Best Spas Vancouver: Spa Utopia, Pan Pacific Hotel
by Judi Lees
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Tucked into one of Vancouver’s most dramatically set hotels (the Pan Pacific), Spa Utopia is a local success story that began in 2000 in Langley, a community east of Vancouver.
While Spa Utopia's appealing Romanesque decor - soaring columns, earthy tones, rustic exposed brick and gentle walls of flowing water - is front and centre, it is backed by a team of exceptionally well-trained practitioners.
Three campuses of Utopia Academy provide training in massage, estheticians and hair design. Even an accredited massage therapist receives extra training before joining Spa Utopia.
One of the signature treatments here is the Aromasoul. Devised in Italy using the product line COMFORT ZONE, the treatments allows you to choose a customized procedure. For example, you can select an invigorating massage from India or a calming Arabian-influenced massage. The choice was an easy one for me on this rainy December day, I know I’m a sun and sea person and my body craved the warmth of the Mediterranean.
Aah, the wonders of the Med, the sounds of waves and waterfalls – thanks to a CD but hey it works -- and the refreshing fragrance of oregano – oregano? Yes, one of my favourite herbs, along with aromatic bergamot, mandarin and basil was combined with apricot kernel oil and spread luxuriantly over my body. The touch used in this full body massage was reminiscent of a wave moving over my skin which esthetician, Shirley Lim, says stimulates the lymph nodes and increases circulation.
As well, she uses her knuckles in a short stroke devised to increase the flow of endorphins. After 75 blissful minutes, lazing with a warm cloth on my face and my feet wrapped in a hot towel, it's not surprising that I feel both relaxed and rejuvenated. Utopia? Perhaps, yes.
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