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  • Click here to receive 10% off an Elements Mountain
    Massage treatment  until October 31 with Jennifer Ursell, Spa Therapist


    Jennifer has been in the Spa/wellness industry for 10 years in Victoria. After completing her Spa Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, her accomplishments lead to becoming a Spa Instructor/supervisor for the Spa Therapy program.

    When asked what made her become a Spa Therapist, Jennifer said “ I’ve always felt connected to nature and helping people. I enjoy working with my hands, and providing a more holistic, whole body healing.” One of Jennifer’s favourite things to do outside of work is to be immersed in nature, such as walking or hiking on one of the many forest paths in and around Victoria. Her love of nature is why the Elements Mountain Massage is one of her favourite treatments to give at the spa.  It incorporates the four elements: the treatment starts with a foot soak representing water, than the client receives a smudge that encourages stuck or negative energies to be cleaned from the energetic field, warm BC Jade stones are massaged on the back & face and Solitude an Essential Oil blend is inhaled through out the experience.  

    Growing up in Winnipeg, MB, she was introduced to the healing power of Essential Oils.  At the encouragement of her family, she went to university, but soon realized that wasn’t where her talents and passion were. She moved to Victoria to train in Spa Therapies and continued on to attain her Registered Aromatherapist and LaStone Therapist certifications.


    Currently she shares the Lead Spa Therapist role with Elyse at Sante Spa Victoria.


    Tip: An easy way to de-stress is to add 5 drops of an Essential Oil blend such as Solitude to a diffuser.  Let it run for about an hour as you move about your day.



  • Uh oh, your massage benefits are expiring….
    Tis the season for warm sweaters, cool breezes, pumpkin spice - and using up those massage benefits!

    Did you know? The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association estimates over 23 million people or 67 percent of the population have extended health care benefits – but only 27% are using their registered massage therapy extended health care coverage.
    Treatments such as registered massage therapy can be a life changer for people who deal with various conditions such as back pain, stress, anxiety, arthritis and pregnancy aches and pains. Most extended health insurance programs cover these treatments yet only a small percentage of eligible individuals actually take advantage of claiming their extended health benefits.

    “Survey after survey finds Canadians want more vacation time and better health benefits at work. But while most of us have some extended health coverage, few of us are actually making use of the benefits we have.” (CBC News, Health)
    All extended health benefit plans are designed differently. If you want to learn more about your benefit plan coverage you can refer to your company employee benefits booklet or contact your insurance provider directly.  Sante Spa Victoria can provide you with a receipt for your insurance needs, please specify that you require a Registered Massage Therapist and insurance receipt when you book your treatment. 

    Don’t wait to go on a year-end benefits binge in December!  Let us help you maintain a healthy lifestyle by pre-booking your massage therapy appointments to avoid disappointment.

    Call 250.391.3920 to book today.
  • Although there are many reasons we love basking in the sun (the benefits of vitamin D, achieving a golden tan, and that mood-enhancing feeling for starters), it’s important to be cautious of over-exposure.

    Aside from the obvious risk of a painful and blistering sunburn, over-exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can also cause pre-mature aging and significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. Wearing an SPF every day, especially when outdoors in the summer months, is essential to keeping your skin protected.

    Tips for protecting your skin:

    • Wear a full-spectrum sunscreen every day - with a minimum SPF 15. The longer you will be outside, the higher the SPF should be. Full spectrum sunscreens protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

    • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure.

    • Re-apply every two hours (or more frequently if you are sweating or swimming).

    • Apply more generously to the areas of the body that are most exposed to the sun and at higher risk for burns (nose, forehead, chest, shoulders, back, arms, legs).

    • Wear a sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips.

    • If wearing cosmetics on your face, choose products that also contain SPF (in addition to your sunscreen).

    • Wear sunglasses and hats whenever possible.

    • Avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm whenever possible.

