You deserve to be pampered. What better way than to spend a luxurious afternoon at one of the city’s top-notch spas? Whether you're a visitor seeking a post-sightseeing massage, or a local in need of a soothing retreat from the everyday, we can recommend the perfect spa.
Here are our top four Vancouver pampering palace picks that are sure to please.
Absolute Spa at the Century-Plaza Hotel |1015 Burrard St., 604-684-2772
Opened in 1997, the Absolute Spa Group's flagship location can be found at one of Vancouver's premier hotels, the Century-Plaza. This 15,000-square-foot spa promises a world-class spa experience to absolutely every guest, and is the choice for many A-list celebs, including JLo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Zac Efron. Choose from a wide variety of treatments, such as facials, massages or a mani/pedi, then relax in the lounge with a hot cup of speciality tea, or nibble on delicious spa cuisine.
Treatment pick: For the ultimate detox that will stimulate your metabolism and circulation, try the Organic Detox Bath ($90; 30 mins), featuring the delightful Spa Binge Organics Rare White Grapefruit bath oil. Let any tension just melt away while you enjoy the signature Aroma De-Stress Scalp Massage, and finish this heavenly treatment with the application of a personally chosen body cream or oil.
CHI at The Shangri-La |1128 West Georgia St., 604- 695-2447
Awaken your inner ch'i at this award-winning spa. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. Based on the traditional Chinese philosophy of “Qi”, the body’s natural life force and energy, guests can choose from a myriad of treatments that will heal and revitalise.
When entering this tranquil haven you immediately feel that your daily stresses disappear and you're ready to be pampered. As all of CHI's luxurious treatment suites have their own fireplace, private bath and relaxation lounge you can appreciate some quiet time in your own private oasis.
Treatment pick: Get your skin ready for summer with the CHI Skin Polish ($155; 50 mins). The Shangri-La's unique signature treatment uses mineral salts and citrus oil to gently rejuvenate and radiate the skin. This mild scrub stimulates the lymphatic system, removes dry skin cells and encourages the free flow of chi throughout the body.
Collective Skin Care |1268 Pacific Blvd., 778-228-4275
Perched on top of Vancouver's premier beauty boutique, BeautyMark, is Collective Skin Care. This unique spa is a one room operation that offers bespoke facials, waxing, acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture. With over 12 years of experience in the skin care and spa industry, owner Kathryn Sawers started her urban skin sanctuary in 2013 to advance skin care and elevate the treatments to Vancouverites. We loved how Kathryn made us feel like we were her one and only client, and truly listened to our skin woes while offering educated and practical skin care suggestions.
Treatment pick: The Tata Harper Rejuvenating Treatment ($120; 60 mins) uses 100 percent natural and non-toxic products to repair the skin on a cellular level, revealing radiant and rejuvenated skin. This facial is like a trip to the skin-gym: Skin is gently cleansed and then exfoliated with a beta hydroxy and enzyme resurfacing treatment. Next, key plant actives which reinforce collagen production and smooth wrinkles are massaged into the face using specific tension relieving Swedish and acupressure techniques. To finish, your skin is infused with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish and protect the healthy glow you’ve achieved.
The Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel |1038 Canada Place, 604-695-5550
Fairmont's stunning Willow Stream Spa is an urban oasis in the heart of downtown. The 8,500-square-foot space offers luxurious treatments, tranquil lounges for women, men and couples, and a 2,500-square-foot outdoor terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbour. After our spa-time, we enjoy retreating to the terrace for a refreshing beverage and some quiet time in one of the meditation pods.
Treatment pick: The Destination Rejuvenation treatment ($155/$229) is ideal for pre-travel relaxation, or to restore energy post-travel. A choice of 60 or 90-minute medium pressure massage uses essential oils like lavender to regulate sleep, hydrate skin, relieve tension headaches and restore energy. We feel relaxed just thinking about this ultimate massage!