. If you're looking for a bit of romance, take a sleigh ride or spend hours with your loved one at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. An on-sight day spa conveniently offers massage therapy, reiki, shiatsu facials and aromatherapy treatments.
Considering the array of activities and the fresh mountain air, you're sure to build up an intense appetite. In every eatery on the property, cuisine is prepared with the utmost care and creativity. As diverse as the clientele, food selections are compiled to satisfy all tastes with no expense spared. The resident Executive Chef prides himself in perfecting menus which reflect unique Canadian heritage. Enjoy all of the delicious culinary dishes paired with one of 400 wines available in the Fairview Dining Room. For a true English touch, afternoon tea is offered in the Lakeview Lounge. From fondues to backpackers lunches; full mountain breakfasts to in-room dining; a romantic dinner for two to nighttime munchies - step inside from a day of play prepared to quench your hunger with an amazing assortment of culinary delights.
An hour west of Banff, home to the famous Banff Mountain Festival (which features adventure films and cultural documentaries from around the world and is presented by National Geographic), the Chateau is located only 2-hours drive from Calgary and four kilometers from the Lake Louise Village. Come seriously prepared for a genuine adventure and pure excitement. Known as the crème de la crème, the Fairmont Chateau is where you will experience a natural high and the ultimate in luxury adventure travel. Oh...and don't forget to bring your camera.