    Not sure which SPF products to use? Try our staff favourites  - available for purchase at Sante Spa Victoria:

    1.) Elta MD - SPF 40
    2.) Pevonia Youth Renew - SPF 30
    3.) Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen - SPF 30

  • Summer is finally here! Pamper yourself with these limited-time summer spa specials. Featured discounts include select products and select face and body services! Take advantage of them while you can. 

    20% OFF Reflexology Massage
    Last openings available Wednesday, June 28th and Thursday, June 29th.
    Click here to book.

    50% OFF Medique skincare products
    Until quantities last.

    25$ OFF Rejuvenating Arbutus Wrap
    - includes a full body exfoliation, therapeutic clay smoothed over the body, a scalp and face massage, aromatherapy, and a 45-minute massage with cocoa butter lotion. Click here to book.

    $40 OFF Medique Anti-Aging Facial
    Advanced anti-aging products utilize alpha and beta hydroxy acids to remove impurities and provide a deep exfoliation. Skin is toned, hydrated and revitalized, helping to brighten the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines. Includes an eye and lip treatment. Click here to book.

  • Book a reflexology treatment during the month of June (Mon-Fri) and receive 20% off! Must book online using promo code FLEX20.

    Reflexology massage is a holistic therapy that utilizes 72 pressure points on the feet to send nerve impulses to corresponding body systems. It is believed to bring the mind, body, and spirit into balance while promoting relaxation and assisting the body in it's own ability to heal itself.

    Elyse, our spa therapist and reflexologist at Sante Spa Victoria is our exclusive provider of reflexology and has been practicing the therapy for three years.

    “It’s so much more than someone just massaging your feet,” she says. “It’s all about healing and achieving a state of homeostasis throughout the body. When you press on certain pressure points, it sends a nerve impulse to stimulate those corresponding body systems, promoting healing.”

    The benefits of reflexology are:

    - reduces stress, tension, and anxiety (which in turn allows the body to embrace self-healing)

    - detoxifies

    - balances body systems

    - increases circulation

    - improves emotional health

    - improves sleep

    - reduces pain

    - sharpens mental alertness

    At Sante Spa, we offer Therapeutic Reflexology and Attune Reflexology Massage.

    Therapeutic Reflexology can be booked as a 45-minute, 60-minute, or 75-minute treatment. The 75-minute treatment is recommended for initial visits as it allows 15 minutes for a pre-consultation to discuss health concerns for the most therapeutic benefit.

    Therapeutic Reflexology taps into the central nervous system, promoting deep relaxation. The treatment takes place in a private massage room and begins with a hot towel and peppermint cleansing ritual. The body will go on a balancing journey where systems and organs will be influenced through acupressure points applied to the feet with relaxing techniques that help restore the body’s vitality.

    The Attune Reflexology Massage is a 90-minute treatment that also begins with a hot towel and peppermint cleansing ritual, followed by a 45-minute neck, back, and shoulder massage to promote deeper relaxation and a  45-minute reflexology massage of the feet.

    The added bonus of booking a reflexology treatment at Sante Spa is that the treatment takes place in a serene and relaxing atmosphere and can always be preceded and/or followed with some serious relaxation time in our spa amenities.

    When using reflexology as a form of therapy for a health concern, we typically recommend scheduling a series of sessions from anywhere between twice a week to once a month for the most therapeutic benefit (series pricing available). It is important to note that reflexology is not a medical treatment and you should always consult with your doctor first before seeking treatment for any health concern. 

  • Every season has its own stress-inducers. And although spring brings warmer weather, colourful flowers, and the promise of summer ahead, it also comes with taxes, school testing, allergies, and endless to-do lists – taking away from our ability to fully enjoy the season. Surprisingly, April can be a very stressful and busy time of year – which may be why it's also named “Stress Awareness Month.”

    If you can manage to squeeze in some much-needed “me time”, we've devised a customized stress-reducing treatment idea that will help you stop, unwind, and continue to make your way through this busy and beautiful time of year.

