Though the sun usually applies tan and copper tones to the skins of humans and bald animals, even the almighty star can develop a tired painting wrist. Maintain a majestic glow in spite of the sulky star with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get an airbrush tan at Spa Utopia (a $60 value). Your Groupon is redeemable at three locations of the spa: in Langley, North Vancouver, and the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.
The friendly and experienced staff populating each location offers a bevy of beautifying body-care services in a serene spa environment, which makes Spa Utopia an ideal place for first-timers and experienced faux tanners alike to darken a pale or wan pelt. During the St. Tropez tonal transformation, an experienced professional will douse your dermis in an even coat of colour via a hand-held melanin-mister that spreads the airborne glaze around all of your body’s nooks and bends, achieving a well-balanced tan. The potion, which is aloe vera based, leaves the skin moisturized and with the look of a healthy, UVA-free glow, without any orange undertones, unsightly streaks, surprising sticker-stars, or phantom faces lurking in darkened or uneven spots.
St. Tropez tans typically last for up to five to seven days, which makes this deal ideal for those embarking on a wedding, business trip, or temp assignment in the mailroom. Call ahead to reserve your spot, and be sure to wear loose-fitting, dark-coloured clothing for the post-tan dry-off period.
A test patch may be required for sensitive skin.
Spa Utopia was featured by the Straight and placed second in the magazine’s Readers' Choice Awards in 2005. It was an up! magazine runner-up for Top-Voted Spa in Canada, and ranked in About.com's Top 10 Best Day Spas in Vancouver. Yelpers give the downtown location a four-star average:
Spa Utopia’s services range from those of a salon to those of a med-spa, recognizing the connection between medical and more purely aesthetic issues. Facials can purify skin or minimize signs of aging, and they also calm rosacea outbreaks. A LightSheer Diode system combats unwanted stubble during laser hair-removal sessions, and beams from a Fox Diode system attack toenail fungus. Massage therapists use styles ranging from traditional Swedish to deep tissue, and they’re glad to combine modalities to target unique troubles such as lower back pain or shoulders that won’t stop shimmying.
Clients can concentrate attention on an array of beauty and body needs by booking a couples room or VIP suite for an afternoon of private treatments. Even the public areas of the spa evince a strong taste for luxury—clients walking in are greeted by a marble-topped reception desk and a giant, faux-stone archway engraved with the spa’s name before passing between polished pillars leading to a grand fountain.