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Updated: November 29, 2012 | By enRoute editorial, enRoute magazine

Hotels: Vancouver, New Orleans, Saint Kitts and Toronto

Shangri-La Hotel


Housed in the city’s tallest building, this hotel certainly stands out, but what really sets it apart is the Zen-like calm that envelops you the moment you walk in the door.

What we loved Getting our stress-induced toxins swept away with bamboo rods during the martial arts-inspired Wushu Body Wisdom massage at CHI, the Spa.

If you only have one night Wake up early for the French toast, steeped in buttermilk overnight, then deep-fried and served with roasted apples and bacon.

Bonus You’re a short jog away from Stanley Park – to work off that breakfast.
1128 West Georgia St. , 866-344-5050, shangri-la.com


The Saint Hotel

New Orleans

Located in the completely renovated century-old Audubon building, this boutique hotel puts the French Quarter at your doorstep.

What we loved A decor that winks at the city’s sinful reputation, creating a cheeky atmosphere that encourages misbehaving. (You could play hide-and-seek behind the gauzy fabric hanging between the columns in the lobby.)

If you only have one night Sample a cocktail from the Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Godly Virtues menu while playing a game of pool as live jazz floats through the hotel speakeasy, Burgundy Bar.

Bonus Board the vintage Canal Streetcar from the front of the hotel for a tour of the trendy Mid-City neighbourhood.
931 Canal St. , 877-590-7878, thesainthotelneworleans.com


St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

Saint Kitts

The largest resort on Saint Kitts provides beachfront access and a family-friendly launch pad from which to explore the relatively tranquil island nation.

What we loved The honey-ginger propolis treatment at the resort’s Emerald Mist Spa starts with a full body massage using honey candle aroma oil and ends with a keepsake: your own candle and a jar of local honey.

If you only have one night Drink like a local and order a Ting with a Sting (grapefruit soda mixed with a healthy dose of Kittitian rum) at the airy Lobby Bar.

Bonus You’re just a few steps from the hopping Mr. X’s Shiggidy Shack, a beach bar that transforms into a dance club with live music as party time revs up.
858 Frigate Bay Rd., Frigate Bay , 869-466-1200


Trump International Hotel & Tower


You couldn’t find a better spot to play king in Queen City than at this hotel, which is right at home in Toronto’s financial district on the corner of Bay and Adelaide.

What we loved The 50,000-piece mosaic depicting faces in a crowd in the entranceway, created by artist Stephen Andrews.

If you only have one night Treat yourself to the grilled octopus and a dessert by master chocolatier David Chow at the hotel restaurant, Stock Restaurant & Lounge.

Bonus Admire the city’s skyline from the heated saltwater infinity lap pool on the 32nd floor.
325 Bay St. , 416-306-5800, trumptoronto.ca

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