Travel Weekly assistant editor Tara Rosa visited the Delta
Lodge at Kananaskis in Alberta. Her report follows:
KANANASKIS, Alberta -- For guests seeking what I would call
"rustic luxury," the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis is the place to
Its location is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, and the
property's amenities offer a relaxing atmosphere where guests can
Located 62 miles west of Calgary, the lodge sits in the Canadian
Rockies, surrounded by 1,500 square miles of wilderness in
Dale Dyck, the Delta Lodge's general manager, said, "We have one
of the remaining areas that's sort of wild, where you can have the
best of both worlds."
Because there is no nearby town, guests are basically confined
to the resort. But with all of the available activities, guests can
spend an entire vacation without ever having to leave the hotel's
grounds or the surrounding area.
"[Guests] could cross-country ski, hike or go rafting --
depending on the season -- and then come back and have a
four-diamond [rated] meal or a massage," Dyck said.
Other activities offered in the area include ice skating and
snowshoeing in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer.
"We try and think of ourselves as sort of a 'stationary cruise
ship' and package activities with the stay," Dyck said.
The 321-room property is comprised of two buildings located steps
away from each other -- the Lodge and the Signature Club.
The Lodge houses the majority of the resort's guest rooms, three
restaurants, a bistro-style deli, a spa and fitness center and
The Lodge's guest rooms feature a "woodsy" and Western motif.
The decor uses dark woods and colors. Rawhide sconces light the
hallways, and handmade quilts cover the beds.
The eateries are Brady's Market, serving Mediterranean cuisine
(the chocolate fondue dessert is a must); Fireweed Grill, which
serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and features a variety of
foods from burgers to salmon, and the Season Dining Room, which
offers Canadian cuisine.
There is also the Obsessions Deli and Chocolatier, with such
offerings as sandwiches, stews and handmade truffles.
According to Dyck, one of the Lodge's "proudest achievements" is
the addition of the $1 million Summit Spa, which was completed in
The Summit Spa and Fitness Center features a saltwater pool; an
indoor/outdoor whirlpool; an eucalyptus-infused steam room; a fully
equipped gym; men's and women's locker rooms, and a variety of
treatment rooms for facials, massages and body wraps.
Among the hotel's shops is a facility that rents equipment for
The Signature Club, on the other hand, is more like a concierge
building in- stead of the traditional concierge floor found at
The building's lobby doubles as a lounge, complete with couches
and intimate tables set around a cozy fireplace.
Continental breakfast is served here in the mornings as are hors
d'oeuvres in the evenings.
The rooms at the Signature Club offer a more classic and
business-like atmosphere than the Lodge's rooms.
Each room is decorated in beige, light greens and browns and
contain mahogany furniture, sitting areas, desks stocked with
office supplies, data ports, CD players and portable phones.
"In the future, we have a number of things that we want to do,
such as connect the two buildings and add Internet access in the
rooms," said Dyck.
In the past three years, the property has spent about $9 million
"We have done [over] everything throughout both build- ings,
from carpets to wallpaper to soft goods," Dyck said.
In addition, the property's convention center offers 16,000
square feet of meetings space in the Signature Club building.
The property also offers a pet policy.
Animals are permitted to stay in their owners' rooms at a rate
of $100 per stay (seeing-eye dogs are allowed at no extra charge),
$50 of which is donated to the Calgary Humane Society.
Dyck said high season for the resort is from the end of May to
"Most people think we might be a ski destination, but we have a
much higher occupancy in the summer," he said.
Rates in the high season range from $195 for a standard room to
$410 for a suite.
Dyck added that the hotel offers discounted room rates,
"consistently in excess of 50%" to agents.