Vancouver is home to many of the best spas in Canada, and most are located in the Downtown hotels – which is very convenient for you! Why? Many of our spas feature amazing treatments you can only find in Vancouver. They that are the perfect way to recover from a travel day. They are also a great way to rehydrate your skin after a summer of being out in the sun!
Travel is wonderful, but the reality is that it can be a bit stressful – both mentally and physically. I previously posted some easy and effective stretches for a travel weary body, but if you need a proper decompress, here are some fabulous ways to pamper yourself when you arrive or just before you leave the city.
Jet Lag Recovery at The Spa at the Wedgewood
Jet lag is generally a big hurdle before they can start to enjoy a vacation. The Jet Lag Recovery Package at The Spa at the Wedgewood combines a Thai Fusion Massage with a revitalizing Epicuren Cinnamon Enzyme Facial and is guaranteed to pep you up and get you on the right time zone. The massage is a luxuriously innovative combination of yoga-like poses and deep-tissue therapy that will soothe your tired muscles, and the facial is essentially a non-surgical facelift. It firms, tones, and tightens, and I highly recommend this treatment (even if you don’t have jet lag!)
This treatment is a Canadian exclusive at the Wedgewood. I recently tried it and my skin and muscles felt beyond wonderful. I also wasn’t tired anymore after a long week. So a hip-hip-hooray for that!
The Spa at the Wedgewood | 845 Hornby Street | Website
Pacific Rim Body Buffer at Willow Stream Spa
As with Vancouver, Willow Stream Spa in the Fairmont Pacific Rim seamlessly brings together influences from the Canadian landscape with those from Europe and Asia. The Pacific Rim Body Buffer treatment is a perfectly relaxing example of this: impurities are buffed away with this body polish using rice bran, jojoba oil and a natural exfoliating Bio-Maple™ compound, soothing and conditioning skin, leaving you with a radiant glow.
Willow Stream Spa | 1038 Canada Place Way | Website
Welcome to Mancouver at absolute spa
Okay, gents – this one’s for you! With Canada’s first men’s concept spa, the team at Absolute Spa know how to treat a guy right! Their location in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is free of the pastels you might expect at a spa; instead, you’ll find stainless steel, leather, and wood. Their classic Gentlemen’s Facial starts with an in-depth skin analysis before a deep cleanse, tone, exfoliation, and moisturizing treatment mask. If you’re not interested in anyone messing with your mug, consider their Mud Detox Body Treatment, or an energising body scrub with fresh rainforest essential oils.
absolute spa | 900 West Georgia St | Website
Sea Therapy Facial at CHI, The Spa
Located in the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, CHI offers a whole menu of treatments inspired by B.C. indigenous traditions as part of their Sense of Place program. The Sea Therapy Facial uses protein-rich seaweeds infused with essential amino acids and vitamins to firm up skin and add a youthful glow. During the facial, the rest of the body is treated to a hot stone treatment, with a toxin-releasing massage of the neck, hands and feet.
CHI, The Spa | 1128 West Georgia Street | Website
Discover Vancouver at Sense Spa
I don’t know about you, but I love a pedicure. A foot massage also feels pretty amazing after a day of walking around the city. With a curated sightseeing sojourn and spa pampering, Rosewood Hotel Georgia offers a unique Sense Spa Journey called Discover Vancouver. You experience will include a walk along the Stanley Park Seawall to take in the fresh marine air and scenic sights; once back a the spa, you’ll get to choose from a Vancouver Signature Sensation or Tides body treatment, followed by a Canadian Maple Pedicure. (Complete with a maple sugar scrub and foot massage!)
Sense Spa | 801 W Georgia Street | Website
Swedana Treatment at Vida Spa
Offering traditional Ayurvedic treatments with a luxury touch is what Vida Spa is all about. If you’ve indulged a little too much during your visit to Vancouver, their detoxifying and cleansing Swedana treatment might be exactly what the doctor ordered. After an Ayurvedic massage, you’ll be cocooned in a West Coast cedar steam cabinet with aromatic herbs customized to your dosha. Finish with an herbal powder brushing of your entire body to prevent the re-entry of toxins.
Vida Spa at YYoga | 888 Burrard Street | Website
Pampering in Whistler
If you happen to be up in Whistler for a quick day trip or mountain weekend before coming back to the city, you will definitetly want to check out Scandinave Spa Whistler, for the outdoor Nordic thermal baths or the Thai yoga massage – or both! The British Columbia Glacial Clay Body Treatment at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler is also a treat, so be sure to check that out!
It’s hard to choose just one! Enjoy your pampering time in Vancouver – and be sure to drink lots of water after your treatment(s).
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