Friday, November 6, 2009

Insider Picks from Mont-Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant, a ski and cottage destination about an hour’s drive northwest of Montréal, Quebec, is nicknamed the “Aspen of the East” for good reason. On winter weekends, Hollywood types head to this quintessentially French-Canadian rural region to test the highest mountain in eastern Canada and enjoy a chic après-ski scene...

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Monday, September 21, 2009

From earth to table, in more ways than one

The Gazette (Montreal) - Quebec,Canada

Chef Lindsay Petit of Hotel Quintessence in Mont-Tremblant has paired up with farmer Michael Rossy of Runaway Creek Farm in Arundel to produce an organic ...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Social Life Magazine Travel Section: Cool Canada

Mont Tremblant has consistently been voted the “Best Resort” by Ski Canada Magazine. During the warmer days, travelers can take advantage of the four award-winning golf courses, or breathtaking views on the hiking paths...

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Hotel Quintessence: Reviving The Art of Hospitality

When it comes to travel, personal space - both physical and psychological - is my idea of the ultimate luxury. Real luxury is silence on demand, good beds and fine cotton bed linen. The true luxury hotel checklist: a vast room, vast bed and a vast bath...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ten Top Summer Getaways: Hôtel Quintessence

Prestigious U.S. magazine Robb Report lists Hotel Quintessence Ten Top Summer Getaways

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Les meilleures adresses pour jet setters contemporains

Le journal La Presse place l'hôtel Quintessence parmi les meilleures adresses pour jet setters contemporains.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Hotel Quintessence was recently included in an editorial feature for Tyloo Magazine.

Tyloo is a Chinese lifestyle magazine that provides successful people with ideas on how to live a rich and quality life.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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«We went to Mont-Tremblant with our 6 year old son for a ski trip. We went with high expectations and I must say that this hotel far exceeded every one of them. We were greeted in our suite with jazz music, wine chilling, chocolates, a fire in the fireplace, and most important our son’s bed was complete with his own small robe and slippers. The hotel staff was very attentive to our every need. We absolutely loved this hotel and already are planning a return trip. Very Romantic and accomodating for our son!!!!»

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Boutique-hotels can teach everyone about customer service

In recent years, the term “boutique” provider has been coined as the highest standard of personalized customer care in many industries. So how do those high-end boutique hotels do it so well, effortlessly and seamlessly? It’s all in the details, they would casually tell you, but you can’t “buy” the right attitude or the enthusiasm of their carefully appointed personnel. As you walk in, you are practically greeted by name, as staff recall a note or two from a previous conversation they had with you. The welcoming atmosphere most likely includes many added-values to each stay, such as treats and soft music waiting in your suite, or cocktails in the lounge to thank you for joining this pampered clique.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Three ways to melt hearts in the snow

Mont Tremblant's Hôtel Quintessence sets the standard for classic luxury and casual elegance in the Quebec countryside, thanks to its gorgeous suites, creative cuisine, lakefront setting and slopeside convenience.

"Quintessence is romantic at any time, not only on Valentine's Day," said managing partner Sean O'Donnell. "Our Clagett's Cabin, an exquisite hideaway, is the ultimate in privacy."

Indulgences in all Quintessence suites include a long soak in a two-person bathtub that overlooks Lac Tremblant, followed by a couple's massage in front of the fireplace. The day ends on a four-poster bed with custom-made mattress, fine Egyptian cotton sheets and a duvet so heavy that it takes three housekeepers to fluff it.

"All of our menus are meant to stir your passions, but we have added a few love potions for the occasion," said Quintessence executive chef Lindsay Petit, who is planning a Valentine's dinner for Feb. 12, 13 and 14 that will include a spa gift and homemade truffles. "And the cuisine is light enough to dance or make romance after dinner."

The menu includes bisque of Acadian oysters laced with Labrador tea, tuna with wild cranberries from Natashquan, sweetbreads with pine mushrooms from James Bay, Nova Scotia lobster saffron risotto or filet mignon with truffles. The dessert, a tartlet of raspberry, essence of wild rose and white chocolate, will make you swoon, Petit said.

