From our initial contact through our departure, our experience at Villa Marco Polo Inn and Spa was exceptional in every way. My wife and I were celebrating our 34th anniversary with a three-day, three-night mother’s day weekend visit to Victoria. We arrived from the airport by taxi on the Friday evening to a warm reception by Liam Morton, co-owner and proprietor of the Inn. Liam, is a most personable, charming and knowledgeable host who is keen to provide guidance and offer suggestions for dining and sight seeing choices. Having chosen not to rent a vehicle, we got ourselves around Victoria on foot, by transit or taxi throughout our stay. The Villa is centrally located a pleasant 30 minute walk to downtown Victoria along Fort St. Lower Fort St. offers boutique and antique shops to browse through on your way into the old town.
We had not eaten prior to our arrival. Liam directed us to the Ross Bay Pub, a neighbourhood pub at the foot of St Charles St. at Ross Bay. It was exactly as he described. Offering good pub food, at reasonable prices, served by very attentive and friendly staff.
Booking was done on-line and availability information was accurate. Liam promptly returned our call to confirm booking details.
We booked the Persia, a lovely Victorian style room with a view of the garden and reflecting pool. Most of the flowers were in bloom – it was beautiful! The room had a large walk-in closet with built-in dresser. The bed linens on the king size bed were very high quality as was the mattress. (and we are definitely linen and mattress snobs). The fully equipped en suite bathroom was very large with a sitting area and double Jacuzzi tub that offered a view of the gardens. Separate from the sitting area was the sink, toilet and large walk-in tile shower complete with a hand-held showerhead. There were ample plush bath and hand towels. There were even tea candles and matches provided for us to create a relaxing, romantic atmosphere. We highly recommend this room.
The highlight of each day was the perfectly portioned, five course, gourmet breakfast. Each breakfast consisted of a fruit and yogurt smoothie, fruit cup, warm pastry or muffin, hot egg dish and a “dessert”. Each day was different. Even the charger plates were different colours. All food was prepared in-house, using quality, fresh ingredients. The cuisine appealed to our discriminating pallets. (we’re food snobs too).
We were immediately struck by the extreme cleanliness of the Villa. it was immaculate, not a speck of dust anywhere!
Each morning, while we were at breakfast, our bed was made and towels left in the tub were replaced. Every evening the bed was turned down and dark and milk chocolates were elegantly presented on a ring pillow in a silver and glass container.
We purchased the celebration package, which consisted of a dozen roses, gourmet chocolates, made locally in Victoria, and a chilled bottle of very nice semi dry method champignons wine.
On our anniversary, we pampered ourselves with massages and a pedicure in the penthouse spa Hamaam. The oak trimmed and open beam surroundings were elegant and soothing. The spa also overlooked the garden. Our massage therapists / esthetician, Ricardo and Sandra were a very pleasant and attentive husband & wife team who took very good care of us. The pace was leisurely and the deep tissue massages we had were thorough and exactly what we needed. The pedicure, provided by Sandra, included a soothing foot and calf massage.
We consider our stay an exceptional, shoulder season, value. We highly recommend going to Victoria at this time of year, the weather is pleasant and the flora and fauna are in glorious bloom. Our weekend get-away experience at The Villa Marco Polo ranks among our top three B&B stays across North America, Continental Europe and Australia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A leisurely game of bocce, a glass of amarone, a stroll past the reflecting pool of an Italian Renaissance garden, a massage in a romantic penthouse spa. Tuscany or Umbria perhaps? In fact, the exotic Villa Marco Polo, one of Victoria's most sumptuous inns, is located in Victoria's elegant Rockland quarter. This classically designed Victoria Inn, built in 1923 as a gift to a young bride, remains a favourite romantic getaway and wedding venue. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Marco Polo Inn Victoria, Vancouver Island