Send your sweetheart for a massage fit for royalty at Sabai Thai Spa, now open in four locations across Greater Vancouver. Combining traditional Eastern and Western healing techniques, this boutique spa offers more than a dozen unique massage treatments rich with ancient history—including ancient Thai, aromatherapy, hot herbal and warm bamboo massages—all focused on stress relief, relaxation and well-being. For the ultimate treatment, try the Thai hot herbal massage, known as the most unique and remarkable healing therapy available today. Using a heated muslin parcel filled with a blend of medicinal herbs and spices, the treatment involves kneading away aching muscles, lulling guests into a sleepy state of ecstasy.
What to get:The Thai hot herbal massage – includes a warm oil body massage and steamed herbal compress application, or if you’d like to make it a treatment for two, try the couples relaxation massage. This is the perfect gift for someone who needs to de-stress or relieve muscle aches and pains.
What it’ll cost: Thai Hot Herbal massage $170/Couples massage $209 (reg. $270)
Give your Valentine a relaxing skin workout at Skoah. Skoah’s unique facials are not only blemish-blasting, but purely blissful. Offering a one-of-a-kind facial experience, the "krew" at Skoah refers to their approach to skin care as “personal training for your skin,” recognizing that skin needs regular attention to stay healthy and look its best. Each facial includes customized techniques and products to suit the needs of each individual guest, followed by a trademark relaxation massage. With eight locations in and around the Greater Vancouver area, this is an easy gift to grab on the go (or even online).
What to get: The Facialiscious Facial – includes deep cleansing, exfoliating, delicate extractions, detoxifying, stimulating masques, and a soothing massage (75 minutes). This is the perfect gift for someone in need of a little “me” time.
What it’ll cost: $120
Float like a butterfly
Give your love the gift of total relaxation at Metta³ Rest Spa, where guests can unplug from the overstimulation of everyday life, and enjoy a deep state of sensory freedom. Flotation, a powerful stress relief and wellness tool, involves floating on the surface of a super-saturated salt water solution in a sensory-controlled environment. This results in a feeling of weightlessness, allowing guests to enjoy the feeling of deep calm while relaxing tense muscles and calming busy minds. Metta³ Rest Spa features custom-designed high-end float pods, an infrared sauna, and a colourful library that includes books, a fully-loaded Kindle, water, and tea.
What to get: The Valentine’s Day 2-For-1 Float Package – the perfect excuse to join your loved one for a relaxing treatment, or include as an added visit to save for later. This is the perfect gift for someone who needs some serious R&R.
What it’ll cost: $80 for 2 floats (limited time offer)
Send your sweetie to Joyride Vancouver for a joyful escape from the everyday. Located in the heart of Kitsilano, this chic nail salon exceeds expectations with friendly service, tantalizing treatments, and delectable treats. Guests are invited to sit back and relax as they peruse through the seat-side iPads, sip on fresh-pressed juices and hand-crafted coffees, and nibble on delicious macarons. The ivory walls and lavender decor accents create a soothing atmosphere, and the range of polishes and treatment options available make Joyride the ideal spot for a perfect pedi.
What to get: The Major Joyride – includes a signature pedicure, plus an extended foot massage and a soothing paraffin wax treatment. Add a little nail art for only $5, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves to get pampered.
What it’ll cost: $65 (plus $5 add-on nail art)
Four local spa treatments that will melt your honey this Valentine's Day
This Valentine’s Day, think outside the box (of chocolates) and forget the fancy florals. Instead, gift your honey with an effortless escape that is sure to hit the sweet spot. From muscle-melting massages to beautifying treatments, these gifts will leave your guy or gal glowing from head to toe.
Click through for four relaxing Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will make your sweetheart swoon.
Bianca Bujan is a mom of three, freelance writer, principal at Bee Communications, and blogger at Bits of Bee. When she’s not scribing or spreading the word, Bianca’s satisfying her meat tooth or snapping photos while exploring the outdoors with her family in the beautiful surroundings of BC’s North Shore where she calls home.