Academy Awards stars invited to Whistler 

Celebrities are pretty common in Whistler these days but you might expect to see a few more of them in the coming months.

All 125 presenters at this Sunday’s Academy Awards will be receiving a package put together by the luxury Opus boutique hotel in Vancouver, which includes a Whistler Platinum Reservations visit to the resort.

"We are absolutely excited about this opportunity to showcase our product," said Craig Hollerin, vice-president and general manager of Whistler Platinum.

Stars will be treated to the best the company has to offer, including ski in —ski out luxury homes, French champagne upon arrival and fresh flowers. Chefs can also be ready to dish up local delicacies.

Stars will travel to Whistler by helicopter and enjoy a day of skiing and all the other luxuries the resort has to offer.

While in Vancouver stars will stay at the Opus hotel for three nights – a package worth $7,000.

They will also enjoy spa treatments, fine dining and a helicopter tour of the city.

If wine appreciation is their thing celebrities can travel to the Mission Hill winery in the Okanagan by helicopter and sip the grape.

This year’s presenters include Sandra Bullock, Jim Carey, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey and many more.

At last year’s Academy Awards each presenter received a gift basket worth $25,000 that included a 10-day African Safari.

It’s believed that this is the first time a Canadian Hotel has been included in the presenters’ gift baskets.

The Opus Hotel put the package together and submitted it in early January. Organizers decided to put the Opus package and a stay at a tropical resort in each goody bag.

Over 60 hotels around the world competed to be in the baskets, which also include fine jewelry, state of the art electronic gear, designer accessories and other luxurious gifts.

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