The Willow Stream opened along with the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel back in 2010, and remains unrivaled as Vancouver’s top spa. The exquisitely designed space overlooks Coal Harbor, adding to the serene vibe of this indulgent spot nestled on the hotel’s fifth floor. Guests can peacefully drift with the their signature 90 minute Neroli Blossom Renewal body experience, followed by a 60 minute ANDA Organic Botanicals facial that includes Sibin Bian stone Gua Sha technique. The trio of services concludes with their 60 minute Pacific Rim Manicure.
The Wedgewood Hotel has been one of Vancouver’s most revered spas for decades. An oasis amid busy and bustling downtown, the Wedgewood spa is the definition of elegant luxury. They are perhaps best known for their innovative, results-driven facials from some of the most talented aestheticians in the Lower Mainland. All facials are customized to the clients needs using Epicuren’s award-winning natural skincare line — including their all-ages Winter Glow Facial focused on blood circulation and cell rejuvenation.
Circle Wellness Spa isn’t a “spa” in a traditional sense: you won’t find any services like massages or facials here. The wellness studio is a private, self-guided thermal spa that brings together the art of ancient ritual with modern, cutting edge technology. This immersive experience incorporates natural elements from the earth — like minerals, salt, wood, clay and charcoal — alongside heat, ventilation, light and sound. Begin in the salt room, which is known to be therapeutic due to its production of negative ions. From there, indulge in hydrotherapy to release stress in both the hot and cold remineralized tubs. Finish the experience in the WelPod with infrared heat to relieve inflammation and stiffness, while also getting your blood circulation going.
The Spa by JW Marriottis a quiet retreat inside the glimmering copper PARQ building (which houses both the JW Marriott Hotel and the Douglas). With 17th floor views, guests can soak up the stunning skyline of Vancouver as they unwind after a treatment. A la carte services like customized facials and massages are on the docket here, alongside several packaged “journeys” that are perfect to enjoy with friends or a partner. In particular, the Resilience Spa Journey includes two of any options including a massage, facial, and body glow exfoliation, followed by some TLC for the soul like yoga, meditation and reflexology (also comes with a glass of champagne and a one-month Eminence Organics Skincare kit).
Chi, the Spa pays tribute to its Asian heritage throughout this extravagantly designed space, located on the 5th floor at the Shangri-La Hotel. After check-in, clients are lead to a seating area with tea service. The treatment rooms at this Vancouver spa separate it from any other on this list: each guest has their own suite complete with a private steam room, tub and shower, acting as a sanctuary of sorts. Spa clients can also enjoy the outdoor pool area for a bit of bliss, or get in a sweat session at the gym, before heading back to their rooms or home.