Wellness Wednesday: Spas in Vancouver, B.C.

In concert with Anywhere Anytime Journeys’ Destination of the Month, this week’s Wellness Wednesday will give you some ideas of where to go in Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver’s reputation for healthy living, balance and overall well-being is reflected in dozens of spas and wellness centers that excel in pampering and bliss.

  • The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is home to CHI Spa, where each treatment room features a fireplace, private bath and relaxation area. CHI transports you immediately into a world of quiet reflection in six luxuriously appointed spa suites, whether for an hour, two hours or longer. CHI, The Spa offers an holistic approach to massages and treatments, drawing on authentic natural healing methods found in the restorative riches of Asia’s traditional well-being practices. From the moment you enter CHI, your world becomes a little calmer…more tranquil.
  • The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim offers an outdoor terrace and jetted tubs, outdoor pool, private cabanas and firepits, and full exercise room. With a focus on finding your energy, Vancouver’s only Willow Stream Spa was rated one of the ‘Best Spas in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveler readers. This stunning retreat offers nine spacious treatment rooms including a couples’ suite with a Japanese-style deep seated soaker tub, nail salon, steam rooms, experiential shower, a full fitness center, and a movement studio. Two of the private relaxation lounges have cozy fireplaces while the third, reserved for men is club-like in its décor and has an over-sized television. French doors open to private outdoor landscaped terrace with Jacuzzi, infrared sauna, loungers and fire pits – perfect for guests to relax and rejuvenate pre or post their spa experience.

Canada’s emerald jewel is a laid-back city that embraces yoga, health and fitness. Yoga studios and fitness centers are located throughout Vancouver (the Lululemon yoga brand was started in the neighborhood of Kitsilano). A popular spring and summer activity is outdoor yoga; classes occur on beaches and in parks.

Vancouver has numerous practitioners that offer wellness treatments and physiotherapy, as well as yoga, pilates and other fitness classes. Many yoga and wellness studios encourage drop-ins and clinics with licensed therapists can often accommodate visitors on short notice. Ask at hotels or local Visitor Centers for recommendations.

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