The Best Spas in Toronto
The best spas in Toronto offer a luxurious escape from day-to-day life, provided you're willing to fork over a healthy amount of cash for that urban getaway. Most of Toronto's top relaxation destinations are situated in high-end hotels studded around the downtown core - suitable, given the luxe surroundings and often-elaborate treatments on the menu.
Whether you're looking for a tension-busting massage, a glow-boosting facial, an exotic 30-ingredient body treatment, or just a really good sweat in a steam room, these spas will serve it up (with a side of herbal tea).
Here are the best spas in Toronto.
This women's only spa, which boasts two locations, sets itself apart through a specialized "water circuit" based around ancient water practices. In addition to a number of treatments (including their signature full-body scrub), visitors can enjoy a gauntlet of pools and saunas (including several Polar Bear-worthy cold-water dips).
Spread across four floors, boasting 34 treatment rooms and two restaurants, the 32-year-old Elmwood is a Toronto institution. Bonuses are the complimentary use of the "water therapies" areas (including a whirlpool, steam room, swimming pool) and the $29 three-course lunch you can add on to your treatments.
True to its home in the Park Hyatt, Stillwater doesn't skimp on the luxury. Their lengthy list of facials includes a pearl-protein treatment ($365). Packed into their 10,000 square feet are 17 treatment rooms, a couple's treatment area, a lounge, pool, saunas, whirlpools, and a salon.
The Ritz-Carlton's spa (which received the lofty title of World's Best Hotel Spa from Travel + Leisure magazine in 2013) got a makeover from French beauty brand Clarins. Rebranded as Spa My Blend, it offers an exclusive line of skin products that can be mixed and matched by the staff to create a custom experience. There's only one other Spa My Blend - in Paris.
The Four Seasons' spa is spread over 30,000 square feet. The spaciousness amps up the luxurious ambiance (and cuts down on that doctor's waiting room feeling). The personalized feel has earned the spa rave reviews. Sample treatments include a gold plumping facial for $250, or a patchouli-and-hemp infused 'We Are Yorkville' package meant to honour the area's bohemian roots ($420).
The Shangri La sets itself apart from the luxury-spa pack with a full roster of 'Vinotherapie' treatments from luxury skin care line Caudalie (think crushed cabernet body scrubs and reservatrol-based skin products), as well as low- and high-intensity hammam steam room facilities.
Sweetgrass's signature treatments include the Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage ($150 for 60 minutes), a technique which uses the entire forearm, and a 24-karat gold leaf mask ($195). Available amenities at this women's only spa include an ozonated swimming pool and an infrared sauna, as well as catering from George Restaurant.
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