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The reopening deals at Vancouver Island hotels and resorts

We take a look at 10 hotel and resorts and their re-opening specials

Phase 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan is great news for everyone. We can now pack our bags, mindful of “respectful travel”, which includes being considerate, safe and responsible at all destinations.

As a way to welcome back locals and travelers alike, some Greater Victoria hotels and Vancouver Island resorts are inviting visitors to reconnect with their favourite places, or reconnect with friends and family at new places. You’ll likely be amazed at how much there is to explore and discover just round the corner.

Here are some of our favourite places.

Fairmont Empress

The iconic Fairmont Empress rolled out its red carpet last month. Also back is the Willow Stream Spa and outside on the grounds, thousands of bees in their hives. Take the world-renowned Tea at the Empress outside, maybe to the park or beach, and for the first time ever, the grand dame has licensed “Lunch on the Lawn” this summer, complete with blanket, pillows, and a picnic basket full of delicious lunch—sip a classic Empress 1908 gin or a round of champagne. Hats are optional.

The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Fairmont’s new Island Holiday includes special wellness guides to the city, including bike trails, city wide scavenger hunt and other adventure- based fresh-air activities.

Bonus: Canadian Residents Rate starts at $349. It includes complimentary parking, late 5 pm check-out and a free room upgrade. With the late check-out, locals can essentially book a night and stay the weekend!

Hotel Grand Pacific

For your piece of mind, The Hotel Grand Pacific no longer offers room service as they  adhere to ‘safety first’. (They are happy to drop clean towels and linens and pick up used.) The friendly staff and family atmosphere is the same, and the Athletic Club is open (except the steam room) with its 25-meter indoor pool, hot tub, kids splash pool and spacious gym.

The Pacific Restaurant is closed for now, but how about dining on your private balcony surrounded by ocean air and some amazing views?

Bonus: The Grand Pacific is offering “Back in Business” package with 20 percent off the regular rate, complimentary parking and $10 F&B voucher per person. Or “Reconnect with Victoria” and get a $75 VISA reward card with booking 2 nights or more. Starting at $309.

Hotel Rialto

This 1911 heritage building has modern and tasteful rooms with beds (deep mattresses, bamboo linens) that guarantee a good sleep. Amenities include in-room espresso, continental breakfast, flat-screen televisions, wireless internet and full access to Studio 4 Athletics.

It’s just steps from Chinatown and the Inner Harbour. Next door at Vintage Sprits insightful staff are eager to help you choose wine from an extensive selection.

Bonus: a welcome back package offers 2 nights at 10% off with the third night free, and complimentary continental breakfast.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is back with a new restaurant: FARO Handcrafted Pizza offers takeout service and delivery, maybe enjoy by the heated seaside mineral pools – open for hotel and spa guests.

The Snug has reopened for takeout and dine-in service for guests and/or reservations only. In addition, physically distanced events are in its David Foster Theatre, such as VIP Summer Screening, a series of classic and new released movies every Tuesday throughout the summer. Guests will have an exclusive experience as all of their spaces allow for a limited number of people.

Start the day with outdoor sunrise yoga, maybe followed by a round at one of the many local golf courses or explore the west coast hiking or with a picnic at a nearby beach.

Bonus: BC Residents rate starting from $299

Hotel Zed

Fun and funky in-room amenities at retro-chic Hotel Zed include rotary-dial phones, free comic books and yo-yos. There’s even a rentable Airstream trailer in the backyard.

Guests can reserve the pool and hot tub time to promote social distancing and also allow thorough cleaning after each time slot. Zed has a big grass backyard for picnics and lounging. Exterior corridors and curbside check-in means you can park and go straight to your room. With only three stories, take the stairs and avoid elevators. Groceries, supplies or meals can drop off your order right at your door.

Bonus: Bachelor Pad rooms from $119.

Outside Victoria

SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort

Combine fully-equipped luxurious cottages with breathtaking panoramic ocean views from floor to ceiling windows, private access to East Sooke Park hiking trails and the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and you have SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort.

Guests often feel like they are in a world of their own – cottages are actually on the edge of the ocean and some look directly down to “Orca Alley”. Amenities include full gourmet kitchens in each cottage and some have deep soaker tubs.

Bonus: starting at $259 (based on double occupancy in a Studio Suite) for July.

Wild Renfrew Seaside Cottages

You’ll find Wild Renfrew Seaside Cottagesnestled at the end of West Coast Road, where forest, river and sea meet. So kick back and relax in a plush and private, waterfront log cottage or cozy lodge room. Immerse yourself in nature with forested hikes, long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches and the quaint, pacific northwest town of Port Renfrew.

Once here, it’s hard to believe Victoria is only two hours away. Go for the fish and chips at the Renfrew Pub or delish pizza and to-go menu at Coastal Kitchen Café before heading out to Botanical Beach with its mind-blowing tide pools. (Check tide tables with front desk.)

Bonus: $99 a night in the West Coast Trail Lodge, with a 3-night minimum during July and August.

Beach Club Resort’s

The Beach Club Resort’s sumptuous rooms lets guests experience island living at its finest. Magnificent Parksville Beach is a stone’s throw from your private balcony. All accommodations offer ocean and mountain views, deep soaker tubs and access to many amenities, from boogie boards to bikes to binoculars.

The Pacific Prime Restaurant has been recently renovated and boasts a huge beachfront patio. The spa and indoor pool are open, although Parksville Beach, with its crystal clear salt water, has the warmest ocean swimming in Canada at high tide. At low tide miles of warm flat sand and tide pools are revealed for walking, exploring the marine flora and fauna, picnicking and sun bathing. The tide will go out for 2 km, giving plenty of room for physically distancing.

Bonus: 25% off for all BC Residents on stays of 2 nights or more.

KingfisherOceanside Resort & Spa

There’s nothing in B.C. like Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa with its Hydropath® signature spa and exceptional spa treatments. A re-created West Coast shoreline in a cave-like setting featuring sandstone sculpted caves and pools transports you far from worry, leaving you renewed and relaxed. Wait, there’s more at this oceanfront oasis! An outdoor heated pool, hot tub and infrared sauna, and two on-site dining venues.

Sunset in the Serenity Gardens outside the Pacific Mist Spa.

After a fabulous seafood dinner, stroll Serenity garden’s lush grounds with the ocean as back drop, and maybe end the evening in Adirondack chairs around the romantic glow of multiple fire bowls and live acoustic music.

Bonus:“Summer Wellness Escape Package” includes two nights mid-week (Sunday-Thursday), dining credit of $75 per person and Pacific Mist Spa credit of $100 per person. Starting from $365 per person.

Old House Hotel

The Old House Hotel comprises two West Coast themed buildings sitting on lush grounds along the Courtenay Estuary– teeming with wildlife. You needn’t go far for exceptional cuisine: the original heritage Old House is now Locals Restaurant, adored by locavores and visitors alike.

Ohspa, located in the hotel, offers a soothing atmosphere, experienced professionals, organic botanical products, and an enticing services menu.

The all-suite hotel amenities include outdoor decks, fireplaces, kitchenettes, washers and dryers, exercise room, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, full-service spa, and…freshly baked cookies!  With so many offerings, you can stay and hibernate, relax or explore. Countless activities, from Mt. Washington to the beaches and everywhere in between, can all be a part of your safe and exhilarating long-awaited getaway. And pets are welcome.

Bonus: Choose a minimum 2-night or 3-night stay and receive a 15% discount off the best available rate as well as complimentary handmade chocolates from our local artisan Hot Chocolates.

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