The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs: A Rocky Mountain hideaway

Wish you could just get away from it all? Leave the daily grind behind and go somewhere secluded, where someone else would take very, very good care of you? If you answered “yes”, here’s a thoughthow about one of the world’s finest hotels, which was once a Scottish castle, nestled in the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies and featuring a world class spa? Did you say “where do I sign”?

The Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is a spectacular structure with 770 rooms and suites with unbelievable views of the majestic surrounding mountainside. Despite the enormity of the place, guests come away marveling at the individual attention and pampering they receive from the staff who make a point of addressing each hotel resident by name. (This comes in handy when staffers come across lost guests wandering through the hotel’s massive and endless hallways in search of their room. But that's another story. Just remember to pack your GPS.)

The hotel may be remotely located, but it comes packed with amenities, making it a virtual city unto itself. Among the services they offer are a host of restaurants and bars,  a shopping arcade, grocery store and even a bowling alley in case you get the urge to bowl a few frames. If you’re in an outdoor mood, you can play tennis or golf, go horseback riding or just head out to enjoy the pristine beauty and wildlife of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  

But forget that for now and focuswe’re here for some world-class TLC, and the luxurious Willow Stream Spa, with its breathtaking mountain views, is the place for it. 

As you enter the spa, you'll notice that the aromas of eucalyptus and fresh-cut flowers fill the air. The splash of a cascading waterfall fountain and soothing music work to relax you even before your treatments begin. Waterfalls are a common theme around the spa. There are three waterfalls flowing into three mineral plunge pools that you can enjoy.

After a warm greeting from the reception team, you'll be taken on a tour of the facility to help you decide which indulgent treatments you'd like to try. Then change into your plush white terry robe and select your “guided journey” for the day.

While the spa offers a wide variety of services including facials, massage and body wraps, they're most known for their signature Balance Body Treatment, which begins with a soothing foot bath and exfoliation, continues with a hydrating body scrub and culminates with a heavenly full body massage.  

Willow Stream prides itself on the quality and rejuvenating aspects of their products.  Those used for their Balance Body Treatment are: The Aromatherapy Hydrating Body Scrub with shea butter, honey, organic cornmeal and ground oats; Aromatherapy Body Lotion with green tea, green apple, ginseng and chamomile; and Aromatherapy Massage & Body Oil with grapeseed oil, vetiver and ylang ylang.

—Douglas Lichterman

Can’t make the scene?

You can get the same luxurious spa products that the Willow Stream Spa staff use for their Balance Body service for your own world-class at-home treatment (the boy toy has to be good for at least one more thing…).

Treat yourself: Willow Stream Balance Aromatherapy Hydrating Body Scrub, 3.3 ounces for $30 (US), Aromatherapy Body Lotion, 4 ounces for $40 (US) and Aromatherapy Massage & Body Oil, 4 ounces for $30 (US), WillowStreamat
(888) 848-0642


Getting there

Fly to Calgary International Airport. From there it’s about a two hour drive to the hotel. If you don’t have a car, you can use a shuttle service from the airport directly to the hotel.

This month, one lucky Four Weeks subscriber will win a Willow Stream Aromatherapy trio of spa products: the Hydrating Body Scrub, Aromatherapy Body Lotion and Aromatherapy Massage & Body Oil.

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