Photo courtesy Fairmont Resort Spa
Unwind after hiking or biking with an appointment at one of these calm-inducing spots.
1 Re-energize at Vida Spa with Ayurvedic-based treatments that rebalance the three doshas in the body: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
2 The Spa brings the best of the outdoors inside with BC Glacial Clay Wraps and West Coast Marine Body Scrubs.
3 As the only authentic Javanese spa in North America, Taman Sari Royal Heritage charms with centuries-old massage techniques.
4 Breathe in that fresh mountain air at Scandinave Spa. Alternate between the hot and cold pools, followed by a nap in a hammock.
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Reiko Mackenzie, of The Real Housewives of Vancouver
Where The Real Housewives of Vancouver’s Reiko Mackenzie Shops, Eats and Plays
By Caitlin Dawson
If variety is the spice of life, then Reiko Mackenzie is hot as habañero. Not only is The Real Housewives of Vancouver star an über-glamorous housewife and mom of two with a minivan, she’s also a martial artist with a collection of luxury cars.
Following in the Prada-clad footsteps of Orange County, New York, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New Jersey and Miami, The Real Housewives is a no-holds-barred peek into the lives of five of Vancouver’s most affluent women. In true Housewives style, Mackenzie has a personal chef, but she lists Vancouver stalwart Don Francesco as her top spot for eats. Why? “They treat us like family,” she explains.
We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your top spots to shop.
Whistler Village photo copyright Steve Rosset/Dreamstime
The North Face Store
Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery
Whistler Village Art Gallery;
The Trading Post
Sea to Sky Souvenirs;
Vida Wellness Day Spa
Taman Sari Royal Heritage;
To vote for next year’s winners, visit www.where.ca/whistler. To see Vancouver’s winners, visit www.where.ca/vancouver.
Relax and rejuvenate with a coconut refresh massage at Vida Spa
They taste good, they smell good, but who knew coconuts were helpful for relaxation, too? Turns out the tropical fruit is great for the body, both inside and out. The 30-minute coconut refresh massage at Vida Spa starts with a coconut water beverage, to hydrate from the inside (and deliver electrolytes, calcium, potassium and magnesium), followed by a coconut oil massage, to hydrate from the outside, relieve tired muscles and protect against damaging UV rays. It all adds up to a relaxing summertime experience.—Sheri Radford
Treat yourself to a spa treatment, after a long day on the slopes. Photo by Robert Leon, courtesy Four Seasons
1 The hydrating facials at Vida Spa are perfect after a day on the slopes.
2 The Spa (pictured) uses peppermint to celebrate winter in its Four Seasons Treatment.
3 Full-day spa packages—aptly named mini vacations—are available at Avello Spa and Health Club.—Jennifer Patterson