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Relax and Bliss Out at Vancouver's Best Spas



The bustle of Vancouver is fun and exhilarating, but sometimes there's nothing better than a little (okay, a lot) of pampering. These spas offer an array of services that will leave you feeling on cloud night with that post-spa buzz.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim's Wilow Stream Spa is simply put, amazing. Not only are the treatments wonderful, the spa includes two different indoor seating lounges, multiple outdoor seating areas complete with fire pits and heaters, a couple of outdoor hot tubs, delicious snacks and refreshments, plus incredible views of the North Shore mountains.

Absolute Spa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is great for women, but especially great for men. This man-centric spa doesn’t have a splash of pink! The décor is mainly stainless steel, leather and natural woods. The co-ed relaxation room is great for couples and the complimentary spa cuisine is a delicious added bonus. Though women are very welcome, men will be delighted here.

If you're willing to make the trip to Whistler, Scandinave Spa provides an incredible and unique experience. The spa is set amongst the mountains, where fresh air surrounds you and breathtaking views are just part of the package. Immerse yourself in the six plunge pools that are varying temperatures of very hot and very cold. It's very stimulating. Guests can choose to enjoy the pools alone, or combine them with a treatment.

Your body will thank you after a visit to any of these spas.


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Harrison Hot Springs is a popular destination for those looking to take in a lot of natural beauty and escape the city. The lush green mountains and cool lake water offset the natural hot springs wonderfully. It's only an hour and a half outside of Vancouver, so an indulgent spa day isn't that far fetched. Inside the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel & Spa is Healing Springs Spa, where just about any treatment you could desire can be had. Immerse yourself in the natural hot spring water and soak up all those rejuvenating minerals that will leave your skin feeling like new again. Treat yourself to a soothing facial, relaxing massage or a purifying body wrap. Having a spa treatment also gives you access to the hotel's pools, so make sure to take a dip!

Recommended for Spas because: Healing Springs Spa uses natural spring water from local hot springs and the setting surrounding the spa offers stunning views.

Natasha's expert tip: The summer months can be quite busy, so make sure to book in advance.

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Spruce Body Lab is a prestige spa for relaxation that take pride on Spa Etiquette offering a top of the line professionalism in their registered massage therapists, skin care therapists and botox and filler specialists. Spruce's services include RMT massage therapy, skin care treatments, diamond peel microdermabrasion, medical esthetic treatment, seaweed body wrap treatments, infrared sauna experience, botox/fillers, and waxing services to make you look as good as new and feeling fresh! The infrared sauna is a 25-minute interval in a beautifully designed sauna with a walnut finish and refreshing cedar interior with down tempo atmosphere for the reclusive private relaxation from daily stresses. They also offer skin and body care products for day to day soothing and healing including spa packages with facials and massage treatments and access to the Spruce Body Lab change room and relaxation lounge for a midweek or weekend retreat.

Recommended for Spas because: Spruce Body Lab offers an array of services from massages with Registered Massage Therapists and facials to botox, fillers and waxing services.

Natasha's expert tip: No need to call, you can book your appointment online.

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Absolute Spa feature luxurious therapies, a co-ed relaxation lounge and complimentary spa cuisine for both men and women. Absolute Spa is located in the iconic and conveniently located, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The decor is stainless steel mixed with leather, with a brand new 3000 square foot expansion with a co-ed relaxation lounge and cuisine. Absolute Spa offers face treatments like anti-aging facials, facial elevations for all skin types, foot & hand care, nails, waxing, tanning, hair servicing, specialty massages (river stone/neck and shoulders, etc) and massage therapy (deep tissue/pregnancy massages), body care and elevations, and water spa therapies such as detox baths.

Recommended for Spas because: This Absolute Spa location is the first spa to focus on creating an atmosphere that's appealing to men, but remains co-ed.

Natasha's expert tip: All spa guests have access to eucalyptus steam showers, relaxation lounge and a complimentary mineral makeup consultation.

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Sabai Thai Spa in Coal Harbour gives guests a unique and relaxing experience from their downtown location. The calming environment sets the tone for a blissful treatment that will leave you feeling as though you've just come back from vacation. Sabai Thai Spa offers massages, esthetics, hand and foot treatments, body treatments and facials. The Ancient Thai massage will wipe away any stress you may have, while taking you to a place of deep relaxation. Your masseuse will give you comfortable traditional Thai clothing to wear for the duration of your massage. The Thai massage incorporates stretching and pressure points over the entire body. The also offer traditional Western massages you may be more familiar with, but the Thai massage is lovely!

Recommended for Spas because: Sabai Thai Spa's traditional Thai massages are unique and a refreshing change from your standard massage.

Natasha's expert tip: Sabai Thai Spa provides you with proper clothing for their traditional Thai massages.

