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Spa culture in Vancouver

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that every country, province/state and city has its own spa culture. One that particularly stands out is Vancouver.

The spa culture in Vancouver is much more refined than many other metropolitan cities I’ve visited in North America. Here, the spas not only look for the world’s most trusted products and spa treatments, but they also look locally to discover amazing nature-based products such as Seaflora, based on Vancouver Island

The Seaflora West Coast Detox Treatment I received at CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La in Vancouver was one of the most effective and well-designed spa journeys that I’ve ever come across. This treatment was given in a spa suite where one never has to leave the room between sections of their treatment. This suite included a changing area, a personal sauna, a soaking tub, a private bathroom and a fireplace in the relaxing lounge area. 

As I ventured on to The Spa by Ivanka Trump at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, I found that private spa suites seem to be a trend in this city. This spa touched a sweet spot for me. The lovely welcome alongside the warmth of the fireplace was so serene, and the perfect transition from the fall air of the city streets. Then the transition to their spa suite transferred me into a warm cocoon of spa amenities. I relished the steam shower and relaxing by the fireplace in my suite before my facial. Afterwards, the perfect place to transition back into the real world is The Trump Champagne Bar in the lobby. A seasonal afternoon tea here can turn into an evening of bubbly cocktails – a day that any Spa Travel Gal can enjoy. 

Both of these spas left me yearning to return to Vancouver to learn more about its spa culture. My next trip will definitely be longer. 

Ava Roxanne Stritt

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a freelance travel writer, founder of the Spa Travel Gal blog, travel editor for Hope for Women magazine, and luxury spa lover.

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