In need of some serious R&R? May we suggest kicking back and relaxing at a spa? Canada is home to some of the finest rest-and-relax spaces in the world; owners have even come up with unique treatments to try. It’s time to unwind!
Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa, massage
The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve is located in one of the most pristine and remote spaces in Canada: Tofino, British Columbia. A trip to this lodge and spa is like taking a vacation to the Amazon, only better. Rejuvenate your body and soul with a massage after spending a day indulging in the area’s lush landscapes.
Sonora Resort, water journey
This award-winning resort in British Columbia is one of Canada’s best eco-travel destinations, and its spa is equally impressive. Its signature treatment is a “water journey” that purifies and cleanses the body while soothing sore muscles. It involves relaxing in warm and cool mineral pools as well as spending some time in a hot tub. Cap it all off with a massage to create the ultimate spa getaway.
J.W. Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort, therapy pools
Famous for attracting A-list celebs, this resort, located in Minett, Ontario, combines luxury and spectacular scenery in a way most other outposts can’t. National Geographic even claimed it has one of the 10 best resort views. The spa offers up several sensational packages that will help you rest and relax. Services to try include the therapy pools and body wraps.
Sparkling Hill Resort, cryotherapy
“Serenity now” should be the motto of this resort and spa, located on one of Canada’s most prestigious plots of land: Okanagan Wine Country. The hotel accommodations are spectacular and the food delicious. The spa offers up one of the most unique treatments available in Canada: a cold sauna, also known as cryotherapy. The idea is to soak in ultra-cold chambers of water to reduce muscle tension. It’s believed that doing so will also reduce joint pain and skin ailments.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, waterfall massage
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of the nicest outposts in Canada. It’s located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and its spa is incredible, to boot. Borrowing from Thai tradition, the owners of the spa offer a waterfall massage whereby customers release tension by being pummelled by the weight of water. It sounds painful but is incredibly soothing.
Miraj Caudalie Spa, hammam and gommage
Stunning in architecture, the Miraj Caudalie Spa is located in downtown Toronto at the ultra-luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. Its signature treatment, the hammam and gommage, is life changing. Hammam is said to cleanse the body while stimulating the senses; gommage will exfoliate your skin (using eucalyptus-infused black Moroccan soap) and make your pores feel like they’re breathing for the first time. It’s the ultimate in luxury and detoxification.
Spa Centrale Parc, chocolate bath
If you love chocolate, then this treatment is for you. Available at the Spa Centrale Parc in Lafontaine Park in Montreal, Quebec, the plunge is said to detox the body and chase away fatigue. It’s also supposed to energize you and combat depression. The best part? You can indulge in this treatment solo or pour deux.