Health & Beauty

6 Steps to Spa Heaven

September 11, 2018

We’re going to go ahead and say it: there’s a far better way to access France than a grueling 10-hour flight. From the Crushed Cabernet Body Scrub to the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Facial, the über-indulgent, six-step, three-hour Escape to Bordeaux package at Chi Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is guaranteed to blow all other spa treatments you’ve had out of the Mediterranean water. Here’s what to expect:

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step 1: happy feet. The first order of business is giving your tired tootsies a well-deserved rest—and some much-needed pampering, to boot. Seated in a plush armchair, your Chi therapist will place your feet in a perfectly warm bath and rub them down while you choose an essential oil (Flow or Yin, for example) to inform the remainder of your treatment.

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step 2: body bath. When’s the last time you said no to a quick shower and had a proper soak? If you’re like us, it’s been ages—making the overflowing infinity bath loaded with soothing Epsom salts you’ll step into next a true treat. Think 20 minutes is too long? There are various levels of jets and coloured lights to play with!

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step 3: scrub down. This is definitely not the right time to be shy, as your therapist exfoliates your entire body with an ooh-la-la luxe Crushed Cabernet scrub to leave your skin baby soft and silky smooth (a feeling that, trust us, lasts days and days and days). Close your eyes, enjoy the ambience and relax into this incredible sensory treatment! (Photo by Melissa Skoda)

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step 4: steam works. After you’ve rinsed off the residual scrub in your private shower, step into your personal steam room for a eucalyptus-infused few minutes of bliss. The best part (besides the afterglow)? No one else is present to witness you get your sweat on in your birthday suit!

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step 5: mmm—massage. A magical, hour-long, expert rub could very well be the highlight of this experience if your muscles are longing for some love. Every part will be worked, from your head to your toes (with a discreet flip halfway through to ensure total body bliss).

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step 6: face it. The final, fabulous step is a Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Facial—the ideal treatment, featuring a gentle cleanse, a roller massage and a deep-action peeling mask, to restore radiance and luminosity to your skin. The result: a more rested and radiant-looking you! (Photo by Melissa Skoda)

Needless to say, we were happy to skip the long-haul (and lineups and customs) to experience a beautiful slice of France right here in Vancouver. Merci beaucoup, Chi Spa at the Shangri-La! —Noa Nichol


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