Ah, Villa Marco Polo a warm, inviting, comfortable retreat.
This is my fourth visit to the Villa, and my first mid-winter stay. Who would have thought that I could come north from Washington state leaving rain and fog to find brilliant sunshine warming the rich earth-tones of the sumptuous interior of Villa Marco Polo?
The garden is neat and tidy for the winter; a few bulbs are just showing, and a splash of color appears here and there from sweet primroses in bloom. Interesting geometric shapes of thin-as-glass ice shimmer in the reflection pool, and the gerry oak trees that anchor the edges of the property, reveal their beautiful, strong branch structure which frames the water views from the Villa's upstairs suites.
What a wonderful place for my mid-winter respite! I could hardly tear myself away from the penthouse spa area; distant views of the Olympic Peninsula, a warm fire, and a window seat perfect for curling up with a book. Why leave? I did get out, however, because the walking, jogging and exploring in the old neighborhoods is always fun, and the downtown is so accessible-- and, as always, I enjoyed delicious, thoughtfully prepared food both at the Villa and in town. The host, Liam, has great suggestions for all outings and dinings!
If you can get away this winter, I would highly recommend the Villa Marco Polo as the perfect spot.
- 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