Ensconced in the verdant foliage of Galiano Island on a resort site dating back to the 1930s, Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa provides a calm respite with 20 ocean-side suites, outdoor gardens, and elegant dining. Spa suites with fireplaces and massage tables and villa suites equipped with an attached kitchen and outdoor bath provide views of the beach and whales on human-watching tours. Resort bistro staff serves wood-grilled pizzas on an outdoor terrace, and Flores del Iris Gardens beckons visitors into a labyrinth of steams, ponds, and native and foreign fauna with wooden decks built around natural features. Depending on the season, activities such as eco-tours, kayaking, hiking and cycling, tennis, and scuba diving grant visitors ample opportunities to explore the island and escape truancy officers.
Modelled as a European-style spa, Madrona del Mar Spa invokes the healing philosophy of its oceanic surroundings. Therapists swaddle faces, hands, feet, and bodies in natural, indigenous products harvested from British Columbia's west coast, saving clients from having to saddle a manatee and collect their own. As they assess client ailments, spa technicians administer 10 types of seaside or indoor massages, fruit-infused body wraps, and sugar-based body scrubs. Additionally, a private mineral sea flotation bath and glass-enclosed yoga studios provide ample space for alternate relaxation.
Spa Sirona revitalizes and energizes dilapidated dermis with a plethora of spa services. The full-body sugar scrub infuses exteriors with essential oils, and the deluxe express mani-pedi soothes stress-stricken palms and soles. The welcoming staff imbues Spa Sirona with a cozy and inviting ambience. After being barraged all day with UV rays, gamma rays, and microwaves jettisoned from passing garbage trucks, you deserve to renew your well-weathered epidermal veneer at Spa Sirona.
Pink Lime Salon & Spa has played host to beautifying treatments for more than 25 years. The business, which boasts features in publications such as Vancouver Lifestyle and Salon Canada, offers rejuvenating salon and spa services ranging from haircuts to hot-stone massages. Additional spa services include facials, which target dry, aging, or sensitive skin, and body wraps that use mud or clay bindings to help detoxify skin or tighten and tone the limbs, torso, and elbows.
Far bigger than the average spa or crisper drawer, Juillet Spa & Wedding boasts 4,500 square feet of space that can host parties of up to 45 guests. This deluxe facility offers an array of aesthetic and bodywork services, including laser treatments, cosmetic acupuncture, and mani-pedis. Between treatments, revelers can unwind in the main party room, where movies are projected onto a 14-foot screen.
In June of 2012, Shona Shuter took the leap. After many years in the beauty industry, she decided to follow her passions by becoming the new owner of Aquaterra Beauty and Wellness. Under her leadership, Aquaterra was renovated and saw its menu of treatments blossom to include Shona’s favourite luxuries. The end result was a tranquil beauty haven where worries slide away as clients enjoy facials with hand-harvested Seaflora products or surround themselves with the scents of the forest, ocean, or summer during five types of signature massages. Shona is especially excited to offer her guests the Universal Contour Wrap, which works to whittle away at least 6 inches from frames. The body wrap’s clay formula helps tighten and tone physiques while also exfoliating the skin, rendering bodies smooth enough to slip out dollhouse windows unnoticed.