2017 should be the year of treating yourself. Point blank.
Even though 2016 is over, we can still have stressful moments, maybe even just thinking about last year gets you stressed out. Going everyday without a break can really do damage to your body, but there are plenty of ways to fix that.
Sometimes you just need to spend money on yourself without worrying about being broke. It is possible to be relaxed AF and not break the bank. Here are 11 fancy things you can treat yourself to for under $55 dollars in Ottawa–you can thank me later.
Dinner, movie and lounge
Cineplex VIP Cinemas is located in Lansdowne Park and it will give you all the relaxation vibes. You don’t have to cook dinner for yourself, since they serve amazing food there. They offer a unique experience that is unlike any other movie theatre. Watching a movie VIP means you get food delivered to your seats, drinks, and you have access to their lounge. Did I mention they have reclining seats?
Cost: $20 during the week, $25 on the weekends and $15 on Tuesdays
An Amazing Manicure/Pedicure Experience
Crazy Nails is what Barbie’s dream house would look like in real life. Their nail salon is vibrant, and fun, and they have so many great options of what treatment to get. From nails, to waxing, to eyelashes, you can get it all done here. If you prepay for your next nail appointment, you get $10 off!
Cost: $40 CND shellac manicure, $50 CND shellac pedicure, $50 UV gel full set
Ultimate Seafood Platter
Sometimes you just want to treat yourself to a fancy dinner. Whether that’s with a loved one, your BFFs or even yourself, treating yourself to a seafood platter is the ultimate gift. The seafood platter at The Shore Club is every seafood lovers dream, and if you’ve never tried seafood before (seriously, what are you doing?) then it’s the perfect place to start!
Cost: $55 single tier seafood platter
What better way to relax than to release all those unwanted toxins from your body? The Infrared Sauna burns calories while helping out your immune system. Since it burns calories, you can skip the gym for a day and give your body a rest and come here instead. You won’t be disappointed.
Cost: $30 for 30 minutes
Fine Tea, Coffee Bar & Eatery
Cafe Cristal is an adorable cafe that has amazing baked goods, coffee, and of course, crepes. They have a long list of crepes but the strawberry chocolate banana one is my personal favourite. You’ll feel like you’re eating dessert in France with how good these are, and it’s okay to let yourself indulge every once and a while!
Cost: Can be anywhere from $5 to $20 depending on what you get!
A Great Relaxation Experience
One way to treat yourself is to let yourself relax. Do your body a favour and stop thinking for a while, and focus on your breathing and movements. If you’re new to yoga, you can get a $40 for 30 day intro pass that will help you see if you like it or not. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it, as all of the classes are different. Some play music, some could put you to sleep with how relaxing they are and others give you energy!
Cost: $40 for 30 day intro pass
Blow Dry Bar
Society Salon & Blow Dry Bar is the ultimate place to go to if you want to be vamped up. They have four different styles that they can do to your hair, and you’ll love all of them. You can also add on things like braids, extensions, or ask them to do other styles for an additional price.
Cost: $35 for each blowout
Ace Mercado likes to call themselves mixoligists–and we completely agree. They have a wide range of drinks that are so cool and interesting, but there is also nothing like treating yourself to a glass of sangria. Grab your girlfriends and split a pitcher or two, and feel yourself relax!
Cost: $40 pitcher
The benefits of the Thermal Experience at Nordik Spa-Nature speaks for itself: it releases toxins, relaxes muscles, helps you sleep, and purifies the body so you’re in balance. The Thermal Experience includes saunas, whirlpools and multiple steam pools to help you reach that level of relaxation that everyone would die to have.
Cost: $55 from Monday to Thursday
This holistic way to relax is a new trend that we’ve seen become more and more popular recently. You’re in the salt cave for 40 minutes, and you come out feeling like a brand new person. With the sounds of waves in the background, and the air clearing your lungs and skin, you’re bound to want to try it over and over again.
Cost: $40 for each session
New York Style Pizza
Why wouldn’t you want to treat yourself to a pizza? If you’ve been working hard on your diet but want a cheat day, this is the place to be. Tennessy Williems has a great selection of pizzas–anywhere from classic pepperoni to pulled pork. You can indulge in your own personal pizza and remember that life is too short to be on a strict diet!
Cost: Pizza can be anywhere from $12 to $20 depending on size and flavour
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