Maenam is a glamorous little Thai restaurant in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighborhood. In Southern California we’ve got some of the best Thai food outside of Thailand. But we’ve got nothing quite like this.
The Shangri-La Vancouver celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, yet this hotel still feels brand-new. The 119-room hotel occupies the first 15 floors of a stunning 62-story condominium tower in the heart of downtown. This was the first North American location for the Hong Kong-based luxury brand.
The helicopter lifts, then tilts back, back, back… The trees spin sideways. The bay slips out from under us. The sky comes rushing forward. Clouds. Blue. An eagle… The trees begin righting themselves. We were upside down for only a split second before completing the loop-d-loop. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to weightlessness, and though I want to retain my composure, I can’t wipe the silly grin off my face. We feather toward the lake, landing softly on one of the resort’s three over-water helipads.