12 10 Ritz Carlton Hotel spa room relaxIndulge in some urban hedonism at the swanky Ritz-Carlton Spa in Toronto...

 ... then stay for the night. (Because trust us, you won’t want to go home!)

Thanks to the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, we no longer believe we need to leave the city behind and strike out into nature to relax and rejuvenate. The swishy hotel has been open for a year and combines serene luxury with an urban sensibility that makes you feel like you’re at the centre of it all (you are!) — and, yet, you don’t need to do anything but sit back and enjoy the scene.

The Spa

We can admit it: we’ve seen our share of spas, and it takes a lot to impress us. But when we walked through the front door of the 13,000-sq. ft. Ritz-Carlton Spa, we wanted to move in. There are 16 well-appointed treatment rooms, including two executive suites that provide a true respite from hectic city life. A range of spa packages are available, which make spending as much time there as possible a sumptuous reality.

The spa also features a nail bar with private pedicure cabins (perfect for girls’ weekends, or hanging out with the guy who wants to get a pedicure with you, but doesn’t want anyone to know he’s getting a pedicure), as well as a retail boutique (to grab that last minute frock for a fancy night out) and a salon.

The spa’s signature treatments are inspired by Canada’s outdoor environment, and locally-made beauty products are used, when possible. The Flowers and Herbs Body Polish (60 min., $160) uses homegrown flowers and herbs, and natural sea salt to deliver nourishment to the skin. A light massage, using customized oils, caps off the experience. The Breath of Fresh Air Facial (90 min., $240) uses anti-aging products by Euoko, an exclusive skincare brand based in Toronto. And the Cloud 9 massage (90 min., $220) has been designed by Canadian aromatherapist Marina Featherstone. There’s also a Skin Authority Transformation facial (60 min., $150), which features a glycolic peel, or the Éminence Bio-Dynamic Organic Facial (60 min, $150), which is ideal for sensitive or environmentally distressed skin.

To prolong the enjoyment, the separate Ladies and Gentlemen's wet lounges house vitality pools, a dry relaxation den and steam/sauna facilities. The co-ed relaxation room provides a place to relax and enjoy the view, pre and post-treatment. There’s also a fitness facility with professional grade equipment, kinesis area and private yoga studio.

The Rooms

Yes, it’s a splurge: rooms at the Ritz range in price from $500 to $6,000 per night. But if you’re seeking a sanctuary and don’t have time to leave the city, this is the place for you. (And if you really want to impress someone, the Club Level is located on floors 18 to 20 and offers deluxe rooms and suites, as well as a spacious lounge on the 20th floor with personal concierge staff and continuous complimentary food and beverage presentations.)

Each room at the Ritz features floor to ceiling windows, heated perimeter flooring, handcrafted 400 thread count bed linens, refreshments, entertainment options, wireless internet, plush robes and deep soaker tubs. You most likely won’t want to leave your room, but if you do, the TOCA restaurant, headed by chef Tom Brodi, features a distinctly Canadian menu with a focus on local, naturally raised and fresh-caught ingredients. The TOCA bar and the DEQ bar are good places to see and be seen, or hide out in a quiet corner, enjoying an inspired cocktail or carefully chosen glass of wine. Or, you could simply order room service. You can order everything from a sumptuous meal to upscale movie snacks.

Staycation, anyone?