    Relaxation Massage with Aromatherapy Massage Enhancement and Balancing Foot Treatment

    60 min massage: $125
    Aromatherapy enhancement: $25
    Balancing Foot Treatment enhancement: $25
    Total treatment price: $175 

    We recommend arriving an hour or two before your treatment to relax and enjoy the spa amenities. See our list of Guest amenities here.

    Your Spring Relaxation Treatment begins with a Relaxation Massage. Throughout the ages, relaxation massage has been used to help ease the mind, heal the body and renew the spirit. Using gentle to medium pressure and effleurage movements, this massage will assist in easing tense muscles and increasing circulation – relaxing your body with a sense of overall well-being.

    To bring you into a deeper state of relaxation and stress release, your experience will be enhanced with a choice of an Essential Oil Blend added to your massage. This full body application will give you added therapeutic benefit from the essential oils penetrating the skin. Choose from options such as Immune Boost, Calming Lavender, Uplifting Citrus or Grounding Woodlands Blends.

    Your treatment will be completed with a warm stone massage of the feet and calves while a healing hand and foot cream restore dry, tired feet.

    NOTE: To book your Spring Relaxation Treatment, call us at (250) 391-3920 (treatment enhancements can only be booked over the phone). When booking over the phone, make sure to ask for the Relaxation massage (60 mins) with the Aromatherapy Massage Enhancement and Balancing Foot Treatment. If you would like a longer massage, additional fees will apply. 

  • The mission of Earth Day is to connect people to nature on Earth Day and every day! At Sante Spa Victoria, we are committed to doing our part to lessen our impact on the environment and to provide our Guests with health and wellness benefits associated with choosing our spa.

    Set amidst ancient arbutus groves and expansive mountain views, Sante Spa Victoria is committed to environmental protection and sustainability. As a member of the Green Spa Network, we have respect for our environmental surroundings and our treatments draw from the elements of nature to inspire, nurture and empower the well-being of our Guests.

    We strive to minimize our spa’s operational impact on the environment through resource conservation and best practices. Key efforts include sustainable practices in laundry & textiles, recycling, employee initiatives, and community activities.

    According to the Green Spa Network, here are 5 reasons to choose a green spa!

    1.) Green spas are naturally healthy – By eliminating toxins in their skin care products and in their spa’s environment, green spas provide a healthier experience.

    2.) Green spas are more relaxing – By putting aside the stressors of modern life – including noise, pollution, toxins and waste – green spas are able to offer a more balanced and relaxing experience.

    3.) Green spa treatments are more effective – Synthetically derived skin care products may produce quick results, but they might also cause damage. Natural treatments are gentler and help ensure long-term health and beauty.

    4.) Green spas put the body in harmony with nature – Green spas are attuned to the rhythms of nature as well as the rhythms of the human body. When nature and body are in harmony humans feel healthier, stronger and more attractive.

    5.) Green spas are good business – Although up-front costs for some greening programs may be high, they usually pay for themselves and start to provide savings within one to two years. For example: investing in low-flow shower heads and toilets will cost up front, but the savings in water use will continue well into the future.

    To learn more about the Green Spa Network, click here.

    To learn more about Earth Day, click here.

  • Look and feel your best this Easter weekend with these pre-Easter refresh treatments and recommended products available at Sante Spa. 

    You’ll feel Easter-brunch-ready with our Signature Manicure in a refreshing new shade of pastel blue, pink, or purple! Our staff favourite is an OPI colour that resembles the blue of a robin's egg! Our Signature Manicure includes an invigorating exfoliation, hydrating lower arm and hand massage, and a paraffin or clay hand mask – all amidst a beautiful and relaxing spa setting. 

    Show off your revived spring skin with a Coastal Grove Revival body scrub. This botanical exfoliation will increase circulation, remove impurities, and enrich your skin with anti-oxidant and nutrient-rich ingredients – complete with a moisturizing relaxation massage to give your skin that hydrated glow!

