The Spa My Blend by Clarins at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
Located in the heart of the city’s bustling financial and performing arts districts, across from Roy Thompson Hall and steps from the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox, this “five diamond” hotel has elegant guest rooms that feature stunning city or lake views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Facilities include the spacious outdoor patio at DEQ Terrace and Lounge, TOCA restaurant-and North America’s only Spa My Blend by Clarins.
Ranked number one on Travel & Leisure’s 2013 “world’s best hotel spa” list, the spa has 16 treatment rooms, three relaxation rooms, a champagne nail bar (a separate liquor-licensed room where clients can sip champagne while having a mani and pedi), a sauna, vitality pools and a city-view lap pool. The signature treatment at this day spa is an amazing personally tailored 90-minute facial called “My Blend.”
My session began with a thorough, 20-minute computer analysis of my skin by an aesthetician using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology that looks at a number of factors including dryness, hydration and sun damage. My results showed pigmentation (unseen to the naked eye, it indicates sun damage that can be helped with the right skincare regimen), combination skin that was dehydrated in places, moderate firmness, redness in spots and some apparent wrinkles. The aesthetician then picked out the optimum concentrations of peptide complexes, vitamins and plant extracts from the spa-exclusive My Blend products, plus some booster serums for the facial treatment, which included a lot of wonderful massage. My skin felt and looked totally regenerated. Afterwards, I cuddled under soft blankets on a lounger in the women’s relaxation area and sipped tea. My plan is to return with girlfriends on a special occasion and book the champagne nail bar so we can gossip, sip bubbly and be pampered.