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Treat Yourself: 9 Best Spas in Toronto for a Weekend of Indulgence

By , October 31st, 2018

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With several high-end spas opening up in the downtown area, like Spa My Blend and the Miraj Hammam Spa, Toronto is gaining a reputation as a destination for pampering. Whether you’re planning a girls’ weekend in the city or a romantic break just outside of town, these lavish spa hotel options will leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized.

Choose from intimate boutique hotels with only four rooms, establishments with professional facilities offering cosmetic laser treatments, or hotels with luxury health clubs. Treat yourself to an overnight stay and dinner along with your therapy. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best spas in Toronto.


9 Best Spas in Toronto

Ancient Traditions and Modern Luxury

[stars number="5"] Shangri-La Hotel

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Inspired by Middle Eastern traditions, the Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel is an oasis of indulgence. One of its main attractions is the Turkish bath, where you can unwind in a private steam chamber before an invigorating full-body exfoliation. Eucalyptus-infused black Moroccan soap soothes the body and mind, while Vinothérapie facials use grape extracts to nourish and revitalize. Travelling with a friend? Select from packages for two that combine time in the hammam with personalized massages and facials.

Rooms at the Shangri-La are just as luxurious as the spa, with elegant marble bathrooms and tubs made for soaking. Refresh yourself here before sampling the hotel’s culinary delights. The restaurant, Bosk, serves contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine with a Canadian twist, like the Wild Chinook Salmon with bonito gnocchi and foraged mushrooms. Dine alfresco on the upscale terrace in warmer months, or gather in front of the contemporary fire at the Lobby Lounge if it’s cold out. With 68 flavours of tea and a wide range of wines, cocktails and spirits, there’s something for every taste.

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Relax in Spacious Settings

[stars number="5"] Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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With 17 treatment rooms across 30,000 square feet, the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto has the largest spa in the city. Neutral tones and plush upholstery create a serene urban respite. Try the coffee and maple sugar scrub for deep exfoliation, finished with a shea butter treatment, to leave the skin feeling smooth and soft. The signature Rose Gold Facial uses rose quartz crystals to tone and tighten skin, while the Rosedale Reflexology treatment includes a hot stone massage followed by a sensorial foot massage.

Not quite ready for the outside world yet? Sit by the sunlit relaxation pool and take in the view from the terrace after your treatment or head on over to the on-site restaurant. Café Boulud is a welcoming French rotisserie that offers unusual dishes—like the Lyon-style northern pike quenelle with cognac-lobster sauce—and 350 wine labels.

Rooms at the Four Seasons are furnished in creamy hues with plush linens for a calming ambiance. Floor-to-ceiling windows give you a bird’s-eye view of the city while you contemplate which treatment to book (using the in-room iPad) for the following day.

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A Traditional Charming Boutique Hotel

[stars number="4"] Old Mill Toronto

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Built in 1914, the enchanting Old Mill Toronto is nestled on the banks of the Humber River in the city’s west end. Step back in time with four-poster beds, antique furnishings and traditional fireplaces. Each room is unique, but all offer old-world hospitality and comfort.

Spa care at this hotel includes side-by-side couples massages from registered therapists, oxygen treatment facials, and smoothing body polishes. Choose the deep cleansing marine wrap, which uses sea ingredients to help you detox. Alternatively, you can try halotherapy, which uses dry salt inhalation to promote immunity and increase lung capacity.

The Old Mill Toronto is perhaps most famous for its tradition of serving afternoon tea since it opened over a century ago, and guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. Alongside the finger sandwiches and currant scones, complimentary mimosas are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Every evening there is live music at the Home Smith Bar, where you can order a hearty meal, like steak frites, with your drink. The intimate atmosphere and low lights make it a great spot to appreciate the local jazz scene after a day at the spa.

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Experience European Treatments

[stars number="5"] Ritz Carlton Toronto

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The only Spa My Blend by Clarins outside of Paris belongs to the Ritz Carlton Toronto. Join friends for a taste of European luxury at the nail bar for the Signature Champagne Manicure: a classic manicure with a hand and arm hot stone massage and hydrating paraffin mask, complemented by a glass of champagne. With comfortable lounge chairs, copper foot baths and plenty of cushions, this is a space where you can truly unwind. Opt for a personalized facial or body treatment in one of the 16 private rooms. A popular choice is the Tonic Sweet & Salty, which is a toning body scrub that uses white jasmine, lavender and other natural ingredients.

Take a breather and dip in the pool or rest in the gender-divided relaxation lounges. There’s also a bright Urban Sanctuary sunroom open to both men and women.

The refined decor extends to guest rooms. Rich polished wood, Italian linens and marble bathrooms make each suite your private sanctuary. Enjoy a drink around the fire pit at DEQ Terrace & Lounge after checking in or book a table at Toca, an Italian-inspired restaurant with cozy upholstered booths and an extensive wine list. Don’t forget to ask for a tour of Canada’s only hotel cheese cave, which houses 25 perfectly-aged local and international cheeses, such as Laankaster.

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Women’s Only Boutique Houses Toronto

[stars number="4"] The Ivy at Verity

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Located in a restored 1850s chocolate factory on the Queen Street East, the intimate The Ivy at Verity has four unique rooms. Here, antique features are paired with tasteful contemporary linens and modern conveniences such as heated floors.

