Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and her husband, Sergio, have won the trust of even the most discerning clientele. They started with just a 650-square-foot space at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. Today, Absolute Spa spans 11 locations that have racked up more than 50 awards, including a pick as a top 10 Vancouver spa on Examiner.com and Business of the Year award from West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in 2010. They have also attracted celebrity clients including Elle MacPherson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Many à la carte items and spa packages draw on extracts from healing substances, such as sandalwood, kaolin clay, and Spanish sweet-orange blossoms. After each service, Absolute's team tutors clients in how to maintain results at home. Beyond improving clients' sense of well-being, Wendy strives to improve the lives of children by spearheading multiple philanthropic ventures, such as the annual Century Plaza Hotel & Spa Women's Media Golf Classic, which has raised more than $2.6 million for charity.
At Ark Hair & Spa, beauticians infuse their slew of hair, massage, and nail services with Japanese flair. Therapists target pressure points to relieve aching muscles during shiatsu massages, and they alleviate stress caused by table phobias during Thai floor massages. During beauty-boosting treatments, staffers wield high-end products such as Calgel nail gel and antioxidant-rich Moroccanoil hair elixir. The studio’s decor speaks to the soothing power of simplicity, as clients relax among clean white walls and Japanese paper screens.
T&Y Beauty Spa stands as an oasis from the bustle of downtown, where clients can snag speedy beauty treatments between shopping jaunts or reap hours of pampering to replenish their spirits and invigorate their skin. The spa's aestheticians draw out healthy complexions with three tiered facials that gradually ramp up their effects with massages, customized masks, and face-firming serums. Permanent makeup applications boost facial radiance even further with smudge-free lip- and eye-defining flourishes, and eyelash extensions, mani-pedis, and waxing treatments also lend elegance to weary exteriors. Meanwhile, in treatment rooms far removed from the annoyances of work, bills, and foot-traffic pileups, therapists soothe overtaxed muscles and frayed minds with relaxation massages for individuals and couples.
The Cranberries facial begins with a consultation with one of the spa's skilled aestheticians, who will then design a customized treatment to meet the skin's individual needs. With the nuances of the client's outer shell fully understood, Cranberries Spa's staffers will indulge the skin in ethereal exfoliation and perform extractions (if necessary), cleaning out clogged pores and sweeping away dead skin cells like candy wrappers from an abandoned carnival on the prairie. A steam and a massage flush out toxins and flesh out flesh, respectively, leaving the face refreshed and rejuvenated. As the experts tend to weary head-shields, clients will relax on a heated bed to soothe away stress and muscle tension.
Harbour Beauty Salon offers its customers a wide variety of hair, nail, and skin services. Stylists snip excess hair in cuts for women, men, or children, and offer coloring services with Redken products. Nail technicians can color fingers and toes with over 200 OPI colors, along with CND Shellac and gel polish options. Other services include European or deep-cleansing facials, alongside waxing treatments and real mink eyelash extensions.
Oru, our Pan-Asian bistro, is derived from the Japanese word meaning “to fold”. This restaurant features an open kitchen with two chef’s tables, a private dining room, and wine tasting area with the largest sake cellar in the city. Executive chef David Wong, has created a harmonious fusion of east and west.