Who doesn't love going to a spa? People of all ages love to be pampered, and going to a spa in Vancouver can be the very best way to treat yourself to some of life's best luxuries. Spa gift certificates also make ideal gifts, for practically anyone: Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays and anniversaries.
The best spas in Vancouver, BC, offer a wide range of pampering options, from massage and relaxation to skin care and anti-aging treatments. Use this Guide to the 10 Best Spas in Vancouver to find the right spa for you, plus their most famous signature treatments.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La - Coal Harbour
Treat yourself to an Aroma Vitality Massage, which starts with a foot bath and tea service, followed by an aromatic steam and relaxing massage. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La's signature treatments are designed to make the most use of the individual spa suites, which feature your own vanity change room, washroom, steam shower, and private lounge area.
Willow Stream Spa - Coal Harbour
Locally inspired treatments such as Van Active for aching muscles and joints (ideal as a post-Grouse Grind treat) and the aromatherapy Coast Mountain Retreat massage all bring the outdoors inside to Fairmont Pacific Rim's Willow Stream Spa. The Spa Terrace has the best views of the city and the North Shore — soak them up from the cabanas and day beds.
Sense : A Rosewood Spa - Downtown
Situated on the fourth floor of the fancy Rosewood Hotel Georgia in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, Sense is a relaxing retreat from the city and it is open to non-guests too. Try the Sense Spa Journey, a multi-treatment menu that includes customized massages and experiences such as the Canadian Maple pedicure.
Famous for attracting celebrities — including Gwyneth Paltrow and Zac Efron —while also being beloved by locals, the Absolute Spa Group are definitely among the best spas in Vancouver. There are multiple locations throughout the city, including their flagship at the Century Plaza Hotel in downtown Vancouver, the Hotel Fairmont Vancouver (Vancouver's "first spa for men"), and at YVR. Signature treatments include high-end anti-aging skin treatments (e.g., the Oxygen Facial) and organic pedicures.
Spa by JW Vancouver- Downtown
Vancouver's newest hotel spa is situated in the JW Marriott in the new Parq complex near BC Place in the heart of the entertainment district. Visit for views of False Creek from the 17th floor of the hotel, where the spa is located, or enjoy an express treatment if you're short of time and want a quick pampering session.
The Spa at Wedgewood Hotel - Downtown
Since opening in 2003, The Spa at Wedgewood Hotel has been an award-winning addition to the city's luxury spa scene. Located in Vancouver's only Relais & Chateaux hotel, the spa's rich wood surroundings give it an indulgent feel and the treatments include all-natural Epicuren Skincare products and light therapy as extra offerings.
Despite its size — it's one of the biggest spas in Vancouver — Spa Utopia is so popular that it often has a waiting list. Their best signature therapeutic treatments are the Canadian Treasures treatments, which use 100% Canadian ingredients, including Moor Mud, BC seaweed, and Canadian Dark Clay to detoxify, rejuvenate, and improve sleep.
Since 2000 — when it opened as the first Hammam in Canada — Miraj Hammam has been one of the most unique top spas in Vancouver. Warm and steamy, Miraj recreates Middle Eastern opulence with relaxing steam "chambers" (Hammam) followed by massage and exfoliation (Gommage). Guests are given a sarong, robe, and slippers to wear during the treatments; if you're very modest, you can bring a swimsuit for the Gommage, which is normally done nude.
Sabai Thai Spa - Multiple Locations
Bringing a taste of Thailand to Vancouver, the smiling staff at Sabai Thai Spa make a visit to this urban spa a treat for all the senses. With locations in Coal Harbour, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Port Coquitlam, there are plenty of places to enjoy the city's favorite Thai massage style experience. Using a gentler version of the traditional Thai techniques, combined with Western-style massage, the treatments range from full body massages to facials.
skoah - Multiple Locations
Local skincare label skoah has a range of day spas in the city (from Yaletown and Kitsilano to North Vancouver and Burnaby) and has even expanded across Western Canada from its humble beginnings here. Facials are the focus but many include massage add-ons for the full-body treat.