Hearing about Si Si Penaloza’s cool job writing about luxury travel around the world got our team thinking about some of the awesomely relaxing experiences we’ve had in Canada and beyond. Take a look at some of our favourite spas, and let us know yours in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Photo: Le Nordik Spa-Nature
Nordik Spa-Nature, Gatineau, Que.
"This is my ultimate zen retreat. There's nothing like sitting in one of their outdoor hot tubs (they have seven massive pools) and watching the snow fall. Capped off with a fab lunch and a glass of wine and all you can say when you leave is 'ahhhhhh.'" — Rick Matthews, executive producer
The Spa at Four Seasons, Toronto
"I could spend all day at the ultra-modern Four Seasons spa in Toronto. Massage tables have faux fur blankets and pressure-sensitive heating, there is music piped-in underwater at the infinity pool and they have the best selection of magazines. Even better? The Holistic Gemstone Sapphire treatment that incorporates the healing powers of rubies, diamonds and pearls. A day well spent!" — Marianne Wisenthal, show producer
The Jasper Park Lodge Spa, Jasper, Alta.
What's not to love about the Jasper Park Lodge Spa? Situated in an absolutely magical setting, this hotel spa offers the tranquility of gorgeous lake mountain views and five star spa service. You will have to try very hard not to relax. The rustic elegance of the Canadian Rockies paired with such scrumptious menu items as the maple-butter body wrap make this my absolute favorite spa!!" — Barbara Milner, associate producer
Photos: Ten Spa, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
Ten Spa, Winnipeg, Man.
"Super beautiful spa with amazing steam room, lounge and delicious complimentary snacks. They have a separate "hamam menu" of treatments exclusive to Ten spa. Found on the 10th floor of the historic Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba." — Jacqueline Tsekouras, associate producer
Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain, Ont.
"I love Scandinave Spa's renowned Scandinavian baths and natural forest location. They have a Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam room, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths and cold plunges. With such a serene and tranquil environment I really feel relaxed after visiting. Can't wait to return!" — Sonia Mansillo, interactive producer
Scandinave Spa, Whistler, B.C.
"Located north of gorgeous Whistler Village, B.C., this spa is tucked away in a spruce and cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks. So you can count on getting a healthy dose of fresh air. Not only are the views breathtaking (mountains and valleys anyone?), but the spa's services are out-of-this-world too. Eucalyptus steam baths, Finnish saunas, hot stone massages… Your body and mind will thank you!" — Michael Pihach, audience producer
Photos: Monastero Santa Rosa, Elmwood Spa
Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast, Italy
"The spa is located in the most beautiful hotel I have seen which is set in a 17th century monastery on the Amalfi Coast. The spa has an outdoor treatment garden that overlooks looks the Gulf of Salerno — a breathtaking view! The spa has 'emotion showers,' where you can choose your aroma, temperature and water sensations." — Karen, associate producer
Summerhill Spa, Toronto
"My fave is a no frills place in Yorkville. It still has all the elements of a larger spa with the relaxing environment and soothing smells and music, just no receptionist! I hesitate to let the secret out because it really is a hidden gem, but it is called Summerhill Spa. It is very affordable and they give amazing hot stone massages. They also do couple treatments, so it's perfect for a romantic start to a date night or celebrating a special occasion." — Stephanie Cressman, senior designer
The Elmwood Spa, Toronto
“This place is really pure luxury, an amazing retreat right downtown. They have the most amazing massage treatments (along with literally any other spa-like treatment you can think of). The decor is stunning, and the terrace restaurant is also a really great spot to have lunch." — Alexis Glinert, audience coordinator
"It's truly an urban oasis. Bang in the middle of downtown's hustle bustle is this beautiful space that can get you calm and de-stressed in no time! I love that I can go there on my way home just to get some me time and wind down. Such bliss!" — Sushmitha Rao, associate producer