Vancouver serenity and a spectacular terrace
9 Treatment Rooms
Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim occupies the entire fifth floor of the modern Forbes Four-Star hotel in downtown Vancouver, encompassing 15,000 square feet of treatment rooms, fitness facilities and lounge space. While the spa certainly pampers hotel guests, it draws a significant Vancouver clientele, too, with nearly 80 percent of its clients coming from the surrounding community.
The Facilities and Amenities
Smooth honey-hued American walnut paneling lines the walls of this contemporary Vancouver spa, beginning with the check-in desk and adjacent boutique, where many of the signature products — including the Ener.g line, which Kerstin Florian created for Fairmont’s Willow Stream spas — are sold.
Relax before or after your treatments in front of the fireplace in one of three lounge areas: one for women, one for men and one coed. The window-lined ladies’ lounge opens onto an expansive terrace — one of the nicest in the city — with views across the Burrard Inlet to the North Shore Mountains. On the terrace, you’ll find a coed infrared sauna and two whirlpool tubs where you can soak and enjoy the city vistas.
Among the nine treatment rooms are two couple’s suites, including a deluxe unit with a soaker tub for two overlooking the waterfront. Both the women’s and men’s changing facilities house a steam room, and the ladies’ area has a hydrotherapy experience shower with 20 different shower heads.
A nail salon has three stations for manicures and three for pedicures. Makeup applications, featuring Jane Iredale mineral products, are available as well.
In the spacious fitness room, open daily and around the clock, work out on up-to-date treadmills, stationary bikes and ellipticals, or use the Kinesis pulley-based training system.
The Signature Treatments
Several of Willow Stream Spa’s signature treatments incorporate west coast products and complement the Vancouver area’s active outdoor ethos. The 90-minute Van Active Body Treatment combines exfoliation with geranium, pine and ylang-ylang herbs with time in the steam room and a detoxifying massage using juniper, fennel and lavender oil.
With the Coastal Mountain Body Wrap, you’re rubbed with a mixture of warm maple butter, cocoa and shea butter and then massaged with maple lotion to rejuvenate your skin and relieve sore muscles. If you were overzealous on your outdoor adventures, consider the Stay-Active RX Back Soother, in which a mud treatment is applied to the back with moist heat; then, you’ll enjoy a pressure-point back massage, along with a foot and scalp massage.
Several treatments are designed specifically for gentlemen, including the 60-minute Men’s Get Fit Facial, which includes a cleansing mask, an exfoliation, a facial massage and an LED treatment using Kerstin Florian’s K-Lift Technology to improve muscle tone. Finish up with a stress-relieving massage of the shoulders, neck and scalp.
The Spa Snacks and Dining
Spa staff follows up treatments with a philosophy of “food, water and rest." Flavored waters, nuts, dried fruit and wellness teas are available in each of the spa lounges. A daily-changing selection of fresh juices and seasoned fruits are brought to you.
For something more substantial, order beverages or meals from the hotel’s dining outlets. The bento box lunches, including sashimi, sushi and Japanese-style salads from the lobby-level Raw Bar, are particularly popular.