Feel completely at ease at the boutique hotel’s Sweetgrass spa, which offers customized facial, massage and hydrotherapy treatments. The Red Carpet facial promises to reduce signs of fatigue and give you a youthful, rested look. Body wraps, microdermabrasion and makeup services are also on the menu, as well as manicures and hair removal. Why not indulge in a pampering package that includes a champagne lunch after your treatments?

As a part of private women’s business club Verity, the spa and fitness facilities are open to women only. Men, however, are welcome in the hotel and can access spa services in their rooms. Reconnect with your travel partner afterward at the sophisticated five-star GEORGE restaurant, where you can dine in a secluded courtyard. Elegant dinner dishes here include the likes of lamb loin with porcini and perogies.

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Soaring Multi-Storey Sophistication at One of the Best Spas in Toronto

[stars number="5"] The Adelaide Hotel

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In the midst of the bustling financial district sits The Adelaide Hotel, a contemporary 65-storey building. The spa inside takes up both the 31st and 32nd floors and includes a saltwater infinity lap pool where you can look out at Toronto’s cloud-piercing skyscrapers. Its sleek facilities are complemented by luxe treatments, such as dry brush exfoliation, personalized aromatherapy massages and collagen mask facials. Shellac manicures, acai berry body wraps and hot stone massage are just some of the other treatments offered to make you feel rejuvenated.

Rooms are large and luxurious, with a colour scheme of champagne and caviar to match the decadent feel. Starting at 550 square feet, there’s plenty of space to make yourself at home. Thick carpets, velvet accessories and Italian linens combine for ultimate comfort.

The Adelaide’s ninth-floor restaurant provides you with views of the city over breakfast, lunch and dinner. A menu consisting of North American fare, such as the seared scallops with citrus basil risotto, slow-cooked anise and charred corn salsa, is created with local ingredients and served in a warm and elegant space adorned with contemporary chandeliers and plush upholstery.

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A Tranquil Terrace

[stars number="4"] InterContinental Hotel Toronto Centre

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Find 8,000 square feet of indulgence hidden inside the InterContinental Hotel Toronto Centre. The lavish spa, which has a solarium, 10 treatment rooms, an indoor saline pool and salt water hot tub, is a real urban retreat. Purify your complexion with an oxygen-infused facial, or feel rejuvenated from head to toe with a coffee bean and algae body wrap. Registered massage therapists provide a range of services, including traditional Asian treatments such as shiatsu and cupping.

The spa is inspired by nature, with bamboo, stone and wooden elements taking you to a world away from the city. Have a seat on the rustic wooden terrace, or relax in the eucalyptus steam room. Couple’s packages, including those with lunch included, allow you to spend quality time with your partner during your manicure and massage.

Rooms at this hotel feature plush upholstery, deluxe duvets and plenty of cushions to help you drift off for a restful night’s sleep. To level up on luxury, choose an Executive Suite, where a spiral staircase leads to a loft space with a king- or queen-size bed and spacious bathroom.

Round off a leisurely weekend with brunch in the glass atrium of Azure Restaurant & Bar, which has a glass canopy roof that creates an outdoor dining atmosphere all year round and offers impressive views of Toronto’s bustling downtown core.

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Antique Charm

[stars number="5"] Windsor Arms Hotel

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Enter old-world charm in the Windsor Arms Hotel, a luxurious boutique hotel built in 1927. Its brick building houses 28 suites, which each include a butler’s pantry that allows for laundry and service trays to be removed without disturbance. Bathrooms have limestone floors, deep soaker tubs and Molton Brown toiletries. Need some tunes? There’s an iPod docking station and sound system in each room, along with a musical instrument. If you’re looking for a spa retreat with a harp, guitar or baby grand piano, this is your spot.

At the spa, try something a little innovative, such as cryotherapy or Crystal 512 hair removal, in refined treatment rooms with antique elements and crisp linens. Feel at peace as you meditate in the softly lit halotherapy space, which is designed to resemble a natural salt cave, before you sip on a fresh juice or wellness elixir on a large terrace with panoramic views of Toronto.

For comfort food in an English setting, The Living Room is your next stop. Sink into a Chesterfield sofa while admiring artwork sourced from the UK, alongside modern pieces by homegrown artist Charles Pachter. Beers from around the world—including Belgium’s 100% natural Duval—complement tasty dishes like tender grilled lamb.

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Superb Cosmetic Treatments

[stars number="4"] Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa

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Approximately 25 kilometres outside of Toronto, the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa has everything you need for a rejuvenating getaway. Its Glow Medi Spa offers a range of services, including non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, like injectables, and light and laser procedures. Come here for dermal fillers and laser hair removal in a bright and comfortable space, or choose from treatments to help you unwind, such as a soothing warm stone massage.

Bed down in a room featuring a queen-size bed or upgrade to an extended-stay suite, equipped with a full kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathtubs. Wake up fully refreshed the next morning and take a stroll through the Zen garden or a dip in the light-filled indoor swimming pool, with views of the hotel’s verdant grounds.

If all that relaxing has helped you work up an appetite, the on-site Essence of Unionville restaurant provides tantalizing dinner options, like the braised beef short-ribs with crispy Brussels, creamy polenta and pan jus. Take a table in the sleek dining room, with its soft, harmonious colour scheme for a tranquil Sunday brunch buffet, including a made-to-order omelette station.

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