Even breakfast at Quintessence is sumptuous. The tiny vials of ginseng served with fruit salad should provide a libidinous Valentine's rush.

Quintessence is an oasis of tranquility adjacent to Mont Tremblant's bustling skiers' village. The hotel also spoils its guests with a spa, top-drawer gym, wine cellar, valet parking, concierge service and a Land Rover shuttle.

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Quebec story by Sian Lloyd

Q Restaurant in Hotel Quintessence was a treat after a long day's hiking in Parc National du Mont Tremblant. And what a treat - Quebec forest mushrooms, foie gras terrine with vanilla ice cider jelly, Canadian elk, local wild trout, saute of fresh strawberries and red pepper, wild raspberry souffle and, best of all, apricot pastries in linden flower tea....Read the article


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Le Quintessence : Un conte de fées!

Thierry Daraize est dithyrambique à propos du Restaurant Quintessence dans sa chronique écrite. On peut le lire dans le cahier Art de vivre : Cuisine & vins du journal de Montréal ainsi que sur le Réseau

"Installé au bord du majestueux lac Tremblant, cet hôtel de luxe renferme en son sein un restaurant digne des meilleures tables du Québec permettant aux gourmands de vivre un moment magique!"

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Art de vivre : Cuisine & vins - Le Quintessence: Un conte de fées!

Nos campagnes par courriel des derniers mois

Voici la campagnes par courriel que nous avons menées durant les derniers mois:

Experience the Blues at its best!

Robb Report 2008

Guaranteed Sun & Fun!

Newsflash Quintessence :: Août/August 2008

Live the Quintessence of colours!

The Quintessence of wine in Tremblant

Intimate and unique meetings

Le Shack, La Forge et Le Quintessence - Célébrez avec nous!

Celebrate at the Quintessence this year

Magnifiques commentaires sur Trip Advisor

Quelques beaux commentaires publiés sur Trip Advisor. Merci pour ces bons mots.

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"...the best customer service we've ever had in any hotel."

"Overall you can't go wrong staying at this hotel - by far the best in Tremblant..."

"After our ordeal at the Four Seasons in Whistler we finally came to a hotel where people understood what it is to hold 5 stars!"

"... it is worth every penny."

"... just loved the experience. Just unique. Lovely place."

"This hotel is simply stunning."

"... the service was impeccable."

Le Brunch bio du Quintessence dans le Tremblant Express

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Concours avec AXE et Trioomph

Quintessence offre, en collaboration avec AXE, des séjours pour un événement Trioomph à Tremblant en mai 2009.

La newsletter de Mary Gostelow (Kiwi Collection) parle de la venue de Lance au Quintessence

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Ride with Lance is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Cancer survivor and cycling champion Lance Armstrong supports the Cedars Cancer Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Best Care for Life Campaign in Montreal, September 12-13, 2008. The 60-mile Ride with Lance begins at the lovely Hotel Quintessence, Mont-Tremblant, also in Quebec.

Le service de concierge de bois du Quintessence souligné dans le Time

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"The job description of the wood concierge at Quebec's Hotel Quintessence, tel: (1-819) 425 3400, is simple: Create coziness. And that means restocking your room's fireplace with seasoned wood, starting a roaring fire and keeping it stoked. He can time its lighting to greet your return from the slopes or set an outdoor bonfire for marshmallow-roasting."

Le Spa Sans Sabots dans le magazine ZINK

Le Spa Sans Sabots est mentionné dans le magazine ZINK, édition de septembre 2008.

Cruising for bubbly

The Gazette
Published: 14 August 2008

Boaters will be buoyed by a deal that offers French bubbly on the house at the luxurious Hôtel Quintessence, the only five-star establishment on the shore of Lac Tremblant. The 30-suite boutique hotel is offering free champagne for guests who sign up for a cruise on its vintage mahogany motorboat, built circa 1910.

