Relaxation is the word at these Toronto spas and salons

No doubt about it, life in the city can be a little stressful, and seasoned Toronto-ites know well the value of having a few go-to places to really unwind. Whether it’s floating your cares away in solitary splendour or getting a celebrity-style hair treatment, these 10 spots to get pampered and primped will help you shed the hustle and bustle of your week and just relax. [Image credit: iStock.com/PeopleImages]

Float Toronto

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1159 Queen W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J4

You can literally sit back and relax by floating your cares away at Float Toronto, a unique spa where visitors float effortlessly in a light- and sound-free salt water isolation tank. Float Toronto has been helping Torontonians relax since 2011 with no signs of slowing down. In the years since they’ve been open, they’ve added more to really enhance the whole experience. All you have to do is show up any day of the week, shower, float and wait until the music signals that your float session has come to a relaxing end.

Her Majesty's Pleasure

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556 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3

Pick from the extensive spa menu or bundle services like facials, waxing and blowouts for a special event – either way, Her Majesty’s Pleasure is there to help you completely relax the way you deserve. Everything is done to the ninth degree, like being served cocktails and pastries during your pedicure. Forget the status quo; at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, you’re treated like royalty.

Mankind Grooming Studio for Men

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477 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3E7

There’s no reason why men shouldn’t pamper themselves too, with this Richmond and Spadina spot being one of the city’s top choices. Opt for the Alpha Male – a haircut and style, scalp massage, hand massage, hot towel and facial toner - or Smooth Hand Luke (hand and foot exfoliant). They’ve even included a couple of services for men-in-training because they know boys of all ages deserve to relax equally.

Blo Blow Dry Bar

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102-626 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M7

If you want the kind of hairdo the stars get when they visit Toronto, look no further than this cozy little spot at King and Portland. They don’t dress things up in frou-frou ponciness, just a quality blow-dry that’ll have you looking – and feeling – like a million bucks without actually spending it.

Miraj Hammam Spa By Caudalie Paris

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188 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Shangri-La hotel, but this Caudalie Paris spa is one of the best ones. Celebrities love the Caudalie line of products used here, along with the massages that’ll leave you feeling ready to tackle anything in the world. It’s one of Toronto’s best-quality spas, and you owe it to yourself to indulge.

The Ten Spot

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749 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

The group of The Ten Spot spas in the city (10 locations in Toronto) is one of the city’s hottest go-to spots when it comes to pampering yourself. Show up early so you can start your appointment off with a coffee or tea before settling into one of the chairs for your service. They’ve got a full menu of spa services you can choose from, and definitely welcome guys into the fold, too. If you’re getting waxed, take your mind off things by watching your favourite movie on the wall-mounted flat screen TV.

The Spa At The Old Mill

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21 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8X 1G5

For west-enders, there’s no better spot to relax and be pampered than at the Old Mill. Feel like you’ve gone back in time and across the Atlantic in the country mansion-styled inn, where you can pick services à la carte or bundle them together into a package. After you’re done, treat yourself to afternoon tea or a drink at the jazz bar.

Novo Spa Salon

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66 Avenue Rd Main, Toronto, ON M5R 3N8

Men and women, couples and singles – everyone’s welcome at this Yorkville spa. You can choose from services not usually found in other spas, like a colour therapy double shower, a relaxation lounge and elegant spa cuisine. They also offer package deals where you can save a bit of money and enjoy even more pampering.

Elmwood Spa

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18 Elm St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E2

Conveniently located a block north of Dundas Station, this sprawling spa offers amenities and services for all your pampering needs. There are 34 rooms with differing treatments, like water therapy, facials, massages and whole body treatments. They offer couples rooms and two restaurants just outside, so consider bringing your special someone to make it an extra sweet date night.

Stillwater Spa

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4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

The Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto has a reputation for offering the best in everything - and its in-house spa is no exception. Stillwater Spa is consistently ranked as one of the best spas in Toronto for many reasons. They offer massage therapies to treat every ache and pain, body treatments, and a full menu of spa services so you can customize your visit exactly the way you want.

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