Given Vancouver’s healthy lifestyle, it's no wonder that spas flourish here. The city's day spas – no longer the pampered princess domains of the past – are being swamped with locals (male and female) begging to be wrapped in sea-weed, slathered with Moor mud, pummelled by jets of water and generally exfoliated, kneaded, purified and revitalized. Hotels and spas are responding to the demand by expanding and investing in the newest products and treatments.

If you fancy a treatment with a special Vancouver flavour, consider the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Willow Stream Spa for its Coastal Mountain Body Wrap; the Shangri-La Hotel’s CHI Spa for its West Coast Wave Massage; and the West Coast Seaweed Journey at the Pan Pacific Hotel’s Spa Utopia.

Among Vancouver's popular spa outlets are:


Story idea
Vancouver’s spas are not just for the ladies and many have developed dedicated and highly popular programs for men in recent years. In particular, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Absolute Spa has a strong focus on the fellas with dozens of specic treatments – from waxing to body scrubs – aimed at men. Consider a story on this spa from a man’s perspective, including several treatments as part of your story.