This 5-star hotel and spa is located in the heart of Toronto, in a swanky neighborhood called Yorkville which attracts tourists and wealthy, flashy folks who drive their fancy cars v-e-r-r-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y to make sure everyone sees them. It makes for great sightseeing and an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon.
The spa, though, is anything but flashy and superficial.

Four Seasons describes it as “aesthetically simple and serene”, a “sun-filled urban luxury retreat that is among the largest in Toronto, with over 2,787 square metres (30,000 square feet) of space to relax.”

The Spa is isn’t exaggerating. There are more than a dozen treatment rooms, not one but two steam rooms, and a salon with hair, manicure and pedicure stations.

It’s on the hotel’s ninth floor and connects to indoor relaxation pool, co-ed whirlpool and outdoor terrace overlooking Toronto.

I had a one-hour massage with a fragrant blend of natural oils. The therapist was professional, efficient and clearly explained my choice of massage oil would dictate what my “issues” are – naturally I selected a “calming” oil blend ?

After my massage, I lounged for a bit in the steam room which was surprisingly not very busy given that it was a chilly weekday after hours. I did meet some lovely professional women who live in the city and told me this was a regular indulgence – because we’re worth it. I like that…

My massage was double the price of a “regular” massage but it’s clear one is paying for the luxurious yet minimalistic ambience so our advie at The Beauty Age? Don’t rush the experience. Enjoy tea in the lounge area, relax in the steam room and/or go for a swim before getting the massage. That, of course, is in no particular order. The staff is very friendly and seems eager to ensure you have a great experience.