Rooms are pet friendly, too! (Photo credit: John Gaucher)
Where is Azuridge?
This remote property would be an ideal choice for those who want to get away from it all. Rooms are sprinkled throughout the estate, not concentrated in one area, so while you may run into other guests, it’s not a given. Good news for duffers, a stay here allows guests to hit the links at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, a private course of 36 holes.
Surprisingly, families are also welcome. Kids can choose to bed down the traditional way, or camp out in the loft (accessible through a ladder) inside a North Face tent. I’m not going to kid you, with rates starting at $448 per night for the family suite, a stay here doesn’t come cheap, but it is a splurge-worthy destination.
Even if you can’t spare the time to stay overnight, it’s worth coming out for lunch, brunch or Happy Hour.
A ten minute romp through the forest lands you at Priddis Creek, where you can take a twirl around the ice. Then there’s a life size dinosaur hiding in the woods, that’s sure to delight mini-paleontologists. Cozying up by the fire in the Tiger’s Eye Den, it’s easy to lose track of time (especially if you’re roasting marshmallows indoors), but those dedicated to screen time, can pull up quality children’s programming on a 103 inch screen in the theatre room.
Hotel butler service in Calgary
One of the best perks for guests, is exclusive use of the butler service. Wondering what a butler can do for you? A handy brochure indicates she can pretty much take care of your every whim. From sorting out any special requests to attending to your laundry (that’s right, clean undies!) to arranging for the spa-bath attendant to draw you a luxurious hydrotherapy bath. Why, they’ll even pack your bags for you and ensure your suite’s mini-fridge is well stocked. I wonder if asked super nicely, they’d play with your kids and listen to their home reading on your behalf. You don’t get what you don’t ask for, I say.
Swish properties such as this are a dime a dozen outside of Toronto, but luxury accommodation in Alberta is primarily concentrated in the mountains. If you’re keen to commune with nature without the crowds synonymous with the resorts of the Rockies, you’ll want to check out Azuridge first hand. Driving out for Sunday brunch is one of the best (and most affordable) ways to do this.
Where are your favourite places for a family vacation in Alberta?