The one-hour boat tour is a relaxing outing on the picturesque lake surrounded by the Laurentian Mountains, whose forests are on the verge of turning to their vivid autumn colours. The cruise also offers a rare duck's-eye view of the alluring private houses along the shore. They range from grandiose mansions that have been built over the past 15 years, since Intrawest revamped the Tremblant ski area, to secluded cottages that have been in the same family for generations and are accessible only by boat.

Quintessence is a lakeside, slope-side country lodge that is outstanding for its deluxe accommodations; mahogany and stone interiors; wine bar; heated, infinity-edged pool; and superlative terrace dining overlooking the lake. Executive chef Lindsay Petit cooks up innovative, gastronomic dinner tasting menus of foie gras, elk, Angus steak or fish. ($64-99 p.p.) The more affordable Sunday barbecue brunch is an exquisitely presented buffet of delicacies ($29 for adults, half-price for children 12 and under). Lunch ($15-22) includes gourmet fare like salmon or caribou burgers and salads of duck confit or seared tuna.

If you go: On weekends, from $615 per night for a suite with heated bathroom floors, double-air-jet tub, private balcony with lake view and a fireplace; up to $1,630 for a sweeping presidential suite with a huge private terrace and hot tub. Single-night Saturdays cost $100 more. Weekday rates, $395-$1,410. All including gourmet breakfast and access to pool and spa. The champagne cruise promotion, $175 for up to six, will bubble until mid-October. Call 866-425-3400 or go to

Armstrong rides into local hearts with cancer fundraiser

Published: Sunday, September 28

Lance of a lifetime: Lance Armstrong saddles up for the Cedars Cancer Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, generating over one million dollars for cancer care.

Unless you've been living under a rock or have made it a mission to avoid any/all media, you know by now that the world's best-on-bike and inspirational cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong, is returning to professional cycling to try for an unprecedented eighth Tour de France championship.

Pretty awesome stuff.

Even more awesome: just after that announcement, his Lance-ship jetted to our fair city for a Cedars super-weekend of fundraising and awareness-building likely to go down in Cedars history as its fête des fêtes.

Festivities got under way with the much-anticipated "Ride with Lance," an over-the-mountain fundraiser (literally!), chaired with elegance and purpose by international fitness centre mogul Leonard Schlemm, marketing master Louise Courey Nadeau, and Toronto-based McLean Budden CEO Roger Beauchemin.

Thirty-eight lucky cyclists had the coveted opportunity to join the Live Strong legend on a breathtaking 100-kilometre ride through the Laurentians.

Generous sponsors included the Mansfield Athletic Club, RBC Foundation, Roche Alcon Canada, Astral Media, Bombardier, GBC, Brown's, Grandma Emily, Beauward, Simard, Eska, the town of Mont Tremblant and the Sûreté du Québec.
Pumped up-participants each raised an impressive $25,000 (or more) for the cause.

Biking it up a notch were, among others, former Olympic cyclist Gervais Rioux; skier Connor O'Brien; hockey star Stephane Quintal, Gene Piccoli; fundraising phenom David Bryson; Bénoit St-Amant; legal eagle Mark Hanna; Robert D. Johnson; a power-pack of "power girls" (see photo); RBC Global Markets VP Stéphane Berubé; Bob Coté (who trained for a mere two weeks) and Charles Johnston, all bound by the chance to Lance and raise essential funds for the cause.
The race was based at tony Tremblant escape, the Quintessence (debonair managing partner Sean O'Donnell also participated), where riders enjoyed an energizing pre-cycle brunch.

Although the weather did not co-operate, the air was thick with exhilaration and emotion as Lance took fellow riders on the journey of their lives, making sure to spend several minutes cycling beside each of them.

"You didn't even notice the rain," said Ian Aitken of Pembroke Management. "This is something you dream about, actually it's beyond a dream."

In fact, many teared up alongside Lance as he touched their lives indelibly, inspiring in a way that defies description.

