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Guide: 10 of the most unique spa escapes in Alberta

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Everyone knows and loves the Kananaskis Nordic Spa for its serene Scandinavian atmosphere and beautiful mountain setting. But if you’re after a more unique Alberta spa escape, then we’ve got you covered! 

 

There are a lot of really unique day spas all across Alberta, ranging from Turkish Hammams to holistic wellness centres. Whether you’re seeking out a new cultural experience or wanting to bask in luxury for the day, there’s no shortage of cool places to get your RnR on!

Chang Thai Massage and Wellness

This family-owned spa is the only place in Calgary that offers Thai herbal ball compress massages. Their massage therapists and acupuncturists are all traditionally trained, making sure that your spa experience is authentically Thai.

Where: Suite 201, 4851 Westwinds Drive NE, Calgary
When: Monday – Sunday, 8 AM to 8 PM
Cost: Varies by service

Bliss YogaSpa

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all things self-care, Bliss YogaSpa is it. Get your zen on in a yoga class, pamper your body with a massage, and visit the medi-clinic for a laser skin rejuvenation.

Where: 5954 Mullen Way, Edmonton
When: Monday – Wednesday, 10 AM – 7 PM; Thursday, 10 AM – 7:30 PM; Friday, 10 AM – 8:30 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 10 AM – 7 PM
Cost: Varies by service

Verde Day Spa

Known for using only natural products, Verde Day Spa offers a full range of organic spa services including antioxidant-rich facials and herbal body treatments. They’re conveniently located downtown Canmore and do their best to accommodate walk-ins!

Where: 901 C, 8th Street, Canmore
When: Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5:30 PM; Saturday – Sunday 9 AM – 6:30 PM
Cost: Varies by service

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Soma Hammam & Spa

Soma offers a wide range of spa treatments, but they’re famous for Hammam. Hammam is a full-body cleansing treatment that includes a cleansing foam wash, salt scrub, and full body massage on a heated marble slab that improves circulation and stimulates the immune system. Perfect for bitterly cold, dry Calgary winters!

Where: 3710 Market St SE, Calgary
When: Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 7 PM; Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM; Sunday reserved for private parties
Cost: Grand Hammam, $150 for 75 minutes

Cedar & Sage Co.

Holistic wellness on another level. Cedar and Sage Co. offers premium spa services with your overall health in mind. Reflexology, reiki, and aromatherapy are just a few of the amazing services you can experience to get your mind, body, and spirit aligned.

Where: Bear Street Mall, 2nd floor, 220 Bear Street, Banff
When: Monday – Sunday, 8 AM – 9 PM
Cost: Varies by service

Mountain Wellness Spa & Salon

Nestled in Jasper National Park, Mountain Wellness Spa & Salon is the perfect place for a getaway, whether you’re local to Jasper or just visiting. It’s luxurious, warm, and nestled right in the mountains, so there’s really no way you could have a bad time. Come for a hot stone massage and stay for an organic facial!

Where: 76 Connaught Drive, Jasper
When: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 AM – 7 PM; Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost: Varies by service

Hammam Retreat & Spa

Yes, another Hammam spa! We couldn’t resist. Plus Hammam is about to be so popular that you’ll want options when you try to book an appointment! Both Turkish and Moroccan Hammam are available, each offering their own unique details for your experience like black soap, clay wraps, and coffee scrubs. Leave your detoxifying treatment feeling refreshed and relaxed!

Where: Suite #167N, 8500 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
When: Monday – Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Cost: 60 Minute Moroccan or Turkish Hammam, $169

The Spa Ritual 

Escape from the burdens of everyday life at The Spa Ritual. Not only do they have a full menu of amazing, relaxing treatments, but they also have a menu of services especially for the guys! Book the boys a spa day where they can get a sports mani/pedi, bamboo back scratch, or exfoliating facial, because self-care isn’t just for women!

Where: 106 Crowfoot Terrace NW, Calgary
When: Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 8 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 9 AM – 6 PM
Cost: Varies by service

Flourish – The LIV Well Spa

A unique crystal-themed spa experience like no other, Flourish offers a full-service spa menu designed to enrich the body, mind, and spirit. Nestled just outside of Calgary in the Azuridge Estate Hotel, the yoga studio and spa are surrounded by quiet nature paths ideal for self-guided meditation and reflection.

Where: 178057 272 St W, Priddis
When: Contact Azuridge Estate Hotel for spa bookings
Cost: Varies by retreat

Forest Fix

Okay, so, this one deviates from the standard definition of “spa” but if you’re looking for a rejuvenating experience, this is absolutely it. Shinrin yoku, AKA forest bathing, is a Japanese tradition that involves taking in the atmosphere of the forest. The trees give off an organic chemical compound called phytoncides which are proven to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, improve mood, and increase energy levels. Book a guided forest bathing session and see for yourself! 

Where: Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise
When: Contact Forest Fix for private and public session schedules
Cost: Half-day forest bathing session, $45

Well, there you have it. folks. 10 of the most unique spa escapes in Alberta! Pick your favourite or try them all – and don’t forget to tag us in your ultra-zen Insta posts!