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9 Best Spas in Vancouver for a Rejuvenating Break, West Coast Style

By , October 9th, 2018

Vancouver’s coastal mountain setting, fresh sea air and emphasis on wellness makes it the ideal spot for a picturesque, therapeutic spa break. Whether you’re away on a romantic weekend with your partner or you’re looking for dawn-till-dusk pampering with the girls, we’ve picked the best spa in Vancouver that will restore, relax, and rejuvenate you.

These hotels feature stand-out amenities such as mountain-view pools and luxury spa treatments that draw from the city’s Asian-influenced culture like an Ayurvedic massage to realign the mind and body. After a day of indulgence, on-site restaurants in our selection offer everything from comforting Italian classics to oysters and lobsters.


9 Best Spas in Vancouver

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

The award-winning Rosewood Hotel Georgia dates back to 1927 and has vintage décor to match, with sleek and traditional furniture in the rooms and an Art Deco fitness centre. With its elegant, decadent feel, it’s easy to get into the swing of the indulgence and glamour of the ’20s era as soon as you walk through the door.

Using locally-sourced products, the full-service Sense spa has an extensive menu of treatments aimed to purify, relax, and invigorate the body and soul. If your muscles are tired after a long day, there are several types of aromatherapy massage and body treatments on tap, such as the Tides, a sea-salt and seaweed-extract exfoliation, and body wrap in regionally-harvested algae and B.C. glacial mud. Choose from tailor-made facials, oxygen infusion facials, scalp treatments, and more. Many treatments can be booked as a couple’s experience, which you and your partner can both enjoy side-by-side in your room or suite.

The spa’s Sense Journeys packages combine different spa treatments and last from three hours to a whole day, including refreshments or lunch. The Discover Vancouver Spa Journey takes you on a refreshing stroll along the city seawall and through Stanley Park. Back at the hotel, take a gentle dip in a saltwater lap pool before you indulge in a full-body treatment, such as the Vancouver Signature Sensation — a peppermint and sea-salt exfoliation with a cleansing Vichy rinse and hydrating massage.

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Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver blends five-star accommodation and gourmet dining with luxury spa facilities in Asian-inspired opulence. With each room designed with the help of a Feng Shui master and blessed by monks, you’ll instantly feel at ease. The feeling of opulence and style is evident throughout the rooms, from the spacious marble bathrooms to the floor-to-ceiling windows, many with striking city and mountain views and a private balcony.

The Shangri-La’s CHI Spa is an urban retreat that feels like a peaceful sanctuary. Holistic treatments make use of ancient Asian practices of relaxation and well-being. Try the Ayurvedic Podikkizhi for a detoxifying massage that uses coconut stems and aromatic oils. In the privacy of your own treatment suite, complete with a private hot tub, steam room and relaxation area, designed in calming earth tones and dotted with orchids, you’ll feel everyday stresses melt away.

If you’re looking for a more active morning, test out the 24-hour fitness centre overlooking the bustling downtown streets. Book a personal trainer or try out a yoga class, followed by a gentle swim in the rooftop pool and hot tub. You can also top up your vitamin and antioxidant intake at the hotel’s Ginger Juice Bar.

After your spa experience, the hotel’s outdoor terrace and Market restaurant await. Sample the house specialties from the locally-sourced seasonal menu, like the rice cracker crusted tuna and black truffle pizza, inspired by the executive chef Ken Nakano’s Japanese-Canadian heritage.

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Loden Hotel

Near downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, the independent Loden Hotel sits in a quiet residential street eight blocks from the city’s seawall and just a five-minute walk from bustling Robson Street where you can shop for boutique clothes and accessories.

At the Loden, it’s all about upscale comforts and personalized service. A warm, soothing colour scheme with designer fixtures and fittings sprinkled in adds to the Loden’s laid-back, modern atmosphere. The Garden Terrace rooms each have their own reflection pond and mini waterfall. Stretch out on one of the provided yoga mats or kick back with a cup of yogi tea.

The hotel’s restaurant, the relaxed French-style Tableau bar and bistro is particularly popular for weekend brunch where chicken and waffles is a hot favourite. On-site facilities include the BeFit Studio, a 1,400 square-foot gym, with natural light, a waterfall, and a stunning city view. The Spa Suite treatments include deep-tissue and hot stone massages, deep cleansing facials and foot reflexology. It’s a completely private space where you get exclusive use of the infrared sauna and patio during your booking time.

In true West Coast style, the Loden strives to help travellers enjoy an active lifestyle. Services such as the WanderFIT program connect you with local cycling and trekking tour guides for fun and active ways to see the city. If you want to explore at your own pace, Electra-Townie Cruiser bikes are also available for a complimentary two-hour ride.

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Pan Pacific Vancouver

The multi-award-winning Pan Pacific Vancouver is hard to miss. Situated on the waterfront and perched on Canada Place, its famous five white sails can be spotted from across the bay. Views from the rooftop pool and patio terrace stretch across the soaring North Shore mountains and sea-walled Stanley Park, as well as the downtown skyline. Inside, rooms are spacious and comfortable, with oversized padded headboards and luxuriously thick mattresses. At meal times, choose from two main restaurants serving modern European and Pacific Northwest cuisines, such as the locally-sourced fresh seafood and corn chowder.

The hotel’s facilities are equally extravagant: spa Utopia is an urban sanctuary modelled around the bathhouses of Ancient Rome. It’s British Columbia’s largest spa and features towering pillars and soothing waterfalls. Customized head-to-toe therapies include treatments like the SilkPeel diamond tip exfoliation and facial, plus the Universal Contour Wrap, which uses mineral-rich clay to cleanse and detoxify the body.

