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

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

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.

About the Author

Carol Perehudoff is an extreme spa junkie and award-winning travel writer based in Toronto. | | @WanderingCarol