If you only have a few days to get in some serious relaxation, consider taking a spa-cation at one of these gorgeous west coast spas.
With its breath-taking scenery and laid back vibe, British Columbia is the ideal place for a romantic getaway. Relaxation never looked so good.
$ – Island Currents Spa at Sonora Resort, Sonora Island
A real getaway, the Sonora resort is located on Sonora Island, one of the outer islands of the Discovery Islands north of Vancouver. Because there is no ferry service to the island, this is considered one of the top luxury wilderness resorts in Canada. Start your adventure early by choosing to take a helicopter ride over the lush landscape or a scenic 75 minute water taxi (not included in spa price).
The Sonora Resort is a five-star eco travel resort. With activities like fly fishing, bear watching, kayaking, salt water fishing, wilderness tours and heli tours, the Island Currents spa provides a unique getaway at the end of the day. The spa features six private treatment rooms, hydrotherapy tubs and hot mineral pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Try out the resort’s couple’s package after a busy day which features a 2-hour fireside tension relieving massage and facial for increased circulation, reduced stress and revitalized skin.
Priced at $480 per couple
For more information, visit www.sonoraresort.com
$$ – Sunmore Ginseng Spa, Kamloops
Located in the Thompson Valley in south central B.C., Kamloops literally means the “meeting of the waters” in Shuswap. Golfer’s flock here for its semi-arid climate but the water reference makes it an ideal locale for a spa.
The Sunmore Ginseng Spa was founded by Dr. Donna Chang, a herbalist who discovered the incredible power of ginseng in keeping stress out of the body, mind and spirit. The spa features four themed rooms – Gold, Wood, Water and Fire – that focus on relaxation, revitalization and rejuvenation.
The Couples Escape allows you to choose two of the 3-hour themed packages that can be enjoyed together. Packages include a relaxing foot soak and treatments like body polishing, a head massage, body massages using aromatherapy or ginseng, facials and hair treatments using ginseng, ginseng body wraps and clay facials and body wraps.
Priced at $850 per couple
For more information, visit www.sunmoreginseng.com
$$$ – Ancient Cedars Spa at Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
More than just a surfer’s paradise, Tofino is where you go to become one with nature. With its meagre population of just under 2,000 residents, the stillness and silence will quickly melt away any city anxieties that you may be hanging on to.
The Wickaninnish Inn is perched on the western edge of Vancouver Island on Chesterman Beach. Surrounded by lush forest, rocky shores and a vast span of cobalt blue water, the Ancient Cedars Spa uses techniques developed in Parma, Italy that combine science, holistic and sensorial approaches to achieving a balance between skin, body, and mind.
The specially designed couple’s spa package includes two night accommodation, your choice of a one-hour treatment (each), two yoga classes, fruit and mineral water in your room, amenities package including SeaFlora skincare and Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics and valet parking.
Prices range from $1,268.84 to $2,811.08 per couple
For more information, visit www.wickinn.com