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Vancouver's Best Spas

This spring, we pounded the pavement in search of Vancouver's best pampering palaces. Oh, it was hard work, but nothing a little massage, manicure, or infrared sauna couldn’t cure. Herewith, our favourite spas with signature treatments
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This spring, we pounded the pavement in search of Vancouver's best pampering palaces. Oh, it was hard work, but nothing a little massage, manicure, or infrared sauna couldn’t cure. Herewith, our favourite spas with signature treatments

Luxury Spas

Gwyneth Paltrow’s been spotted here, J Lo too; but Absolute Spa’s Vancouver-wide empire has been built on the rubbed backs of mere mortals. Its diverse real-estate outposts include YVR and the flagship location at the Century Plaza Hotel (with a focus on luxury and anti-aging like the Diamond Microdermabrasion and Oxygen facial where essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and pure oxygen molecules get blasted into every pore, from $190). But it’s the Green Concept Spa in Park Royal that newly sparkles. Opt for the Relaxation Massage in the Westcoast Waterwall Suite, $110. 2002 Park Royal S., West Van, 604-684-2772. Absolutespa.com

ZeZen comes in many holistic shapes and sizes, but we like it best when it’s swanky like the warm, wood-panelled digs high above the fray at the tony Chi at the Shangri-La. Here, all treatments are based on natural healing methods. Take the brand-new Wushu Body Wisdom Massage, which starts with stretching (imagine yoga poses over a bamboo stick), then finishes with an hour-long massage with oils customized to your primary element (metal, water, wood, fire, or earth) to harmonize the body’s energy, $225. 1128 W. Georgia St., 604-661-3359. Shangri-la.com

You’ve hit the racks at Holt Renfrew, but your new Marni sandals would look so much prettier with hot pink toes. Few know Holts Salon & Spa’s sleek white space is right downstairs—quite possibly the city’s most conspicuous secret. Now that you’re here, consider the whole Halcyon Package: a 55-minute aromatherapy massage by an RMT, aromatic indulgence facial, and a deluxe manicure and pedicure, $325. Retail therapy, indeed. 737 Duns­muir St., 604-681-3121 (ext. 71607). Holtrenfrew.com

Sure, Hawksworth Restaurant stole all the thunder when the Rosewood Hotel Georgia re-opened last summer, but those in the know also discovered a hidden gem on the third floor that offers less caloric respite. Sense Spa is a cozy warren of treatment rooms in muted tones of taupe and grey where you’d do well to book a Vancouver Signature Sensation treatment (80/110 mins, $175/$225), which kicks off with a minty, herb-infused sea salt scrub to slough away dry skin, followed by a hydro-massage Vichy rinse (far warmer and more relaxing than the drizzle outside), and a coma-inducing shea butter massage. The spa uses locally made Beauty Through Balance products loaded with natural ingredients like B.C. glacial clay and Pacific kelp. Bonus: Local residents get 20% off all services until August 2012. 801 W. Georgia St., 604-682-5566. Rosewoodhotels.com

Don’t expect to just drop in on a weekend: even at its behemoth size, the Pan Pacific’s Spa Utopia is regularly full and often has a waiting list. But some things are worth the wait: choose 100 percent Canadian ingredients like Moor mud (detoxification and better sleep), clay (kick-starts circulation), salts (heals), and West Coast seaweed (zaps cellulite) for the Canadian Treasures treatment, which includes a full body exfoliation, body wrap, hydrotub session, and Swedish massage, $259. 1001-999 Canada Pl., 604-641-1351. Spautopia.ca


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