Can’t Miss Day Spas in Victoria BC & Vancouver Island

Happy woman in a robe at Fairmont Empress Willow Stream Spa
Happy woman at Fairmont Empress Willow Stream Spa
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From aromatic steam rooms and rejuvenating body scrubs to massaging waterfalls and breathtaking views, let your body relax and be restored at these premier resort and day spas in Victoria BC and Vancouver Island.

Want to unwind during the busy holiday season? Are you looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway? Do you want to soak and massage away the winter blues? Whether you’re looking to give your healthcare regime a spruce, your mind and body a dose of TLC, or all the above, a spa-focused getaway is just the thing.

The following selection features the best spa resorts and day spas in Victoria and Vancouver Island. Because you deserve a getaway that lets you rest, rejuvenate and return home ready for whatever life holds. 

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12 Top Spas Resorts & Day Spas in Victoria BC & Vancouver Island 

1. Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress

Willow Stream Spa Pool and Hot Tub
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Happy and Relaxing at Willow Stream Spa. Photo by @bawansisters and @paigeowenphoto
Photo by @bawansisters and @paigeowenphoto

Opened in 1908, the iconic Fairmont Empress has welcomed royalty, dignitaries, and celebrities for more than 100 years. Fully renovated in 2017, it maintains a sense of old-world elegance with modern touches of comfort.

Located just a seven-minute walk from the Victoria Inner Harbour Airport, this award-winning Victoria hotel is also a National Historic Site. While it offers a convenient home base for those exploring downtown Victoria, there’s no reason to leave — especially if you have a service booked at the Willow Stream Spa.  

Named by Candé Nast as one of the Top Resort Spas in Canada, the spa offers more than 25 unique services. Keep an eye out in 2023 for the new noteworthy service: Empress 1908 Spa Experience. 

Developed in honor of the hotel’s famous Empress 1908 Gin, it incorporates the same juniper notes and arm butterfly pea blossom from the indulgent libation. A 60-minute treatment, it includes a massage with warm Juniper Oil and a dry, warm wrap. 

Just be sure to arrive early. Every spa experience includes access to Willow Stream’s Finish-style sauna, steam inhalation room, and mineral pool. Raise a toast to your day with a visit to Q Bar, where the craft cocktail menu has an entire section dedicated to Empress 1908 Gin! 

2. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa

The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa Couples Massage
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The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Terrace on the Mountain
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Nestled into Bear Mountain, just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa is a golf lover’s paradise. It’s home to the only 36-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Canada. And while tee times may earn this destination its accolades, the newly renovated Amatista Spa is worthy of its own recognition.

Featuring idyllic views, modern decor with a refreshing touch of nature, and more than 20 different services, it often books up fast. (Early reservations are recommended.) For a particularly exquisite escape from the hustle and bustle of life, be sure to step out onto the spa’s Terrace on the Mountain — where overstuffed outdoor chairs and loveseats rest beneath a vine-wrapped gondola and are ringed by tree tops. 

Of particular note is the spa’s Wave Bed treatment — a water massage choreographed to music. This unique treatment promotes lymphatic drainage and is followed by an indulgent scalp massage. 

3. Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn 

Foot Soak at Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn 
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Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn
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Tucked on a rocky bluff at the northern cape of Chesterman Beach, The Wickaninnish Inn infuses the wild beauty of Mother Nature with pristine luxury. Set where the rainforest meets the sea, this Relais & Châteaux resort sits at the end of the road. (Quite literally. Tofino is the last stop on Canada’s transcontinental highway, the Pacific-Rim Highway.)

The Inn feels as though it may have sprung from the land itself, and in many ways, it did. Its construction was thoughtfully planned to preserve trees and limit the loss of vegetation. Its wood beams and intricate front doors came from the cleared land and were carved in the Inn’s Carving Shed

On the southern edge of The Inn’s Pointe Building, the renowned Ancient Cedars Spa offers front-row views of the changing tides. Treatment rooms open up to the Pacific Ocean. Local ingredients, like seaweed and salt, are incorporated into a variety of treatments — including its signature Cedar Escape. The aromatic massage starts with the spa’s organic sea salt body polish and its Rockweed Exfoliant.

