Notable Getaway: Elmspa

Tensions run high for young professionals, we get it, so being in-the-know of the best places for rest and relaxation in Toronto is of utmost importance. Luckily, we’ve found this hidden gem where you can leave your stresses behind and refuel after a long week. In an unassuming spot – it’s on the third floor of an office building and above a Hasty Market – just south of Bloor rests Elmspa, delicately nestled at 557 Church Street. It’s one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type establishments, but trust us, Elmspa is a tranquil place you do not want to miss.

Elm spa garden

The Spa
When you walk into this little haven, you’ll immediately start to feel yourself calming – it is a spa, after all. And whether you’re a seasoned spa-goer or a neophyte to getting pampered, Elmspa’s quiet atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for their amazing treatments.

elmspa interior

The space is a mix of modern city and Thai countryside. The treatment rooms are intimate and dimly-lit with a surrounding warmth, which will immediately put you at ease. Overlooking north Church Street, the indoor garden and patio is a serene place where you can fall into a Muskoka lounger and gaze drearily through the plantbeds, forgetting about that big presentation you have on Monday morning.

treatment room

The Services
Though it’s a boutique spa – the sister location to Toronto mainstay Elmwood Spa – Elmspa has a buff list of services that will make any young professional, even the gents, feel rejuvenated. Try a Lava Shell Massage with heated lava shells and seaweed massage oil blend, or the Aromatherapy Body Salt Glow with Vichy Shower – which is an amazing lineup of seven nozzles that gently rinses the skin and lightly massages while you’re lying down, a rarity at Toronto spas.

vichy shower

Elmspa also recently released a new line of Oxygen treatments, including the O2 Facial, O2 Massage, and O2 Express, using, not surprisingly, oxygen as an integral part of the treatments. And guys, you’ll also find a list of services tailored just for you.


Elmspa is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 11am to 7pm. 557 Church Street, 3rd floor. 416-964-4500,

Photos courtesy of Jacqueline Nicosia.