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Tranquility Organic Spa has luxurious massage pedicure chairs and services that refresh your mind, body and spirit. Tranquility's owner is originally from Manhattan and has a true passion to offer people a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Tranquility Organic Spa takes pride in their hygiene and excellence of standards for the cleanest and safest manicure and pedicure soak environment one could hope for. They use non-jetted foot baths and soak your feet in ceramic-based sinks. The iconic red brick and timber-framed Yaletown building adds to the warm atmosphere. Their vision at Tranquility is bliss, healing, detox, and tranquil day balanced with signs of refreshing and relaxing feeling for the body and soul. The major therapy practices Tranquility offers are focused on the facial, pedicure, manicure, and massages

Recommended for Spas because: Tranquility Organic Spa's "Just the Two of Us" express couple facial and deep tissue couples massages is perfect for a romantic afternoon.

Natasha's expert tip: A snack pack is included for treatments over three hours.

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A day spa at the Wedgewood Spa is a dream! Their signature treatments include The Signature Thai Fusion Massage, Chocolat Vanilla Decadent Body Treatment and Crystaline Gemstone Facial; all of these bring euphoria and bliss to a weary body. The spa offers manicures, pedicures, massages, facial treatments, waxing and eyebrow/eyelash care. They have won many awards for their services, so you're in good hands. You will find the staff to have up-to-date knowledge of therapeutic body treatments, and can offer you treatments to fit your specific needs to reach the road of recovery and rejuvenation.

Recommended for Spas because: The waxing services at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa are some of the best in Vancouver.

Natasha's expert tip: Feeling peckish after your treatment? Unwind at Bacchus and enjoy live music and a comforting meal.

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Sense is a Vancouver spa designed for the sake of stimulating the senses and restoring both the mind and body. Found in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Sense is an intimate and elegant luxury retreat offering a full appetite of therapies and treatments from massages to facials. Open every day of the week, Sense offers a blend of services and memorable experiences from facials to massages, and all the way down to your fingers and toes with pedicures and manicures. Sense supplies their guests with a bathrobe, sandals and a locker for personal belongings, and towels are offered throughout the spa experience along with disposable underwear.

Recommended for Spas because: Sense, A Rosewood Spa is intimate and cozy and you won't find it being overcrowded with other guests.

Natasha's expert tip: They prefer that guests arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to their appointments, as late arrivals are still finished within the scheduled treatment periods.

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Chi was named after an inspiring place of personal peace, enchantment and wellbeing, was freshly debuted at the Shangri-La Hotel in 2009 with a spa-in-spa environment. The word Chi comes from the traditional Chinese philosophy, ch'i or "Qi" as the universal life force that governs well being and personal vitality. The Chi Spa believes in movement as a key element in releasing blockages. Their spa menu offers specialties as Sense of Place, highlighting BC's unique well-being traditions, talents and natural marine botanical heritage. Wellness massages, Wushu body massage, facials, body therapies/wraps, CHI Journeys are other specialties of Chi Spa's therapeutic treatments.

Recommended for Spas because: At Chi, each suite is like a spa within a spa. Enjoy your own fireplace, private bath, shower, relaxation lounge, changing and vanity areas.

Natasha's expert tip: Treatments at Chi also give you access to the hotel's pool and hot tub.

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Scandinave Spa in Whistler is an oasis that's worth making the trek to from Vancouver. Open throughout the year, Scandinave is a magical place to go any given month. Step inside the serene building, check-in and head to the luxurious change rooms to lock up your belongings. You are provided with a towel and robe to use throughout the day. Head outside and take a moment to enjoy the serene sight before you; mountains, steaming hot and refreshingly cold plunge pools, reading huts, saunas and relaxation areas are spread throughout the property. Not only is this a treat for the eyes, but it's a feast for your soul. You can spend the day using the sauna, plunge pools and relaxations areas, or combine that pass with a massage or any of the other treatments they offer. Scandinave isn't your typical spa and the experience will leave you longing for more.

Recommended for Spas because: Scandinave Spa's six hot and cold plunge pools set amongst Whistler's spectacular mountains are unlike anything you've experienced before.

Natasha's expert tip: There is a no talking policy to ensure that all guests have an enjoyable and peaceful experience. It's so worth the drive from Vancouver to experience this incredible spa.

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The Willow Stream Spa is an authentic Canadian style luxury spa located on the 5th floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. The spa has a stunning view like none other overlooking the water and into the North Shore Mountains. Willow Stream Spa's vision is pure and natural. The facility includes a deep Japanese Zen tub, a nail spa, three lounges, a full fitness centre and a spa terrace for the ultimate retreat. They also offer a more specific Van Active program for getting in shape or recovering from the Grouse Grind. They recommend that their spa guests arrive 45 minutes prior to your appointment to get into relaxation mode and familiarize with the facilities. Willow Stream Spa is an adult-friendly sanctuary where you must be 18 years or older and for peace of mind are permitted from electronic device usage.

Recommended for Spas because: Willow Stream Spa Fairmont Pacific Rim's cozy outdoor seating and hot tubs are the perfect place to bliss out after a relaxing massage.

Natasha's expert tip: They offer robe and sandal attire between spa treatments and lockers to put your belongings.

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Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha

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