How to Plan a Wellness Getaway in Toronto Like a Pro

This city has everything you need for a feel-good weekend getaway.

With an impressive food scene, stunning green space and an abundance of culture (the BBC once named it “the most multicultural city in the world”) crammed into 17 square kilometres, Toronto is the perfect destination for a swift yet satisfying vacay.

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Best stay

For a touch of old-school luxury, settle in at The St. Regis Toronto. This opulent 258-room hotel offers exceptional service and coffee from a beloved local roaster (Pilot Coffee Roasters) and is just steps away from premier shopping and chic restaurants. Take advantage of the hotel’s spa on the 31st floor and indulge in a 90-minute hot stone massage before sinking into the hot tub, pool and sauna.

For breathtaking views of famous city landmarks like the Toronto Islands and CN Tower, check in at the modern Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto.

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Best brunch

Yes, it’s a “thing” for Torontonians, and the royal brunch at Louix Louis takes the cake. Healthy options abound, like Vegan Bircher Muesli with candied apricot, but indulgent dishes, like Mini Banana French Toast with mascarpone and Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls with saffron pickled fennel, make this brunch fit for a queen.

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Best sweat

A three-storey fitness mecca located just steps from the iconic Yonge-Dundas Square, Sweat and Tonic is a testament to the city’s energized fitness scene. The expansive space boasts three workout studios (HIIT, spin and yoga), along with a meditation space and café. Sweat it out at the triple threat class, where you do all three workouts, or clear your head in one of the meditation pods or infrared saunas.

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Best nosh

Get a literal and figurative taste of Toronto with the Best of TO Food Tour. Your guide will lead you through unique neighbourhoods, like the Distillery District, Queen West and Kensington Market, to pop into the hippest spots for bites, drinks and desserts. The food is unlimited and can be customized to your personal prefs.

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Best activity

Hop on a 13-minute ferry to Centre Island for a trip within a trip (and the most ’grammable view of the city’s skyline NBD). About five kilometres long, this car-free spot is the ideal place to spend some time in nature. Explore on a stand-up paddleboarding eco-tour and get schooled on the island’s distinct history, which dates back to the first Native American people, while you paddle.

Originally Published in Best Health Canada