    To keep the glow going, we recommend trying our Barefoot Venus Coconut Kiss Body Cream - made with all natural ingredients like macadamia nut oil, sweet almond, and licorice – smells ah-mazing!

    Your skin will thank you after an Antioxidant Vitamin C Facial. This revitalizing skin treatment helps to oxygenate, moisturize, and nourish the skin. It’s the perfect spring treatment for tired and/or environmentally stressed skin. It even includes a mini back massage and foot treatment! Tip: Ask for a Youthful Lip Treatment add-on to treat dehydrated lips! And if you have time, book in a mineral makeup application to try some fresh and natural spring colours from the Jane Iredale mineral makeup line.

    To maintain your results at home and keep your glow strong, we recommend using the Pevonia Botanica Vitamin C Complexe with Oxyzomes as a day and/or night treatment under your moisture cream. It helps to correct photo-damage and reduces fine lines.

    If you have any questions about these treatments and/or products, please call us at (250) 391-3920 or ask one of our friendly staff during your next visit. 

    Click here to book your pre-Easter refresh treatments online.

  • Spring is just around the corner (March 20) - which means it’s time for an overhaul of your winter beauty routine. Here are a few things to keep in mind when adjusting your routine to coincide with the season change.

    Hydrate skin from the inside-out
    Your skin is the very last organ to receive nutrients and nourishment from water, so it’s very important to make hydration a priority – regardless of the time of year. In addition, a day cream is one of the most essential beauty products in your skin care routine. Moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid help the skin cells retain water and prevent evaporation.

    Weekly exfoliation is a must to remove old dead skin cells and to make room for new cell regeneration. Gently using an exfoliating scrub twice a week can help to keep your skin glowing. Be cautious with over-exfoliating. Too much can cause skin irritation.

    See an aesthetician
    During a seasonal change, allowing a professional aesthetician to assess your skin under a magnification device will gain you access to valuable advice, treatment options, and product recommendations that are most appropriate for your skin’s changing needs.

    Avoid long hot showers
    Long exposure to hot water and soap breaks down your skin’s natural oils. Limit your shower to 15 minutes a day and turn down the heat. Apply your face and body lotion right after to allow for better moisture absorption.

    Use SPF Protection
    SPF should be worn daily on all skin types – and during all seasons! SPF will help prevent the effects of UVA and UVB rays on your skin that cause sun-damage and premature aging.



    Pink, pink, and more pink is very on trend this season. Many women avoid pink eyeshadow in fear that it may not suit them or that they may overdo it, but when you know what to look for, you can pull it off like a pro. Opt for a soft, single pink shadow for a splash of youthful colour. We recommend trying Jane Iredale Rose Dawn Quad Mineral Bronzer as a multifunctional product for both cheeks and eyes combined with Jane Iredale PureGloss in Pink Smoothie on the lips.

    We’ve seen intense and rich monochromatic makeup looks on the spring 2017 fashion runways. Monochromatic means the use of the same colour on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. For a more subtle, everyday look, try a peachy or warm coppery eye shadow with a matching peach or copper blush and lip. We recommend trying Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Copper Wind and PurePressed Eye Shadow in Peach Sherbert.

    Glossy lips are officially making a comeback this spring. This is great for dry lips that could use a burst of all-day moisture. Bonus: glossy lips give the illusion of an amplified lip size! We recommend checking out the array of colours available in the Jane Iredale PureGloss collection - paraben-free, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and anti-irritant

    Jane Iredale PureGloss key ingredients:
    - Lotus Flower Extract
    - Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils
    - Moringa Oils and Orange Peel Wax
    - Blackberry and Pomegranate Extracts
    - Vitamin E

    Black liner, in all its shapes, forms, and formulas never seems to go out of style. This season, we're seeing a variety of looks from all-around smudged to creamy black with an extended wing. We recommend trying Jane Iredale Gel Eyeliner in black – with no irritating chemicals!

