Spa Life E-Magazine Issue 2 Vol. 15 Summer Gourmet 2015 - Page 14

Best Killer Ocean View

The Ancient Cedars Spa sits at the Pacific Ocean’s edge at The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino. The setting for these treatment rooms boasts a seaside advantage like no other. As the masseuse works out the last kinks in your muscles, you’ll hear and feel those thundering waves that hit that West Coast shore. Japan was the last stop for those crashing waters. Try the unique First Nations “Hishuk Ish Tsawalk” Awakening Treatment; inspired by is a local First Nations phrase of wisdom meaning, “Everything is one – all is interconnected”.

Best Only One In North America Frozen Spa

KurSpa at the Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, BC is known for its cryotherapy cold sauna; the only one in North America. A three-minute treatment in the -110 degree Celsius spa promises unique pain relief. Due to oxygen levels two to three times higher than normal surroundings, it is a euphoric treatment that promises increased vitality and relief from tension, stress and inflammatory pain…not to mention bragging rights that you survived the cold while hanging in an incredible hotel and wellness centre studded with 3.5 million Swarovski crystals. With 40,000 square feet of treatment space, over 100 possible treatments, and a treatment team that includes a naturopathic physician, psychiatrist, masseuses and Kinesiologist’s, you can check in, and, if you’re lucky, you may never leave.

Best Dining In Your Robe Spa

When’s the last time you ate in your bathrobe, in public? The Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville, BC offers an endless tapas option. Best of all, it’s only offered for robed guests who have enjoyed a lounging dip in the Grotto Mineral Pool. And, conveniently enough, all spa treatments include access to the Grotto Mineral Pool.

Best Mind/Body Connection

Verde Day Spa is a ‘green’ spa, with a pronounced eco-friendly vibe throughout their products and services. The spa uses pure, organic products with nary a paraben in sight; a healthier way to relax and heal in an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. Verde Day Spa’s green beliefs ensure emphasis on preserving and respecting the natural environment while applying those same beliefs to their treatments. Located in downtown Canmore, Verde Spa also operates at the Grande Rockies Resort and Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort.