Trip to Whistler ice caves raises staycation bar

With Covid-19 still very much a thing, many are opting to stay local when it comes to holidaying this year. Whistler is always a popular destination, but why not kick things up a notch with a visit to the famous mountain’s ice caves? Well with this decadent Shangri-La Vancouver travel package now you can.

In partnership with Head-Line Mountain Holidays, for a cool $60,000 guests are taken via private helicopter — complete with personal photographer in tow to capture the journey — to base camp on the famous ice caps. Upon arrival, following instruction, a guide will lead the way via snow machine to a tour of the ice caves, offering tidbits of information about the natural history, local wildlife and more while navigating its labyrinth of aqua blue chambers.

When inside, a five-course gastronomic menu will be served highlighting west coast specialties. Afterwards, there is an option of additional exploration on snowmobiles or buggies, or for the golf enthusiasts they can practice their swing in this unique environment using biodegradable golf balls.

The adventure doesn’t stop there. Guests are whisked back to Vancouver, touching down in a private location for dessert and champagne tasting. Once back at the hotel, A mixologist will teach how to make the perfect drink using 12,000-year-old glacier ice collected earlier.

What’s a Shangri-La experience without some signature relaxation? Cue the two-and-a-half-hour spa treatment, three-night stay in a one-bedroom balcony suite, breakfast for two, afternoon tea and a $500 credit to Miantiao Restaurant & Bar. At the end of the trip, a photo book is presented featuring images from the aforementioned activities.

Interested parties must book at least 15 days in advance. For more information and to make a reservation click here or email vancouver@shangri-la.com.

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