    Interested in booking a Jane Iredale mineral makeup lesson? Click here.

  • Here are six of our favourite budget-friendly spa services – each costing less than $100. Remember: if you arrive early, you can enjoy some pre-treatment relaxation time in our Sauna, Steam Room, Forest Lounge and Terrace on the Mountain. 

    Signature Manicure
    Enjoy an invigorating exfoliation followed by a luxurious lower arm and hand massage with hydrating lotion. This nurturing experience is completed with a warm paraffin or clay mask. Polish of your choice or buffing of the nails to a natural high gloss shine finishes the treatment. (60 min - $75)

    Essential Manicure
    Begins with a softening soak of sea salts and essential oils and includes a soothing lower arm and hand massage. (45 min - $65)

    Signature Pedicure
    Includes a lower leg and foot exfoliation, hydrating massage, and a warm paraffin treatment. (1 hr 15 min - $98)

    Essential Pedicure 
    Treat your hard-working feet to a cleansing foot soak, followed by nail care essentials and a relaxing lower leg massage using a hydrating lotion. Polish it off with the colour of your choice or a nail buffing for a natural high gloss shine. (60 min - $88)

    45 Minute Relaxation Massage
    Throughout the ages, relaxation massage has been used to help ease the mind, heal the body and renew the spirit. Using gentle to medium pressure and effleurage movements, this massage will assist in easing tense muscles and increasing circulation – relaxing your body with a sense of overall well-being. (45 min - $95)

    The Mulligan
    Take off those golf shoes and relax after your game with a river rock foot soak, followed by a massage of the feet and lower legs while enjoying a cold beverage of your choice. Bring your golf partner and enjoy this treatment side-by-side. Available outdoors on our Terrace on the Mountain (weather permitting). (30 min - $75)

    Excited to get your spa on? Book your next appointment by clicking here.


  • Whether it’s for a quick upper lip fix or a full Brazilian, there are a few things you should always consider when planning to wax any part of your body. To help you out, we've listed a few tips to make your waxing experience more enjoyable and efficient. 

    1) Book with a professional
    This tip is especially important for first-timers. Believe it or not, a wax isn’t as simple as a strip and a rip. Aestheticians are professionals who are trained to wax with utmost safety, speed, and precision. 

    2) Be informed
    Do not book a waxing service if you are taking (within the last year) Accutane, Retinol A or any medication that increases skin sensitivity. Also, if pain tolerance isn’t your strong suit, try to avoid booking a waxing service right before or during menstruation (many women report feeling more sensitive to pain during this time of the month).

    3) Be prepared
    For best results, the length of the hair to be removed should be 5 - 10 mm (about ¼ inch). If hair is shorter than this, the wax may not be able to grab all of the hairs, leaving stragglers and prickly areas behind. Also, don’t forget to wear loose clothing because your skin will need to breathe and will be sensitive to heavy or tight garments rubbing against it. 

    4) Exfoliate
    During the weeks leading up to your waxing treatment, we suggest exfoliating the area with an exfoliating scrub (salt or sugar scrubs work fantastic on the body) approximately 2-3 times per week. This helps to remove dead, dry skin cells while loosening hairs that may be trapped under the skin. 

    5) Moisturize
    Apply moisturizer to the area the night before and the morning of the treatment. This will help prevent the wax from sticking to dry skin patches, which can leave behind red, painful marks. 

    6) After care
    Avoid working out or showering, bathing, or tanning immediately before or within 24 hrs after your waxing treatment to avoid irritation and/or infection. This is not optional. Trust us on this one. 

    We hope these tips will help you get the most out of your waxing service. Now that you're informed and prepared, you can enjoy the stress-free benefits of waxing. Feel free to print this off as a check-list for future appointments. For more information on waxing services at Sante Spa, click here. Happy waxing! 

    To book a wax at Sante Spa, click here.
  • During a recent Facebook contest, we asked our followers to enter into a draw for a chance to win free spa dollars. One of the entry requirements was to comment, telling us why they wanted to win.

