World: The Grand Hotel Villa Cora, Florence
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- RENAISSANCE RETREAT
The Grand Hotel Villa Cora (villacora.it) overlooks the hills south of Florence. Just steps from the exquisite Viale dei Colli gardens, it’s surely an ideal landscape for relaxing with a glass of Prosecco. The romantic marble-clad spa offers a Vulcanus Mineral Body Mask treatment ($75), complete with Caolino volcanic clay, which is packed with antioxidants, to hydrate and polish skin. You’ll be ready for a moonlight stroll along the Ponte Vecchio in no time.
Canada: Shangri-La Hotel's Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris, Toronto
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- WORLD TRAVELLER
For the ladies who lunch in Morocco (or, you know, for the ones who would like to) comes the second outpost of Vancouver’s Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris (mirajcaudaliespa.com), situated in Toronto’s ritzy new Shangri-La Hotel. Indulge in traditional Middle Eastern detox treatments (from $125) within the spa’s stunning marble-lined rooms, or reap the skin-firming and illuminating benefits of grape seeds, skins and stems with a Vinothérapie treatment from French skin-care line Caudalie (from $85). Added bonus? You can escape winter doldrums without having to deal with jet lag.
Canada: Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria
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If Stella McCartney’s vegan handbags top your holiday wish list, Victoria’s Magnolia Hotel & Spa (magnoliahotel.com) offers a number of treatments that are likely to satisfy your environmentally conscious tastes. Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher’s new and entirely organic Intelligent Nutrients product line has secured distribution in Canada through Spa Magnolia’s Paula Veenema, with exclusive treatments offered at the spa itself. Balance your chakras with an Inbalance Vibrational Zone Massage ($110), or improve your inner beauty with a facial before soaking up some ocean views at one of the world’s top hotels, as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.
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World: The Waldorf Astoria's Elysian Spa & Health Club, Chicago
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Carve out a little guilt-free me time this holiday season: schedule yourself a day at the Elysian Spa & Health Club at Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria (waldorfastoria3.hilton.com), and treat your guy to his own spa session at the Men’s Atelier. The spa’s no-nonsense “man”-tenance package offers a classic haircut and a shave, choice of hand or foot treatment and small-area wax, plus a very Mad Men-esque flight of whisky.
Canada: Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal, Old Montreal
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- SILENT TREATMENT
If you’re looking for extreme serenity and solitude (and minimal cell reception), the quiet surroundings at the Scandinave Les Bains Vieux-Montréal (scandinave.com) in Old Montreal is the ideal locale for quiet rejuvenation. Experience the traditional Scandinavian treatment ($54)—several circuits of body warming, cool rinses (try the icy cold plunge pool) and relaxation periods—to detoxify skin, improve physical wellbeing and release endorphins for a natural high.
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