There’s plenty to see and do in Vancouver, but don’t forget to take some me time—you are on vacation, after all. You don’t even have to leave your digs to indulge yourself, considering many hotels house some of the best luxury spas in Vancouver. Hitting the spa is perfect rainy day activity—and there are plenty such days in Vancouver. Or try this good tip: spend the morning appreciating nature with a hike on Grouse Mountain or a stroll in Stanley Park, then book an afternoon spa appointment to reward yourself for all the exercise.
Willow Stream Spa
The outdoor terrace at this fifth-floor luxury spa on Vancouver Harbour offers some of the best panoramas of Burrard Inlet. It’s worth getting to your appointment early, just to relish the view. The cozy lounges with fireplaces beckon for a pause, and the couples’ room with Japanese Zen tub is reason enough to visit. Give your skin a boost with the seaweed and thermal salt scrub.
Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place, 604-695-5550, website
If a sugar body exfoliation, a soak in a hydrotherapy tub and a relaxation massage sound good to you, bring your sweetheart in for a couples’ treatment at one of the three locations of this Vancouver luxury spa chain. Many of the other services follow Ayurveda, an ancient Indian philosophy focusing on the dosha system, which brings your personality into harmony. Try the facial acupuncture to bring out your best, youthful glow.
• Vida Spa, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard St., 604-682-8410, website• Vida Spa, Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, 845 Burrard St., 604-682-8410, website• Vida Spa, Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina, 1601 Bayshore Dr., 604-682-8410, website
Sense: A Rosewood Spa
A little time in this plush fourth-floor haven is all takes to forget that busy downtown Vancouver is right outside. Pamper yourself with one of the luxurious Sense Spa Journeys—multi-treatment packages that combining massage, facials and aromatherapy. Our decadent pick for the best service at Sense: a Canadian Maple Pedicure, which incorporates a sugar scrub, glacial honey and a shea butter foot massage.
Sense: A Rosewood Spa, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W. Georgia St., 604-682-5566, website
Light and bright is the motto at these popular sanctuaries, which all feature a separate men’s menu. Those with an XY chromosome may prefer the Hotel Vancouver location of the luxury spa, designed with stainless steel and leather. Don’t miss the eucalyptus steam showers for a sensory overload.
• Absolute Spa, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia St., 604-684-2772, website
• Absolute Spa, Century-Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St., 604-684-2772, website
• Absolute Spa, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3111 Grant McConachie Way, 604-248-2772, website
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Spa Utopia & Salon
Feel like a god or goddess at this Greco-Roman establishment, which combines traditional spa therapies with medical esthetics and skin care. Photo rejuvenation, peels and Botox share the menu with body wraps, hydrotherapy and paraffin hand treatments. Go for the full makeover and finish with a blowout and makeup application. The luxury spa is located right on Vancouver Harbour and combines the best elements of the city—water, mountains, shopping and transit.
Spa Utopia & Salon, Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, 999 Canada Place, 604-641-1351, spautopia.ca
The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel
Gilded accents and warm woods lend a rich feel to this serene, luxurious spa, located in the only Relais & Chateaux property in Vancouver. Among the best temptations on offer: the chocolate-vanilla body treatment, which starts with a brown sugar scrub and a chocolate mask, followed by a warm body wrap and chocolate crème lotion. It’s a spa treatment that even satisfies your sweet tooth.
The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel, Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, 846 Hornby St., 604-608-5340, website
CHI, the Spa
East meets West at Vancouver’s luxury “spa within a spa,” where sumptuous treatments take place in individual suites equipped with a fireplace, private bath, shower, lounge and changing area. True to traditional Chinese philosophy, each therapy is designed to leave you with free-flowing ch’i (energy) channels. But what to choose? The warm healing stone massage eases tired muscles, and the pure silk and cashmere body wrap leaves skin glowing.
CHI, the Spa, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, 1128 W. Georgia St., 604-695-2447, website
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