About Gary & Taya

Founders of 9to5Travel, this jet-setting Canadian husband & wife team scour the globe searching for the best travel destinations the world has to offer. They provide detailed accounts of tropical beaches, gourmet cuisines, and luxury hotels. Learn more about the couple here.

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Super, Natural British Columbia CANADA

Destination BC released its new corporate strategy and tourism marketing plan today, and unveiled key elements of BC’s revitalized destination brand that will be used to market British Columbia to prospective visitors from around the world. The revitalized Super, Natural British Columbia® brand, focuses on nature at its core and showcases the power of the […]

On Ice At The Fairmont Empress!

Skating Rink Adds to One of a Kind Winter Playcation in Victoria, BC The annual winter wonderland at The Fairmont Empress is expanding this year with the addition of a skating rink on the hotel’s iconic front lawn overlooking the festively lit Victoria Harbour. Operating from November 20, 2014 until mid-January 2015, the approximately 60′ […]

Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, Switzerland

Switzerland’s Carlton Hotel is located in St. Moritz, one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world. The popular cosmopolitan destination is renowned for its elegant, exquisite and exclusive atmosphere, offering the ideal setting for winter holidays. After major refurbishments the Carlton Hotel reopened in December 2007, and the hotel built in 1913 now […]

World’s Leading Luxury Train – Rocky Mountaineer

2015 marks the 25th Anniversary for Rocky Mountaineer and the company has a lot to celebrate. Since its inception in 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has grown to be the largest privately owned luxury tourist train in the world and is considered by many as the only way to see the Canadian Rockies. In the past 25 […]

The Best Online Hotel Sale In The World

Attention savvy travelers! Accor’s famous Super Sale – arguably the best online hotel sale in the world – is back with discounts of forty percent at participating hotels and resorts across Asia Pacific. Plan your next vacation at Accor’s Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles brands with rates starting from as low as […]

Elegantly Renovated Penthouse At Hilton Bentley Miami Debuts

The AAA 4-Diamond award winning Hilton Bentley South Beach this week debuted a newly-renovated 3000 sqft penthouse suite with gorgeous wrap-around views overlooking the ocean at the beautiful southern tip of South Beach, where the ocean meets the bay adjacent to South Pointe Park. This two-story extraordinarily refined suite is complete with two master bedrooms […]

Miami’s Hilton Bentley South Beach

The Hilton brand’s South Beach outpost, Hilton Bentley offers travelers a luxurious beachfront oasis situated at the southern-most tip of Ocean Drive in the exclusive “South of Fifth” enclave.  Guests are footsteps away from Miami’s most sought after restaurants and nightlife. For visitors looking to vacation within the hotel, the amenity-rich Hilton Bentley is a […]

Fairmont Pacific Rim Ranked #1 in Canada by Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards were announced today and in its  first ever appearance within the results, Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim was named ‘#1 City Hotel in Canada’ and included in the ‘Top 100 Hotels in the World’. The 18th annual Travel + Leisure World’s Best Reader’s Survey asked discerning respondents to rate hotels on […]

Travel Photo of the Day: Eleuthera

Voted “Best Secret Island On Earth” by TRAVEL + LEISURE, Eleuthera, is an island in the Bahamas where dark Atlantic Ocean water meets aqua Caribbean Sea – exquisite!

Travel Photo of the Day: Qualia, Hamilton Island

Qualia, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef Pronounced kwa-lee-ah, which in Latin means “a deeper sensory experience,” this property is on the northernmost tip of Australia’s Hamilton Island. Voted Best Resort in the World 2012 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, this secluded paradise in the Whitsundays’ hillside pavilions are spread over 30 acres of […]

Western Canada’s #1 Spa is Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort

Located in Parksville, British Columbia, on beautiful Vancouver Island, Tigh-Na-Mara Resort has been a seaside retreat for tourists and locals alike for over thirty years. The resort is situated on three kilometers of sandy, tidal flat beach, making it some of the warmest ocean waters to swim in during the summertime in the entire country. […]

Touch Spa at Touchstone Resort on Lake Muskoka

Located in one of Canada’s most scenic regions, Touchstone Resort’s world-class Touch Spa celebrates the peaceful synergy of forest and lake with services incorporating the healing properties of plants and minerals native to Lake Muskoka, Ontario. We had the opportunity to experience the serene Touch Spa during our Buick Encore Adventure courtesy of GM Canada. From […]