Last week Andrew and I visited the newly renovated Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Empress. The spa now has an expanded lounge with a fireplace, updated nail salon, and a beautifully designed retail area as well as refreshed treatment rooms.
To complement the revitalized space, the Willow Stream Spa has made a commitment to featuring an extensive menu of local treatments and services including:
– Dried lavender bouquets from the Damali Winery in the Cowichan Valley will be displayed on all treatment beds
– The West Coast Hot Rock Massage will feature basalt stones harvested on Vancouver Island
– The Honey Ginger Elixir treatment features honey from the Empress’ honeybees.
I went to experience the new Seaweed treatment at Willow Stream Spa.
“Utilizing one of the oceans’ most abundant resource. Willow Stream Spa has partnered with local seaweed experts Seaflora to create a signature seaweed treatment.”
Salish Sea vitality – 90 minutes:
“Begin your journey through the waters of Vancouver Island with an invigorating scrub featuring locally harvested ingredients. This seaweed-based treatment removes impurities while smoothing and revitalizing the skin. Your scrub is followed by an antioxidant and vitamin-rich mixture of Sea Kelp Lotion and Seaweed Gel in a nourishing wrap. Soak in the power of the sea with our unique, wild Seaweed Chamois. A scalp massage completes your head to toe journey through our coastal waters. “
Newly updated lounge with fireplace
Relax in the lounge and enjoy some light snacks and tea before and after your treatment
Tea, orange infused water, mixed nuts, and yogurt
Seaflora products and fresh seaweed used for the Salish Sea Vitality
The first step was to apply my head wrap before the body scrub
Sitting up to get my back scrubbed and applying seaweed
Seaweed on my back and then I lied back down for the rest of my scrub and body wrap
Seaweed on my stomach post-scrub
Getting all wrapped into my cocoon while I receive a scalp massage
Feeling so relaxed after my massage and wrap it was time to rinse off all of the product and clean myself with seaweed used for the treatment. I found it very invigorating to clean myself with the seaweed, and I got to take some home afterward.
A unique shower that sprays from the side instead of the top, this way you don’t get your hair wet
Before or after your treatment you can lounge in the mineral pool and steam room or hang out in the relaxation lounge.
Relaxation area next to the mineral pool
The water was so warm and relaxing …..
Beautiful fountains next to the mineral pool