A spa is a spa is a spa, right? Well, we would politely disagree. Across Canada, there are a number of fantastic spas that have made a name for themselves through their luxe ambiance, unique treatments, and stunning locations.
From the Canadian Rockies to the coast of Nova Scotia, here are 10 spas that take relaxation to a whole new level.
Willow Stream Spa, Alberta
It takes something pretty special to keep you indoors while you’re in picturesque Banff, Alberta. The Willow Stream Spa, located in the Fairmont Banff Springs, is one of those special exceptions. The 38,000-square-foot facility includes three waterfall treatment whirlpools, an indoor European mineral pool, an outdoor whirlpool, saunas, steam rooms, a fireplace resting lounge, and that’s just the self-service activities. There’s also 16 massage rooms, spaces for facials, and a full salon. You really can’t beat this mountain sanctuary.
Choice is a great thing. Most spas offer you a choice of two or three types of massages. Then there’s Balnea Spa. Located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, an hour-or-so from Montreal, Balnea offers 25 different types of massages, including both traditional techniques and some exclusive to the spa. Then there’s the Thermal Experience, which includes panoramic saunas, exterior baths, a thermal waterfall, a forest basin, and more. Cycle between hot and cold, and rest in real style.
If you’re a spa veteran, and you think you’ve seen it all, let us introduce you to Ste. Anne’s Spa. This Ontario gem isn’t like most other spas. It’s located in the tiny town of Grafton, about two hours east of Toronto, and the small town feel comes through in many ways when you visit Ste. Anne’s. The building itself is much more like a rustic cottage than the modern facilities you’re likely used to — think maple, not marble. And much like the friendly residents in town, the spa actually encourages laughter and conversation instead of enforcing silence. This different approach doesn’t change the fact that you can have your pick of a full range of spa treatments, from hot stone massages to reiki treatments.
The Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickannish Inn, British Columbia
On the west coast of British Columbia lies a small surf town called Tofino. Adventurers flock to ride the waves and hike the surrounding rainforests, but if you’re looking for a relaxing time, the Wickaninnish Inn can’t be beat. The hotel’s Ancient Cedars Spa, nestled into the rocks on the edge of the forest, has a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. That view can be enjoyed while receiving a massage, a body polish, or a local First Nations–inspired awakening treatment. You’d also be hard-pressed to find a better space in which to enjoy yoga classes.
Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, Nova Scotia
If you’re the type of person who likes to earn their massage, Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa might be your type of place. Spend you day on the links, swinging away for 18 holes, before heading to the Dol-ás-Spa for a deep tissue massage. Overlooking the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia, the spa does everything from mud treatments to Swiss cellulotherapy. They’ll have you looking and feeling great in no time, ready for another day on the green.
Northern Lights Resort and SPA, Yukon
Yukon, in the Canadian North, might take a bit more time to reach, but it delivers a spa experience like no other. The Northern Lights Resort and SPA is one of the only places in the world where you can follow up your massage with the greatest light show on earth. Enjoy a Finnish or infrared sauna, spend some time in the relax room, get that well-earned massage, or just relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi. Then cuddle up in a warm blanket and look up at the swirling greens and blues of the aurora borealis.
Quebec’s Spa Eastman offers the best of both worlds, with a rural location in the Eastern Townships, and an urban location in the heart of Montreal. You can follow up a night of dining and dancing in the city with an infrared sauna and igloo shower. Or spend a few days tucked away in nature, enjoying yoga classes, massages, and the nordic baths. Either way, you’re guaranteed to end your visit feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Ontario
With views of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the experience at the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain changes with the seasons. In the fall, you might enjoy the signature Scandinavian baths while taking in the changing colours of the leaves. In the winter, you might watch skiers enjoy the night at the Blue Mountain resort while you soak. In the spring, you might opt for a sports massage after taking on one of the area’s fantastic cycling routes. Then in the summer, you might spend a little extra time in the Nordic waterfall cooling down after a day spent on the sands of nearby Wasaga Beach. No matter when you visit, you’re sure to enjoy this one-of-a-kind Ontario spa experience.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa, British Columbia
Do you like the sound of “hot, seaside mineral baths?” The Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa is all about making the most of its environment on the coast of Victoria in British Columbia. In addition to the incredible views of those seaside baths, the spa offers massages, facials, and baths using seaweed concentrates that provide micronutrients that can help you body in more ways than this short blurb can address. Plus, the spa has specialized therapies meant to promote body healing and really make a long-term impact on your health and well-being.
Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, Manitoba
You’ve kept busy on your trip to Manitoba, hopping from attraction to attraction, and taking advantage of all the cultural and outdoor experiences. Now, it’s time to relax, which means paying a visit to Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature. This Scandinavian spa is the perfect place to unwind and destress. Go for a long soak in the thermal pools, sweat it out in the Finnish saunas, and treat yourself to a massage. Then enjoy some fine dining, because you’ve earned a good meal after all that relaxing, right?
Relaxing is key to every successful vacation. Why not add one of these spas to your next trips to truly disconnect?
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Kobido, An Ancestral Japanese Facial Massage
Kobido in Japanese, translates as “the ancient way of beauty.” This ancestral massage technique focuses on the muscles of the face, restoring radiance and tonicity.
The art of kobido dates back to 1472. At the time in Asia, only one form of massage existed, named anma. The Empress was looking for a whole new way to preserve her beauty and the two great masters of anma rivalled each other to obtain the honour of satisfying her wish.
Beyond this fierce competition, the two masters developed deep mutual respect and admiration for each other and decided to unite their talents to found kobido, exclusively reserved for centuries for empresses and members of the nobility. They created no fewer than 48 techniques, passed on from master to disciple throughout the generations.
Le Spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V revives this Japanese tradition at the very heart of Paris with Dr Shogo Mochizuki, master of the 26th generation and lineage of kobido, who came in person all the way from Tokyo to Paris to share his expertise and savoir-faire of this ancient art with our Spa team.
Achieve a Blissful Night’s Sleep with New Sleep Ritual Massage
In Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, the action-packed, on-the-go mentality and thousands of steps logged while enjoying the exhilarating attractions can be tiring. With so much to see and do, rest time and actual quality sleep is often not made a priority. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort intends to help travellers with its new signature Sleep Ritual Massage offered at The Spa. The treatment aims to induce a complete state of relaxation and sleep readiness, and is accompanied by a home care kit to assist with achieving the ideal sleep at home, night after night.
The Sleep Ritual Massage was developed in partnership with Robert Michael deStefano, sleep wellness expert and co-founder of wellness company Longeva. The custom treatment incorporates breathing techniques that focus on seven specific somatic zones, plus a combination of sleep-inducing botanical scents and touch therapies that are designed to be ultra-relaxing, eliminating stress and tension and creating the perfect state of sleep readiness. The 80-minute massage treatment, USD 360, is ideal to reserve at The Spa in the evening, after a light dinner.
“The Sleep Ritual Massage is equal parts sleep wellness education and motivation, stress detox and luxury escape,” says deStefano. “Combined with the take-home DreamKit, the treatment is a potential game-changer for parents, grandparents and anyone else who is not satisfied with their sleep.”
Guided by dreamy relaxation music and sleep-inducing aromas, the Sleep Ritual Massage is a multifaceted treatment that will take the guest through an incredibly relaxing journey that will sooth, stretch and expand the entire body, mind and spirit, creating a state of total sleep readiness.
The DreamKit includes the market-first SleepCeuticals products used in the Ritual Massage. Along with its all-natural skin nourishers and moisturisers, SleepCeuticals features a custom, blend of 15 sleep-inducing, non-synthetic botanical extracts and essential oils. The SleepCeuticals found in the DreamKit include Sanctify Dream Cream, Anoint Sleep Serum and the Dream Mist spray. Added into the kit is The Sleep Ritual Music, a downloadable sixty-minute recording of clinically studied sleep-inducing music (also used in the massage) and a simple, step-by-step guidebook written by deStefano.
