Spa Partner Spotlight: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, in Vancouver, BC
Located in the most sophisticated city in the Pacific Northwest, the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is a tranquil haven that rests on the edge of nature. The mountains, ocean, and forests are the hallmarks of this vibrant city, and what attracts travellers from around the world. A vast range of outdoor activities can be arranged through the hotel’s well-connected concierge team of specialists, or guests can explore a world of relaxation at CHI, The Spa, the signature spa brand for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. For those who want to stay close to home, a restaurant concept created by a legendary Michelin starred chef offers unparalleled dining experience, with seasonal menus that showcase the best ingredients from coast to coast.
Located on the hotel’s fifth floor, CHI, The Spa offers five individual treatment suites, each measuring 42 square metres (450 square feet), and one couple’s suite offering 95 square metres (1,000 square feet) of space. Each suite has its own fireplace, private bath, shower, steam, relaxation lounge, and a changing and vanity area, creating a “spa within a spa” environment. In traditional Chinese philosophy, “chi” or “qi” is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For people to maintain good health, it is believed that “chi” must flow freely within the body.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment, and well-being. CHI, The Spa is your personal sanctuary where holistic treatments are based on time-honoured methods shared by many Asian cultures.
In Vancouver, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La features an exclusive selection of treatments inspired by the natural beauty of the West Coast of British Columbia. These Sense of Place treatments utilize certified organic products, made using hand harvested wild seaweeds from the pristine coastlines of Vancouver Island. Seaweed, rich in a spectrum of vitamins and minerals, is known to help firm and renew tissue, slowing the skin’s aging process.
CHI, The Spa also offers guests the opportunity to explore far away and exotic destinations, and has found inspiration in other CHI, The Spa locations around the world. Introduced in May 2015, the Sense of Adventure treatments are waiting to whisk you away, with signature massages from Thailand, India, China, and the Philippines.
Seaflora allows us to offer a local, natural product that really emulates what the West Coast has to offer. Its natural properties align with the philosophy of the spa and our signature treatments. Seaflora also offers an extremely unique product that allows full immersion in the experiences of both facial and body treatments for the ultimate relaxing experience. Seaflora treatments harness the anti-aging powers of seaweed and natural botanicals to create certified organic skincare products.
Our favourite Seaflora treatment is our West Coast Detox Journey! This 4-hour treatment that includes a seaweed body polish, sea kelp soak in your own personal infinity bath, seaweed facial and massage as well as a detoxifying seaweed body wrap. After 4-hours with your therapist, you will leave in pure relaxation bliss.
We have a total of 27 team members within our Spa and Health Club including a mix of estheticians, body workers and Registered Massage Therapists offering a variety of services such as:
Wellness Journeys: A Wellness Journey is a combination of treatments designed to create a holistic spa experience. Each Wellness Journey begins with a signature foot bath and tea service in the comfort of your private spa suite. Want to double your relaxation? Commit to wellness and quality time together with a Couples Retreat.
Massages: Begin your spa experience with our signature aroma ritual to choose your preferred blend of essential oils.
RMT Massages: Performed by our certified Registered Massage Therapists (RMT), who are recognized as Health Care Professionals in Canada.
Facials: Our skilled aestheticians take a personalized approach to facials and assessing your skin care needs. Interested in a Seaflora Facial? Try the Firming Sea Therapy Facial to detoxify and re-mineralize leaving the skin noticeably firmer.
Body Care: Choose from a variety of experiences, inspired in natural elements while highlighting specialized well-being techniques to treat your entire body. Our West Coast Experience body treatment includes a Seaflora scrub and wrap combination designed to assist in the reduction of cellulite and improve skin texture. Seaweed is abundant with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to revitalize the skin!
Hands & Feet: Pamper yourself in our tranquil manicure and pedicure suite, which can be transformed into a private exclusive suite. Treatment includes your choice of tea.
Many of our clientele who have sensitivities to scents often continue coming back due to the natural ingredients and scents that cause them no irritation. For these reasons as well, we have a lot of expecting mothers who feel comfortable and enjoy using the Seaflora line.
We have found that many clients love both Seaflora Sea Splash Toner and the Balancing Sea Kelp Concentrate when their skin is acting up. These products do a great job of helping to tone down any acne flare ups by calming the skin, reducing oil over-production and inflammation. Clients achieve more healthy skin with a natural and radiant glow. All skin types could benefit, but some of our most notable results have been seen with combination, sensitive and oily skin types.