Between inflation and real estate prices, not to mention a climate emergency, terrorism, civil unrest, and an ongoing drought – there’s reason enough for Vancouverites to feel a bit fried right now. But luckily, the city’s spas offer plenty of ways to find some essential chill and recharge — whether it’s high-end massages or soothing kombucha.
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Tucked into the fifth floor of a Brutalist medical building in Fairview, Kiku Wellness is an unexpected treasure. From the moment you step through the nondescript door, the experience is one of pure calm. The vibe is omotenashi-Japanese and the services are focused on healing your body with natural oils and essential essences. We recommend their Neroli Blossom Renewal, a 90 minute face and body treatment that uses Sibin Bian stone Gua Sha technique to remove lymphatic build up and encourage blood circulation. URL : https://www.absolutespa.com/
This is one of the best places in town to receive a traditional Thai massage and their unique Hammam and Gommage service (steam, exfoliation, and dry sauna) is worth checking out alone.
The aptly named Spa Utopia in the Pan Pacific Hotel is also a must-visit and a complete oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city. In addition to offering a la carte services, the spa has several packaged “journeys” that are perfect for those who want to truly unwind over the course of a weekend.