And while visiting The Wickaninnish Inn, don’t miss your chance to dine at The Pointe Restaurant. This exquisite dining experience offers a 240-degree view from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu is seafood focus, with a careful eye on using locally sourced ingredients and premiere cooking techniques. 

4. The Parkside Hotel and Spa

Terrace at The Parkside Hotel and Spa
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Pool at The Parkside Hotel and Spa
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Located in downtown Victoria, the Parkside Hotel and Spa infuses its city tower with lush foliage, creating a tranquil green escape from the cars and cement sidewalks. A Climate Positive, Biosphere Certified hotel, they have both indoor and outdoor courtyards with seating thoughtfully nestled among water features and manicured gardens. 

All rooms are suites with a full kitchen and offer access to the hotel’s 25-meter swimming pool, fitness center, and rooftop gardens. Plus, room rentals include complimentary bikes!

The Parkside Spa, located off the hotel’s atrium, offers a series of massages, body treatments, facials, and pedicures. Each invigorating treatment utilizes the spa’s collection of clean, locally sourced products. 

5. Boathouse Spa The Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Located just 15 minutes from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel feels like it’s a remote resort. Tucked between Beach Drive and the rocky coastline, it offers prominent views of Mayor Channel, which passes through a collection of islands and reefs on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. 

During the summer, the hotel offers sunrise yoga on the Seaside Gardens Terrace. During the winter months, cuddle up and watch the waves crash in an ocean-facing suite. But no matter when you visit, be sure to visit the hotel’s Boathouse Spa. 

Ranked among the Top 25 North American Spas by Spas of America, this seaside oasis was built with tranquility and well-being in mind. Offering a series of classic services ranging from invigorating massages to rejuvenating facials, their use of BABOR products (a pioneer in skincare with an impeccable standard in skincare research) offers energizing and shaping properties. 

Don’t overlook the Mineral Pool Experience, which includes access to the hotel’s heated seaside outdoor mineral pool, two jacuzzi-style hot tubs, a eucalyptus-infused steam room, and a beautiful outdoor seating area. A 16-and-over space, access is included complimentary to overnight hotel guests and can be added as an optional upgrade to spa treatments. 

6. Magnolia Hotel and Spa

Located just a five-minute walk from the Victoria Inner Harbour Airport, the Magnolia Hotel and Spa is like a diamond in the rough. With just 64 luxurious rooms, it’s more ‘boutique’ than hotel — lending itself to impeccable, personalized service. There’s little wonder why it was named the 14th Best Hotel in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. 

Tucked adjacent to the hotel’s lobby, Spa Magnolia offers visitors a tranquil escape. Whether you’re visiting for business (and utilizing their meeting & banquet space) or escaping the everyday hustle, the spa’s commitment to all-organic therapy promotes beauty that’s more than skin deep. 

For an exquisite end to the day, stop by the Courtney Room — an elevated fine dining experience that focuses on shared plates and craft cocktails. The Pacific Northwest menu features locally sourced produce, house-aged steak, and fresh seafood. 

7. Ritual Nordic Spa

Sauna at Ritual Nordic Spa
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Steam Room at Ritual Nordic Spa
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Just beyond Victoria’s Inner Harbour, in the petite Harris Green neighborhood, Ritual Nordic Spa offers a unique Scandinavian spa experience that promotes rejuvenation and healing. This ultra-chic and modern space spans 3,500 square feet. 

It features a circuit-like experience that invites you to move at your own pace through four co-ed rituals. The circuit is key here. Movement from hot to cold to relaxing spaces delivers a variety of results ranging from immunity boosting to mood enhancement. 

Start in the spa’s Finish-style basswood sauna. With a dry heat of 90°C (194°F), it features low lighting and hot rocks on which you can ladle water to increase the humidity. 

Move into the 42-inch cold pool, which maintains an icy temp of 9°C (48.2°F). As your core temperature cools, your body releases endorphins, and you can experience a reduction in swelling and inflammation. 

Transition from your chilly dip into the 46°C (114.8°F) eucalyptus-infused steam room. The soothing mist promotes detoxification, while the subtle lighting enhances relaxation. 

