Wellness Wednesday – Still Waters Run Deep…

into the pocket of a budget traveler
…deep enough that you can hear the subway rumble by during your treatment.

Travel can be hard work, particularly if you’re a frequent traveler or budget traveler. Time changes, heavy luggage and culture shock can wreak havoc with your health. Treating yourself to spa time can be worth the splurge.

I went to the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt hotel in Toronto for my yearly birthday indulgence of spa treatments.

Stillwater is an award-winning spa that offers a variety of treatments (eg. massage, facial, mani/pedi). It is located below ground level at the Park Hyatt in downtown Toronto, kitty corner to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum). The spa exudes an ambience of relaxation through lighting, water features and natural decor (ie plants, wood) helping to mitigate the less than peaceful sound of regular transit service from the adjacent subway.

Various types of spas exist: day spas; medical spas and destination spas to name the most popular ones. Though the cost of certain spas can be prohibitive for many travellers, it is often worth the splurge for wellness’ sake. Here are some things to consider when looking into spa treatments:

  • Is the facility licensed? Check for licenses and other recognized certifications of the spa and the resident therapists.
  • Is it clean? For peace of mind, tour the facility, especially if it’s your first time. Clean towels and treatment rooms should be visually clean. Also, ask about the spa’s sanitation procedures.
  • What types of treatments are available? Check the website for a list of services and any special promotions/packages on offer.
  • Is it recommended? Check out reviews in reputable travel publications.

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