There's a magical grotto in BC where you can immerse yourself in warm waters and let your worries melt away. At the oceanfront town of Parksville on Vancouver Island, the Tigh-Na-Mara resort has an incredible spa. It's consistently rated the best in Canada and it's easy to see why.
The Grotto Spa is uniquely designed to look like you've wandered into a natural cave hot spring! If you're looking to treat yourself, then you have to visit this spa. It's like nothing else in BC! Plus, there is a lot to do near Parksville to make your spa day part of a weekend getaway.
The mineral pool at the spa was created to look like a natural stone grotto oasis. Music plays under the water inside the warm pool and the water itself is full of natural minerals and elements that your body will love, especially if you have sore or achy muscles.
There is also a two-storey waterfall gently cascading into the mineral pool. There's even a cold cascade of water so you can alternate between hot and cold cycles like at a hydrotherapy spa.
The spa offers a ton of dreamy treatments like massages and facials. One treatment we are totally splashing out on is their "Deluxe Signature Body Experience" body polish and wrap with glacial clay, sea salt and seaweed for a distinctly West Coast way to detox and restore. You could just go for a luxury manicure if you like to keep it simple!
For a relaxing experience like no other, you have to put a visit to this spa on your bucket list. The hours you spend here will feel like minutes since you'll be so totally immersed in the experience and you'll never want to leave.
Grotto Spa At Tigh-Na-Mara
Price: Free access to the Grotto mineral pool with the purchase of any 60-minute spa treatment
Address: 155 Resort Drive, Parksville BC V9P 2E3
Why you need to go: You can relax and melt inside the warm waters in a totally surreal grotto at the number one rated spa in Canada.