GOING TO THE SPA IS TYPICALLY CONSIDERED A LUXURY EXPERIENCE, BUT FOR WEARY TRAVELLERS IT CAN OFTEN BE A NECESSITY. WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN, REFRESH FOR SPRING BY INDULGING IN SOME OF THESE FABULOUS (AND FABULOUSLY RELAXING) TORONTO SPA TREATMENTS. BY LINDA LUONG
Toronto Spa Treatments for Your Beautiful Face
A litany of ailments can mar what ought to be your glowing visage: puffiness, redness, clogged pores, brown spots and blemishes, not to mention dryness resulting from the season’s harsh elements. Routine facials can help to remedy all that, leaving behind a natural luminosity.
PURE + SIMPLE FACIAL A classic facial, this service from Pure + Simple is the ideal introduction for anyone looking to put their best face forward. The process includes a cleansing, steam, mask and extractions—which, we’ll be honest, aren’t going to be pain free, but the results are worth it. A soothing scalp massage caps things off and helps you forget about those pesky blackheads.
SIGNATURE FACIAL WITH GINSENG Votre Beauté European Day Spa ups the ante on its classic European facial (a steam, custom mask and facial massage) with an age-defying dose of ginseng that works to improve skin tone and firmness.
VALMONT FACE SIGNATURE TREATMENTS It’s choose-your-own facial at The Spa at the Hazelton, which uses the Swiss Valmont line of products. Depending on your needs, there are options for hydration, energy, radiance or an intensive lift.
24-KARAT GOLD ORGANIC FACIAL This truly decadent offering from Sweetgrass Spa features a 24-karat gold leaf mask in conjunction with a deep cleansing mask, exfoliation, colour therapy, lymphatic massage, foot bath, and massages for your scalp, arms, hands and feet. How’s that for the royal treatment?
Toronto Spa Treatments That Offer a Helping Hand
Our hands are two of our most exposed body parts, subject to the elements and the heavy lifting (pun intended) required by our everyday activities. These relaxing hand treatments ease texting and typing fatigue in your palms and fingers.
HERBA-LUX MANI Targeting overworked hands, this restorative service from Lux-Spa includes an organic natural exfoliating scrub, a mud mask and a massage with rosemary mint lotion.
WARM ORGANIC ARGAN OIL MANICURE Suffering from weak or brittle nails? The Spa at Windsor Arms has a solution that comes complete with a pair of warm mittens that help to improve nail texture.
LUXURY GOLD MANICURE For the ultimate extravagance, make an appointment at the Spa at the Four Seasons to receive this 24-karat experience that employs a gold sugar scrub and gold shimmer oil.
Toronto Spa Treatments for Putting Your Feet First
Our feet bear the weight of our entire body. Just because they’re usually concealed in socks and shoes doesn’t mean they don’t need some TLC, too.
CITY FOOT RESCUE Unsightly cracked heels may not be much of a concern during the winter, but come sandal season you’ll be glad you hoofed it to Stillwater Spa for some callous care, supplemented by a hydration mask, massage and moisturizing paraffin pedicure.
ESPRESSO PEDICURE Even tired toes need a dose of java! This percolating treatment from The Old Mill Spa uses a combination of ground coffee beans and Dead Sea salt to help shed dry skin, while caffeine serves as a sensory perk.
THE QUICKIE PEDICURE It’s not always easy to find time to care for ourselves—even if we know we deserve some TLC. The Ten Spot’s condensed option tackles the typical problems of bipedalism and lets you choose between more comprehensive heel-to-toe treatments or a scrub and massage.
Toronto Spa Treatments for When You Need Kneading
A good massage can be the ultimate in relaxation. These treatments knead out tight muscles, help to relieve chronic pain or tension, and encourage an overall feeling of zen.
HAMMAM INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE If the strain is primarily in your head and neck, this specialty treatment from Hammam Spa is just what the RMT ordered. Inspired by ancient practices, it starts in the spa’s steam room to soften muscles, and includes aromatherapy during the Scalp and face massage.
FIRE & ICE MASSAGE Hot and cold shells are utilized in this Swedish massage at Elmwood Spa to promote an assortment of benefits: Improved circulation, reduced water retention, toxin removal, and the stimulation of blood vessels to dilate, which helps the body heal.
