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The First Nations people of Canada’s west coast discovered the healing properties of local thermal pools centuries ago. The best spas and wellness hotels in Vancouver follow this ancient path to good health and beauty with the latest advances in massage and pure products. Whether you visit this part of British Columbia to get out to the mountains or enjoy Stanley Park, read on to find the very best spa hotels in our guide below.
This long-stay hotel caters to every need of families and executive travelers. An outpost of the Absolute Spa group – regularly used by stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez – the onsite spa has a full menu to soothe the soul. Try the exclusive two-hour face and body treatment using decadent Aromatherapy Associates oils.
One of four prestigious Fairmont properties in Vancouver, the Fairmont Pacific Rim never fails to surprise and delight visitors. Gaze out at the harbor, or bury your nose in a book from the onsite Taschen Library – relaxation is the goal at this urban resort. The award-winning Willow Stream Spa furthers the concept with couples rooms that feature deep Japanese-style soaker tubs and views of the city from the fifth-floor terrace.
Feel swept away by luxury at the Pan Pacific, the preferred hotel for cruise ship guests in Vancouver. Visit Spa Utopia, with its tall marble columns, fountains and waterfalls to feel transported to ancient Roman times. Couples can enjoy personalized service, including a private hostess, in the VIP rooms. The warm outdoor pool at the largest spa in British Columbia offers views of the coastal mountains.
Ocean themes ripple through this low-slung contemporary hotel, perched on the shore of North Vancouver. Rooms reflect the coastal waters with cool blue accessories and driftwood accent walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in the view, especially at the Waterfront Spa. Relax with a vista of the waves and surprisingly affordable full-service treatments that pamper from head to toe. The Seaside Retreat for Men is notable for its trio of treatments – a massage, a facial and a pedicure.
A little taste of Europe awaits at Sutton Place Hotel. Fireplaces, sink-in-and-stay armchairs and four-poster beds tempt guests to rest a little longer. Choose a vintage from over 700 labels in the wine boutique and tasting room while you linger. To experience inner peace, visit the Vida Spa, where an Ayurvedic therapist can align your doshas with a massage.
Personalized touches are a given at Loden Hotel, rated the best hotel in Vancouver by Condé Nast Traveller. That said, prepare to be impressed by a session at the Spa Suite. After an infrared sauna to stimulate the immune system, enjoy a hot-stone massage in a treatment room that opens to a verdant, secluded garden terrace. Step into a tranquil private setting, where you can relax and enjoy a cool beverage or a soothing cup of tea.
A Vancouver landmark, the Rosewood has been catering to a roster of international celebrities since 1927. Visit Sense, the Rosewood’s spa, to take a Sense Journey and unlock your own star power. Choose from a full range of treatments, or combine several to take an hour, a morning or a full-day revival. Experience the rejuvenating effects of Maison Caulières, a French body care line imported for Rosewood clientele.
A subtle oriental influence underlies every facet of the Shangri-La – from the ornamental screens to the Hong Kong-inspired dishes at the Ginger Bar. After exploring the upscale shopping options on Robson Street, take time to visit CHI, the Spa. A private spa-suite session includes a massage, collagen facial mask, personal tea service and the greatest gift of all – alone time.