Westjet Announces Value Awards

07 Jul

I just got back from a trip to “The Big Smoke” (that’s Toronto for all you non-Canadians out there), so I thought a travel related post or two might be in order.

I flew Westjet on this trip, which I must say was a welcome change. It was a markedly better customer service experience than I remember receiving from “Canada’s national airline”. At any rate, perhaps I’ll post about that at a later date. This post is about something else.

On my way home, I looked through Westjet’s in-flight magazine UP!. In there was an article announcing their “Value Awards 2010 – The best-value travel experiences in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.” Since this blog is about value, it seemed like perfect thing to share with you.

For the past three years Westjet has been asking their customers to share their opinions of the travel related locations that they feel offer the best value. People vote at for the best values in a number of categories.

This year’s list of winners will include some places that won’t surprise you much, and many that you may never have heard of at all. You will notice the heavy Western leaning to the winners and runners-up in several categories. I can’t help but feel that the results are skewed by the fact that Westjet has a much larger customer base in Western Canada than it does in the East.

Despite that reservation, I did find the list interesting and I hope you will as well. Remember to keep in mind that these are the locations that received the most votes for best value, rather than the best at any price.


Top-Voted Attraction in Canada

  • Winner: West Edmonton Mall (Edmonton, AB)
  • Runners Up: The Butchart Gardens (Victoria, BC); Granville Island (Vancouver, BC); Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, BC)

Top-Voted Event in Canada

  • Winner: Folklorama Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Runners Up: Halifax International Busker Festival (Halifax, NS); Calgary Stampede (Calgary, AB); Festival Internationale de Jazz de Montreal (Montreal, QC)

Top-Voted Restaurant in Canada

  • Winner: Atlas Cafe (Courtnay, BC)
  • Runners Up: The Keg Steakhouse and Bar (Vancouver, BC); Diner Deluxe (Calgary, AB); Banana Leaf Malaysian Cusine (Vancouver, BC)

Top-Voted Outdoor Attraction in Canada

  • Winner: Grouse Mountain (North Vancouver, BC)
  • Runners Up: Sun Peaks Resort (Kamloops, BC); Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC); Capilano Suspension Bridge (North Vancouver, BC)

Top-Voted Hotel in Canada

  • Winner: Rocking R Guest Ranch (Strathmore, AB)
  • Runners Up: Fantasyland Hotel (Edmonton, AB); Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac (Quebec City, QC); The Fairmont Empress (Victoria, BC)

Top-Voted Spa in Canada

  • Winner: Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa (Courtnay, BC)
  • Runners Up: Spa Utopia & Salon (Vancouver, BC); Scandinave Spa Whistler (Vancouver, BC); Le Nordik (Ottawa, ON)

United States

Top-Voted Attraction in the United States

  • Winner: Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, FL)
  • Runners Up: Cirque de Soleil (Las Vegas, NV); Maui Ocean Center (Maui, HI); Freemont Street Experience (Las Vegas, NV)

Top-Voted Restaurant in the United States

  • Winner: Mama’s Fish House Restaurant (Paia, HI)
  • Runners Up: Battista’s Hole in the Wall (Las Vegas, NV); The Cheesecake Factory (Las Vegas, NV); Manhattan in the Desert (Palm Springs, CA)

Top-Voted Hotel in the United States

  • Winner: Bellagio (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Runners Up: MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, NV); Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, NV); Excalibur (Las Vegas, NV)

Top-Voted Nightlife in the United States

  • Winner: The Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Runners Up: HIGH at the Hotel Erwin (Los Angeles, CA); The Moss Room at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA); Top of the Strand at the Strand Hotel (New York City, NY)


Top-Voted Attraction in Mexico

  • Winner: Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula)
  • Runners Up: Xcaret (Cancun); Cenote of Dzitnup (Cancun); Playa del Amor (Cabo San Lucas)

Top-Voted Restaurant in Mexico

  • Winner: Cafe Roma (Puerto Vallarta)
  • Runners Up: Agua at One&Only Palmilla (Cabo San Lucas); La Sirena Gorda (Zihuatenejo); La Casa Que Canta (Zihuatenejo)

Top-Voted Resort in Mexico

  • Winner: Gran Bahia Principe (Akuma)
  • Runners Up: El Cid Resorts (Mazatlan); Barcelo Maya Beach (Cancun); Royal Solaris (Cabo San Lucas)

Top-Voted Spa in Mexico

  • Winner: Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa (Cancun)
  • Runners Up: One&Only Palmilla (Cabo San Lucas); Royal Spa at Royal Hideaway Playacar (Cancun); Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Cabo San Lucas)


Top-Voted Attraction in the Caribbean

  • Winner: Atlantis Paradise Island (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • Runners Up: Dunn’s River Falls & Park (Montego Bay, Jamaica); Old Havana (Veradero, Cuba); Harrison’s Cave (Allen View, Barbados)

Top-Voted Restaurant in the Caribbean

  • Winner: The Poop Deck (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • Runners Up: Pineapple Pete (St. Martin/St. Maarten); The Sopranos Piano Bar (St. Maarten); Da Conch Shack (Turks & Caicos)

Top-Voted Hotel in the Caribbean

  • Winner: Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana (Bavero, Dominican Republic)
  • Runners Up: Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica (Runaway Bay, Jamaica); Gran Bahia Principe (San Juan, Dominican Republic); Sol Rio de Luna y Mares Resort (Holguin, Cuba)

[Source: up! magazine]

1 Comment

Posted by on July 7, 2010 in Travel


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One response to “Westjet Announces Value Awards

  1. jeff mccarthy

    August 21, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    You could obviously dedicate an entire website to Disney and others have – to look for great discounts and value highly recommend (on facebook as well) and

    Essentials for the frugal Disney planner :o)


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