Sumptuous Spas Making A Splash In Western Canada
The majesty of Mother Nature is at its most obvious in the Western provinces of Canada. British Columbia, Alberta, Vancouver Island, and the Canadian Rockies exemplify just how powerful and transformative natural beauty can be, particularly for travellers looking to tend to their mind, body and soul.
Some of the best wellness retreats and spas in the world can be found here. Weary travellers are invited to leave their everyday stresses behind and rejuvenate the spirit, surrounded by Western Canada’s incomparable sights and sounds.
Here are just a few of the many sumptuous wellness retreats and spas in Western Canada.
Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
If you’re heading to British Columbia, chances are your entry point will be Vancouver, long considered among the healthiest cities in the world. Famously active Van City is surrounded by iconic outdoor adventures and thrives on a world-class food scene that encompasses everything from top-quality seafood to a progressive vegan dining scene. Although there are plenty of places to feed your stomach, there’s just as many to feed your soul.
Head down to Willow Stream Spa at waterfront property Fairmont Pacific Rim to take advantage of their steam room, infrared sauna, rain spa shower, and outdoor spa terrace with meditation pods. One of the best wellness retreats in the biz.
Or opt for the recently introduced ‘Fountain of Youth’ wellness journey, a package that combines the heights of an exclusive helicopter journey over Vancouver, through the Tantalus Mountain range, and onto the base of the remote Serratus Glacier, with a premium alfresco picnic. Guests then return to the spa for the ultimate 120-minute body treatment using all-natural indigenous ingredients in products inspired by the ocean, rainforests and mountains.
The ‘Fountain of Youth’ journey also includes cocktails at the hotel’s Botanist Bar, a six-course tasting menu, and overnight accommodation.
Nordic Spa at Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis Valley
A quick one-hour drive from Calgary will bring you to this breathtaking mountain lodge, situated deep in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country with a wild frame of alpine forest and soaring mountain peaks, and home to one of the best wellness retreats in Western Canada.
The property’s 50,000 square foot Nordic Spa is a completely immersive wellness experience, making full use of space with five outdoor pools, five steam and sauna cabins, hammocks, fireside lounges, eight treatment rooms, a bistro, and more. As the name suggests, it pulls on nordic traditions with a strong focus on hydrotherapy cycles and meditation practices, inspired by Scandinavian wellness circles across generations.
Canada’s iconic glass-domed Rocky Mountaineer train journey now includes the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, so if you’re really wanting to go all out on a quintessential luxury experience, make your visit to Alberta part of their larger itinerary.
The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler
Head on over to British Columbia’s outdoor adventure capital, Whistler, and settle into Nita Lake Lodge, frequently referenced as one of the top five resorts in all of Canada. The property, which backs on to tranquil Nita Lake, is located just a few minutes just outside of Whistler and is home to one of the top 25 spas in the country.
Simply titled The Spa, this intimate pocket within the lodge thrives on hot stone massages and signature facials, alongside its very own eucalyptus steam room and two gorgeous rooftop hot tubs which look up to the surrounding mountains.
Guests at the lodge also have access to a boutique fitness studio with personal trainers, regular lake yoga classes, and access to the stunning Valley Trail, which stretches more than 40km through Whistler’s valley.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise
The heart of Banff National Park, Lake Louise is easily one of the most famous sights in the entire country. And it just happens to be a premiere wellness destination, centered around the stately and historic five-star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Various wellness retreats, focusing on everything from yoga to mindfulness, help guests reconnect with nature and themselves. Pair that up with high-end accommodations which give you access to the hotel’s comprehensive spa and a list of more than 20 treatments and services like the aromatherapy-focused ‘Serenity Ritual’ which focuses on transforming mood and energy.
Fairmont Banff Springs Willow Stream Spa, Banff
Inspired by the famous hot springs that first attracted early settlers to Banff, the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs is a melody of pulsating waterfalls and mineral pools.
As if Banff wasn’t already the perfect picture of serenity with its calming hikes, immersive yoga studios, and mindfulness workshops, this highly awarded spa is hinged on the very idea that nature and wellness go hand-in-hand. The space draws on the healing powers of the fresh alpine air and sacred waters to clear minds, promote strength and reawaken senses.
(Lead image: Fairmont Banff Springs Willow Stream Spa / supplied)
Published 31 July, 2019