(@oakbaybeachhotel by @bradenstanley)

We are so lucky to live where we do. 

Tourists travel from across the world to visit our city, enjoy our beaches and experience everything the island has to offer. 

One destination in particular, however, is especially renowned, our very own getaway paradise right here in Victoria.

Nestled on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a popular destination for many – locals and travellers alike.

With ocean views, a luxurious spa, an oven-fired pizza eatery and more, it’s a must-see and now, they’re adding an award-winning employer to that list.

This year, Tourism Vancouver Island’s annual industry awards recognized Oak Bay Beach Hotel as Employer of the Year for 2022. 

The Employer of the Year award recognizes tourism businesses in the region that exemplify best practices in gender equity, diversity, skills training and benefits. 

(Oak Bay Beach Hotel)

According to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, they have focused on retention, development and growth over the last few years, focusing on the mental health and wellness of their team. 

By working to address issues such as cost-of-living realities through various programs, the hotel hopes to create a culture of balance and growth with their team. 

Overall, they achieved the highest employee engagement scores they have ever received, resulting in them claiming the top spot.

(Oak Bay Beach Hotel)

“The tourism and hospitality businesses and employees in the Vancouver Island region have shown incredible resilience through the pandemic,” says Anthony Everett, President & CEO, 4VI (formerly Tourism Vancouver Island).

“They are all deserving of an award and I wish we could recognize each and every one by name. The Vancouver Island Tourism Conference was an opportunity to come together as an industry in person and celebrate this resilience, dedication and innovation.”

And that’s certainly not the only award Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been recognized for—year after year, the luxury boutique resort continues to win awards for its restaurants, spa and resort overall. 

In 2021, the resort was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards as the #1 hotel in Canada and 19th in the world. 

It was also recognized by the Times Colonist Reader’s Choice Awards as the best hotel, second Best Pub, and third Best Island Resort in the region. 

Finally, the hotel’s Boathouse Spa was recognized as the #1 spa on Vancouver Island, 25th of 100 spas in North America by Spa of America.  

If you fancy a staycation or are even looking to join an award-winning employer, look no further than Oak Bay Beach Hotel—Victoria’s little slice of paradise!

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

  • Where: 1175 Beach Drive
  • Reservations: Book online here
  • Spa reservations: Online here or call 250-940-0326

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