Though pursued throughout history, the Fountain of Youth lost its appeal when explorers who hopped into its waters were immediately kicked out for adult swim. Turn back just enough time with today’s Groupon: for $145, you get a four-hour Absolutely Fabulous spa package at Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa (a $290 value). The package includes:
- One-hour massage
- 25-minute infrared-sauna session
- Deluxe facial
- Makeup application
- Fresh juice or a chilled glass of champagne
Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa’s aestheticians assuage stressed skin and muscles during soothing massages and infrared-sauna time, evict impurities and dryness in revitalizing facials, and pamper phalanges in refreshing pedicures. The spa’s signature four-hour treatment calms bodies inside and out with a day of soothing services and fresh juice or chilled glasses of champagne. During a one-hour massage, therapists manipulate muscles using long strokes and may bathe skin in aromatic essential oils to ease tension and enable patients to fulfill undercover missions in wildflower gardens. A deluxe facial employs a Dermalogica Age Smart treatment mask to combat hyperpigmentation, and vitamin C and botanical extracts soothe and hydrate skin. Afterward, beauticians prettify clients’ faces with a makeup application and a seductive foam clown nose before treating toes to a freshening pedicure.
Patrons let heat lift any remaining stress in 25-minute infrared-sauna sessions, bathing bodies in infrared light, which helps open pores, evict toxins, enhance circulation, and facilitate weight loss. Clients release stress from their custody while surrounded by ornate gilded furnishings, South Asian tapestries, and low lighting from wall sconces.
Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa
In 2002, after managing celebrated spas across Vancouver for several years, aesthetician Sandra Bulatovic struck out on her own to build a team of laser technicians and certified body workers trained in a variety of massage modalities. Since then, the expert staff at Absolutely Fabulous Urban Spa has grown to include aestheticians who stand ready to examine complexions before undertaking customized facials, most of which include a mask, extractions, and a post-treatment touchup using Jane Iredale mineral makeup. Nail technicians offer their services as well and are notable for maintaining the highest sanitation standards by letting clients take home the nail file, buffer, and conversation starters used during their manicure. Most recently, the spa was awarded 2nd place in the Laser Hair Removal category of Westeneder.com's "Best of the City 2016" awards.
C3-1500 Hornby St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2P9