Armstrong took a few moments to share his sentiments: "It's an honour to be here in Quebec for this fundraiser today for a beautiful bike ride. The weather didn't co-operate necessarily but that's OK. As we know, the disease also doesn't co-operate."

Post-race, cyclists retired to sumptuous suites for some well-earned R&R before heading back to the majestic lobby for a casual-chic VIP cocktail, marked by the presence of MUHC Foundation president Don Taddeo; board beauty Anna Burgos; Sarah Cooke Fund founder Lorena Cook; Ken Villazor (advisor to Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators); and of course, Cedars top brass...

While mortal participants mixed and mingled, his cycleship took time out to autograph photos for each rider in his suite, before rejoining them for an intimate dinner in the famed Le Wine Bar.
Riders couldn't believe their good fortune, and relished every moment of the gathering.
But Lance's infinite inspiration did not stop there.
The following day, he joined Premier Jean Charest in Lachine to kick off the Cedars Cancer Institute Fuller Landau "Rain or Shine" Dragon Boat Race and Festival, masterfully chaired by Cedars CanSupport founder/chairperson Gwen Nacos and board member extraordinaire Bruce Shadeed. Hosted by CJAD AM wonder Andrew Carter and Rock
Détente's Chantal Lecroix, the fabulously fleuve fête (coordinated by Terry Diab) attracted 35 enthusiastic teams wholly committed to rowing for the cause.

Caught on the Jencam paddling heart and soul were high-profilers Sam Scalia; Fuller Landau's Michael Newton; and Amy and Peter Howick, all cheered by still more high-profilers including the TD Bank's Bruno Ciolfi; Gildan's Eric Lehman; Chamandys à la Shirley, Allan and Sandy; and Kate and Russell Groome of the Clarence Dillon Trust, who that special day, presented CanSupport with a $250,000 cheque, topping off the million dollar weekend of a Lance-time.
Noties In the Know: Lance's one-of-a-kind custom-built TREK Madone SL bike is now proudly owned by les Schlemms (who bid a lofty $30,000 for the privilege).

Florida Winter Tour to award Ferrari Driving Experience

Formula Kart Productions, Inc, in conjunction with Ferrari North America, is pleased to announce an unprecedented award for the 2009 Florida Winter Tour. One lucky 2009 FWT Rotax Masters competitor will receive a complimentary program seat in the Ferrari Driving Experience, Ferrari’s exclusive driving school based in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. The award is valued at $8,900 USD.

Ferrari North America’s Paul Montopoli: “We are excited to participate in the Florida Winter Tour. Ferrari North America has observed the tremendous success of this series among a broad group of North and South American motorsports enthusiasts. We believe that the high level of competition and commitment among the racers is commensurate with Ferrari’s passion and dedication to motorsports. As such, we believe that the Ferrari Driving Experience prize will further heighten participation and competition.”

FKP’s Bill Wright: “This is the kind of award I really appreciate. This Ferrari Driving Experience package is normally available exclusively to Ferrari owners, it has a very high monetary value, and it’s taking place at an incredible venue. Combine the exclusivity, the value and the location and we’ve put together a really special opportunity for FWT participants. Of course I’m personally very excited to add Ferrari North America to the list of valued FWT support partners, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

Ferrari North America will contribute one complimentary Ferrari Driving Experience program (Basic level) to a 2009 FWT Rotax Masters competitor who pre-registers for and competes in all six 2009 FWT Rotax races - name selected by random among competitors at the final round who satisfy the “prize” requirements. The winner is entitled to register for and participate in a 2009 program. The winner is required to pay for transportation to and from the Hotel Quintessence in Mont Tremblant. All other program and transportation shuttle fees are covered.

The Ferrari Driving Experience is an exclusive two-day precision driving school that allows students to experience the performance of a Ferrari in the controlled environment of a race track. The premise of the program is to increase comfort and confidence behind the wheel of a Ferrari. Students drive the all-new Ferrari 430 Scuderia, 599 GTB Fiorano and the F430 on the panoramic and challenging Circuit Mont-Tremblant, a former Formula One venue. The combination of these cars, highly skilled professional instructors, track and resort locations makes the Ferrari Driving Experience an experience of a lifetime.