If you feel like a workout before breakfast, visit the fully-equipped fitness centre or swim a few laps in the rooftop saltwater pool. Prefer to hit the streets? The concierge team can provide a map of local jogging routes. Afterward, you can unwind in the indoor sauna and outdoor hot tub, taking in the coastal mountain scenery.

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Sutton Place Hotel

Relish the European-inspired decor of the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. Here, you’ll find rooms featuring intricately handcrafted furnishings and silk tapestries. The on-site, award-winning Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, with mouth-watering dishes like lobster and caviar on offer, isn’t just about the food — it’s filled with local art, Italian marble, and antique chandeliers.

Once you step into the Indian-inspired Vida Spa, you soon realize this space goes above and beyond traditional spa treatments to help guests balance outer vitality with inner calm. The specialty here is Ayurvedic therapy, based on the principles of the ancient system of holistic Indian medicine. Don’t miss the classic Ayurvedic Massage which nourishes and revitalizes through a head-to-toe application of warm oil. Go for two massage therapists at once for an extra indulgent experience. If you want to stay active during your weekend of pampering, there’s a big gym and sky-lit indoor swimming pool on-site, complete with a hot tub and two steam rooms.

Sutton Place is nestled right in Vancouver’s downtown core, close to Robson Street shopping and the Vancouver Art Gallery — with over 10,000 pieces and collections dating back to the 17th century — which is a five-minute walk away.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

It’s the extensive art curation that really stands out at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The collection is large enough for guests to take a self-guided tour with the help of a brochure detailing the selection of art and interior design pieces. Marvel at prints by local photographer Fred Herzog or the hotel’s 180-foot-long origami light sculpture. When it’s time to head back to your room, you’re welcomed by a mix of sophistication and high-tech functionality, with luxury linens, a marble bathroom and an iPad in every room.

This meticulous attention to detail is continued through to the tranquil Willow Stream Spa, where candlelight flickers on stone walls and the sound of flowing fountains adds to the dreamy ambience. There are nine treatment rooms, each with a hot tub, private terrace and meditation pods. Signature treatments include the Coastal Mountain Retreat, a sensory escape that aims to reflect B.C.’s cedar rainforests by using a hydrating body exfoliation infused with an essential oil blend of cypress, cedarwood and clary sage — followed by a full body massage with reflexology.

Later, dine at the hotel’s Botanist restaurant, which serves dishes inspired by the region’s flora. The menu features succulent dishes such as foraged mushrooms, fennel, and crispy risotto with butter-poached lobster. End your evening by listening to live music in the Lobby Lounge, or take it outside on the rooftop terrace, dotted with fire pits and cabanas, for a cozy evening.

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Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa offers an elegant boutique experience with an award-winning spa and your choice of attractions on its doorstep. You’ll be situated a block from the Vancouver Art Gallery, countless restaurants and the renowned Robson Street, where shopping ranges from major clothing brands to homeware and souvenirs.

After the bustle of the city, the Wedgewood is a welcome retreat for a few days of quiet ambiance, with its rich wood panelling décor and twinkling chandeliers, plus marble bathrooms featured in all guest rooms. The Bacchus Restaurant & Piano Lounge serves west-coast dishes with a European twist throughout the day, from brioche French toast to charred smoked scallops.

Wind down in the spa with a selection of signature treatments using the all-natural product brand Epicuren and LED light therapy facials. Treat yourself to the aromatic Tahitian Tranquility Body Scrub, which uses anti-oxidant-rich pineapple and papaya enzymes for a refreshing and softening exfoliation experience. When you’re ready to get moving again, visit the fitness centre—you’ll find a full range of cardio and weight-training equipment, plus encouraging trainers. Complete your session with a dip in the indoor pool, hot tub or the invigorating eucalyptus steam room for optimum stress-busting.

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Georgian Court Hotel

The boutique Georgian Court Hotel is ideally located if you have tickets for an event at BC Place or a performance at the Vancouver Playhouse — both are just a five-minute walk away. Before you head out, grab a meal from the on-site Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar, which offers comforting classics popular with locals and tourists alike. Traditional Italian dishes include beef carpaccio and Nonna Maria’s lasagna. If you love music, don’t miss Frankie’s Jazz Club which has live jazz and blues four nights a week.

The Georgian Court’s deluxe experience extends to the communal spa facilities. Get in a workout at the fully-equipped fitness centre or bask in the warmth of the hot tub and steam room, great for reviving your energy and spending quality time together. Massages are all taken in-room so you can enjoy peace and privacy.

Rooms and one-bedroom suites are light, airy, and equipped with yoga mats so you can stretch out those kinks every morning. There’s also the option of the ‘ladies-preferred’ rooms on the hotel’s Orchid Floor, as well as pet-friendly accommodation if you don’t want to leave your furry friend behind.

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Coast Coal Harbour by APA

Head to Coast Coal Harbour by APA for a spa break with the harbour on your doorstep. You’ll find minimalist, ultra-modern rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering city or mountain views. With electric bidets and origami cranes in every room, Coast Coal Harbour is a blend of high-tech amenities with touches of Japanese charm. For on-site dining, Preston’s Restaurant and Lounge serves seasonal dishes using locally sourced ingredients such as wild B.C. salmon and smoked oysters.

Enjoy the wonders of the peaceful Sanatio Spa, where the usual nail, facial and body treatments are available alongside traditional Japanese therapies. Specialty treatments include soft Korugi (face shaping) massage and Seitai, an oil-free style of Shiatsu with stretching manipulations. In addition to the spa, you can continue your journey to well-being in the spacious fitness centre or the outdoor pool and hot tub with views over the city.

With the hotel only a block away from Harbour Green Park and the seaplane terminal, Vancouver’s ultimate sightseeing excursions are at your feet. For shopping and people-watching, the cobbled streets of Gastown and Robson Street are just a 10-minute-walk away.

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