Start the Year with a Detox in Toronto—From the Inside Out
If you need to clean up your act, the city can provide you with a break that tackles the interior and exterior.
Too much merry making? Feeling sluggish? Bloated? Fret not: Toronto's got what you need to detox after the holidays—and you'll have fun while doing it. Here are our top picks around the city, from pressed juice to a couples' steam therapy massage, all in the name of getting your A-game back on track.
Power Boost Your Day
Start the day with a freshly pressed, aptly named Detox juice, made of kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, ginger, apple, and lemon. Carol Belmonte, the creator of Belmonte Raw, a food boutique and juice bar, designed this blend to be deep-cleansing and anti-bloating. With various locations around the city, it's all the easier to grab a glass bottle of the good stuff.
Face the Day
Once juiced, head to Pure+Simple, a spa and boutique that only uses 100 percent natural products in their treatments; that means no parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances and dyes. Natural, high-tech treatments are meant to be holistic, so they feel good while doing good. One of their most detoxing treatments (for him or her) is the Lymphomaniac Facial—it offers a classic European facial with a total body lymphatic drainage. Organic Ayurvedic oils geared to your body type and needs also are used.
Duo Sweat Fest
If you'd like to detox with your sweetheart, the Hammam Spa can accommodate you both with their signature treatment, the Hammam Turkish Bath. This one-hour indulgence starts off with a fifteen minute steam in the spa's multi-colored light steam room, followed by what they call an authentic bath ritual originating in Turkey and the Middle East. Lying side by side on a heated, white marble slab in a dimly lit room, you'll be cleaned, massaged, exfoliated, and purified using hot and cool water techniques. You'll walk out sedate and squeaky clean.
Located on the lower level of the St. Lawrence Market, Cruda Cafe owner Claudia Gaviria and her team prepare market fresh, raw vegan dishes like inventive salads (we recommend the Glow), burritos, or raw tacos. Instead of loading up on processed baked goods, grab one of Cruda Cafe's coconut power balls for an all-natural, zero-refined-sugar energy boost that also happens to be delicious.
Salt Water Bath for Her
If you prefer the Zen-like tranquility of a women's-only therapeutic water spa, Body Blitz has two locations to quiet any over-worked mind. The spa's water circuit includes access to the largest pool on site, the warm Dead Sea salt pool, as well as a hot Epsom salt pool, a cold plunge pool, a eucalyptus steam room, and an infrared sauna. You can book a one-time visit to take advantage of the waters, or tack on a detoxifying treatment like the sweet ginger and body milk glow, which includes a body scrub and a warm milk body treatment. Don't forget to order a healthy juice before you head in; they're delivered to you poolside to help hydrate as you unwind.
Mary Luz Mejia covers Toronto for Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter.