Ward Off the Winter Chill with a Very Vancouver Spa Treatment

Revive this winter with the healing powers of spa (courtesy Willow Stream Spa).

Festive and fun as the holidays are, the post-party can leave you lethargic, gloomy and longing to hibernate for the rest of winter. Instead, emerge from your bedcover cocoon and uplift your mind and body with a rejuvenating spa treatment that targets city-specific ailments. Whether recovering from a grueling snowshoe adventure, deep-breathing the scent of Vancouver’s fresh mountain air, or harnessing the detoxifying powers of ocean botanicals and minerals, these Very Vancouver spa treatments will leave you refreshed and ready to take on 2018.

Relax on the tranquil terrace at Willow Stream Spa.

Van Active Ritual I Willow Stream Spa  Situated on the fifth floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim and overlooking the sparkling harbour, Willow Stream Spa offers a secluded haven of zen. The Van Active Ritual was created to soothe sore muscles afflicted by a hard day of snowshoeing, hiking or shopping. The treatment begins with an invigorating Turkish salt scrub infused with eucalyptus, followed by a hot steam and luxurious massage using organic juniper, fennel and lavender oil. Afterward, you can relax in one of the spa’s tranquil lounges, soak in a private Jacuzzi, detox in the infrared sauna or hang out in a meditation pod with a glass of wine.

Unwind in the relaxation room at Sense, a Spa at the Rosewood Hotel.

Vancouver Signature Sensation I Sense, a Rosewood Spa  The cozy spa at Rosewood Hotel Georgia offers several treatments that incorporate uniquely Vancouver experiences and sensations. The Vancouver Signature Sensation captures the scent of fresh mountain air using peppermint and herb-infused sea salt scrubs, which linger on the skin with a subtle cooling sensation. The treatment releases tension and stimulates blood circulation – perfect for those who have indulged a little too festively over the holidays! – and ends with a hydrating massage using shea butter. Feel indecisive about what type of treatment you want? The Spa Tapas menu offers bite-sized, 25-minute services that provide tantalizing tastes of select treatments.

Discover your zen at CHI, the Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel.

West Coast Detox I CHI, the Spa  The Shangri-La Hotel’s spa is a palace of calm that features soothing water features, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, and exquisitely appointed treatment rooms. The West Coast Detox is an indulgent journey for the senses that incorporates natural marine botanicals and minerals in a series of treatments inspired by the ocean. Throughout the four-hour experience, you’ll receive a sea kelp soak; seaweed body polish; detoxifying sea wrap; wild seaweed oil massage; and wild seaweed facial. The treatment also features a relaxing footbath, tea service and choice of aromatic infinity bath or aromatic steam. Prepare to be pampered!

Want more spa options? Check out The Spa by Ivanka Trump at Trump Vancouver, where every moment caters to aspired moods like Calm, Energize and Restore; Smile Thai Wellness, which offers a series of holistic healing treatments in a refreshingly serene space; The Spa at Wedgewood, tucked into the elegant Wedgewood Hotel; Vida Spa, which offers personalized treatments at several locations across Vancouver; or, further afield, Scandinave Spa, whose Scandinavian baths overlook stunning views of Whistler. Happy spa’ing!

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