    As we read through the hundreds of cute, touching, and funny comments, there was one trend that we couldn’t help but notice: a surprisingly common reason participants wanted to win was because they had never been to a spa before. Gasp! Not once, not ever?!

    It got us thinking about reasons why. Time? Cost? Too busy caring for others? In today’s hustle-bustle society, everyone seems to be running around from one thing to another, trying to keep up with work, kids, groceries, etc.

    However, there has been a shift in consciousness when it comes to taking care of our minds and bodies. People are beginning to prioritize activities that improve and nurture their personal development, health, and wellness. Spending time outdoors, working out, doing yoga, hiking, reading books, and learning to meditate are some of the ways we are finding solace in this crazy experience we call life.

    Somewhere in the mix, it seems that allowing ourselves to escape to the spa – even for just an hour or two hasn’t always made the cut. But maybe it should, and here are four reasons why:

    Reduce Stress and Anxiety
    Getting a massage, a facial, or even relaxing in a mineral pool are fantastic ways to alleviate stress, sooth aches and pains, loosen stiff muscles, and rejuvenate a tired mind and body. When you incorporate the additional benefits of aromatherapy and a tranquil atmosphere, mental stress begins to fade while endorphins – the brain’s “feel good” chemicals are released.

    Stimulate Blood Circulation
    Facials and massages not only feel good, they do good too. Improving blood circulation increases the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to the skin and muscles, which has a healing and regenerating effect. As a bonus, using naturally-based products with essential oils will keep the skin nourished and hydrated.

    Improve Skin Texture and Appearance
    Whether it’s an exfoliating body treatment or an anti-aging facial, treatments that are designed to improve and maintain the health of your skin will allow you to look and feel better longer – especially when done regularly and maintained with proper skin care between treatments.

    Now, if you're feeling ready to finally book some pampering for yourself for the very first time, click here to view our available appointments. Your mind and body will thank you.

  • According to a recent survey by digital offers site, 74% of Canadians in a relationship agree they do not care about receiving material gifts on Valentine’s Day - which explains the growing trend of giving the gift of an "experience" over "stuff." 

    If a romantic spa day is something you and your Valentine would enjoy experiencing as a couple, we’ve designed a list of couple’s experiences at Sante Spa that are sure to bring you closer together as you relax side-by-side. Once you've decided on the package that is perfect for you, we'll help you send a little hint to tell your sweetheart exactly how to win your heart on February 14th.

    B.C. Beach Stone Massage
    Through hot stone therapy, enjoy the warmth and pressure of smooth stones gliding across your skin. Relax and de-stress while the stones release muscle tension all over the body. (1 hr 10 min - $165 per person)

    Coast to Clouds Escape
    This package is the perfect retreat to share with someone special. Unwind together with a refreshing foot soak in front of the fireplace in our Crystal Suite. Continue your experience with a rejuvenating full body exfoliation followed by a Citrus Soak in the jetted soaking tub. After your soak, slip away to the clouds with a full body relaxation massage. (2 hrs - $245 per person)

    Goldstream Hikers Reprieve
    Start with a stunning customized guided hike through Goldstream Provincial Park. Return to Sante Spa and enjoy a refreshing drink and lunch. Revitalize in our Therapeutic Mineral Pool followed by your choice of an Elements Mountain Massage or Customized Facial. After your treatment, relax in the Forest Lounge or Terrace on the Mountain and reflect upon your day. ($237 per person)

    Yoga + Spa
    This customized private one-hour yoga session will be followed by a Therapeutic Mineral Pool soak, a one-hour Deep Flow Massage, and your choice of spa cuisine. ($193 per person)

    If a spa day is the treat you're craving for this Valentine's Day, allow us to help by sending your Valentine a sweet and subtle hint email!

    Click here to send your Valentine's Day "gift hint."

    For more information or to book a couple's experience, call (250) 391-3920.