Spas on Vancouver Island
The term "spa" comes from the Latin "salus per aquam," meaning "health from water." It is also the name of a small village in Belgium, home to hot mineral springs where the ancient Roman soldiers went to relieve aches and pains after long marches and battles.
The spa concept has long been popular with women, but that is changing. The numbers of male patrons are on the increase, and most spas now offer a menu of choices designed especially for men. Some even have separate lockers, wet rooms and treatment areas for the guys.
The appeal of spas continues to expand to a wider demographic range. These days, aging baby boomers are feeling better longer, and they are bringing their children to spas. They know that the ancient Romans were onto something good with these “fountains of youth.” When you mix the healthy lifestyle of the west coast with some "Island time" for much-needed pampering, you've got a combination that can't be beat.
Embark on an invigorating journey into a glorious sense of well-being. Vancouver Island’s destination spas are places that absorb inspiration from their natural surroundings to relax and rejuvenate mind and body. Massage, cleansing wraps and facials, mineral baths, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures – it can all be found here, along with a few services unique to Vancouver Island. The distinctive approach and attention to detail has won Vancouver Island spas acclaim and adoration.
Kiyo Salon & Day Spa offers a soothing and clarifying space with high ceilings, relaxing music and natural water features, offering the most tranquil and relaxing experience possible. Utilizing only the most luxurious and highest quality products in the industry, Kiyo Day Spa boasts a range of specialties, including massage, body treatments and heavenly facials. A new treatment to this spa is their deep flow body work: combination deep tissue and thai massage.
404 Stewart Avenue, Nanaimo. Phone (250) 716-9916.
Pure Spa and Oxygen Bar focuses on providing an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Their aim is to give you the utmost comfort, and be the perfect escape. Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo. Phone (250) 754-7889
NANOOSE BAY & PARKSVILLE
Tucked away at the edge of Vancouver Island's Craig Bay, just south of Parksville, the AquaTerre Spa at Pacific Shores Resort & Spa is a waterfront oasis of botanical gardens, outdoor ponds and invigorating scenery. Spa guests are pampered with luxurious treatments using the latest technology, including a Bouvier hydrotherapy tub with 144 underwater jets, a stunning hand-carved granite relaxation tub and Swiss showers. AquaTerre's soothing atmosphere, professionally trained staff and oceanside setting ensure ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation.
Pacific Shores Resort & Spa
1-1600 Stroulger Road, Nanoose Bay
Phone (250) 468-2404
With 20,000 square feet of spa bliss, the Grotto Spa at Tigh- Na-Mara gives relaxation a whole new meaning. Take time just for you at Grotto Spa, the #1 Spa in Western Canada. With signature treatments, the detoxifying mineral pool, relaxation lounges for fireside tranquility and endless tapas dining at the Treetop Tapas & Grill Restaurant, the Grotto Spa offers everything you need to relax and rejuvenate.
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville
Toll free: 1-800-663-7373
Located in the waterfront Beach Club Resort, the Stonewater Spa & Salon offers a full range of services for relaxation, beautification and wellness. The Signature Series Deep Blue Massage is 90 minutes of sheer luxury for the body and spirit.
Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville
Phone Phone: (250) 947-2123
Nestled on the banks of the Courtenay River, in the Comox Valley, OH SPA is a sanctuary created for relaxation and well being. Exclusive treatments and natural products compliment innovative services such as the Chromatherapy Effervescent tub for two. Experience the unique rainforest Vichy Shower and Hydrotherapy Tub, which are beneficial for circulation and oxygenation of the blood. Experience the luxuries of Oh Spa!
Old House Village Hotel & Spa
1730 Riverside Lane, Courtenay
Toll Free: 1-877-703-4770
Situated just south of Courtenay, right on the edge of the ocean amongst an old-growth forest, is the The Pacific Mist Spa & Hydropath. Here you will find spa therapies focusing on the rich ingredients of the sea and interpreted to reflect the unique West Coast surroundings. Calm your senses in the fresh ocean air, experience wellness in the Pacific Mist Hydropath®, find balance in a tranquil yoga class and enjoy a signature spa service to enhance your overall well being.
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa
4330 Island Highway South, Courtenay
Phone: (250) 338-1323, 1-800-663-7929
Merle Norman Cosmetics & Day Spa is a quiet day spa tucked in the heart of Campbell River. We offer a full spa menu including: Make-up consultations, Bridal and Prom make-up application, massage, infra-red sauna, ear and nose piercing, hair removal, acrylic and bio sculpture gel nails, manicures, pedicures, facials, and lash extensions. The spa is located at 635 11th Avenue in Campbell River, 250-286-0622.
Step into the sensory bliss of the full-service Aveda Spa at April Point. Housed in a beautiful, Japanese-inspired building, the Aveda Spa combines the Aveda philosophy of relaxation with the stunning views of April Point Resort on Quadra Island. Experience one of their Aveda Signature Treatments, which include an Aroma Stress Fix Tub and Body Wrap, the Caribbean Therapy Manicure, Enbrightenment Facial and Sports Massage.
April Point Resort & Spa
900 April Point Road, Quathiaski Cove
Phone: (250) 598-3366
At Port Alberni’s EM Salon & Spa, each facial and body treatment begins with self-heating marine mud to awaken all sensitive points in the reflex zones. The spa uses Phytomer brand treatments and their marine-based active ingredients to help eliminate stress and tension.
4439 Margaret Street, Port Alberni Phone: (250) 723-8322
At Drift Spa in Ucluelet. enjoy cleansing, revitalizing treatments drawn from the natural elements of this rich coast. Drift Spa features an extensive menu of rejuvenating and restorative body and skin treatments, including massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, hydrotherapy, body scrubs, wraps, soaks and hot stone treatments. Facials use kelp from Pacific waters, natural sea oils and rainforest botanicals. Body scrubs use sea salt, seaweed and glacial mud sourced from Vancouver Island.
Black Rock Oceanfront Resort
596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet
Phone: (250) 726-4800; 1-877-762-5011
The Sacred Stone Spa offers both holistic and registered massage therapies designed to cater to every aspect of relaxation and healing. The Sacred Stone Spa fuses global techniques and West Coast culture, while providing a tranquil and comforting setting, ensuring that you leave feeling renewed, relaxed and rejuvenated.
#6 - 368 Main Street, Tofino
Phone: (250) 725-3341
Ancient Cedars Spa hugs the very West Coast of the Island at the Wickaninnish Inn. Elegant Comfort Zone, developed in Parma, Italy, combines the intelligence of science with a holistic and sensorial approach, to achieve the ultimate balance between skin, body and mind. Nutrient-rich seaweed, hand-harvested off the coast of our own Vancouver Island, is transformed into certified organic SeaFlora Skincare. Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, beneficial for even the most sensitive skin, and Intelligent Nutrients hair care provide the ideal finishing touch to spa time.
500 Osprey Lane, Tofino
Phone: (250) 725-3113