Where to Indulge: Toronto’s Top Spa Retreats
Amid the bustle and chaos of Toronto’s streets, locals and business travellers alike are always looking for a place to hideaway. From the daily sirens, crowds and subway delays, to the weekend hum of urbanites hopping from dinner to bars, and from bars to nightclubs – in Canada, Hogtown is the city that never sleeps.
The idea of a spa retreat is no longer perceived as a shallow, self-indulgent ritual practiced by well-to-do women. Spas have become a key part of a wellness culture that’s unbiased of gender and economic status. Frankly, it’s just another way to keep healthy. In 2014, Spafinder Canada stated that a top global wellness trend was the rise of destination spas, easy to reach by city dwellers (only an hour or two away by car), furthering the notion that individuals are not only looking for R&R during a holiday – they want R&R close to home.
Thankfully, Toronto hails some of the most luxurious spa retreats in the country (and in the world), where you can escape the plights of city life for any length of time – an hour to a whole day. Here, we give you Toronto’s top five spa retreats.
Elmwood Spa is the local favourite, namely because of the range of spa retreats they offer, which include half-day, full-day treatments as well as couples packages. A four-hour “Elmwood Escape” includes everything from water therapy, a facial, a 50-minute Swedish massage, a mani-pedi as well as a three-course lunch on the terrace for $332. Cozy into Elmwood on a weekday, if you’re looking for an extra peaceful experience, as the weekends are usually booked up.
18 Elm St., 416-977-6751
From the moment you walk into Stillwater spa, you’re transported into an alternate universe of calm and serenity. The lobby is adorned with numerous waterfalls and once you step beyond, the space is blissfully quiet. The RMT massage is luxurious and customized – choose the temperature of your massage bed, choose your music and choose your oil. If you’re looking to stay for more than one service, for $310, treat yourself to the “Me Time” package – a 60-minute massage followed by an hour-long facial.
4 Avenue Rd., 416-926-2389
Spa at the Four Seasons Toronto
Located in Yorkville, the spa at the Four Seasons Toronto is the flagship spa of Four Seasons Hotels worldwide. This luxurious health-based haven features two floors of treatment rooms, gym equipment and a pool overlooking the city’s skyline. They also offer private Pilates and yoga classes taught by 889 Yoga because it’s not just a spa – it’s a wellness space. The “We are Yorkville” retreat is a 195-minute escape, which includes a foot bath, full-body dry brushing, a hempseed scrub, a warm honey wrap, and a Patchouli Hemp oil massage.
60 Yorkville Ave., 416-964-0411
Tucked away on the buzzing King Street West, one of the Toronto’s trendiest strips, is the dim indulgence that is Hammam Spa. They’re known for their Turkish bath treatment, a ritual hailing from the Middle East, which purifies your skin using a mixture of hot versus cold water techniques. Juxtaposed against the technology-focused society just outside, this 60-minute ancient ritual is sure to bring your spirit back to earth.
602 King St. W, 416-366-4772
Spa My Blend
The first Spa My Blend by Clarins popped up in Paris, France and Toronto boasts the only other of its kind in the world, located in the extravagant Ritz-Carlton hotel on Wellington Street West. Their “Perfect Detox Program,” a two-and-a-half hour experience that comprises of a figure shaper, a detox and shine stopper and a revitalizing body scrub. For those eager to depart the city for a day, Spa My Blend also offers a full-day program, which also includes regenerating facial therapy, a luminous eye enhancement and lunch.
181 Wellington St. W, 416-572-8000