Although we wish we could, we can’t always jet off to a far off destination for a weekend. Sigh. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get our travel fix by staying in our hometown of Toronto. We adore our beautiful city, but what we love the most is the selection of luxe spas that we can beckon on at a moment’s notice. And for all those fellow Canadians making a sunny summer vacation to the country’s largest city, be sure to treat yourself to one of these amazing spas as part of your trip. Here are our top picks for the ultimate spa experience in Toronto.
Old Mill Inn and Spa
Can’t make it across the pond this year? Treat yourself like British royalty at this west-end spa set in a Tudor-style atmosphere. Converted into a high-end hotel and spa, the old mill is complete with a garden terrace, spectacular afternoon tea and elegant spa facilities. While there be sure to ask for the Tudor Calming Facial (suited for sensitive skin, it’s ideal for a traveller), and guys can also get a treat with the Gentleman’s Hot Towel Facial.
The Hammam Spa
Travel through Turkey, Spain and Morocco, all in one day. The Hammam Spa located in Toronto’s trendy King West area, is like taking a trip to the hot springs in the Mediterranean — the traditional steam room is infused with essential oils to help ease away any stress before your treatment (be sure to arrive 30 minutes before, so you can really take advantage of the chilled vibe). Our favourite treatment? The Hammam facial with Dermalogica products.
Canada’s first water spa for women (sorry, fellas) will transport you to a European destination faster than you can dip your toe in a luke warm bath. The 11,000 sq. ft spa is tucked away in downtown Toronto and an oasis to ease away stress as you sink into the therapeutic pools that the European countryside is known for. We suggest getting refreshed in the hot green tea pool, then taking an invigorating dip in the cold plunge pool.
The Stillwater Spa at The Park Hyatt
The perfect alternative to feel like you’ve jetted off to Los Angeles à la Jennifer Aniston, is to spend a day soaking up the luxury in the Stillwater Spa. The hotel is a celeb haunt come Film Festival time and a stay in a suite can be quite pricey, so why not spend a day like an A-lister at the spa? Or better yet, take a dream trip to Tahiti with the Deep Blue Tahitian massage (complete with red algae, botanicals from the tropical island and soothing deep sea water).
Truly an urban escape in the heart of the city, the Elmwood Spa hides on a quiet street nearby the hustle and bustle of the core. Boasting four floors of bliss, complete with a whooping 34 treatment rooms, one of the spa’s highlights is the complementary use of the water therapies including a whirlpool, steam room, pool and lounge. Don’t feel like visiting the co-ed area? You’ll find a whirlpool and steam room in the plush change area. Indulge in a treatment with Thai influence, like the Siam Herbal Tension Release, which starts with a revitalizing scrub and ends with a therapeutic massage. Keep the Thai feeling alive with a tasty meal at the adjoining Bangkok Garden restaurant.