You work hard and play hard, you are a superhero at home and a badass at the office, you do it all, and then some. But there aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of business and yourself. You know if you could only sink your toes into a sandy beach and sip a cold Modelo the stresses would melt away, but unfortunately getting away just isn’t in the cards, at least not right now. When your battery enviably starts depleting and you desperately need to recharge, why not book yourself a staycation in one of Toronto’s top luxury hotel spas. Get the five-star vacation recharge without the time commitment. We’ve scoured the city and here are the crème de la crème of hotel spas in Toronto. All you have to do is pack an overnight bag and leave the heavy lifting, or massaging in this case, to the professionals.
The Hazelton Hotel: Spa by Valmont
If you are looking to say goodbye to stress and hello to a fresher version of yourself look no farther than the spa located in the Hazelton Hotel. Located in the heart of Yorkville, this boutique hotel is nothing short of glamorous and that’s how you will be feeling when you check out. The Spa by Valmont has operated for more than 30 years and they are acknowledged for their luxurious body treatments to release toxins and specialized massages. Come in and be pampered by the expert technicians, dine at one of Yorkville’s esteemed restaurants or indulge in some retail therapy
Hotel X: Guerlain Spa
Canada’s first Guerlain Spa opened this month inside the elite Hotel X located within the walls of Ontario’s Exhibition Place. The waterfront location induces relaxing vibes from the moment you enter this eco-friendly retreat within the city. The Guerlain brand is world-renowned for high-end premium products. With ten treatment rooms and relaxing lounge areas that overlook Lake Ontario, the spa located in the Hotel X promises to be nothing short of magical. They pride themselves on cutting-edge innovations while maintaining a personalized luxury spa experience. They offer a long list of services for men and women, including beauty enhancement, massage rituals, facials and body treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton: Spa My Blend By Clarins
Personalized skin care is at the root of the premium spa located within the Ritz-Carlton. Through extensive research into hormones, genetics, climate conditions, lifestyle and stress levels, they believe everyone, and their skin is truly unique and should be treated as such. Inspired by practices in Paris, you will feel transported to a tranquil sanctuary where you can let go of it all. Men are also welcomed with open arms. Spa My Blend has curated custom packages for men, such as Blokes and Beer, Gentlemen’s Power Hour and Sports Manicures and Pedicures. With 16 private treatment rooms, over-sized aromatherapy steam rooms and green tea infused vitality pools you will experience the finest in wellness from the moment you check-in.
Relaxation and Wellness are at your fingertips at the Four Seasons Spa. They have all the classic spa services you would expect from a high-end spa and some uncommon treatments rooted in traditional Chinese medicine such as cupping, gua sha, acupuncture and energy work. If you are looking for a little more than a typical spa experience, why not partake in personal psychic and spiritual exploration? Or perhaps just settle for the rose gold facial if your psyche isn’t up for some spa work. The Four Seasons Spa is also fully equipped with a pool, sauna, steam rooms and a hair and nail salon. They have thought of it all!
Shangri-La Hotel: Miraj Hammam Spa
If you are looking to be transported to a new world, one rich in colour and texture, the old-world concept behind the Miraj Hammam Spa in the Shangri-La Hotel is for you. Ancient rituals will take you and your imagination on a passage through time. This is a great spa experience to escape the stresses of the city and daily grind. Inspired by the Middle East and vineyards of Bordeaux, some of their specialty treatments include a Turkish Bath Ritual, clay body masques or the ultimate detoxification treatment referred to as the Hammam and Gommage. When you check-in to the Shangri-La, you will no doubt check-out of any real-world responsibilities that were ailing you.
Personal wellness of both your body and mind has never been more important in today’s social climate. It’s crucial to take care of yourself and unplug every once in a while to keep you balanced and healthy. When your daily dose of green just isn't cutting it, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a relaxing weekend and pamper yourself back to a rejuvenated state of mind.