For the final stage of the circuit, bask in the spa’s salt lounge — a subtly warm room ringed with Himalayan salt blocks. It offers a peaceful space to recover between the spa’s hot and cold cycles. 

8. Grotto Spa at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

Grotto Spa Pool
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Private spa experience at Grotto Spa Pool
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At the heart of Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort’s 22 acres of pristine forest is Grotto Spa. Spanning 20,000 square feet, it includes a 2,500-square-foot Mineral Pool that mimics a subterranean cave and features a two-story indoor waterfall. 

Indeed, one of their most popular packages is the Grotto For Two — a five-hour intimate experience hosted in their exclusive ‘Suites for Two.’ In addition to a private soaking tub with sparkling wine and hand-crafted macarons, the package includes a couples massage and endless tapas in the Treetop Tapas & Grill. The dress code is, shall we say, casual — requiring just a robe and sandals. 

As an added bonus, be sure to bring weather-appropriate clothes for walking along Tigh-Na-Mara’s 3 kilometers of pristine, sandy beaches. During the summer months, you may also want to bring your suit for an ocean dip. This region is home to some of the warmest waters in Canada.

9. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa was named among the top 10 resorts in Canada by Condé Nast Traveler. Featuring west coast contemporary architecture, its nestled beside the protected waters of Daphne Islet. 

Soaring ceilings and large, modern windows blend indoor and outdoor spaces. Handcrafted furnishings give the space a lodge-esc touch, while private accommodations make each of the 36 Ocean Suites feel like private retreats (king beds, fireplaces, private patios, and spa-like bathrooms with jetted tubs). 

The adult-oriented property includes an 18-and-over outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and spa. Spa services include a selection of massage therapies, facials, body wraps and scrubs, skin treatments, nail care, and couples massages. 

As an added bonus, the resort is just minutes from The Butchart Gardens. If you’re getting away during the holidays, don’t miss your chance to stroll through The Garden’s Magic Of Christmas display. 

10. Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa

Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa
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Sunset at Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa
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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be gently massaged as you wandered through a blissful landscape? Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa’s signature service —the Pacific Mist Hydropath — is an unparalleled experience. 

Situated in an underground sandstone-sculpted cave, it features a path that winds around eight unique hydrotherapy treatments and features natural seaside elements. From massage pools and waterfalls to a river walk, it promotes remineralization, detoxification, and relaxation. 

The spa, known as Pacific Mist – Spa & Hydropath, also offers classic services and customized options for couples. Furthermore, spa guests enjoy access to the resort’s serenity gardens, infra-red sauna, and steam cave. 

Of special note is the resort’s Serenity Garden Winter Lights Display. The display is up from November 12 through mid-February.  

11. Haven Spa & Salon at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

Haven Spa
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Haven Spa Ultimate Facial
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Floor-to-ceiling windows give Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa a breathy interior, thanks to the plethora of natural light. The hotel’s Haven Spa & Salon is a full-service hair salon and spa with an impressively comprehensive offering of rejuvenating packages. Services range from two-hour facials and indulgent back and shoulder massages to relaxing mani-pedis and unique reflexology treatments. Of particular note is the spa’s Hot Stone Massage and Ultimate Facial.

As an added bonus, they are located just 11 minutes from the Victoria International Airport! 

12. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

South of Tofino, Ucluelet is like the town’s younger sister. Not quite as big. Not quite as developed. Every bit as beautiful. Facing the ocean, it offers dramatic tidal views and rocky shorelines studded with sandy beaches. 

Intoxicatingly beautiful, the region offers some of Vancouver Island’s premier surfing, hiking, and fishing. And at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, you’ll find a quiet haven tucked beside the sea. The resort feels as though it’s almost built on the ocean itself (especially during the winter months when the waves crash into the rocks that ring the building’s exterior). 

At Drift Spa, guests are immersed in the rhythms of sea, sand, sky, and storm. From body scrubs and wraps to massages and facials, services incorporate wild, organic products. Kelp from the Pacific Ocean. Natural sea oils. Rainforest botanicals. Sea salt. Glacial mud. Each product is utilized to enhance your overall well-being and leave you feeling restored. 

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