La Malbaie, Canada
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu
What it is
A waterside 405-room grande dame overlooking Pointe-Au-Pic since 1889, with a newly revamped 27-hole golf course.
What it isn't
Go go go. Guests can relax like royalty in the indoor/outdoor pools (complete with waterfalls) and tech-forward spa, where treatments include only-in-Canada ice cider body wraps.
What we think
You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, literally, when you check in at Le Manoir Richelieu. And we’re not just referring to the location, set on a bluff high above a particularly photogenic stretch of the Saint Lawrence River. But the hotel itself, where service and luxuries are so sky-high, they’re practically intergalactic. Traditionally appointed guest rooms are stocked with Nespresso machines, Le Labo toiletries, mini-bars and cuddly bathrobes. Starter rooms begin at 220-square-feet, so if you need to stretch out, we recommend booking a One Bedroom Suite (some of which overlook the river below); they’re 400-square-feet and include a separate living room with a sofabed. You may find that you don’t spend much time in your room either way; hotel amenities include a Multisports Center with putt putt, tennis, croquet, petanque, and much more.
You're here because
Nothing against Airbnb, but you’re hooked on luxury hotel service—and Fairmont has perfected it, with doting concierges, bell staff, and even easy-to-book babysitters.
From your seat along the waterside windows in the locavore Le Saint-Laurent Restaurant, you feel like you can see forever—maybe even to Europe. But once your food comes, you’re focused like a laser beam on your table, where vacuum-cooked duck breast with juniper sauce; braised short ribs with goat cheese and gremolata; and Deo Gratias cheesecake are the best meal you’ve had in way too long. Is Le Menoir Richelieu French for #TreatYoSelf?
Restaurants & Bars
Bellerive Restaurant- Local cuisine
Le Saint-Laurent Restaurant- French/Canadian "à la carte" menu
Le Point Cardinal Restaurant- Golf Course Clubhouse offering market cuisine
A breezy cliff along the Saint Lawrence River, about an hour and a half drive north of Quebec City. Nearby: the Casino de Charlevoix and Mont Grand Fonds ski resort. In short: you’ll never be bored.