10 spas in Vancouver that help relieve holiday stress

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With Christmas just around the corner, you might be wondering where you can get a loved one the most relaxing spa day for their needs. With massages and pedicures on the docket, knowing where to go can make all the difference between a fabulous gift and a total flop.

Or maybe the holidays have you needing a little R&R.

Either way, we’ve made it easy for you by compiling a list of the 10 best spas in Vancouver.

Chi, The Spa

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Image: Chi, The Spa

The luxurious spa at the Shangri-La hotel describes itself as a sanctuary that practices holistic treatments based on time-honoured traditions shared by many Asian cultures. Included in their treatment lineup are therapeutic massages, facials, hot stone massages, skin polishes and a full “West Coast Detox” package.

  • Where: 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Le Petit Spa

Le Petit Spa is continually voted as one of the top spas in Vancouver and offers a variety of services including facials, microdermabrasion, facial peels, eyebrow and eyelash services, laser hair removal, and more.

  • Where: 3701 West Broadway Street, Vancouver
  • Hours: Various hours. Click here for more.

Beverly’s The Spa on 4th

Another media award-winning spa, Beverly’s The Spa on 4th bills themselves as Kitsilano’s longest established day spa. Services include body bronzing, facials, specialized men treatments, couples treatments, and Moroccan Oil services.

  • Where: 2185 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Hours: Various hours. Click here for more.

Spa Utopia

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Image: Spa Utopia

With three locations in Metro Vancouver, Spa Utopia offers amazing packages for full scheduled spa days. The Utopia Indulgence package for women includes a 75 minute Swedish full body massage, a 75 minute facial, a luxury pedicure with paraffin treatment, hair treatments, professional makeup application, and a spa lunch. What a way to indulge.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

Absolute Spa

This locally owned chain started as the Spa at the Century 12 years ago and has since spread across the Metro area as Absolute Spa. There are six locations total that offer facials, microdermabrasion, specialty massages, waxing, brow services, makeup and hair services, and water spa therapies.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

Miraj Hammam Spa

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Image: Miraj Hammam

Miraj Hammam Spa describes itself as a place of cleansing and healing for both body and soul. They provide traditional Middle Eastern treatments such as their specialty Hammam & Gommage, a steam and exfoliation treatment. Hammam is the steam portion, where you lay in low mist, high intensity steam chambers, while gommage is the exfoliation portion where an esthetician exfoliates your body on top of gold marble. It was also rated in Canada’s top 50 spas.

  • Where: 1495 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Hours: Various hours. Click here for more.

Smile Thai Wellness

The Smile Thai Wellness centre offers unique services such as traditional Thai massages, acupuncture, and even classes and workshops that include meditation and Thai Yoga. Various packages are available that offer herbal foot soaks and scrubs, aroma oil massages and homemade Thai desserts to wrap it up.

  • Where: 235 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Spruce Body Lab Spa

Spruce Body Lab Spa opened in 2005 and they claim to blur the line between spa and clinic. They offer services from massage therapy and infrared sauna to botox, fillers, and medical esthetic treatments. They also have skin care specialists on hand to help educate you on your skin type.

  • Where: 1128 Richards Street, Vancouver
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Weekends: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Skoah

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Image: Skoah

Skoah specializes in facials and offers eight different kinds, ranging in price from $80 to $115. Each facial specializes in different needs – for example, the power facial targets fine lines around the eyes and mouth, while the extreme facial includes a foot massage and a soothing scalp massage.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

Vida Spa

Vida Spa claims to restore energy and promote well-being. Their treatments are largely based on an ancient traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda. Vida bases their treatments on which Dosha you fall into: Vata for the active body and mind, Pitta for the organized mind and body, or Kapha for the methodical mind and body. Click here to read more about the Ayurveda cleanse.

Where: Various locations. Click here for more.

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