HAPPY HANDS AND FEET
The fun atmosphere at Polish Beauty Bar (20 Camden St., 416-203-0014)-communal pedicure bar, themed music nights and martini Thursdays-is its biggest selling point. Try the signature pedicure ($45, 45 minutes), then relax in the laid-back lounge with the latest celebrity gossip rag while your tootsies dry. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Trust the experts. Lux Spa for Hands and Feet (25 Bellair Ave., 416-921-1680) specializes in manis and pedis. For $32, get a friendly, expert manicure featuring Lux’s own sweet-smelling scrubs, plus a heavenly hand and forearm massage. Open daily.
It may be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it blip on a nondescript stretch of Parliament Street, but you can’t beat Star Nails (442 Parliament St., 416-923-8880) for a quick, sure thing. Get a friendly, fastidiously clean mani-pedi for only $40. Jazz it up with a rhinestone or custom embellishment on a thumb or big toe for only $5 extra. Open daily.
Jeanet Spa & Salon is intent on pampering you to the max. Put your aching feet, legs and mind to rest with their Spa Specialty Pedicure ($95)-90 minutes of primping and polishing, complete with stress-release massage. Open Monday to Saturday.
Combat the toll that scorching summer temperatures have taken on your face with a Deep Regenerating Facial ($120, 90 minutes) at Spring Day Spa. Rejuvenating the skin with vital energy, this treatment is the perfect pick-me-up for skin sullied by the strains of sun exposure, pregnancy or illness. Open daily.
Awaken and revive your skin the way nature intended with the tantalizing holistic treatments and natural products at Pure + Simple. Ascend to otherworldly heights with the Nirvana One Facial ($139), a full-body experience that, for the bold, even incorporates a breast massage. Open Monday to Saturday.
Body Blitz (471 Adelaide St. W., 416-364-0400) is a women’s-only, swimsuit-optional aqua therapy spa. A mere $45 gets you unlimited access to the healing waters and steam circuit that includes a warm salt-water pool (with salt imported from France), hot-green-tea pool, infrared sauna and aromatherapy steam room. Shock your detoxified pores with a quick dip in the cold-water plunging pool before a last warming soak. Open daily.
Banish tension at one of the city’s most elite and luxurious spas, Stillwater Spa. During the Floating Shiatsu pressure massage ($105, 45 minutes), performed in a warm pool, a therapist stretches and moves you in ways that will turn you into a magnificent mushy mass. Open daily.
TOP OF THE LINE TREATS
The Four Hand Massage ($195, 60 minutes) at Shizen Spa (8 Colborne St., Cosmopolitan Toronto Hotel, 416-350-2424) lets you luxuriate in your a private suite as two therapists work in sublime synchronicity. A private shower and lounge allow you to return to the worldly plane at your own pace. Open daily by appointment.
Ahhh, extravagance! Devote an entire day to it at the refined Elmwood Spa, one of Toronto’s best-equipped day spas. Their Deluxe Full Day Retreat ($470 for eight and a half hours!) revives from head to toe with Swedish massage, facial, mani-pedi, water therapies, wash and style, and lunch. Open daily by appointment.
The scaled-back elegance of Camden Spa (8 Camden St., ste. 201, 416-203-8858) is proof that quality service needn’t come at five-star prices. Effusive service and a zen-like calm make up for any lack of showy amenities. Allow yourself to be expertly kneaded into a relaxed state during an hour-long massage ($82), with extras as you see fit (scalp massage, anyone?). Open Monday to Saturday.
