The Vancouver Signature Sensation at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia
On checking into the stylish and intimate Sense spa in this elegant downtown hotel, staff showed me to the dinky changing room. When I was robed and ready to go, I made my way to the relaxation area where staff anticipated my every whim and had some welcoming vanilla and rooibos tea in a glass already awaiting my attention, along with a small, warm towel infused with the Hotel Georgia's signature scent, with notes of mint and basil. Fortified by the tea and the warmth, I filled in my consultation form and was ready for my therapist, Sophie.
The Vancouver Signature Sensation (80 minutes, $180) involves water -- lots of water. Do not dream of booking this treatment if you do not love water. Sophie asked me to disrobe and advised that I could don disposable underwear if I wished. However, I have had Vichy showers before and knew exactly how wet I would get -- so disposed of the idea of the disposables in an instant. Instead, I trusted Sophie's (impeccable) modesty-protecting draping skills.
Before I got on the bed ready for my treatment, I played around with the in-room sound system and chose "Water" for my water-based treatment (others on offer are Air, Fire, and New Age, amongst others, so you can set your own spa atmosphere).
The treatment itself was lovely. Sophie began with a peppermint-and-herb-infused scrub for exfoliation, which she massaged on expertly, and which was rinsed away from above by the carefully temperature-controlled Vichy shower. (This is when you get wet.) Two of the five Vichy shower streams flow onto the heart and solar-plexus chakra points on your body, which is soothing and revitalising.
Once I was dry, Sophie tailored the massage element at my request to focus on particular areas of my body that have been troublesome lately. As she applied the spa's signature-scent-infused shea butter to my skin, her touch felt very therapeutic and I could feel my tightened muscles relax.
Relaxing afterwards, with a departing glass of rooibos tea, wreathed in scents of vanilla, I felt calm but revitalised. A great combination!
Try this treatment if: you need to be both silky soft and seriously serene.