Spa days are nothing short of fantastic. Even just hearing the word spa seems to induce some kind of distant bell chiming, rain falling ambient noise that just calms you down. It's a place literally made to take all your worries away. From the second you step in
But some spas just have that little extra something. You know, when you walk in and suddenly you're in a real-life perfume commercial? The scents are a little more mystical, you're literally glowing and all your troubles are weirdly whisked away by the background music featuring a pan flute.
Really inception should have been filmed in a spa because by the time you get out you never really knew if that organic seaweed wrap was a dream or not. And luckily for us, some of the most amazing spas in the country can be found right here in Ontario. Our stunning, lush landscapes makes for some great background for you to unplug, relax, and unwind.
Go enjoy with your Mom, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, Dad, sister, Tinder hook up, your dog, that person you met on the subway last week - WHO CARES. We know you just want to go.
1. Sir Sam's Inn & Spa // Eagle Lake
If you are looking for a modern yet charming, beautiful waterfront oasis retreat (and let's be real what's going on if you're not?), head to this beautiful spot on Eagle Lake. Once the home of Sir Samuel Hughes, the government minister who led the Canadian Military through WW1, this is a spot rich with history and beauty. Take a day trip to the slopes, a dip in the indoor pool, or curl up by the fireplace and get ready to enjoy this romantic getaway.
Accommodations: The historic mansion itself has 10 rooms, and they have added 16 lakeside accommodations for you to enjoy. They have two-story lakeside suites, and almost all the rooms/suites have walkout patios, balconies, and Thermomasseur baths, and just when you think it couldn't get better? You can curl up beside your own wood-burning fireplace at night. Yes we'll stay here for awhile.
Favourite Spa treatment: The pool overlooks the beautiful Eagle Lake, so before anything make sure you soak in that beauty. Once you're done that, soak in the rest of your relaxation a The WaterSpa through their circuit designed to have harmony with the environment to give you tranquility and balance, how? Head through their different water treatments each designed with a different body part to focus on, follow up with a Mango Enzyme Body Wrap or a couples massage.
Highlights: The food is almost worth the trip in itself - besides in order to be truly relaxed you have to feel good inside and out. What better way to do that then with delicious dining and a stunning wine cellar?
Who to go with: It's an adult only resort, meaning that you'll truly be able to unwind sans toddler screams, head here with your significant other for a romantic weekend by the lake that will truly be about only you two.
2. Elmhirst's Resort // Keene
Get ready to have the squad escape you've all been waiting for. This is a family owned and operated city escape only 90 minutes from Toronto that is down-to-earth, right on the shores of Rice Lake in the Kawarthas. They are renowned for not only their stunning property, natural vibe and great Spa treatments, but they also feature delicious farm to table food. For any person that is a self-proclaimed Brunch lover, you have to stop at the Hearthside Dining Room for their Sunday brunch.
Accommodations: Stay in your own private cottage looking over Rice Lake, each cottage (a total of 30) has its own BBQ, fireplace, full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and access to the fitness center, pool, and (DUH) spa.
Favourite Spa treatment: get treated by Swiss spa treatments free of chemicals and really get back to your roots. The spa operator Martina Linde has a 4-year diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine, meaning you may just get the best Tui Na massage of your life!
Highlights: Because this is a family operated business, they have amazing hospitality. A relaxing weekend made that much better because of warm smiles and comfort the second you walk in the door?
Who to go with: The down to earth vibe, natural surroundings, and warm hosts, it's the perfect pace for a squad weekend where you guys can really let loose free of judgment.
3. Ste. Anne's Spa // Grafton
Ste. Anne's is renowned internationally as THE place to go to relax and unwind. Why? Maybe it's the stunning exposed stone cottages that make up the accommodations, the laid back friendly atmosphere that makes you feel like your staying with family, or the ability to detach from all your worries at home. Whatever it is, with amazing staff who have the main goal of making you feel better you are bound to have a fabulous relaxing weekend at this beautiful Old World destination.
Accommodations: Choose from either 7 spa cottages or 15 room in the Main Inn. 8/15 of the rooms in the Main Inn are in the original wing, rightly nicknamed the Castle, they have exposed brick and stone walls, hardwood floors to add some extra old world charm to your visit.
Favourite Spa Treatment: Ste. Anne's spa treatments are all nothing short of unreal. They aim to go deeper than simply pampering you, they aim to "soothe the soul", fully releasing any stress you may have (insert sigh here). So to get to this ultimate relaxation? Try out a hot stone massage, or go for one of their bundles (Detoxifying, celebration, relax & rejuvenate) to really hone in on a specific area!
Highlights: they market themselves as a low pressure, relaxed, country get-away. No need to worry about doing your makeup every day, looking your best, or not being "fancy" enough here. Imagine that?! Being able to be yourself?!? And you can bring your own wine - we're in.
