Elevate's gift guide for those who love a little pampering.

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Gift cards are great and you can never offer too many bottles of wine, but holiday shopping can be difficult. What do you get for the woman who has everything? One of the coolest spa treatments across the country, of course. (And, let’s be honest, these are on our wish lists, too.)

Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, B.C.

Spa's Specialty: Hot stone massage

Cost: $190

Why We Love It: Nestled against a glacier-fed lake in Whistler, this boutique wellness resort offers more than just your average weekend getaway, though it does offer classic must-have spa treatments. Whether you’re gifting a weekend in the summer or heading out in the dead of winter, the picturesque Spa at Nita Lake Lodge (nitalakelodge.com) offers the perfect backdrop for some much-needed R&R, and the classic and always-welcome hot stone massage helps bring a bit of both.

Elmwood Spa, Toronto

161125 spagiftguide 2Specialty: LI’TYA Binhumarri Body Ritual

Cost: $240

Why We Love It: Can’t make it to Australia this season? Bring some of it to you at the city-centric Elmwood Spa (elmwoodspa.com). Located right in the heart of Toronto, this award-winning and fan-favourite spa offers some of the coolest treatments. Using Australian desert mineral salts and essential oils sourced from ancient riverbeds and native flowers and plants, this full-body scrub helps boost circulation while eliminating built-up toxins. After an energizing scrub, wind down with the traditional rhythmic Miji Kodo massage (meaning “little melody”) and you’ll feel thousands of miles from the bustling city life.

Drift Spa at Black Rock Resort, Ucluelet, B.C.

161125 spagiftguide 3 2Specialty: Organic Therapeutic Seaweed Massage and Soak

Cost: $195

Why we love it: Part of the appeal of this West Coast spa (blackrockresort.com) is its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and, with this treatment, you get to experience that even more. Wild organic seaweeds mixed with flaxseed, pumpkin and olive oils will soothe tired and achy muscles while soothing parched skin and leaving behind a rejuvenated glow. End your treatment with a dip in the thalasso hydrotherapy tub, which further harnesses the ocean elements to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. At this seaside Vancouver Island retreat, you’ll feel in tune with nature and, after this treatment, yourself.

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Spring Resort, Banff, Alberta

161125 spagiftguide 4Specialty: The Rose Renewal

Cost: $309

Why we love it: The beautifying powers of roses have long been known (just ask Cleopatra), so why not give a gift worthy of royalty? Parked in the middle of the Fairmont Banff Springs, you can head indoors after a day of winter sports and feel like a queen with this treatment, which starts off with exfoliating and circulation-promoting dry brushing, followed by a dip in a wildflower- and-rose-petal-infused bath. Finish off with a wrap and massage at the Willow Stream Spa (fairmont.com/banff-springs) using British Columbia-cultivated rose-geranium and rose-flower oils for a truly one-of-a-kind luxury treatment.

Ocean Spa at White Point Beach Resort, White Point, N.S.

161125 spagiftguide 5 2Specialty: Chocolate Joy body treatment

Cost: $118

Why we love it: Everyone loves getting some chocolate in their stocking around the holidays, so why not take it to the next level this year? The indulgent Chocolate Joy body treatment at Ocean Spa (whitepoint.com) uses sweet plant extracts and hydrating, luxurious shea butter to offer a decadent and body-nourishing wrap that will leave your skin feeling baby-soft and your mind feeling relaxed. Plus, it smells like chocolate—an instant winner.


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