By Lisa van de Geyn
It’s easy to imagine that most of us are thinking about health and wellness more right now than at any other times in our lives, thanks, of course, to the ongoing pandemic. The last two years have been a time of great stress on all of us — dealing with COVID and worrying about family and friends getting ill certainly takes its toll. But take heart; there’s a good-news story here to tell: We don’t have to succumb to the stress. Wellness is all about being in a state of good health — good physical and good mental health. And while there is a plethora of ways to achieve this, sometimes you just need a getaway — the luxury to take off to a place where you can feel fully rested, relaxed, rejuvenated and in good overall health and spirits.
Enter Hotel X Toronto. Guests at the remarkable hotel — an urban oasis located on nine acres of land on the Exhibition Grounds (of which six acres is greenery and landscape) — are encouraged to ensure wellness is part of their everyday routine and lifestyle, whether they’re visiting from near or far. Matt Black, Hotel X Toronto’s director of marketing and revenue, says the hotel was created and designed with wellness in mind, and it includes a long list of premium amenities that any local or visitor to the city will want to indulge in. “We strongly encourage guests to take advantage of offerings such as the stunning Guerlain Spa and 10XTO, our unmatched fitness facility . Whether you are on a getaway vacation and you deserve a break to focus on yourself, or you are travelling for business, wellness is always important,” Black explains. “Making wellness a priority when staying at Hotel X Toronto is easy — guests have all the amenities available to them, and they don’t even have to leave the property . It truly is a resort within the city .”
Hotel X Toronto’s renowned spa is described as a sensorial journey. When you step into this impressive space, you’re immediately welcomed by staff and assured your time spent will be a rejuvenating and rewarding experience. “The most common description of the spa we get from guests is that it’s a ‘seamless experience of pure bliss and relaxation,’” says Black. “Each and every guest experience is slightly different, as each guest chooses their own olfactory theme to arouse their senses and to create an atmosphere of relaxation that works for them. Plus, being surrounded by Lake Ontario at every viewpoint makes it difficult to feel anything other than complete relaxation.”
When it comes to treatments, every offering is customized to the guests’ unique needs. You’ll find everything on the elaborate spa menu, from massages and hand-and-foot treatments, to personalized facials and an extraordinary menu of ultra-luxurious signature spa treatments. The Orchidée Impériale Ultimate Face & Body is one of four signature treatments that’s incredibly popular with guests. The treatment can be either two or three hours, and it focuses heavily on revitalizing the skin and preserving its longevity. “It’s an anti-aging treatment that combines an exclusive firming massage by Guerlain with the efficiency of the Orchidée Impériale products, which benefits from the use of the rare black orchid,” he says. “It maintains the firmness and tone of the face and body, restores the skin’s glow and reveals a radiant complexion.”
10XTO Athletic Centre
The athletic centre is a striking 90,000-square-foot facility that includes four indoor tennis courts (with 50-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows to bring the outside in), eight squash courts, a Hot Yoga studio, a Group Cycle Studio, Pilates Reformer Studio, Studio X, basketball, and a Topgolf Swing Suite, plus a host of invigorating group fitness classes. There is truly something for everyone when it comes to keeping up your daily exercise routine when you’re staying at the hotel. “Included in their hotel stay, guests are welcome to enjoy the Fitness Centre, shoot some hoops, or play table tennis. Guests are able to enjoy all other amenities that 10XTO has to offer at a small fee — they can book a tennis court, join a group fitness class, play virtual sports in the Topgolf Swing Suite, or drop their kids off at the play centre,” says Black.
THERE IS TRULY SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING UP YOUR DAILY EXERCISE ROUTINE WHEN YOU’RE STAYING AT THE HOTEL.
There are two fabulous packages available for booking this season — the Spa Retreat Package and the eXperience Wellness Package. The former is perfect for the guest who wants nothing more than to spend a relaxing day being pampered in the gorgeous Guerlain Spa. It includes a $350 spa credit (per night booked) and daily breakfast in bed for two guests. The eXperience Wellness Package is for the guest who loves staying active. Not only will you receive unlimited access to group fitness classes (think Hot Yoga, spin, etc.), you’ll also get a $50 spa credit (per night booked). Both packages come with complimentary self-parking for one vehicle and a healthy in-room amenity upon arrival. You really can’t go wrong with either package. “Both are perfect ways to get away,” Black adds. (All package inclusions are redeemable only during their time of stay at the hotel.) And if you’re not keen on going to the gym or taking group classes at this time, don’t sweat it — the hotel offers a Wellness Suite that includes Technogym equipment. “You can get your workout in from the safety of your private room.”