BAMBOO MASSAGE Bamboo is gaining popularity in holistic treatments. This offering from Pure Beauty Salon & Spa involves the use of freshly cut and heated shoots to help diminish muscle stiffness, enhance sleep quality and remove toxins.
STICKS & STONES MASSAGE The best of two worlds come together at the Spa at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, which uses both hot stones and bamboo rods for a tranquil massage.
Toronto Spa Treatments for Manscaping
Gents may be more hesitant to add spa time to their schedules, but we promise, it’s well worth it to push back that meeting for some personal pampering. And with so many establishments offering male-centric menus, you’ll be assured a targeted treatment.
BLOKES & BEER Relax in the Gentlemen’s Lounge at Spa My Blend by Clarins before this mini session that includes a “man-e-cure,” a facial and massage, capped off with a lager. (If you need something more condensed, customize your own Gentlemen’s Power Hour, which can include a sports manicure, waxing, scalp massage or back, neck and shoulder massage.)
THE SEAN CONNERY Not everyone can be a secret agent, but it’s possible to look as suave as the original 007 thanks to Gee Beauty‘s skin-saving ritual. It soothes razor burn and in-grown hairs, tackles that “monobrow” and ends with a calming mask.
GENTLEMAN’S HOT TOWEL FACIAL Cleanse and exfoliate the ol’ mug with this de-stressing service from The Old Mill Spa, which concludes with a hand, arm and scalp massage.
THE FACIAL CHALLENGE Go back to school at Bodé Spa Studio, which offers men-only treatments and skincare education: a spa expert can help address specific problems or needs, recommend products and walk you through a daily regime that fits your lifestyle.
Toronto Spa Treatments for Head-to-Toe Nourishment
Full-body scrubs and wraps provide heavenly rejuvenation—detoxifying, exfoliating and hydrating every inch of your skin to leave you feeling supple and soft.
DELUXE MOROCCAN SPICE BODY GLOW This multi-step favourite from Body Blitz Spa includes a body wash, mud polish, face mask and scalp treatment with earthy products like grapeseed-argan oil, peppermint, cinnamon, anise, white clay, rice powder and chamomile tea.
STEAM BED BODY THERAPIES Performed in a colour therapy cabin at Novo Spa, the treatment begins with a body exfoliation that prepares you for an application of warm mud, the healing properties of which are intensified by steam. An aromatherapy massage with hot stones, along with a scalp and foot massage, rounds out your restoration.
LI’TYA MALA MAYI BODY TREATMENT This exotic Elmspa option originated in Australia, and entails a warm Mapi body mud, Aboriginal massage techniques, and a Miji Kodo massage (noted for its rhythmic strokes).
Toronto Spa Treatments That Double Your Pleasure
We know that whichever spa and service you choose, you’ll feel utterly rejuvenated as a result. Make the experience even more special by sharing it with a loving partner, a supportive friend or sibling, or a deserving parent.
COUPLES RETREAT The elegant confines of the Spa at Windsor Arms are perfect for some romantic downtime with sparkling wine, side-by-side massages, and manicures and pedicures.
DESTINATION CASABLANCA Drawing its inspiration from Marrakesh, Istanbul and Paris, Miraj Hammam Spa’s voyage for two starts with a mask in its hammam steam chamber, then proceeds to a full-body exfoliation, rhassoul clay body mask and a relaxing hour-long massage.
EXOTIC ESCAPE FOR TWO SPA RETREAT This laid-back pair’s package at Elmwood Spa allows for lots of catch-up time—over a cup of tea, During a four-course Thai dinner, while using the whirl- or swimming pool and steam room, and during your side-by-side Swedish massages.
A Toronto Spa for Treating Yourself
Can’t decide which part of your body deserves the most pampering? Why not get spoiled from head to toe with the CULTURAL MOSAIC OF CANADA package from the Spa at the Four Seasons? This cosmopolitan retreat celebrates our country’s diverse cultures by incorporating therapeutic techniques and teachings from around the world, including an Asian-fusion massage, an Indian head massage to balance your body’s chakras, and a classic European facial.