Spa Sirona revitalizes and energizes dilapidated dermis with a plethora of spa services. The full-body sugar scrub infuses exteriors with essential oils, and the deluxe express mani-pedi soothes stress-stricken palms and soles. The welcoming staff imbues Spa Sirona with a cozy and inviting ambience. After being barraged all day with UV rays, gamma rays, and microwaves jettisoned from passing garbage trucks, you deserve to renew your well-weathered epidermal veneer at Spa Sirona.
Housed in an elegant, brightly lit space overlooking Thunderbird Park, Samuel's by the Park serves classic and contemporary cuisine prepared seven days a week by two chefs who make everything, including sauces and dressings, from scratch. Dinner offerings include Samuel's classic Caesar salad, accented with house-made herbed croutons, asiago cheese, and the restaurant's signature dressing ($7), and the popular chicken cordon bleu, a boneless chicken breast stuffed with ham and swiss and accompanied by bacon-cheddar mashed potatoes ($21). Samuel's salmon comes pan-seared and roasted with a maple-chili glaze, garnished with red onion-cranberry relish and served with jasmine rice ($22).
Liberty Cafe's barista brigade decants an assortment of fresh-drip coffees, hand-tamped organic Espressos, and myriad specialty javas. Brewed throughout the day, numerous house blends of coffee ($2.01 each), such as the Canterbury Roasted, awaken taste buds with caffeinated jolts via the alarm clocks etched into their mocha beans. As espresso and hot milk combine beneath a cappuccino's steamed-milk foam ($3.90), the decafe drink ($2.10) supplies tongues with flavourful uncaffeinated sips. Customers can lounge in the brown booths, seats, or leather chairs in the spacious cafe or eschew childhood lessons on sharing to claim the outdoor eating area for themselves. Assorted fresh-baked muffins and scones accompany a menu of lunch items and salads (not included in this offer) and the cafe's free WiFi and stocked shelves of books and games permit patrons to set up camp without having to develop creative solutions to keep bears away.
Abkhazi Garden is the "garden that love built"—Prince Nicholas Abkhazi, a Georgian prince from Russia, and his bride Peggy settled in Victoria in 1946 and promptly began construction on the garden that they would refer to as "their child." Likened by Princess Peggy to an unfurling Chinese scroll, the blossom-brimming garden's meandering paths lead visitors around natural rock outcroppings, between sky-stroking garry oaks, and through the hedges where gnomes power photosynthesis with their stationary bikes. Along the banks of the garden's three small ponds, the songs of dozens of bird species cascade over guests and the resident turtles. Views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains peek through the gardens' perimeter amid azaleas and the Abkhazi's prized rhododendron woodland area. Inside the now-public main house, a restaurant—open from March to November—sends platters of eggs benedict, niçoise salad, and scones with jams and Devon cream to tables nestled in the great room, where cozy seats overlook the garden.
Pablo's Dining Lounge serves classic French cuisine—made from sustainable regional ingredients—within the elegant, rustic confines of a late-1800s Heritage house. The spice-brandishing, knife-wielding chefs at Pablo's make all their products in-house from scratch, which means that no pre-packaged sauces, mixes, or leprechauns will make it onto the table. Luscious loaves are baked fresh daily and all vegetables are plucked from local farms each day by the foraging chef. Seafood dishes are fresh from the briny blue and all oysters are shucked to order, so patrons can expect a small wait on the priceless pearl producers. To pair with the fresh fare, Pablo's boasts an extensive wine list that can be enjoyed with dinner or perused while relaxing in the 16-seat lounge or at the quartz bar. Take a gander at the full menu for all the fresh and flavourful feastables.