Tag Archives: Spa

Spa Life: Express Facial at Face Haus West Hollywood

face haus facial review

I had my very first express facial experience at Face Haus in West Hollywood last week and it was awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I love a long, luxurious day at the spa – but often times I’m so crunched that I can find a free day to devote to just the spa. (more…)

Spa Life: Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel Pasadena

Chuan Spa Pasadena

I was recently invited by Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena to come in and try their signature Chuan Yu Facial (1 hour 15 minutes / $230). It was glorious! If you’re looking for an ultra special Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day gift, this is a luxurious and thoughtful spa gift that anyone would love to have purchased for them. (more…)

Spa Life: Hammam Spa – Toronto

Spa Entrance

By: Lisa Ng

What’s the best way to deal with jet lag and back pain after a long-haul flight? With a trip to spa, of course!

My first appointment after landing in Toronto last Monday was at Hammam Spa on King Street West in Toronto. This subterranean ubran retreat is the perfect place to re-centre yourself and to steam it all out in their Turkish bath.


Opened since 2005, the spa features 8,000 square feet of day spa bliss and a 500 square foot steam room that is infused with essential oils and a spectrum of coloured LED lights for light therapy. A Turkish bath is a traditional steam-filled grotto. The one inside Hammam Spa is particularly dark and of course, steamy. The steam room is co-ed, so I recommend bringing a bathing suit so you feel more comfortable or use the Turkish towel provided in your locker as a wrap. (more…)

Spa Life: Bota Bota – Montreal


I had first heard of this ferry boat-turned-spa when Jen McNeely of She Does the City told me about it when I was asking for tips on Montreal. Bota Bota – Spa Sur L’eau has now become one of my FAVOURITE spas in Canada and I always try to squeeze in a visit whenever I’m in Montreal.

Bota Bota is an old ferry boat converted into a five level spa that’s ‘parked’ on the St. Lawrence River with a view of the Old Port of Montreal. It’s literally a spa in the water. So imagine the delight of sitting in a hot tub, on a boat, soaking up the sun with views of Old Montreal – heaven, I know.


The concept is similar to a Scandinavian spa with steam rooms, saunas, cold plunge pools and sun decks spread throughout the boat. The view is breathtaking and well-calculated by the designers from the ad agency turned architects at Sid Lee (where I also freelanced). If you’re a fan of modern design, you’ll enjoy all the imagination put into this spa. (more…)

Beauty Review: Clarins My Blend Facial


The Clarins My Blend Facial at The Ritz Carlton Toronto was by far the most thorough facial I have ever received. It was also the most priciest, which definitely proves that you get what you pay for.

My 90-minute treatment with my therapist Natalia, actually began with a  20-minute consultation and photos of my skin using a special machine developed by My Blend founder, Dr Olivier Courtin. Using different types of light, filters, a camera and a survey – the photo booth/computer was able to analyze my skin before my facial even began.


My Skin Analysis – The computer was able to tell me that I had combination to oily skin that is slightly dehydrated with moderate firmness. My pores were slightly dilated and there was was mild pigmentation. All in all – not SO scary as I thought it would be. With all the flying and traveling that I’ve been doing, combined with being busy/stressed and not drinking enough water – I thought I would be in the severly dehydrated category. So I was definitely surprised about the results. (more…)

Spa Life: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto


The best way to experience the Four Seasons Spa in Toronto, is to GO FOR THE DAY.

That’s right.

Clear your schedule for the next 2-3 hours to fully linger, relax and to have lunch at the hotel after your treatment. No one ever said they regretted spending a day at the spa!


The Four Seasons Toronto Spa features an indoor swimming pool, lounger chairs, a co-ed whirlpool (bring your suit) and steam room that all deserves at least an hour for you to wander and not rush through. I generally like to take a relaxing soak in the hot tub, visit the steam room and shower before a massage. After my treatment, I usually do a quick rinse to get all the oils off if I have plans to go out after. Otherwise, I let all those amazing oils just soak on in.