Toronto is packed full of luxurious accommodations, international fine dining, and world-class shopping and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for an intimate urban retreat or a fun-filled weekend with friends, here’s the perfect itinerary to celebrate a special occasion in Toronto.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
The Ritz-Carlton is an ideal place to stay if you want VIP treatment. You’ll be spoiled with the choices of theatres, arts centres, sports arenas, and restaurants surrounding this hotel. Its elegant design is a perfect blend of contemporary chic and classic sophistication. Suites like the Simcoe and the Wellington feature a warm, neutral palette with high-end finishes and carefully curated art pieces. The Ritz’s rooms boast some of the best views in the city. Ask for a view facing south to the CN Tower and the lake, or north overlooking David Pecaut Square and the financial district.
There’s nothing like a little pampering to kick off your special urban retreat. Recently ranked as No. 1 on Travel + Leisure‘s 2013 list of top hotel spas, the Spa My Blend by Clarins in Toronto is so rejuvenating, you can easily spend your whole day there. The space is open, airy, and full of natural light. Originally launched in Paris, the spa is only the second of its kind in the world, and its focus on individually tailored treatments such as customized skin analysis and bespoke product creation makes this a favourite spot for some of the beauty industry’s most exclusive clientele. Try the spa’s signature Floating on a Cloud treatment to come away in a sublime state of peace and relaxation.
After your spa treatment, saunter across the frosted glass walkway that extends above the Ritz-Carlton’s lobby to continue your urban retreat at Toca, an Italian fine-dining experience at its best. Start your celebratory dinner with a 181 Toca Spritz cocktail (for prosecco lovers) or the She-So-Pretty cocktail for a satisfying hit of amaretto. Unless you’re already a wine connoisseur you can let the sommelier recommend the perfect pairings, but a pinot bianco goes perfectly with the scallops, and a Matto Barolo is the match you’re looking for with the wonderfully tender bison steak. Before all that, though, you absolutely must order the foie gras to start. Lightly seared, divinely rich and pure, this dish is a “best of” list topper. If you’ve still got some room left by the end of dinner (and even if you haven’t), ask for a tour of the famous cheese cave where everything from little rounds of goat to giant wheels of Parmesan come to achieve their best ages. The extensive cheese selection may even rival the wine list here, and that’s saying something.
Maple Leafs Hockey Game
When you’re just steps away from the Air Canada Centre, there’s no better time to catch a hockey game. Nowhere will you find a more energetic Canadian spirit than at a Leafs game, so don your white and blue and get ready for a truly memorable night and special occasion in Toronto.