Spa Diaries

By Wanda Love

Is this supplement for the birds?
Bird’s nest soup is one of China’s most famous, expensive and controversial delicacies. Since the 17th century it has been believed to have medicinal and anti-aging qualities and, according to some, also serves as an aphrodisiac. This magical elixir is now being marketed as a nutraceutical supplement, with claims that it will visibly brighten, moisturize and minimize wrinkles. The key ingredient is harvested from nests created by swiftlets, which are found primarily in caves throughout southeast Asia. Despite the soup’s long history, there is little, if any, supporting scientific evidence for its supposed benefits. If the expense of ingesting this pricey bird’s nest supplement isn’t a deterrent, perhaps the fact that it’s comprised of bird saliva might have you reconsidering.

Happy 150th birthday, Canada
As Canada turns 150 years old, Nita Lake Lodge is celebrating with offerings that highlight some of our country’s homegrown ingredients. The spa’s handmade maple sugar body scrub contains maple sugar, honey and natural oils, while the mountain mint pedicure uses an infusion of local lavender and peppermint. Nestled on the shore of a glacier-fed lake in Whistler, BC, and surrounded by dense forest, Nita’s alpine arnica and deep forest aromatic massages sound like the perfect way to relax after a long hike. Watch for other spas with tributes to all things Canadian, too.

Floating spa offers nature and nurture
Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is creating a floating bamboo spa on the island of Phu Quoc. Off the coast of Cambodia, the island is known for its beautiful beaches, dense tropical jungle and hiking trails. The spa will have 12 arched bamboo podiums that will rest on a small lake. Treatment rooms are accessed by a floating bridge.

Former CEO of Leading Spas of Canada, Wanda Love has travelled extensively, experiencing traditional and unusual spa treatments around the world.