The Oak Bay Beach Hotel sits on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. But it's more than a convenient outpost for beach lovers, though—it's practically a self-sufficient civilization, and a luxurious one at that. Its guest rooms and suites, for instance, all come with flat-screen TVs and heated tile floors in the bathrooms. Further sumptuous accoutrements are found at the house spa, where visitors can relax in aquamarine outdoor baths with sweeping views of Mount Baker or be pampered by registered massage therapists.
Meals are an equally grand affair. Guests can choose from several dining options: dinners crafted from fresh, local ingredients in the dining room, homemade treats at the cafe, a wide selection of local and international drinks at the pub, or dinner and a show lit by chandeliers at The David Foster Foundation Theatre, where ticket proceeds go towards assisting families with children awaiting organ transplants.
Sporting the half-timbered siding and narrow windows of the traditional English Tudor style, the Tudor House Pub provides a nostalgic neighbourhood meeting place for diners and revellers. The kitchen staff concocts traditional English and Scottish recipes, which grace tables alongside dishes with American, Thai, and Japanese influences in an eclectic mélange as multicultural as the contents of the U.N.'s vending machines. Traditional pub snacks sate small appetites, and dishes containing high-profile ingredients such as AAA sirloin beef assuage more persistent hunger pangs. Sports games regularly grace TVs, and the pub's space hosts live DJs on Wednesday and Friday nights, free-for-all karaoke on Thursday, and live bands playing varied musical genres on Saturdays. Tudor House Pub’s adjacent licensed liquor store stocks bottles of spirits and grants discounts to active and retired military members.
Susan James Store promotes informed and innovative forays into sensuality with a broad collection of lingerie sets, adult toys, and massage products managed by an approachable staff. Lights set shelves aglow in the bright boutique, which focuses on the reliability and hygienic safety of its erotic wares. All toys sport casings of 100% medical-grade silicon, eschewing porous materials for better hygiene. Knowledgeable employees readily dispense recommendations on the store's supply of lubricants and complete line of Kama Sutra massage oils, and couples' kits lead to spicier date activities than sharing a bottle of sriracha at dinner.
Nestled within the Swans Hotel, Swans Brewpub crafts the classic flavours of a traditional darkened tavern in a space awash with light, artwork, and heritage architecture. Here, chefs strive to use hormone-free and locally sourced meats as they lay out feasts of savoury shepherd's pie, steak sandwiches, and pasta as bartenders gild glasses with crisp house brews. A glass-covered dining patio graces meals with a dose of sunshine, and live music from swing and blues bands creates a catchy soundtrack as visitors admire the pub's collection of First Nations carvings and ancient Inuit tap handles.
Professional comedians lob punch lines from the stage during weekly comedy nights at Hecklers Bar and Grill. Deep-fried Mars bars sizzle in the kitchen between chuckles or jeers. Seven big-screen TVs and a full food menu keep customers coming back even when stage lights are dark. Wings headline Wednesday nights with more than 50 sauces and flavourings, and waiters also transport mainstays such as beef or veggie burgers topped with bacon, fried eggs, and other fixings. Monthly amateur comedy nights invite would-be wise guys to test out new jokes and homemade Groucho Marx cigars.
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