Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites Experience & Review
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Over the past decade, heightening in the most recent two years, we have been spending more time indoors and online. However, studies suggest that committing time to be out in nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy. Although many of us know intuitively that nature makes us feel better, the specifics of how and why can be blurry.
Today, we live with seemingly ubiquitous technology. We constantly experience sensory overload and are surrounded by things designed to pull our attention. Our brains were not made to be bombarded by information, so it is common that we suffer mental fatigue, overwhelm, and burnout. We owe it to ourselves to undergo attention restoration to return to a healthy state.
Attention Restoration Theory (ART) (Kaplan, 1989, 1995) suggests that mental fatigue and concentration can be improved by time spent in, or looking at nature. The capacity of the brain to focus on a specific stimulus or task is limited and results in ‘directed attention fatigue’. ART proposes that exposure to natural environments encourages more effortless brain function, thereby allowing it to recover and replenish its directed attention capacity.
Professor Ruth Garside, University of Exeter
Scientists have found evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behaviour, helping us to reduce anxiety and stress, and increase our attention capacity, creativity, and our ability to connect with other people. As the world has begun to reopen, a road trip to Whistler, a dreamy BC mountain town just North of Vancouver, was just what I needed to awaken my creative energy. I partnered with Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites, a spot of peace and respite in the heart of all the adventure Whistler Village offers. During my stay, I was able to decompress, rest, and reconnect with my productivity.
(This post is in partnership with Delta Hotels. All of the written opinions are genuinely my own.)
The cozy hotel rests in the heart of Whistler village, within a thriving entertainment district. I arrived at the hotel on Friday evening at the main entrance containing a passenger drop-off area. I was immediately greeted by a kind hotel worker who took our bags and directed us to check-in and parking. The staff was attentive and patient, explaining where all of the amenities could be found and warmly welcoming me to the town.
The first thing I noticed upon entering my weekend haven was the warm and inviting ambiance of the room. The interior decor of the room embraces woodgrain materiality and a soft, natural colour palette. With a lovely fireplace and sheer blinds revealing the evergreens and mountainous ranges that surround the village, an aura of calmness and connectivity with the natural runs throughout the suites. I got ready for a private tour at the Audain Art Museum paired with fine dining by Alta Bistro. The experience was steps away from the hotel. Returning back from the luxurious but late night, I was grateful to discover that the king bed felt like a cloud. Every ounce of this room oozed cozy.
I stayed in a spacious suite with a king bed. The room features a well-equipped kitchen and a private balcony. After a filled Saturday exploring the town, I took some time to enjoy the bustling hotel pool.
I enjoyed a leisurely Sunday morning that included, a trip to Scandinave Spas (just a 5-minute drive from Delta), and a late check-out. A porter came to my room to collect my luggage and loaded it directly into my car when I was ready to leave in the afternoon.
My weekend at Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites was the sweetest escape. With the hotel's proximity to all of the main attractions in Whistler, this is the perfect haven for you to spend time exploring the town, enjoying a plentitude of cuisine, or finding hiking trails and surrounding lakes.
Researchers believe that being in nature restores depleted attention circuits, which can then help us be more open to creativity and problem-solving. Taking respite in Whistler might be the most powerful thing you can do for yourself to jump-start your productivity.