People often do things in hotels that they would never do in their own homes, such as sleep soundly, watch Marley and Me, or let the kids drink as much shampoo as they want. Let loose with today's Groupon: for $297, you get a one-night stay for two in a deluxe hillside suite, breakfast, and afternoon tea at Hastings House Country House Hotel on Salt Spring Island (a $495 value). Guests may buy up to three Groupons for multiple nights; weekends require a minimum two-night stay.
Distinguished by a colourful history and a litany of awards from publications such as Fodor's, Zagat, and Condé Nast Traveler, Hastings House is a luxury resort anchored by a Tudor-style manor on 22 waterfront acres. Seven hillside suites wrap barn details such as batten siding and shake roofs around modern comforts including heated slate floors, ready-laid fireplaces, and bathrooms stocked with plush robes, towels, and large soaking tubs perfect for relaxing or brewing moonshine. For nature engagement, private balconies and wide picture windows capture tree-framed views of Ganges Harbour. Guests slumber on king-size beds lavished with eiderdown duvets and pillows (synthetic options available) and high-thread-count linens, which invite napping or quick conversion into high-end blanket forts. A hamper of freshly baked muffins and coffee or tea arrives each morning, after which heartier appetites find satiety in an English-style breakfast held in the manor house, also the site for afternoon tea.
For guests able to pry themselves away from the luxurious environs of their room, the resort's grounds include manicured gardens, a marina, and a sculpture garden for leisurely strolls or animal-friendly statue tipping. The adventurous can also take advantage of complimentary use of mountain bikes and helmets or find inner satisfaction at the spa or dining venues.