Fancy Hotel of the Week – Chateau Whistler Christmas

  We’ve just concluded a weekend of festivities for the Minx’s birthday and it feels like the New Year has finally started. I actually love this time of year as I feel no guilt about sitting indoors in front of my computer, hiding from the unremitting greyness and gloom of a Seattle January, and can actually get sh*t done. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Although Christmas feels like a long time ago now, I just wanted to share some photos of our trip to Whistler this year, mostly because we had the most wonderful time. We don’t have any family here in the States, so it’s become our tradition to drive up to Whistler and take a pampering break in a hotel. This year we managed to score a deal and stayed for the first time at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, nestling at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler’s Upper Village. And all was utterly perfect. Unfortunately for our finances it was so perfect that we might just have to return every year, deal or no deal. From the minute we drew up at the front entrance, it felt like Christmas had begun. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com   Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Yes, roaring log fires, a quite ludicrous number of Christmas trees, life-sized gingerbread houses, beautiful wintry walks across the golf course, a big Christmas dinner-dance, macarons and chocolate fondue on tap, a very hard-working Santa and Mrs Claus, and even a Christmas stocking hung on the door of everyone’s room on Christmas morning are going to very difficult to beat.

Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com
Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com

There was obviously also far too much scope for ‘sparkly light’ photos. Apologies. The Minx-sized gingerbread house was all completely edible and smelt incredible. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com The view from our room. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Not much snow (though enough for the Husband and the Minx to enjoy their skiing) but the golf course was still pretty. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com On the night before Christmas Mrs Claus read to the kids under the tree. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Then we had enjoyed eiswein and macarons in bed while watching a relaxing movie. And Santa’s special stocking delivery the following day was a really magical ouch. Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Amazing food, gorgeous decorations and quite a good band actually for the big Christmas dinner-dance.

Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com

Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com Chateau Whistler Christmas photography by www.paolathomas.com It was really hard to leave.

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