Derek Hofmann, Senior Director of Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, hopes that this new treatment will help guests better understand the importance of creating an environment for quality sleep.
“We know that jet lag and insomnia can sometimes have an effect on some travellers, and combined with Orlando’s action-packed environment, sleep is often put on the backburner,” notes Hofmann. “I had this treatment a year ago and was blown away. I can’t wait for people to experience this revolutionary treatment at The Spa.”
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a true haven, featuring 18 treatment rooms including four couples’ suites and two couples’ spa bungalows, plus a full-service hair and nail salon. The Spa offers two co-ed relaxation lounges, plus a post-treatment Solarium room, and women’s and men’s locker rooms complete with whirlpool, steam room and Experience Shower. Ensconced within the luxurious Golden Oak neighbourhood, surrounded by lakes and lush landscaping, spa-goers will find they’ve discovered a true sanctuary.
An Urban Sanctuary Dedicated to Health and Wellness
Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur announces the debut of The Spa, a comprehensive health and wellness centre ideally located in the heart of the city. Designed to honour the mind, body, and soul, The Spa specialises in transformational experiences to cultivate one’s best self through ancient healing rituals combined with innovative technologies and natural sciences. The result – your best self.
“The Spa is a peaceful urban oasis – an escape from the bustling city, and customised to our guests’ individual needs to achieve a purposeful journey. Whether for relaxation, anti-ageing treatments or fitness, it’s a wellness haven like no other,” says Tom Roelens, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. “The highly specialised menu combines ancient healing practices reflective of the region with state-of-the-art and results-driven practices to offer the very best in rejuvenation, health and wellness.”
The 681 square metre (7,330 square foot) Spa includes eight individual treatment rooms, including two couple’s treatment rooms and an ultra-luxurious Spa Suite, an expansive state-of-the-art fitness centre, and a modern hair and nail salon. In addition to the treatment facilities, The Spa offers a stylish boutique with a selection of signature products ranging from skincare and makeup to the latest high-tech beauty tools, allowing for a continued spa journey at home.
Guided by an extensive team of experts – from holistic healers and physiotherapists to scientists and beauty therapists, The Spa incorporates a blend of comprehensive wellness modalities, encompassing the physical, mental, vitality and spiritual to promote total body wellness. The spa menu showcases luxurious treatments such as a 24 Carat Gold Facial, a Gemo-Thermal Salt Body Polish infused with thermal spring water and thermal Sailes De Beam salts, and the ultimate in anti-ageing – the Meso BT-Lift, which features a state-of-the-art, non-surgical face lift to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Additionally, The Spa has developed a collection of unique signature experiences that include:
Mesotherapy: The latest advancements in science and electrotherapy for the skin and body. Developed by Skeyndor, a leading-edge global authority in skincare, Mesoscience is one of the most complete, results-driven healing techniques that uses state-of-the-art Meso equipment, without the use of needles.
Rotan Manau Herbal Tungku Massage: Inspired by the region, this authentic massage combines the healing powers of human touch with locally sourced rattan wood poles, resulting in a deep tissue treatment. The treatment features KUEM Royal Heritage Oil, a century-old herbal line known for its healing properties. KUEM, made from the purest form of exotic herbs found throughout Asia, is used alongside a customised essential oil and herbal blend to offer a results-oriented deep tissue massage that aids blood circulation, awakes the meridian, and firms the appearance of skin.
Subtle Energies: A results-based aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness program founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. The range is created with intent to address multiple skin and body concerns, while delivering high performance results empowering one’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Subtle Energies’ Spa Concept provides treatment programs that combine the optimum methods and knowledge found in these respected ancient sciences, with holistic modern techniques.
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