Photo courtesy of The Fairmont Banff Springs.
The vibe: For what is probably the most naturally regal spa in Canada – nestled alongside the Canadian Rockies with an up-close view you can’t beat – the staff and ultra-luxe spa facilities at Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs are unbelievably welcoming. After indulging in our early morning spa treatments, my best friend Rachele and I saunaed, lunched and posed in front of the mountains in our comfy robes all day. You couldn’t get us out of there. When I asked my spa therapist, Kelly, during the Diamond Radiance Facial treatment about what one can do to never leave Banff, she cheerily replied: “You must have a passion to live here!” I found mine, putting in 9-to-5 days at this spa. (Totally counts.)
The treatment: To fête 125 years at The Fairmont Banff Springs, the Willow Stream Spa is lavishing us with the Diamond Radiance Facial. This limited-time facial is 90 minutes and begins with a skin consultation with your spa therapist. Kelly gently wiped a warmed, essential oil-infused towel over my face and gave me a the kind of scalp and shoulder massage that completely takes you away, while a tingling mask penetrates and cleanses skin. With flecks of light-reflecting diamond particles infused in the treatment, my skin was left scrubbed clean and well, shining bright like a diamond for weeks. Kelly then wrote up a skin prescription of B. Kamins skin products, available at the spa, to help keep my new 24-carat glow.
Read on to find out more about the ultra-luxe Diamond Radiance facial!
Make a full-on event of your day at the spa. Sip pineapple tea and order a Bento box for lunch – complete with crème brûlée. Then be sure to hit up the three waterfall treatment whirlpools and world-class mineral bath for a healing and energy-restoring cleanse. And just like the hot springs that drew world travellers to Banff over a century ago, the outdoor whirlpool against the majestic backdrop of the Rockies is worth a dip.
Price: $279 for the 90-minute Diamond Radiance facial
Bliss factor: 5 aromatherapy drops out of 5; seriously, the spa, this treatment – it couldn’t get more luxe if it actually came with diamonds.
Contact Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs at (403) 762-1772, to book your spa appointment.