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The 11 best spas in Vancouver

The best spas in Vancouver are the places to seek out when the body requires a little TLC. Go on, you deserve it

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Gerrish Lopez
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Bust out the robes, get ready for saunas, pools and massages. The best spaces in Vancouver are little slices of wellness paradise waiting to revitalize visitors in body and mind. General upkeep of the joints and muscles is vital to healthy days, and there’s no better way to stay on top of it all than by giving yourself a little tender loving care. Go on, you deserve it. 

Vancouver is a heady city, with some of the best bars in Canada and a restaurant scene that wins awards on the regular. With all that energy expelled, a moment of serenity is vital. These fantastic spas offer a wide range of treatments from rejuvenating facials to a good old-fashioned mani-pedi, allowing visitors to enjoy Vancouver with relaxed muscles and a calm mind.

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Best spas in Vancouver

This luxurious, 8,500-square-foot sanctuary spans the entire fifth floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Locally-inspired treatments for aching muscles and aromatherapy are infused with British Columbia's natural bounty. Other relaxation options include a Japanese Zen tub, a nail salon, lounge areas, and a fitness center. Set aside time to enjoy stunning views of the mountains from the outdoor spa terrace.

Dedicated to natural and organic products, this Yaletown spa is all about healing, detox, relaxation, and bliss. The owner is from Manhattan and knows how to create an environment that lets you escape the hustle of the city. The mani-pedi station includes luxurious massage chairs and ceramic footbaths. A full range of massage and facial services address any need and promote ultimate relaxation.

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As the first hammam in Canada, Miraj offers a different way to relax. All treatments begin in the opulent Middle Eastern hammam (steam room) followed by an invigorating gommage (full-body exfoliation) using black Moroccan soap. After a deep and relaxing massage, you’ll feel like royalty while decompressing in the Sultana Lounge, with its velvet beds, silk pillows, and traditional tea and cakes.

Like the legendary Shangri-La, CHI is a place of peace and well-being. Ancient Asian practices like Ayurveda and aromatherapy are incorporated into treatments. Private suites feature a hot tub, steam room, and relaxation area. Try the signature Aroma Vitality—which includes a food bath, tea service, aromatic steam, and massage—or the Ayurvedic Podikizhi, a detoxifying massage.

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This downtown day spa offers a full range of customizable spa treatments, from a relaxing Swedish massage to acupuncture. Thai and deep-tissue massages work out the kinks, while an aromatherapy oil massage will melt your cares away. Smile also offers couples massages, Thai herbal treatments, and signature packages that include refreshments and bonus treatments like reflexology and scalp massage.

With multiple locations around Vancouver, Sabai Thai Spa makes it easy to get in a bit of pampering. A full range of services includes Western and Thai massages, facials, and hand and foot treatments. Packages combine the best of various treatments for whatever needs rejuvenating. A traditional Thai massage, involving acupressure and assisted stretching, is a unique way to achieve deep relaxation.

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Treatments at this elegant spa in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia are geared towards stimulating the senses to restore both mind and body. Whether you opt for a massage, facial, mani-pedi, or comprehensive “sense journey,” all services are customized and luxurious. Signature experiences like the Tides body treatment are inspired by British Columbia’s natural beauty. The cozy, intimate setting means the facility never feels crowded, and the focus is always, always on you.

Looking for a full day of world-class pampering? The Spa at the Wedgewood Hotel offers everything you might need to get blissed out from head to toe, including therapeutic body treatments, facials, mani-pedis, and waxing. Signature treatments use natural ingredients, and with names like Tahitian Tranquility, Wild Lavender Body Bliss, Rosemary Rendez-Vous, and Red Carpet Ready, you know you’ll be on cloud nine in no time. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel’s Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge when you’re done.

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Get a spa treatment where the celebs go! Gwyneth and Zac, among others, are known to love this Vancouver spa group with a flagship location in the Century Plaza Hotel. The Fairmont Hotel spot, all decked out in stainless steel and leather, is billed as “Vancouver’s first spa for men”, just in case the others are too intimidating. Ladies are welcome though, and there’s a co-ed relaxation lounge. Signature treatments include anti-ageing facials, body care, massage therapy, and water spa therapy.

Vida Spa’s holistic approach includes many treatments based on the principles of Ayurveda that are implemented with modern technologies. Treatment menus at all locations include massage, facials, infrared sauna treatments, body wraps, and esthetics. Luxurious lounges are available post-treatment. Exclusive to the Westin Bayshore location is “Vida Pod,” a detoxifying treatment that includes oils, herbs, steam cleansing, and exfoliation.

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This Vancouver-born facial shop is a local success story. Its multiple spots around the city are focused on the face, offering personalized skincare products. Based on the idea that your skin also needs regular workouts to stay healthy, Skoah offers facial treatments (like deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extractions) to target any issues and get you looking your best. Full body massages, scalp massages, and foot facials are also available with a range of skincare treatment packages.

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