Embracing the stillness

Seeing A-listers and TIFF attendees chilling at this go-to-spa during the film festival is almost guaranteed but sometimes, when all that’s needed is a nurturing sojourn, Stillwater Spa is just the ticket.


Located at Avenue and Bloor, in the recently renovated Park Hyatt Hotel, Stillwater uses pure plant essences and offers restorative treatment options that provide a canvas for a personalized wellness experience. It’s an ideal place for a weekend reboot.  

Seaside botanicals
And, although we’re in downtown Toronto, not oceanside, we’ve opted for “Rejuvenate”—a 75-minute facial that used rejuvenating and hydrating sea-based, scientifically derived products. Starting with a relaxing back massage and detoxifying mud application to the back, this intimate treatment was followed by a cleansing, toning exfoliation, a hydrating, marine algae botanical mask.

Meet Joni
Afternoon tea après spa or late evening dinner and drinks for two in the lobby bar and restaurant include a three-course sharing menu and custom cocktails. The perfect spa-cation in the city. 


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