Spa specials ease you into cold weather

Autumn is a great time for a spa getaway. It’s easy to find good accommodation rates, and spas themselves often offer incentives at this time of year as well. Here are some options close to Vancouver to consider.

Fraser Valley
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa (866-638-5075)
As the temperature dips, so do the room rates at this hotel, where guests have unlimited access to the lovely indoor and outdoor mineral pools. On-line bed and breakfast packages between Sunday and Thursday start at $129 per night from October 25 to November 30 and then drop to $119 until December 17.

Sunshine Coast
Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina (888-527-7776)
This spa, which opened in May, is a new addition to the Painted Boat Resort in Pender Harbour. Those who book treatments over $65 get complimentary day use of the outdoor spa garden, which boasts a sauna cave, a cold rain shower, hot pools, a warm saltwater pool, and a fire pit. Those without a treatment can buy a day pass for $40. All facials, massages, and body treatments are 15-percent off throughout the winter.

Sonora Desert Spa (250-495-2119)
Under the Osoyoos Indian Band’s NK’MIP Resort umbrella, this spa is located at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa in Osoyoos. Resort guests are entitled to special winter spa rates, such as $45 for an hourlong lavender manicure. The spa’s offerings for men include a half-hour $45 Blue Thumb hand treatment that promises to fix paws that have been ravaged by text messaging.

Vancouver Island
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
For those who want an urban getaway, the Magnolia is smack in the middle of downtown Victoria’s shops and restaurants. The hotel’s newly expanded Aveda spa features treatments like the Caribbean therapy body scrub ($150) and a chakra-balancing massage ($120). Book a hotel package for two nights with breakfast (starting at $199 per night) and get a credit that covers roundtrip ferry fare for a car plus two people.

Le Scandinave Spa Whistler (604-935-2424)
Although it doesn’t open until late December, this stand-alone spa seems promising. Located on the edge of Lost Lake Park a kilometre and a half north of Whistler Village, the spa will feature a hot-cold circuit of outdoor, Scandinavian-themed experiences. This includes a Norwegian steam bath with eucalyptus, a wood-burning Finnish dry sauna, and thermal and Nordic waterfalls. Access to the bathing area will be included with massage packages, or you can get entry to the baths separately for $55. For an escape in the Whistler area in the next week or so, check for a number of spa promotions that run until November 2. As an example, the Four Seasons Hotel Resort Whistler is offering a 50-minute cinnamon and paprika warming massage for $89.