If negative ions (molecules with a feel-good negative charge) are generated by running water, Stillwater Spa at Toronto’s Park Hyatt Hotel is bound to create some urban euphoria. Water is – literally – a running theme at the spa.
Sillwater runs deep
From the airy ground-level spa boutique, guests descend into a cocoon of warm neutral colours highlighted with pale aqua accents. The soothing sound of running water is found throughout, drowning out those pesky urban sounds – and if you do hear the distant rumble of a subway, pretend it’s thunder and look forward to the pending air-freshening storm.
Back to nature … urban style
The route to the treatment rooms is over a faux stream flanked by a sleek water wall – as modern an interpretation of nature as the contemporary Yorkville Park down the street, where uber-contemporary wilderness stations represent the diversity of Canada’s nature.
In the same way, the treatment menu at Stillwater Spa highlights Toronto’s diversity. Therapies are inspired by global traditions and guests can indulge in some round-the-world spa travel with treatments like a Moroccan Rhassoul Wrap ($239), Bora Bora Body Restore ($289) or the exclusive-to-Canada Omorovizca Hungarian Mineral Facial ($250), a soothing facial that uses products containing healing Hungarian thermal water. (Read more about the healing waters and baths of Hungary here.)
Treatments at Stillwater Spa are divided into three sections: Essential, Local and Global, and if you want to immerse yourself in the water theme more fully try Aqua Therapy ($109) in the chic purpose-built therapy pool.
Stay and play
The co-ed tea lounge is a good place to relax pre and post treatments, and change rooms offer sauna, steam and whirlpool facilities. To chill out between soaking and steaming retreat to a private cabana, a slim private bed that comes complete with privacy curtain and 22″ plasma TV.
Overall Stillwater instills a feeling of sanctuary – a major feat considering its location at one of Toronto’s main hubs at the intersection of Bloor Street and Avenue Road. Rated #3 in Continental US and Canada by Travel & Leisure and given a Four-Star rating by Forbes Travel, it’s not surprising that locals account for 90% of the swank hotel spa’s business.
Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Rd.
416 926 2389
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