Gizelle Lau

Correspondent

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gizelle Lau is a correspondent based in Toronto who covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in philosophy, she began her career in writing and photography inspired by her passions: travel and food. She’s contributed to dozens of print and online publications, such as Toronto Life, Post City magazine, Metro News, Where Magazine, Canadian Traveller Magazine, Huffington Post, TheLoop.ca and Eater.com. Follow her food adventures on Twitter @TorontoEats.

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    What kinds of skincare products are used at Stillwater Spa?

    Park Hyatt Toronto’s Stillwater Spa uses several skincare product lines including Dermalogica, SkinCeuticals and Babor for skin treatments such as facials that help target different types of skin from regular to acne-prone or mature skin. The products are selected to help guests achieve well-being and bestow tranquility. A large range of treatments are available such as a Rainforest Oxygenating facial, Essential Peel (20 percent glycolic), and an oatmeal masque, which is used in the Canadian Grain facial alongside a stone massage to tranquilize the dermis. In the salon, Kérastase is used for hair treatments to help improve the scalp condition and target treatments for normal, colored, oily, dry or weakened hair. All products are available for purchase at the Stillwater Spa boutique.
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    What kinds of massages are offered at Stillwater Spa?

    There are a variety of massages available at Park Hyatt Toronto’s Stillwater Spa, done by highly experienced, professional and certified massage therapists. There are traditional Swedish massages to help with relaxation and relieving tense muscles, Japanese-style Reiki massages to help connect with one’s energy or the Revitalizing Moscow massage that gets the blood flowing with a heated massage before you’re cooled down with a cold water splash. One of the signature massages at Stillwater Spa is the Essential Aqua massage, done in the Stillwater Room, where guests are massaged and stretched in a weightless water environment. There are also specialized treatments such as a Swedish Rainshower massage, hot River Stone massage, a four-hand massage (Fusion Aquatic Journey Part 1 and Part 2) or massages for moms-to-be. All massages can be enhanced with organic aromatherapy oils.
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    Does Stillwater Spa offer couples treatments?

    For couples visiting Stillwater Spa, which is located inside of Park Hyatt Toronto, the most popular couples treatment is a side-by-side massage in the Couples Sanctuary. The specially designed suite is perfect for those looking for a truly luxurious, romantic getaway. It offers side-by-side beds as well as features such as a fireplace, a private Jacuzzi and treatments enhanced by candlelight. You and your significant other can choose a traditional couples’ side-by-side massage that includes relaxation time in the oversized Jacuzzi or heighten your experience with additional spa treatments (think Essential facial or Moroccan Rhassoul Wrap) or a spa package.
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at Stillwater Spa?

    Reservations for Stillwater Spa can be made easily and conveniently on Park Hyatt Toronto’s website. Guests can also make reservations by email (stillwaterspatorph@hyatt.com) or by phone (416-926-2389), where you can speak with a spa concierge who can help answer questions and make recommendations about the spa, treatments, amenities, plan group visits, romantic getaways and help plan your visit to the spa from start to finish. And although the spa can book up quickly during the weekends, appointments can generally be booked within one to two weeks of your preferred date, as long as you are flexible with the time of day.
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    What is the design style of Park Hyatt Toronto?

    The overall design style of the Park Hyatt Toronto is charming and elegant. When you’re driving up to the entrance of the property, its exquisite brightly-lit canopy is just the beginning of the chic experience that’s to come. First opened in 1936, the hotel had a major renovation in the mid-90s. Stepping into the hotel, its dark, wood paneling throughout the lobby and mezzanine create an ambience of time-honored luxury that are enhanced by the soft accents of lavish, white armchairs and robust floral arrangements. In a welcomed, stark contrast, the room interiors are equally classic but warm with natural wood furnishings and neutral beige or gold fabrics that help you feel right at home in the comfort of your hotel room.
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    What restaurants does Park Hyatt Toronto have?

    Park Hyatt Toronto has a couple of main restaurants, which include Annona Restaurant, and Morton’s, The Steakhouse. The hotel’s food philosophy is “Food Thoughtfully Sourced, Carefully Served” and is a deliberate effort to provide sustainable and responsible food and beverage across the property’s offerings. Practically, this has meant providing gluten-free and vegetarian options, organic ingredients, supporting sustainable food sources, local farmers and working actively with the community to promote the same. The main restaurant at Park Hyatt Toronto is Annona Restaurant, where guests can enjoy gourmet, international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, Sunday brunch and kosher dining. Also on property is Morton’s, The Steakhouse, a steakhouse recognized in many of the world’s top cities for its top two percent USDA prime-aged beef. Last but not least is The Roof Lounge, with its rich, dark décor where guests can order snacks and relish a drink by the fireplace or on the outdoor patio overlooking the stunning cityscape.
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    What’s the best time to visit Park Hyatt Toronto?

    There are a few key months that are the best times to visit Park Hyatt Toronto. September is a popular time to stay at the hotel, when the Toronto International Film Festival is taking place and the city, especially Yorkville, are abuzz with the excitement of celebrities and A-list Hollywood stars making appearances for their film premieres and walking the red carpet. December is another beautiful time to visit the Park Hyatt Toronto thanks to its proximity to the designer shops on Bloor Street West and special holiday window displays. And if you don't mind temps in the 70s, another optimum time to visit the Park Hyatt Toronto is in the summer because it offers perfect weather for enjoying a summery cocktail on the Roof Lounge’s outdoor terrace.
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    What are the rooms like at Park Hyatt Toronto?

    The rooms at the Park Hyatt Toronto are warm, comfortable with an ambience of classic luxury accentuated by neutral beiges, gold and natural wood highlights. Starting with rooms from 350 square feet, there are several room categories available for guests such as standard, deluxe, suite, and specialty suites like the Algonquin Suite (at 2,500 square feet) or one of the Bi-Level Suites (at 1,500 square feet). Each room offers a plush, king-sized bed with pillow-top mattress and a soft feather duvet. Bathrooms are outfitted with luxurious marble and boast bath products from Le Labo fragrances. Also included in your stay comes complimentary Wi-Fi, newspaper service (choice of up to 300 daily international papers), iPod docking stations, flat-screen LCD televisions, high-quality hair dryers and comfy bathrobes. In addition, there are two rooms that serve as the exception — the Blue and Pink suites — each designed by celebrity interior designer Sarah Richardson for prostate cancer and breast cancer awareness.
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    Where is Park Hyatt Toronto located?

    The Park Hyatt Toronto is located at Avenue Road and Bloor Street West and is considered one of the most prominent, luxury hotels in the city. It is located just steps from the many flagship high-end brand shops along the Mink Mile, part of Toronto’s fashionable and upmarket Yorkville district, as well as its smaller, designer boutique shops. The hotel is also directly across from the celebrated Royal Ontario Museum, the Gardiner Museum and the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus, with many rooms in the south tower offering a view looking over the Royal Ontario Museum’s modern Michael Lee-Chin Crystal structure and beyond the city skyline.
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