For more information about the Ferrari Driving Experience see .

The Formula Kart Racing Florida Winter Tour is one of the longest running and largest sprint kart racing series in the world. For the 10th consecutive year the 2008 FWT set records for entries and awards, averaging 630 entries per month, including drivers from 23 different countries, 24 U.S. States and 6 Canadian Provinces, with total value of cash purses and awards exceeding $100,000.

Entrevue de notre chef Lindsay Petit dans l'infolettre d'

Dans le cadre de la promotion de notre forfait Romantique, notre chef répond à un questionnaire et partage une délicieuse recette de thon mariné à la Jamaïcaine dans l'infolettre d' Régalez-vous!

Lance Armstrong de passage au Quintessence

Lors de l'événement Roulez avec Lance du 12 septembre dernier.

A lire et voir sur le site de Radio-Canada:

Lance en campagne

Les hôtels favoris des gens de l'industrie

Dans le cadre de la 18e édition du tournoi de golf de l’industrie touristique du Québec, a demandé aux 288 golfeurs de nommer leur établissement favori ou « coup de cœur » au Québec. Plus de 100 établissements ont récolté des mentions, voici le décompte des plus populaires :

1- Manoir Richelieu, 23 mentions

2- Château Bonne Entente, 17 mentions

3- Auberge St-Antoine, 12 mentions

4- Quintessence, 12 mentions

5- Château Frontenac, 10 mentions

6- Sacacomie, 8 mentions

7- Hilton Lac Leamy, 7 mentions

8- Le Baluchon, 5 mentions

9- Auberge du Lac à l'eau claire, 5 mentions

10- Auberge Mange-Grenouille, 5 mentions

Hotel Quintessence Amongst the Top 100 Ultimate Escapes by Robb Report

We are happy to announce that Hotel Quintessence was chosen for a third year in a row amongst the top 100 resorts in the world by Robb Report. The only other hotel in Canada mentioned in the list is the Four Seasons Resort Whistler.

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Gala Signature des Chefs

Chef Lindsay Petit took part in the Gala Signature des Chefs held on May 3rd at Wyndham Cap Tremblant.
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Owners' annual BBQ - June 15th

This year the Owners' annual BBQ will team up with Chantale Germain to raise money for the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation.
During the event there will be a silent auction to raise money and for guests, other than the owners and their immediate family, a limited amount of tickets are on sale at 50$ each.
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AAA/CAA Rating

Hôtel and Restaurant Quintessence received its AAA/CAA four diamond rating for the fourth consecutive year.
Mrs. Delphine Elefante and Mr. Sylvain Gravel were proud to receive the official plates.

Magazine Brigade

Following the attribution of the Carte d’Or by the “Collège des ambassadeurs du vin au Québec” for our winelist,
“Brigade” approached Sylvain Gravel for a feature in their magazine.
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Elle Quebec Magazine

In the Vie Touristique section of Elle Québec’s June edition, Restaurant Quintessence is mentionned as a must in Mont-Tremblant.
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Luxury spas in Canada and Caribbean inspired by environment

Article by Terese Loeb Kreuzer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Vie de Luxe

Vie de Luxe, published by Kontent Group, was distributed mid-March as an insert in the Globe and Mail.
The insert was distributed in selected areas ACROSS CANADA such as Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, etc.

Kontent Group publishes such magazines as : Inside E Magazine / FQ Magazine / Sir Magazine

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Spa Finder Luxury Magazine

Spa Sans Sabots featured in the May-June issue of Spa Finder.

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Combat des Chefs

Chef Lindsay Petit took part in the Combat des Chefs held on April 14 at Queue de Cheval. The event raised more than 85,000$ for the "Nourrir un enfant" organisation.

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Good reviews for Q on Trip Advisor

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2 page spread in Spade Magazine

Hotel Quintessence is featured on a 2 page spread in the new Spade Magazine. The editorial titled "Before night Falls" features hotels from accross North America.

