Spas in Victoria
Embark on an invigorating journey into a glorious sense of well being. Southern Vancouver Island's destination spas absorb inspiration from their natural surroundings to relax and rejuvenate mind and body.As a destination, Victoria soothes and invigorates the senses with its ocean air, gorgeous gardens, mountain views and lush rainforests. Many of the local spas and salons incorporate these island elements into their treatments.
Massage, cleansing wraps and facials, mineral baths, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures – it can all be found here, along with a few services unique to Vancouver Island. The distinctive approach and attention to detail has won Victoria spas acclaim and adoration. More visitors are discovering that a spa or salon treatment is the ideal way to end a day of activities and sightseeing.
As the word gets out, many are making a spa getaway their primary reason for visiting, and more hotels and resorts are offering spa and salon packages to cater to the demand. “Spa” comes from the Latin "salus per aquam," meaning "health from water." It is also the name of a small village in Belgium, home to hot mineral springs where the ancient Roman soldiers went to relieve aches and pains after long marches and battles.
The day spa movement began to catch on in the 1980s, and grew from destination spas, where guests would go for a few days or a week or two to get back on track with proper exercise, diet and massage. Day spas combine the best of the destination spa concept, and offer enticing escapes from the hustle and bustle of daily life as a way to rejuvenate and relax. It's a concept that has long been popular with women, but that is changing. The numbers of male patrons are on the increase, and most spas now offer a menu of choices designed especially for men. Some even have separate lockers, wet rooms and treatment areas for the guys.
The appeal of spas continues to expand to a wider demographic range. These days, aging baby boomers are feeling better longer, and they are bringing their children to spas. They know that the ancient Romans were onto something good with these “fountains of youth.” When you mix the healthy lifestyle of the west coast with some "Island time" for much needed pampering, you've got a combination that can't be beat.
One of the most popular in the city is the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont EmpressThe spa offers more than 85 authentically local aesthetic and spa treatments, customized for men and women. Guests enjoy the added valued of complimentary access to the Hungarian Mineral pool, eucalyptus steam room and sauna with all services. The spa ritual package includes five minutes in the detoxifying hot sauna, 10 minutes in the mineral bath, five minutes in the Finnish steam room and finishes with a 10 minute rest in the lounge.
Le Spa Sereine is an independent luxury day spa offering an extensive menu of massage treatments and hydrotherapies. Guests at the downtown spa (1411 Government Street) enjoy side-by-side massages and body wraps in the tandem room. Relax under the seven heads of their Vichy shower, let the warmth of the infrared sauna soothe away tension and stress, melt under the warmth of the amazing hot stone massage.
Find calm and balance at Spa Magnolia, at 625 Courtney Street. The seven treatment rooms are where the team of dedicated professionals deliver massage therapy, facials, hand and foot transformations and more. Treatments for men include a hydra performance facial, hand and foot care treatment, and a relaxing retreat with a massage and private hydrotherapy tub session.
As a leading Ayurvedic-focused spa, the Sapphire Day Spa is a sanctuary of healing and renewal. Located downtown at 714 View Street, the spa relaxes with Ayurvedic treatments, massage therapies and skin care providing anti-aging, rejuvenation, detoxification and stress reduction properties. Shirodhara (shiro meaning “head” and dhara meaning “to pour”) treatments generate good mental health, quietness and deep relaxation. The soothing flow of liquid onto the brow reduces anxiety and depression, balances hormones, and helps relieve mental exhaustion and insomnia.
The Parkside Hotel & Spa, at 810 Humboldt Street, is a tranquil, welcoming atmosphere with a full menu of professional services and treatments, including facials, massage and body care. The spa's staff of caring, skilled professionals are dedicated to offering their guests a refuge of complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Spa packages are available for weddings, anniversaries, personal retreats and romantic getaways.
In the heart of Cadboro Bay Village, Bliss a Boutique Spa offers a range of day spa treatments, including skincare, massage therapy, hand and foot treatments and packages. The bliss escape is a three-and-a-half-hour journey into relaxation with an aromatherapy pedicure, a high-end facial, an infrared sauna, lunch and a latte.
With its expansive views from the comfort of the space lounge, along with a terrace and mineral pool, the Sante Spa Victoria at Bear Mountain is a great way to end a day of golf. The spa has selections for men, couples and golfers with massage, facials, body scrubs and wraps, manicures and pedicures. There's even packages specifically designed for golfers, including a foot and lower leg massage (called the Mulligan), a sun reprieve facial and an eagle massage that uses Japanese mint and massage oil to relieve aching joints and tight muscles.