The Best Spas in Vancouver

The zen-est fireside-lounge treatments, wellness detoxes and gold facials to get you through the workweek.

June 4, 2019

By Amanda Ross

Spa by JW

When the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver opened downtown in 2017, it brought a swanky new spa with it. At Spa by JW, sky-high views of False Creek come standard, along with hard-to-find U.K.-brand Aromatherapy Associates skin and body care. A rooftop aqua lounge and hair salon (the Glamoury‘s second location) round out the pampering experience. 39 Smithe St., spabyjwvancouver.com

SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa

A partnership with L’Oreal, Project Skin MD’s SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa is a unique-to-North America retail concept offering the full complement of customized minor cosmetic treatments, medical-grade facials (and 30-minute express facials) and potent chemical peels. Drop-ins welcome for the commitment-phobic, too. 1495 W 11th Ave., projectskinmd.com

Chi, The Spa

This luxurious oasis (found inside the Shangri-la Hotel) is kitted out in warm woods and comes with hotel-room-sized treatment rooms (replete with ensuites). In your room, Wellness Journeys include a footbath, tea service and a treatment (like the two-hour West Coast Detox inspired by B.C.’s Indigenous well-being traditions). 1128 W Georgia St., shangri-la.com

La Prairie at Holt Renfrew

When you’re short on time, but not pampering principles, there are luxury La Prairie facials in Holt Renfrew’s expanded beauty hall. Rarefied, pricey ingredients (gold, Swiss Alp botanicals, caviar) are all skillfully administered in a private cabine by an expert. You’re in good hands—this beauty-insider, in-the-know experience has been going on right under our noses (and dry faces) for the past 12 years. 737 Dunsmuir St., holtrenfew.com

Willow Stream Spa

The Fairmont Pacific Rim’s spa is a cavernous wood and stone sanctuary with fireside lounges, infrared sauna, meditation pods and an outdoor deck offering serene views of the city and harbour. Enjoy treatments using Okoko Cosmétiques—local, hand-made and all-natural skincare. 1038 Canada Place, fairmont.com

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