Couples can enjoy a spa day

Giving experiences can be a true shortcut to romance on Valentine's Day

Paula and Mark Beuerman of Parksville enjoy champagne in the copper tub for two at Tigh-Na-Mara’s world class Grotto Spa.

Paula and Mark Beuerman of Parksville enjoy champagne in the copper tub for two at Tigh-Na-Mara’s world class Grotto Spa.

It’s the day of the year set aside for love, romance, and passion and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s nothing like a day at the spa to put you in the mood for romance.

Tigh-Na-Mara’s Grotto Spa in Parksville is recognized on an international level by Spas of America Online as the number one spa in Western Canada. If you want romance for two or you need to butter up your sweetheart with a relaxing treatment, there are several options to choose from at the Grotto Spa. It boasts 18 treatment rooms including three, private day suites for two that feature hand-crafted copper soaker tubs and oversized treatment tables.

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, director of sales and marketing for Tigh-Na-Mara, said their goal has always been to offer guest experiences that go beyond the expected and for Valentines they offer several treatments that are perfect for the occasion. The Love on the West Coast package is sure to make an impact.  It is for couples who want to experience three and a half hours of luxury and pampering together. The Touch of Romance package is just as indulgent. Houtby-Ferguson said the packages are available year round and the suites for two aren’t just for lovebirds.

“We have a lot of girlfriends who book treatments together. It’s more about reconnecting with a partner or a friend,” she said and added for those who are dateless on Valentine’s Day the spa is the perfect place to celebrate being single.

Every treatment at the Grotto Spa includes a dip in the 32 sq. m (2,500 sq. ft.) warm water pool which is infused with natural minerals and trace elements which detoxify the body and rejuvenate the spirit.  If you are looking for ways to spoil your loved one you can get some great ideas from the staff at the Grotto Spa by calling 250-248-1838 or visit

The AquaTerre Spa at Pacfic Shores Resort in Nanoose Bay is offering some Valentine’s Day specials that focus on chocolate … and for good reason.

The scent of chocolate triggers the release of chemicals in the brain that produce a similar feeling to when one first falls in love. In addition to being a true sensory indulgence, chocolate contains over 300 different compounds that have a significant impact on one’s health and beauty. Some of the decadent chocolate treatments you can indulge in without the calories include the Be Mine hot chocolate pedicure, hot stone massage and spa lunch package. The My Sweetheart package includes a shea butter body wrap, hot chocolate pedicure, choco manicure and champagne spa lunch.

Shannon Luscombe, assistant spa director at AquaTerre Spa, said their Valentine’s packages tend to book up quickly. She said the chocolate treatments are made with the Keyano Aromatics line and their products hit all the senses.

“It’s unbelievable how much they smell like chocolate,” she said.

Luscombe said their tub for two rates high on the romance scale and in fact they have had more than one marriage proposal happen in the tub.

“I remember one specifically because it was on Valentine’s Day. I was the therapist working on the treatment. He gave her a beautiful ring and she said yes.”

To see all the spa specials visit or call 250-468-2404.

The pressure to pick the ideal gift can leave many struggling for Valentine ideas, and rightfully so. You want to get something that shows how much you care, but it’s also important to demonstrate you know your partner.  If you are not sure what your sweetheart would prefer at the spa not to worry, a gift certificate for a spa treatment of their choice is sure to earn you brownie points.


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