From glacial clay wraps to diamond dust facials and maple sugar scrubs, the luxury waterfront Oak Bay Beach Hotel and its Boathouse Spa & Baths is set to reopen its doors this summer â giving wellness-seekers one more reason to visit Victoria, BC.
âThe new Oak Bay Beach Hotel is so much more than just a hotel and spa â it's truly a hub for wellness, offering the ultimate in mind, body and soul relaxation,â said Kevin Walker, longtime owner and developer of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. âFrom the start, our primary goal was to create a hotel that provides guests with an unparalleled spa experience â something we've achieved by constructing luxurious in-suite bathrooms, placing heated mineral pools right by the ocean shoreline and developing an extensive menu of in-spa and in-room treatments.As Oak Bay Beach Hotel's epicenter for wellness, the Boathouse Spa & Baths offers guests a range of amenities, including private lockers, a private patio with views of the Pacific Ocean, a steam sauna, a series of hot, therapeutic mineral pools and a nearby fitness facility. Spa treatments (ranging from massages, facials, wraps and scrubs to manicures, pedicures, waxing sessions and more) are performed by skilled estheticians and are complemented by natural and organic products, such as seaweed, intertidal glacial clay and pure essential oils. âBecause we understand the diversity when it comes to wellness needs and wants, treatments can take place in the Boathouse Spa or within the privacy of your own guestroom,â said Walker. âAnd to ease sore muscles after a long day of travelling or exploring, we've also developed an extensive bath menu â relax in a tub full of lavender bubbles, soothe away the sting of a sunburn with a blend of milk and honey or experience the detoxing effects of natural seaweed oil. Call ahead and our butlers will even prepare the bath to be waiting for you upon arrival.â After the Oak Bay Beach Hotel opens in summer 2012, the Boathouse Spa will be open Sunday through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. through 9 p.m. (The mineral pools and fitness centre will be open to guests of the hotel. A separate fee will apply to non-hotel guests for access to the mineral pools.)Highlights of wellness offerings at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel:Massages â From the Boathouse Classic (a traditional 60- or 90-minute affair) to By the Sea (a detoxifying treatment that combines rich seaweed concentrates with relaxing Swedish techniques) and the Great Expectations (a soothing procedure geared towards new mothers and moms-to-be), the spa at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel offers seven unique massages, each offering the ultimate in relaxation and alleviating most bodily aches or pains. Ranging from 30 to 90 minutes in length, massage treatments start at $65.Facials â Using B. Kamins products, guests can take advantage of a number of facial treatments, easing such issues as wrinkles, rosacea and dry or oily skin. Guests wanting a younger looking complexion without a visit to the plastic surgeon can opt for Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (a facial that, yes, uses diamond-reflecting light particles), while male counterparts can indulge in the For Gentlemen Only (a facial that caters to the unique skincare needs of a man). Add-ons, such as neck, lip and eye treatments, can be easily incorporated into any facial. Ranging from 45 to 60 minutes in length, facials start at $95. Spa Packages â The Boathouse Spa offers a number of specially designed packages, catering to lovebirds, blushing brides, new or expectant moms and more. Highlights of the Romance by the Sea package for two includes a soak in the mineral pools, a foot cleansing ritual and a 60-minute massage, while the Bridal Radiance package offers a skin-softening massage, rebalancing facial and a deluxe manicure. Ranging from one and a half to three hours in length, the spa packages start at $240.In Suite Bath Menu â Guests wanting to indulge in some TLC from the comfort of their suite's luxury spa-style bathroom needn't look further than the hotel's extensive bath menu. Blended using natural minerals and herbs, bath menu options include detoxifying brews, such as the Ocean Minerals salts, Pacific Seaweed oils or Thalassobath algae; healing treatments, such as Milk and Honey or Acai Vital Mineral Treatment Soak; and relaxing potions, such as Lavender Bubbles or Aromatherapy Soothing Minerals. Guests can call ahead to have our butler draw a bath in time for their arrival; all items off the bath menu cost $65.To learn more or to book a stay at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, visit www.oakbaybeachhotel.com. About the Oak Bay Beach HotelThe new Oak Bay Beach Hotel is being completely rebuilt on the same spectacular oceanfront lot where the previous hotel sat for more than 80 years. It will reopen this summer as a 100-room hotel with 20 luxury residences. Built to five-star standards, hotel and residential amenities include a seaside therapeutic mineral pool, a fitness centre, Boathouse Spa & Baths, the Snug Pub, the David Foster Foundation Theatre and a fine-dining restaurant. Not only is this Victoria's first combination full-service luxury hotel and private residence, but it is also the only commercial waterfront development in Oak Bay.-30-Media Contacts:Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838 or email@example.com Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org