Other hotels featured include :
The Shoreham in New York City
The Chamberlain West Hollywood in West Hollywood
The Avalon Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills

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The Bay Street Bull

The Bay Street Bull magazine, from Toronto, has an Editorial titled Snow Thrills featuring resorts in Canada, the US and Europe.
Hôtel Quintessence is mentionned on Page 9.
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Quintessence in the Tremblant Express

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Quintessence featured in the New York Times

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The New York Times online published last week a feature on Tremblant.
Please refer to the last paragraph of the article to read about Quintessence.

Tremblant’s Hôtel Quintessence wins coveted Condé Nast Award

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (January 29, 2008) – Hôtel Quintessence, the only 5-star boutique hotel in Tremblant, has won the prestigious 2008 Condé Nast award for “Most Excellent Small Hotel” in North America.

Condé Nast Johansens, the international luxury travel guide published by the “most trusted name in travel,” Condé Nast Publications Ltd., announced the winners of the 2008 Awards for Excellence on January 25, 2008. Other nominees in the category were: Tower 23, San Diego, CA; Windsor Arms, Toronto, Ontario; and L’Auberge Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

Hôtel Quintessence
Hôtel Quintessence is well known by sportsmen and bon vivants the world over for its 30 exceptionally large, handsomely appointed suites, all of which offer an uninterrupted view across magnificent Lake Tremblant. Guests enjoy seamless check-in, impeccable service, and a variety of sumptuous amenities and services such as wood-burning fireplaces, feather beds, and opulent bathrooms with heated marble floors, double air-jet tubs, rain showers and private water closets. The Q Restaurant and Winebar offer the guest an extraordinary level of haute cuisine with specialities based on locally raised meats and produce. The 5000-bottle capacity wine cellar with tasting room allows wine connoisseurs to experience some of the world’s best wines in exceptional conditions.

Quintessence Managing Partner Sean O’Donnell notes that he and the hotel team are delighted to have been recognized with this award. “We are proud to be so highly acclaimed by this world-renowned travel authority. As a boutique hotel, created from the ground up to be an exclusive mountain sanctuary, we feel that this award is the ultimate compliment to our team’s efforts and dedication.”

The prestigious Condé Nast award is the latest distinction earned by this luxury boutique hotel. Robb Report Luxury Resorts has also included the “Q” for two consecutive years as one of the “finest 100 resorts and ultimate escapes in the world”.

Intense competition
“With 326 of the world’s finest properties in the 2008 Recommended Hotels, Inns, Resorts & Spas – The Americas, Atlantic, Caribbean, & Pacific, and our expanded coverage of Canada and Central and South America, the categories were very competitive,” said Lesley O’Malley-Keyes, VP & Publishing Director, The Americas. “Condé Nast Johansens recommends only properties that meet our exacting standards, so the Excellence Awards winners represent the very best of the best. Our readers are discerning, savvy travelers who enjoy excellent accommodations and personal attention.”

Condé Nast Johansens is the most comprehensive illustrated luxury guide to hotels, inns, resorts, and spas throughout the Americas, Great Britain and Europe, and the only guide book to carry the prestigious and widely-recognized Condé Nast seal of approval. Recommendations are based on excellence, unique style, cuisine, diverse character, and exceptional location, making the Guides one of the most trusted resources for exemplary accommodations.

Conde Nast Johansens

The Conde Nast Johansens 2008 Recommended Hotels guide is now available (just received it Friday!).
We have a few copies at the hotel, please do not hesitate to ask to see a copy on your next visit!

Horizon Travel Magazine

We advertised in the October issue of Horizon Travel Magazine. The magazine was inserted in the Toronto Star and distributed to 50,000 selected readers. Our ad included an editorial.

Revenue : $211,000 +
Age group : 85% - 30 +

We are also advertising in the December issue with an editorial (featuring our 2nd Robb Report Listing).
Hotel Quintessence will have the cover of that issue.