It’s totally human nature for us to want to be pampered and for most of the general, hard-working population — we deserve it. Jobs can get stressful, money tends to keep disappearing, and it makes us crave spa services that are a lot more than the back scratcher you buy at the dollar store because you aren’t able to afford a luxurious treatment.
In most cases, a day at the spa is only possible through a certificate won at a raffle or an expired coupon you got on your birthday, though the year-round centres in Toronto are able to pamper you enough that you only have to visit them once. From international brands such as the Four Seasons hotel to the spas offered in stunning and local facilities, Toronto has a lot to offer when it comes to distressing, and we have to perfect list as to where to find your next relaxation station.
Where: 18 Elm Street
There's no need to be alarmed because the Elmwood Spa is quite the opposite of a nightmare on Elm Street. Instead of a horror film you can’t wake up from, the spa is rather a luxurious, beautiful dream that you don’t want to wake from — you know, the ones that you usually have after watching a McDonald’s or Dairy Queen commercial. Am I right?!
An urban spa destination designed from those who seek stress relief and relaxation, the centre is also set in a contrasting modern atmosphere despite its historical exterior. The centre is filled with amazing services, some of which include 34 treatment rooms (across four spacious floors), two restaurants, a juice bar, water therapies, and a space for private functions. An oasis in downtown Toronto, the Elmwood Spa is only one of the many luxuries found within the city.
Spa My Blend By Clarins
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 181 Wellington Street West
I’m going to assume that Spa My Blend is code for something that regular spa-goers may be familiar with, but to me, it just seems like a cool catchphrase that I’ll just pretend to understand (smile and wave boys, just smile and wave). Located in the Ritz-Carlton hotel, that super fancy schmancy building near the TIFF Bell Lightbox on King Street, Spa My Blend offers luxurious treatments for any and every guest who arrives.
With services such as the champagne nail bar (that’s for drinking, right?) to their go-to couples and signature treatments, the centre is one of the many ways for people to relieve their stress in the city. You know, right after trying the option of having those couple of glasses of wine first.
Where: 602 King Street West
When I was looking through the Hammam Spa’s official website, I couldn’t even read nor identify half of the oils and treatments that they provide. I don't know about you, but I take that as a good thing, because we all like exclusive offers, and what’s more exclusive than spa treatments that you haven’t even heard of yet?!
Coined as the ultimate urban sanctuary, the Hammam Spa in downtown Toronto is ideal for those who seek that one day off a year they get from overwhelming friends and family (I’m talking about you crazy, loud and traditional Italian grandparents). With award-winning services such as skin and massage therapy, you are also able to choose from a wide selection of signature treatments and have the opportunity to fulfill yourself even more by trying out their on-site spa lunch.
Where: 66 Avenue Road
Located in Yorkville, that good ole Toronto neighbourhood that’s fun for window shopping but not actual shopping, the Novo Spa is a 5,000 square-foot natural treatment centre that transforms spa bliss into personal bliss; and this personal bliss doesn’t go away in a couple minutes like a good snack does (I know I’ve been talking about food a lot, okay?! I’ve been thinking about German schnitzel ever since I returned from Europe last week. You understand).
With services ranging from couple and individual massages to advanced natural and organic facials, the spa offers luxuries that will cure you just by the sound of it — but, you know, actually going there and getting the actual treatment would be nice, too. Students also get 10% off spa services when showing their student card. Take advantage of that before OSAP begins to ruin your life! Ha!
Where: 111 Queen Street East
Located in the core of downtown Toronto, Sweetgrass Spa is a women’s only day spa that has been ranked as one of the best spas in the country for four years. They’ve got you covered for manicures, organic treatments, body luxuries, and other services that will make you question the definition and purpose of stress in the first place.
Seriously, it’s that good: think body wraps that polish you in a brown sugar scrub and warm stone massages that literally melt the tension of your body away. Not convinced yet? Then here’s the final touch — they also offer access to their jacuzzi and ozonated swimming pool, which is also featured with a refreshment bar and sauna. Now who says Canadians can’t go swimming during the winter?
The Spa At Four Seasons
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 60 Yorkville Avenue
When you hear about a spa at a Four Seasons hotel, you know they mean business. It’s the real-life equivalent to The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’s Tipton hotel chain (though unfortunately, the Sprouse twins don’t live here. Sigh). Just as luxurious as you’d imagine it to be, the massage and facial treatment at the Four Seasons resort in Toronto offers various services that enable nothing short of relaxation.
From spa packages that focus on pampering upcoming mother-to-be’s to treatments that cater to every limb and aspect of your body, the Four Seasons Toronto hotel spa will most likely make you forget about all the stress you’ve experienced throughout the week (or, you know, throughout your entire life. That’s possible, too).
Miraj Hammam Spa By Caudalie Paris
Where: Shangri-la Hotel, 188 University Avenue
Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris. Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris. Try saying that three times fast. A luxury spa along University Avenue, located within the Shangri-la hotel, the Miraj Hammam spa is only one of the many reasons why the hotel is a solid 5-star extravaganza.
A traditional Middle Eastern Hammam with an additional relaxing influence from the capital city of France, the treatments found here are different than the other modern spas you’ll find in the city. With intoxicating services such as the crushed cabernet scrub, a honey and wine body wrap, and cares that cater specifically to your hands and feet; you’ll find yourself satisfied with the Miraj Hammam Spa for weeks to come after your visit. Beat that, German schnitzel.
H20 Float Spa
Where: 138 Danforth Avenue
No, this isn’t an episode of Black Mirror (a little unfortunate, because how cool would it be to have a camcorder in your own eye?!), but the facility at H20 Float Spa does come pretty darn close to all things futuristic and innovative. A spa treatment that specifies in floating - yes, floating - the H20 Float Spa works as a pod suite that allows you to experience weightlessness and tranquility. Described as creating a feeling of “oneness” with the water you’re floating upon, you also get to choose between solo pods and couple pods, though all float rooms, in general, come as light and sound-insulated.
Bahn Thai Spa Traditional Thai Massage And Wellness Centre
Where: 136 Adelaide Street East
Yet another breathtaking relaxation station that is much different from the modern spa facility of our generation, the Bahn Thai Spa in downtown Toronto is so much more than vibrant colours and atmospheres. Instantly welcomed with the scent of organic Lemongrass oil upon arrival, customers are offered with a wide selection of spa treatments at this Adelaide Street East location.
Specializing in the traditional Thai massage, you will find yourself transported to a stress-relieving hour spent experiencing all the benefits of the treatment. A service that features assisted yoga stretches, gentle rocking, and a combination of joint and spine mobilizations, the Bahn Thai Spa leaves a more physical satisfaction than facilities you’ll find elsewhere.
Body Blitz Spa — Health By Water
Where: 497 King Street East and 471 Adelaide Street West
The name Body Blitz already sounds relaxing enough, and that’s probably why this Toronto treatment spa has grown to add a second location in the city. With a facility on King Street East and another on Adelaide Street West, the Body Blitz Spa is rapidly growing and gaining some grand local attention.
At either spa, you can choose between body scrubs, body muds, body friggin glows, and other services that transform your body into a body blitz #puns. They also offer weekly and group discounts, so make sure to check out their website to find the best deal possible before visiting!