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The 11 best spas in Toronto

Relaxation with psychic readings and traditional Chinese treatments? All that and more at the best spas in Toronto

Written by
Lisa Jackson
&
Sinead Mulhern
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In these hectic times, it has never been more important to step back and look after yourself. A little TLC is utterly vital, and anyone refusing to listen to their body and slow down is doing themselves a disservice. Strong words? Of course, but who doesn’t love the blissful relaxation of the spa? Whether that is an hour, an afternoon, a day or a weekend, it remains true. And to the cynics in the back, give it a go; trust us.

This is especially true in Toronto, a city famous for its commitment to 24-hour existence and conveyor belt of exciting bars, pubs and clubs. After all that excitement, a little rejuvenation is an absolute necessity, and this list of best spas in Toronto will see you back to the best version of yourself in no time. Sightseeing, history, decadence and world-class wellness; is there anything Toronto can’t do?

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Best spas in Toronto

Located in Yorkville, Toronto’s ritziest neighborhood, the Spa By Valmont at The Hazelton hotel has a high standard to live up to, and it doesn’t miss the mark. This place knows how to give a high luxury treatment (it is, after all, a partner of Toronto Fashion Week) and the services are some of the most posh in the city. The signature Hazelton experience includes a Swedish deep tissue massage, a hydration facial plus a mani and pedi. For the traveler who really wants to go all out, the $625 facial is one of the city’s most high-end beauty treatments and it doesn’t cut corners. It includes two cleanses, three massages and no less than four face masks.

H20 Float Spa

Does floating in a water-logged pod appeal to you? Head over to H20 Float Spa on Danforth Avenue for some “float therapy,” where you drift weightlessly on your back in a pod filled with 10 inches of water and 1000lbs of Epsom salt. The idea here is to deprive the senses, which will actually let you fully zone out for once. A single session leaves your skin silky and soft while promoting total relaxation, thanks to the zero pressure on your body. Pro-tip: the spa can accommodate couples floats, so bring your bae along and revel in a tub as big as a queen-sized bed.

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Waltzing into the upscale spa inside the Shangri-La Hotel will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Paris, Marrakech or Istanbul. The Miraj Hammam Spa takes architectural and design inspiration from each of these destinations (the decor even includes Persian rugs) and its treatments are borrowed from old world Middle Eastern traditions. While the spacious mosaic-tiled hammam is clearly amazing, this spa is notable for its “vinotherapy” – wine-inspired signature treatments like the crushed cabernet scrub, honey and wine body wrap and the vinoperfect facial treatment. FYI: the Miraj is one of two spas in North America that has partnered with Caudalie, a French skincare brand that blends vine extracts from bordeaux, champagne and Burgundy vineyards.

If you’re looking for a boozy afternoon with gal pals that includes a luxurious mani, pedi and blowout treatment, look no further than Her Majesty’s Pleasure. This beauty bar is on-trend and, in an incredibly in-vogue city like Toronto, that says a lot. The city’s King West Village doesn’t accept anything less than perfection and this fashion house has risen to that challenge. Her Majesty’s Pleasure offers an array of spa services, from hair removal to facials to full body massages. The big selling feature? Get primped and pampered while charming bartenders serve creative cocktails, champagne and sweets to you and your friends.

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Set foot on the property of Toronto’s Old Mill and you’ll feel as though you’re in the setting of a Jane Austen novel. This hotel has a romantic, old fashioned feel to it, with elegant decor and gardens in full bloom. Its river valley setting makes it a tranquil place for a day at the spa. Services include warm stone treatments, aromatherapy massages, lavender manicures and rosemary mint pedicures.

Inside the Ritz-Carlton, Spa My Blend by Clarins is a lap-of-luxury sanctuary. Kudos to them for not letting the dudes feel left out. Not only do we love the cleverly-named “Man-E-Cure” but the “Blokes and Beers” package that includes post-massage cold beers is the perfect touch. Also expect a champagne nail bar, massages from around the globe, head-to-nail holistic treatments and facials that’ll have your skin looking like it went back in time.

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Tucked away in a heritage building on Elm Street, Elmwood has four spacious floors with two restaurants, a juice bar, 34 treatment rooms, 50 registered massage therapists and a plethora of hydrotherapy facilities (swimming pool, whirlpool and steam rooms included). The ultimate experience, though, is the six-hour indulgence retreat that includes water therapies, a facial, an 80-minute Tuscan citrus with herb body scrub with massage, and a mani and pedi to top it off. You’ll leave feeling like a brand-new person.

The Four Seasons is sleek and sexy and exactly the kind of place where a person is going to want to unwind. Rose gold facials cater to the high-glamour style traveler. The element facial, on the other hand, is a true treat with a mineral-rich mud mask inspired by Canada’s natural elements. Of course, your face isn’t the only part in need of some self care and here, steam rooms, a pool, sauna, massage treatments, and a hair and nail salon will leave you feeling pampered. Hey, this spot even offers psychic readings and traditional Chinese medicine. Bonus: the outdoor relaxation deck has an incredible view of the city, so bring your phone for an enviable selfie.

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Inside a restored 1850s chocolate factory on Adelaide Street East is Sweetgrass, a luxurious, women-only spa that provides a great escape for the day. The treatment menu is extensive, featuring everything from mani-pedis to warm stone massages to reflexology and body wraps. One of the most talked about treatments is the 24-karat gold organic facial, a gilded masque that makes your skin glow. If that feels a little extra, opt for the classy rosewater ice mask to rejuvenate the skin instead.

The King West neighborhood of Toronto is slick and trendy but it’s also quite busy. No wonder the city’s hard-working professionals need a slice of heaven to escape to in the downtown core. That’s exactly what Hammam Spa is. In fact, though you’re in one of Canada’s most brag-worthy cities, you may feel as though you’ve escaped to Europe or the Middle East. Enjoy the traditional Turkish baths and 500-square-foot Hammam steam room, where you can blissfully bathe in aromatic mist at 102 degrees.

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This heavenly spa touting “health by water” is just for the ladies. With two locations in the city, Body Blitz helps women get zen with various hydrotherapies, including a warm Dead Sea salt pool, a hot Epsom salt pool, a eucalyptus steam room and an infrared sauna. There are also plenty of treatments, ranging from body scrubs to massages to body muds, available. 

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