Words by Catherine Tse
Nestled against the craggy, southwest coastline of British Columbia lies a swath of paradise abundant in both small-town charm and blissful spa services.
Wellness seekers can give credit to the Sunshine Coast’s natural environment – where the rainforest melds into the ocean – for its unique way of recalibrating the senses, taming stress, calming the mind and uplifting the spirit. Accessible by plane or ferry, this coastal escape is sure to put any urbanite at ease with its quaint communities, each holding their own charm and history.
Here are five Sunshine Coast spas to rejuvenate body and soul on your next BC wellness getaway.
This day spa, located within the Shades of Jade Inn, features Seaflora skincare products, which use fresh, hand-harvested seaweed from B.C.’s own “Seaweed Lady.” Seaweed is recognized to be a powerhouse of nutrition with incredible healing and restorative properties.
While registered massage therapists (RMT) are not available, Jade Spa massages do incorporate advanced techniques such as warm jade stones and steamed compresses to achieve a greater level of detoxification and relaxation.
Location: Shades of Jade Inn and Spa, 1489 Henderson Ave, Roberts Creek
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort,
For the ultimate in outdoor pampering, book a service in one of Rockwater Spa’s “Spa Without Walls” tents that are perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Listen to the lapping waves and rustling trees as you melt into this full sensory experience. Note: Spa Without Walls services are season-dependent.
Don’t worry if your wellness getaway takes place during the cooler months. Rockwater has recently renovated their Spa Cabin, so it now includes a soothing hot tub and LED water wall feature. It’s the perfect place for a cozy lounge or an Ayurvedic massage (no RMT) on a wintery day.
Location: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, 5356 Oles Cove Rd, Halfmoon Bay
Beyond Bliss Spa and Suites,
Centrally located in Powell River, Beyond Bliss Spa is just the indulgent way you deserve to pass an afternoon. Combine your relaxation or hot stone massage (no RMT) with a manicure or pedicure for a full day of luscious pampering. Enjoy sweeping views of the Georgia Strait, either from your boutique suite or one of Powell River’s foodie-approved restaurants.
Location: Beyond Bliss Spa and Suites, 4555 Marine Ave, Powell River
The Spa at Painted Boat,
Every therapist at The Spa at Painted Boat is certified in the treatment they provide, whether it’s RMT (call in advance), reiki or reflexology.
Spa-goers will be happy to know they can stretch their visit a few hours because all treatments include access to the lush Spa Garden. Boasting alternating hot and cold therapies such as sauna, glacial rain shower, hot pool with massaging waterfall and saltwater floatation pool, you’ll truly want to stay a while. If you’re looking to simply relax after your treatment, cozy up next to the open fire pit and enjoy the marina-side views.
Location: Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina, 12849 Lagoon Rd, Madeira Park
Four Winds Massage Therapy and Yoga,
You’ll be wishing for moody weather during your stay at Four Winds Beach House. Their therapy room is perched above the ocean and boasts four different sources of heat to keep you snug as you listen to the storm lashing outside.
Co-owner, Brenda Wilkinson, is a registered massage therapist with additional training in La Stone hot stone therapy, craniosacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy and yoga. This is the ideal wellness retreat for anyone looking to balance technical, physical treatment with a sublime, wilderness setting.
Location: Four Winds Beach House and Spa, 5482 Hill Road, Sechelt