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Five relaxing spas in Alberta

  • Apr 21, 2014
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Alberta’s known for its amazing skiing, hiking and outdoor activities. But there’s plenty of good times to be had indoors, relaxing and rejuvenating in luxury. These five spas will let you replenish while you stay close to the outdoor action.

Bodhi Tree Spa at Silver Creek Lodge — Canmore

A day at the spa might not always be magical enough to achieve enlightenment, but you can come pretty close to it at Bodi Tree Spa. The entire lodge was inspired by Zen traditions. The facility works to promote peace, reflection and tranquility for those looking for a meditative escape. This eco-conscious spa uses natural ingredients, such as indigenous plant and flower essences, in customized treatments. It offers open-air hot pools, as well as treatment rooms for couples who want to relax together.

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Interior of One Wellness + Spa at Solara Resort. (Photo: Courtesy of One Wellness + Spa)

One Wellness + Spa at Solara Resort — Canmore

If you had a non-stop day exploring Banff National Park and your momentum won’t stop, head to One Wellness + Spa to keep the action going before easing into complete relaxation. This spa offers personal training, pilates and fitness memberships to keep the heart pumping. After the exertion is over, take advantage of the spa services, such as a stone massage or lemongrass mimosa scrub.

The Fairmont Spas — Banff and Jasper

These historic inns are four hours apart, enveloped by forests, wildlife and alpine lakes in the Rockies. The natural beauty continues in both spas, even when spending the day indoors.

At the Willow Stream Spa in Banff, also known as “The Castle in the Rockies,” leisure and luxury are at the heart of Banff National Park. The waterfalls and mineral pool at the spa hint at the hot springs that enticed travellers to the area when it became Canada’s first national park in 1883. The combination of alpine air and mountain energy mix well with this quiet retreat to reawaken the senses and revitalize tired bodies.

Also inspired by its surrounding national park, The Fairmont Spa in Jasper gives you time to slow your pace and relax. Decorated with pine and stone, nature makes its way into every nook, with treatments such as the maple-butter body wrap or the fir-infused stone massage.

The L Spa and Wellness Centre — Grande Prairie

Recognized as one of the top 50 spas in Canada in 2011, The L Spa & Wellness Centre not only pampers but also gives back to the community. For those who become spa members, there’s a chance each month to win the draw for the Charity of Choice program, where the member’s monthly dues are donated to a charity selected by the member. If you’re not a member, you can still visit and enjoy a vitality pedicure or a rainforest steam shower.

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