The idea for Simply Comfort Spa came from two cousins who wanted to offer a more tranquil and pampering approach to spa services. Facials are performed with Laboratoire Dr Renaud products, and preference is always given to products made with organic, fair-trade ingredients or by bees that make fair wages. The spa’s mani-pedis include an exfoliating brown-sugar scrub and finish with OPI nail polish, and waxing services use botanical épillyss wax, designed specially for sensitive skin. The staff also offers relaxing massage therapy, makeup and bridal services, and handmade hair clips for sale.
During LipoLaser treatments, the practiced technicians at Body Forming Clinic use low-level laser paddles designed to reduce fatty tissue on specific areas of the body. Approximately as painful as a kiss from an oversized butterfly, the non-invasive treatment requires no surgery or recovery time and is Health Canada approved. After consulting with a counselor about trouble spots’ checkered pasts, patients relax comfortably while a trained assistant applies two treatment paddles on the skin for 10 minutes at a time. Basking in wavelengths of light, fat cells bid adieu to resident padding and release it into the lymphatic system, allowing the cells to shrink and finally buy the velour catsuit they’ve been eyeing. The treatment, which can last up to 50 minutes, culminates in 15 minutes of cross-training to keep cells on their toes. Body Forming Clinic’s staff explains the benefits of weight-bearing exercise to maintain the laser’s results and then introduces patients to the relaxation of a 30-minute infrared sauna session.
At The Chrysalis, guests are cocooned in material luxuries and the hospitality of a friendly staff. Enjoy the confines of a two-person luxury corner suite complete with stunning views of a glimmering, glittering Northwest seascape, a gas fireplace, and a two-person jetted tub set in a bay window for panoramic soaking. Boarders may work the wet bar and remain dry, channel surf cable TV, or hop onto the Internet to brush up on their conversational Esperanto. Each king-sized bed dons lavish linens and a down comforter, and a two-person shower offers plenty of elbow room. Additionally, luxury corner suites include a DVD and CD player, iPod dock, dual phone jacks, a refrigerator, and a snack-packed minibar stocked by local Lilliputians.
Eva, which uses and sells environmentally friendly Aveda products, caters to hair and skin with an array of rejuvenating services. All hair services, which include a number of coloring options and a women's cut and style ($43), come with an aromatherapy scalp massage to relax the senses and drain collected cranial-stress juices. With many waxing options available, clients can touch up fingers and toes ($10) or prepare for the beach or a scantily clad spelling bee with a Brazilian ($75). The tourmaline radiance facial, a 90-minute holistic microdermabrasion session, utilizes the tourmaline mineral to smooth out fine lines and beautify complexions ($80). Eva's palette of spring colors, as well as a prismatic mosaic of earthy and bright tones, enhances the atmosphere with warmth and style.
As a certified doctor of natural medicine, an aesthetician with years of experience, and a natural-health consultant, Irina is anything but a one-trick skin specialist. She puts her diverse background to use unearthing beauty with custom facials and permanent-makeup applications that keep eyebrows properly arched, lips colourful, and beauty marks firmly planted. While her staff meticulously performs mani-pedis and antibacterial, antimicrobial nonwax hair-removal treatments, Irina helms electrolysis and IPL sessions, as well as holistic Bowen-therapy treatments, which employ short bursts of rolling, massage-like moves designed to restore bodily balance and incite natural healing.
Natural Reflextions borrows from Mother Nature's innate sense of style with its decorative plants, earthy tones, and fragrant candles, convincing visitors they've stepped inside a forest sanctuary. The zen-like ambience pervades the spa's treatment rooms, which overlook rock gardens dappled with trees and the fountain of youth where Sophia Loren resides. Beneath billowing cloths hanging from the ceiling, a team of relaxation experts administers massages and skincare treatments inspired by nature's soothing, curative elements.
The spa's menu of services whisks visitors onto a cloud of relaxation with its seaweed body wraps that swaddle physiques in nourishing Seaflora products and footbaths that reward the hardest working jack-o'-lantern stompers. Skin reaches its aesthetic peak with facials using anti-aging Dermalogica serums and waxing that ousts unneeded bodily fleece. Handcrafted and fair-trade items—including teapots, jewellery, and natural soaps—can be discovered in the spa's boutique, encouraging guests to support the local artisans from which they came.