Absolute Spa @ Park Royal
Contact: www.absolutespa.com (604) 925-9576
Location: Park Royal Shopping Centre, 2002 Park Royal South – Vancouver, BC
What to expect: As an eleven-year veteran in the spa biz, Absolute Spa Group knows a thing or two about relaxation. Their 10th location, Absolute Spa @ Park Royal, is also their first spa to service the ladies of Vancouver’s North Shore. With more than 6,000 square feet of amenities, such as a detoxifying steam room with Organic Rare White Grapefruit essential oil and complimentary natural mineral makeup applications with every spa treatment, Absolute Spa @ Park Royal takes care of you from head to toe.
Feeling like you want to share the love? The spa has five couples’ suites to treat your bf to some serious down time. The suites include a rainforest hydrotherapy suite, a relaxation lounge with a soothing waterfall and a Vichy shower and massage suite, and all suites are outfitted with a cozy fireplace to snuggle up beside. Gift certificates for this eco-conscious spa may be the perfect holiday present for your has-everything Mother-in-Law or your overworked bff. They’ll be thanking you well into the New Year.
Absolute Spa at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Location: 900 West Georgia Street,
What to expect: You’re not the only one who needs a little pampering before your “I dos.” Bring your beau along and enjoy some nail care together at the men’s spa. Replete with black leather chairs, a wall of TVs and a video gaming system, you can sip on bubbly and snack on truffles while he gets his guy fix.
Must-have treatment: The Organics Rare White Grapefruit Pedicure is divine; it totally relaxes tired feet and leg muscles to get you ready for a day of partying.
Price range: Manicures start at $55; pedicures start at $75.
Insider’s Secret: A brand new renovation that nearly doubles the spa’s size features a lounge for spa-goers to hang out.
Where: 330 Robson Street,
What to expect: A small, boutique-style spa in the heart of the downtown district offering waxing, facials and even ear candling.
Must-have treatment: Add on the long-lasting gel polish to your next pedicure for an extra $15. The instant dry, non-damaging coloured gel makes pedis lasts up to 3 weeks with no chipping.
Price range: Pedicures start at $32; brazilians $50.
Insider’s Secret: Check out their days of the week specials for Recessionista savings. Birthday girls and boys get 20% off regular priced services on their special day.
What to expect: Touted as an “escape to modern Egypt,” this Coal Harbour spa specializes in Egyptian services even a goddess could appreciate.
Must-have treatment: With unique treatments like vinoterapia (a red-wine bath) and 100% chocolate body wraps, why not indulge in something a little extraordinary?
Price range: Massages start at $75; facials start at $85; manicures start at $55 and a decadent chocolate wrap is $165.
Insider’s secret: Book a Trio Package of treatments and get 10% off, or book any five services and get a special gift.
Contact: www.opussalon.com (604) 602-1995
Location: 1163 Homer St., Vancouver, B.C.
WHAT TO EXPECT Located in the heart of Historic Yaletown, Opus has been serving young hipsters and urban professionals for more than nine years. Once inside, the modern-glam design of the space (replete with gorgeous chandeliers and glossy subway tiles, no less!) will have you feeling right at home. But don’t be fooled, this is much more than a salon—the service doesn’t just start or end with your haircut. Opus also does esthetics including: lash and brow tints, facials and is known to offer the best Brazilian bikini wax in town (even for men, too). Can you say full-service salon?
The team at Opus is rumoured to be the nicest in VanCity. So now we’re wondering if Opus’ regulars will be steaming at the thought of us letting the cat out of the bag (sorry, ladies!).
And for you gals with curly hair, we know how hard it is to find a stylist that can cut your curly locks right. Opus owner Scott Steacy ensures us that stylists at Opus are pros when it comes to specialty services such as cutting curly hair.
“Curly hair takes a stylist who has an eye for shape and when we cut curly hair it’s dry, which ensures that the stylist isn’t cutting off too much. Because no one wants that!”
Amen to that!
Where: 2836 Main St., with seven other locations across Vancouver. T:604-874-9222.
What to expect: A fun and care-free atmosphere makes for a relaxing afternoon watching Sex and the City episodes while getting pampered with your girls.
Must-have treatment: The Pure Mani/Pedi Combo will have you feeling pampered for in no time.
Price range: Manicures start at $25; pedicures start at $35. Add on a paraffin wax treatment starting at $15.
Insider’s Secret: Sign up for the monthly newsletter online to get exclusive specials and the occasional free service.
Contact: www.salonfirouzi.com (604) 899-2424
Location: 1268 Homer Street
What to expect: A flare.com reader raves about this salon in the heart of Yaletown: “The owner is a true professional. The cuts promote your best features. They’re one of the best out there!” A tested and true styling triumph.
What to expect: Get pampered from head to pinky toe with organic treatments at recession-friendly prices. Spa Kwus’s services aim to balance your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing by integrating holistic principles.
Must-have treatment: Detox for summer with an Ion cleanse hydrotherapy which improves digestion, energy levels and eases sleep troubles.
Price range: Full-service manicures and pedicures start at $25 and $55, respectively. Holistic treatments start at $20 with detoxes starting at $50.
Insider’s Secret: For $25 become a VIP member and receive deep discounts on all treatments for one year.
Where: 67 East Cordova Street,
T: 604-696-WINK (9465).
What to expect: This Gastown beauty boutique caters to local girls-about-town and the occasional visiting celeb with over 100 custom-blended combinations of synthetic lashes. Choose from various lengths, textures and curls for a personalized set that’ll last three to eight weeks.
Must-have service: New to lash extensions? Try the Discovery Set for 15 individual lashes per eye, applied throughout for a boost of volume or at the outer corners for a cat-eye effect.
The extra: On-site beauty specialists provide finishing touches like eyebrow grooming and makeup application. Plus, for an additional travel change, Wink’s aestheticians will come to you.
Prices: From $40 (for 10 touch-up lashes) to $150 (to get Fully Loaded)..
Yoko’s Haute Coiffure & B-Yu Head Spa
What to expect: Touted as the eco-conscious salon and spa in Vancouver, everything is eco-sustainable right down to the sulphate- and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners. The staff is Vidal Sassoon-trained and ensures your visit is “healthy and relaxing.”
Must-have treatment: The 70 minute Signature B-Yu Head Spa—a Japanese-style facial for the scalp—and the Japanese Hair Reconstructing Treatment—a three-step process to treat chemically-treated and highly damaged hair.
Price range: Cuts start at $65 and colour starts at $80.
Insider’s secret: Enjoy a complimentary foot and leg massage with every service.