Fairmont Empress in British Columbia, named in honor of Queen Victoria, celebrates its grand opening following a major restoration. The two-year and over $60 million project celebrates both the history and natural beauty of the west coast, and elevates the historical property into a new era of modern luxury. The restoration showcases a renovated health club and pool; refreshed Willow Stream Spa with an expanded lounge, updated reception and revitalized retail area; and 229 luxurious guest rooms. The showstopper is the “Twill Flower” – a six meter high floral-shaped chandelier. Hand woven with approximately 250,000 crystals the sculpture is homage to Victoria’s reputation as the City of Gardens. Fairmont Empress opened in 1908 and lured world travelers to the far flung destination of Vancouver Island. The addition of a Royal Suite – designed by Franc Ranieri of Kreel Creative Design – will captivate those looking for the ultimate in luxury. With the restoration of Fairmont Empress complete, the hotel is once again poised to welcome an echelon of the world’s most discerning travelers. To check availability for your stay, click here.