If you're looking for a splurge-y urban spa weekend retreat, definitely check out The Four Seasons Spa in Toronto. It features an indoor swimming pool, lounger chairs, a co-ed whirlpool (bring your suit) and steam room that all deserves at least an hour for you to wander and not rush through.
You'll also want to spend some time in the relaxation area within the change room which features a large sofa and smaller conversation couch areas to linger in. I spent some time here sipping herbal tea, eating chocolate biscotti and drinking lots of water to flush out the toxins and to stay hydrated.
Our Couples Massage began in a private room with a scent journey and five aromatherapy oils to choose from. Paul and I both ended up choosing a dark blue eucalyptus oil to soothe our sore muscles after a stiff plane ride from Los Angeles. Next up, was choosing music from an iPad off their spa music selection. We opted for a subterranean chill-out mix to zen us out. My therapist Marius worked on my arms, legs, scalp and back kneading out all the knots with long strokes and medium pressure. It definitely didn't hurt like a shiatsu massage did and it was super relaxing.
A plush robe, slippers, towels and locker are also provided - so no need to pack too much for your visit. Massages start from $170 for 60 minutes and include access to all the amenities stated above. Which makes it all the more worthwhile if you can truly make a spa day out of it.
I like to stretch out this glorious 'ME' day for as long as possible and would recommend treating yourself to lunch at d Bar afterwards or dinner at Cafe Boulud (dinner only) - both excellent dining options inside the hotel. The menu at d Bar offers more casual fare and healthy items like a chopped salad, seared albacore tuna and a soup of the day. For more info check out:
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Spa
60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4W 0A4, Canada
Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day - a lifestyle blog for smart women and where this article first appeared.
Photos courtesy of The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Disclosure: The Four Seasons was so lovely to host our couples' massage, however the opinions expressed in this post remain my own.