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Seeking the Heat at Toronto’s Top Spas

By Carol Perehudoff | @WanderingCarol


When the thermometer starts to dip, Torontonians look for ways to keep warm. The best method, save curling up with a hot water bottle until spring, is to get to a spa. Don’t know where to start? Here are some options to help boost your winter glow.

Steamy and spicy

Miraj Hammam Spa

One of the hottest treatments around is a Hammam and Gommage treatment at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris in the year-old Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto (188 University Ave.). This private steam bath followed by a scrub down with black Moroccan soap will leave you as contented and polished as a pampered sultan. Follow with a massage or relax in the cocoon of a lounge and let the dark wood, plush crimson décor and chai mint tea transport you to a cloud of exotic bliss.

Comfort food

If you prefer your spa products sourced closer to home, lovely Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt Toronto in Yorkville (4 Avenue Road) offers a soothing Canadian Grain Facial. What better way to hydrate that dry winter skin than with a warmed oatmeal masque as creamy as your mother’s porridge? Afterwards, chill out in a private cabana or sail up to the Hyatt’s Roof Lounge to enjoy a fragrant Truffle Coffee and skyline view of the frost-covered city.

Holiday happiness

It’s the tenth anniversary of the InterContinental Toronto Centre (225 Front Street W) and they’ve celebrated with updated rooms and a fresh face for The Spa. Start off with a saltwater Jacuzzi in their sky-lit pool area then opt for a cellulite-reducing Coffee Bean and Algae Body Wrap – the mocha-y aroma of the coffee scrub alone is enough to kick start visions of sugarplums and candy canes. Not seasonal enough? Go for a Perfect Pumpkin Facial or Sugar & Spice Body Rub.

The buzz is on honey

Spa My Blend, The Ritz-Carlton

Heat and honey are this season’s most popular duo, and The Spa at the sinfully sophisticated Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave.) offers a Warmed Lavender Honey Wrap with Aloe and Arnica. Not to be outdone, Spa My Blend at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto (181 Wellington St. W), which was a big winner in the recent Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards, incorporates honey and hot marble stones into their Rebalancing Massage. They also provide a seasonal menu – Mistle-Toes Pedicure or Hot Toddy Body anyone?

Winter’s not all bad

Finally, if you can’t beat the cold, embrace its icy purity with a Valmont Elixir des Glaciers facial at the swish Hazelton Hotel (118 Yorkville Ave.). The high-end Elixir des Glaciers product line is enriched with glacial spring water from Switzerland along with a potent cocktail of plant extracts, collagen and Triple DNA, but at $495 for 150 minutes, this decadent glacial facial is one treatment that may need to go on your holiday gift wish list.