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When I started Dream Travel Magazine three years ago, I used to write about the places I wished I could go to that were on my dream list. Then one day I got and invitation to visit one of my dream locations and I was hooked. I haven’t written about a dream vacation in a while, but was so inspired by the team at Small Luxury Hotels of the World, I thought I’d share this with you all.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

I was invited to a small and intimate media event at the Windsor Arms Hotel celebrating the entry of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) into Canada. SLH has an impressive line up of more than 520 of the world’s finest small independent hotels in 70 countries (and growing). Some of these include many hotels from my own Dream Travel list including: The Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper in Barbados, The Blue Diamond in Riviera Maya and Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada.

Tim Davis, global director of marketing, spoke to the guests and attendees, which included travel writers, members of the media, travel agents, and SLH hotel representatives. He talked about the growth of the SLH brand in the world and of the benefits  of the free loyalty program “The Club at SLH” which offers many perks and benefits to people booking SLH hotels.

Currently, SLH has 29 hotel in the United States, 19 in the Caribbean, 9 in South America, 8 in Mexico, 7 in Central America and they are now expanding into Canada with 4 hotels. Tim Davis told the crowd that there are many opportunities for SLH in Canada as they are looking to expand further in Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary in the future.

The current Canadian SLH selection includes:

Echo Valley Resort

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Jesmond, British Columbia, Canada

Looking for a unique wilderness getaway? The Echo Valley Ranch & Spa offers a luxurious wilderness getaway where you can stay in a room or cabin set in beautiful Echo Valley British Columbia. Guests enjoy one of two world class spas or ranch activities like Horseback Riding, Hiking, Biking and Fishing or can participate in an offsite excursion to play golf or go White Water Rafting. For more on this amazing resort visit their website here.


Georgian Court Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Georgian Court Hotel is a boutique hotel situated in downtown Vancouver, just steps from BC Place Stadium, fashionable Robson Street and many of Vancouver’s downtown tourist attractions. Enjoy the cozy comforts of this luxurious hotel and dine at on of Vancouver’s well known Italian eateries: Frankies Italian Kitchen and Bar.  For more on this amazing resort visit their website here.


Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia, Kemptville, Nova Scotia, Canada

Outdoor adventure meets luxury accommodations at the Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia. Surrounded by forestland of the Acadian Forest ecosystem there are many activities to participate in including: canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, and hiking on the many trails. For more on this amazing resort visit their website here.

Windsor Arms Twilight Tea Cup

Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I’ve been to the Windsor Arms many times and am not surprised it has been added to the SLH roster as it is the perfect match. The Windsor Arms is an intimate luxury hotel located right in the middle of Toronto’s most fashionable shopping and entertainment district Yorkville, The Windsor Arms Hotel offers 28 cozy suites with all the luxurious details you would expect from a 5-star hotel. A highlight of the hotel is it’s daily afternoon or twilight tea service in the beautifully decorated Tea Room. For more on this hotel visit their website here.

Welcome to Canada!

There are many awesome and intimate places to stay in here in Canada, so I have no doubt that the Small Luxury Hotel roster will continue to grow! Look for more boutique and luxury hotels to join their roster in the future! For more info on the SLH club and the Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotel offerings visit their website.