Yield to the power of the pins as you settle into a stress-busting and meridian-aligning acupuncture treatment ($45, 30 minutes) at cozy Yorkville oasis Spa Ineed. Aromatherapy, reflexology, cupping, herbal diagnosis and other specialty treatments are also available to bring your body into total balance. Open daily.BROTHERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES
Men’s Power Spa provides all the amenities of a high-end spa, but in a laid-back environment. Their Back Detox with Hot Stones ($165, 75 minutes) purifies those hard-to-reach areas and includes a decadent hot stone back massage. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Barbers to British Royalty since 1805, Truefitt & Hill make time for we plebs, too. The Royal & Ancient Stress Relief Treatment ($220, two and a half hours) includes a herbal steam facial, manicure and pedicure, half-hour hand and forearm massage, half-hour foot massage and complimentary shoeshine. Open Monday to Saturday.
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At Novo Spa, an aptly titled Couple’s Paradise package ($498, three hours) puts you and your honey side by side for a dizzying series of services, including an Asian tea ritual, organic babassu cream body wrap and customized facials. Then bask in each other’s glow as you enjoy a private couples’ steam jet shower complete with colour therapy. Open daily.
Two therapists set the mood during the Romantic Ritual for couples ($280 to $350, two hours) at Pantages Spa. Enjoy side-by-side relaxation massages, citrus and vanilla sugar pedicures for him and her, and complimentary water therapies. Open daily.
At Hammam Spa, the Couple’s Experience-($460, two and a half hours) is a genuine Turkish delight. Bask in the aromatic steam of the ritualistic bath, then retreat to a private suite where you’ll enjoy an hour-long couple’s massage, facials and quality time in a hot tub. Delectable samovar tea and healthy treats seal the deal. Open daily.ALL NATURAL
Purge the vacation bulge at the vegan and organic Aliviar Spa. Their Anti-Cellulite Treatment ($120, 50 minutes) offers compression wrapping and the cleansing powers of rosemary, lemon and more to help smooth out problem areas. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
With food-grade products, treatments at Elixir Organic Spa (766 King St. W., unit 5, 416-203-5261) are, quite obviously, scrumptious. Rejuvenate with a delicious hour-long Lemongrass and Lime Total Body Exfoliation ($85), topped off with a decadent scalp and body massage. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Regain your inner balance and open energy channels you didn’t even know you had at Chakra Spa. The Spiritual Surrender Package ($225, two hours) encourages self-exploration through a Chakra Ayurvedic Body Mask, Chakra Aromatic Massage and African Herbal Ball Massage. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
Salon Jie owner Jie Matar is a self-made celebrity and no stranger to high-profile clients and their demands. This sleek, upscale Yorkville salon has 30 stylists whose cuts start at $65 for women and $35 for men. Meet with the legend himself and you’ll pay a lot more ($350 is common)-but, oh, the cachet! Open daily.
Minus the attitude and ostentation, the team at Shagg (102 Scollard St., 416-934-1817) takes the time to find the right look for you. Owners Christopher Martin and Justin German are spokespeople for Pantene and Clairol, so how can you go wrong? Cuts start at $70. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Glo Salon (94 Avenue Rd., 416-928-1503) boasts top-of-their-game stylists and technicians who create lustrous looks for a diverse clientele. Even if you’re a star only in your own head, the relaxed chic atmosphere and ultra-attentive service will leave you feeling fabulous. Women’s cuts start at $60 to $85, men’s at $45. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
Make heads turn with a cut from Coupe Bizarre (704 & 710 Queen St. W., 416-504-0783), a long-standing denizen of the happening Queen Street West scene. Constant innovation and an eye on global street fashion define their famously asymmetrical, fringed or just plain rockin’ cuts and colours. Cuts start at $53. Open daily.
If Kensington Market is one of your stops, step into Shampoo (32 St. Andrews St., 416-542-1576) for a hip, textured haircut at a great price. Red vinyl couches and cool clientele make you feel privy to some secret-member’s-only club. Cuts start at $35 for men, $45 for women. Open daily.
Lid Lounge (115B Church St., 416-367-5437) is slightly off the beaten path, but soothes the soul with its casual vibe. Owners Sunil and Dean are Coupe Bizarre ex-pats who have honed their skills on the urban fringe. With cuts starting from $56, you’re bound to love your new lid. Open daily.