Reasons to Love Vancouver: Relaxation Is an Art

Vancouver's best spas offer luxe, relaxing treatments designed with locals in mind


Pacific seaweed and other sea-to-spa ingredients star in the Shangri-La’s treatments (Photo: Grant Harder)

The biking, hiking and sailing (sometimes in the same day) takes its toll, so the city’s best spas are ready and waiting with a hot stone massage or cold compress, all with a nod to local ingredients. The Shangri-La Hotel (pictured), Vancouver’s tallest glass tower, offers sanctuary in its CHI Spa. The Sense of Place services are tailored to the city’s bounty, and use locally harvested ingredients, like Pacific seaweed. The spa also recently imported Sense of Adventure treatments from its Asian properties—the Ayurvedic Podikkizhi massage uses coconut stems to release toxins, and Wushu massages, inspired by Chinese marital arts, open the body’s meridians (the paths through which life energy flows, according to traditional Chinese medicine).


Tea at Chi, the spa at Shangri-La Hotel (Photo: Grant Harder)

Over at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Willow Stream Spa, treatments are designed with locals in mind: the Van Active Feet delivers a lower-leg pick-me-up for runners and hikers, with an energizing exfoliation done with menthol and pine. And Miraj Hammam brings North African and Middle Eastern healing and beauty rituals to South Granville, combining centuries-old traditions like gommage (black Moroccan soap body exfoliation) with a new signature room spray created from essential oils of eucalyptus, lemon and sweet orange.

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