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Miraj Hammam Spa

Outside of Istanbul, we're convinced there's no Turkish bath more authentic than Miraj Hammam Spa. Leave your western modesty with your shoes as you slip on sandals in the lobby: once inside the steam, you're au naturel. Plus, you're ready for the traditional gommage scrub - with black Moroccan soap - afterward. In the Sultan's Lounge, you'll feel rather regal sitting on high cushions eating cake and sipping tea; only the few scattered gossip magazines betray your real purpose.

Vida Wellness Spa

Vida Wellness Spa's Ayurvedic focus means treatments are geared toward your dosha, or temperament. Based on this, massage therapists can detect anything from career issues hiding behind your right scapula to indecisiveness in your left hip. Vida's own skin-care line is also targeted to your personality type, so Vatas (read: type As) can get extra relaxation. Vida's large, calming lounge, stocked with herbal teas and healthy snacks, is one of the prettiest in the city.

Holt's Salon and Spa

Until recently, the fashion-forward crowd had no refuge from the ceaseless racks of high design at tony Holt Renfrew (poor things). That all changed with the new Holt's Salon and Spa. Don't expect couture attitude here; friendly staff seem happily incongruous against the all-white, achingly cool basement treatment rooms and lounge area. A main-floor salon speedily transforms your post-massage hair from oily to oohla-la.


These modern-cool spas (no cheesy music or puffy drapes) use made-in-Vancouver products and specialize in deep cleansing facials in under an hour. But they can go luxe too—we're fans of the Xtreme Facial treatment ($100) which includes a soothing scalp massage and signature foot facial. Check out their low-maintenance makeup line: face primer, cheek tints, lip gloss, and eye shadow trios can (and should) be applied with your fingers.

Spas — The Pleasure Principle

From steamy hammams to chic medi-spas, we offer dozens of ways to dial into the city’s wellness vibe without ever breaking a sweat.

By published May 1, 2008