Renowned spas that offer something for everyone
By Margaret Swaine
From decadent pedicures to elaborate water treatments and exotic mud wraps, these renowned spas offer something for everyone.
The Spa at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
The Four Seasons at Beverly Hills has authentic glam. The spa and pool on the hotel’s fourth floor is a favourite hangout. The spa and pool on the hotel’s fourth floor is a favourite hangout. The spa has created posh, poolside cabana packages for guests, such as the “Cast Party”, $750 US, which includes rental of two cabanas by the pool, a California trio appetizer, bottomless mimosas, three manicures or pedicures and unlimited premium waters. fourseasons.com/losangeles
The Spa My Blend by Clarins at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Ranked number one on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best List of Top 10 Hotel Spas overall, the Ritz-Carlton spa has 16 treatment rooms, a fully dedicated salon, three relaxation rooms, a champagne nail bar, sauna, vitality pools and a city view lap pool. North America’s only Spa My Blend by Clarins, a Paris-based luxury cosmetics firm, the signature treatment here is a personally tailored 90-minute facial, an exclusive in Canada at the Ritz-Carlton, $270. spamyblendtoronto.com
Polynesian Spa Rotorua, New Zealand
The spa sits beside a volcanic lake that bubbles with hot mineral-and-sulphur-rich water that’s beautiful to gaze at while soaking in the various outdoor hot mineral water pools prior to treatments. The Rotorua Mud Replenish Body Wrap begins with a full-body deep-skin honey walnut polish and then a mask of Rotorua mud mixed with local manuka honey, aloe vera and almond oil is applied to the body. While enveloped in the thermal mud, there’s a lovely head massage. All for $150 NZD. polynesianspa.co.nz
Le Baluchon, Saint-Paulin, Quebec
Le Baluchon, on 192 acres of private land, has something for everyone. Its property includes an archipelago of eight islands, waterfalls, forests and rivers. The Island Lodge features a hot/cold Nordic circuit on the banks of the magnificent Rivière du Loup. Inside the lodge is a pool, relaxation area and multiple treatment rooms. The signature Archipelago Isles Massage is a gentle yet deep-pressure massage that uses stretching movements to further release physical and emotional tension—a bargain for $99. baluchon.com
Sense Spa at Rosewood, Tucker's Point, Bermuda
Tucked in a quiet spot on 200 acres of rolling hills and surrounded by its own golf course, beaches and beautiful glittering blue waters, the location alone makes the spa special. The two-hour Bermuda Triangle treatment, $300 US, is a restorative trio of spa indulgences that starts with a rain splash experience in the spa’s 18 showerhead Silver TAG shower, followed by a Tribe Road No. 1 Natural Aloe Massage and finishes with a refreshing citrus-inspired facial. rosewoodhotels.com/en/tuckers-point-bermuda
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