NESTLED in a historic building just steps from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Holtz Spa is truly a world-class destination spa where you can expect the pampering to begin as soon as you walk through the doors. Holtz Spa offers a wide range of services that feature a unique blend of eastern healing therapies and traditional western bodywork techniques to enhance the spa experience. Don’t leave without trying one of the spa’s aromatherapy massages, pampering treatments that help to reduce stress and boost mood with the use of essential oils. Looking to rejuvenate your skin? The Ayurvedic Facial uses handmade, organic products to initiate the repair and regeneration of skin cells and bring balance to the body. The facial is followed by traditional Marma energy point therapy and breath work to promote deep relaxation. Be sure to finish off your day with lunch in the Oasis lounge, the spa’s exclusive guest lounge, where you will enjoy beautiful views of the city and globally inspired food catered by nearby Santé restaurant. by chantal gray
45 Rideau St.
-By Chantal Gray
Inn On The Twenty
CARE FOR SOME RIESLING while you wait for your pedicure? Inn on the Twenty Spa offers the epitome of relaxation. Nestled among vineyards in Ontario’s picturesque Niagara valley, this spa is the perfect getaway. Take your partner or pencil in some quality mother-daughter time.
The spa specializes in vinotherapeutic services—treatments that use wine by-products (yes, wine!) to heal and rejuvenate the body. From traditional massages and body wraps to Reiki or a lesson on couples massage, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something you don’t like. They even offer a youth facial geared to teens. Our personal fave? The Sea Water Mineral Infusion Facial. This treatment is a must try, as much for its incredible smelling customized masks and facial exfoliants as the relaxing light body massage and soothing thermal mud pack you lie on while your skin is getting the royal treatment. While you relax, this facial addresses specific skin needs and infuses the skin with moisturizing, soothing or purifying ingredient formulations.
Inn on the Twenty Spa
3845 Main Street
-By Lara Hyde
The Spa Ritual
THINK THE SPA IS JUST FOR WOMEN? Think again. The Spa Ritual in northwest Calgary is proving that man’s best friend might just be a manicure or massage away.
This Thai-inspired luxury retreat, most recently recognized with a Top Choice Award as the top spa in Calgary for 2015, features a range of site-exclusive treatments that encourage men and women alike to trade the concrete jungle for a day at the spa.
Popular services include traditional services, such as hand and foot care rituals, as well as any number of the spa-specific therapeutic and relaxation massages. The Spa Ritual offers a relaxing skin-perfecting body scrub treatment where visitors get to experience a gentle exfoliating full-body scrub that restores their skin, followed by warm infrared lights that both calm and revitalize. A must-see: The Royal Thai Suite that includes a cascading rain shower and Bali Moon Tub.
The Spa Ritual
106 Crowfoot Ter. N.W.
-By Jamie Zachary
Total Wrapture Medi Spa
FROM THE OUTSIDE, Total Wrapture Spa doesn’t look like a place that’s designed for luxurious pampering. Located in a strip plaza situated in Winnipeg’s St. James area, one might easily pass it on their travels. But they shouldn’t.
Total Wrapture can treat any skin issue, offering up procedures to calm redness and acne as well as preventing wrinkles and lines associated with aging. Its menu is vast and includes everything from laser hair removal, facial peels and acne treatments to manicures, pedicures, massage therapy, sugaring and waxing.
Don’t leave without trying the O2 Lift Facial, a luxurious treatment that infuses oxygen, peptides and enzymatic botanicals into the skin. After a relaxing face, scalp and decollete massage, you’re left feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed.
Total Wrapture Medi Spa
N-2255 Ness Ave.Winnipeg, Man.
-by Carol Funnell
St. Anne’s Spa
LOCATED JUST A 90-MINUTE DRIVE east of Toronto in Grafton, Ont., Ste. Anne’s Spa is one of the world’s best destination spas.
A day at Ste. Anne’s Spa is an event that includes lunch and afternoon tea. While waiting for your treatment, soak in the outdoor hot tubs or swim against the current in the lap pool. Inside, warm up in the hot sauna or the eucalyptus steam room, which is not only relaxing, but can relieve many respiratory symptoms.
To complete your Zen, don’t leave without trying the aroma stone massage. This 75-minute treatment uses a unique combination of hot basalt stones and essential oils to loosen and stretch your muscles, gently massaging away tension and stress.
On your way home, stop in at the Ste. Anne’s bakery and treat yourself to some gluten-free scones and Devonshire cream. It’s the ultimate indulgence after a day of decadence.
Ste. Anne’s Spa
1009 Massey Road, Grafton, Ont.