Who to go with: We're heading here with our number one. It's the perfect place for a vacation with your significant other, you two will truly feel like you escaped to another world and the old worldly architecture will only enhance the romantic ambience of the weekend.
4. The Briars Resort & Spa // Jackson's Point
The Briars dates back to the 1840s, meaning that if you need some confirmation that you'll be relaxed here, how about the fact that people have been coming back to this beautiful Lake Simcoe gem since before the country was even made? Featuring a Scottish woodlands golf course, amazing dining and obviously - a world-class spa, you'll have to try not to relax at this charming woodland oasis. With the getaway spa package, you get overnight accommodation, all meals, access to all the resort activities (like yoga and guided nature walks), and of course access to their calming spa that includes facials, massages, hydrotherapy, holistic treatments, and so much more.
Accommodations: stay in your own inn guestroom, private cottage or stunning lodge, all right in the middle of the wilderness and beside the shores of Lake Simcoe.
Favourite Spa treatment: double pleasure, one therapist works on your feet while the other works on your face. Don't just be the diva you want to be, be the diva you deserve to be.
Highlights: the best indicator of a great spa is truly the word of mouth, and The Briars are excelling in that category. Every review from here raves about supreme customer service that made them feel unique, the abundance of charm in throughout the resort, and the top quiality food and
Who to go with: head here with your sister for the Soul Sisters Getaway. You get everything included in the normal Briars welcome, plus spa robes, arrival treats, a spa discount, and a bottle of wine for you and your sister to start the weekend off right.
5. Elm Hurst Inn & Spa // Ingersoll
Three km away from the Ingersoll Golf and Country Club, rooms with whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, your own patio, and a weekend with your favourite person and you being pampered. Take a deep breath, because you're about to be relaxed. Pulling up to Elm Hurst is like pulling up to your dream cottage, this quaint and charming country side gem has everything you need for a beautiful weekend. Locally-inspired seasonal menus, access to local walking trails, and a quick drive from world class theatre at Stratford your weekend here will be filled with relaxing and indulgence in new activities to rejuvenate you. Accommodations:
Accommodations: Choose between 46 elegant guest rooms and 3 luxury suites to soothe your city shocked nerves. The majority of the rooms have views of the gardens, valley, and some have a jacuzzi or fireplace for that extra bit of comfort we all deserve.
Favourite spa treatment: All spa products feature AVEDA products, which, let's be honest, means you'll feel like you're constantly walking on a cloud when you come out. They have just about everything here, so we're going with the "treat yo'self" option and adding their optional enhancements to treatments. Bright eyes to our facial? Lay that raspberry eye masque on us.
Highlights: The location of the hotel is absolutely surreal, with lush gardens that in the cold months will be frosted with the beauty of winter, you won't believe that a place like this exists in real life.
Who To Go With: This is the perfect place to spend some quality one on one time with someone you either have been needing or wanting to catch up with. Whether that's your parent, sibling, best friend, long lost best friend - this high class mansion with small inn charm will help you get that reconnection you deserve. Bond over the beauty of the grounds, or you guys as a duo after your spa treatments and enjoy!
6. Inn & Spa On The Twenty // Jordan
Want to go next level on your boutique hotel experience? Inn and Spa on the Twenty is full of style, views, gourmet cuisine, pampering spa services, and so much more that makes your weekend get away that much better. Surrounded by the small town charm of Jordan and situated on a located that overlooks a woodland valley you can take in the views and let go of the stress here. The staff are known for their exceptional kindness, so you'll feel treated like a king, and what more could you want then having the Cave Spring Winery right next to you?
Accommodations: There are 24 suites in the main building, two suites in the Winemaker's Cottage, and one more spacious suite in the Vintage house. What comes with these you ask? The better question to ask what DOESN'T! Private gardens, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, orignal wooden beamed ceilings, and breakfast for two at the famous Inn On The Twenty, and dog-friendly suite options too!? We're in love.
Favourite spa treatment: transport yourself to another state of relaxation in their beautiful spa in the century old Vintage House which specialize in vinotherapetuic (DAS WINE PEOPLE) services with the radiant ritual massage.
Highlights: If you trust in the word of mouth review, head here. The experiences people have here only prove the high-class treatment and service you get from the second you walk into this amazing inn (think cookies and warm cider waiting for you). The staff will have anything you need in record times as if the country feel wasn't enough the relax you!
Who to go with: with the quaint town of Jordan in its backyard, all we can think of is how fitting a Gilmore Girls type retreat would be. So grab the Rory to your Lorelai and head here for a bonding weekend.
7. Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie // Toronto
Looking for a relaxing weekend suited for a diva? Head to the Miraj Hammam Spa! It's chic, sleek, exotic, and absurdly relaxing. This world class spa is located in the Shangri-La hotel and features traditional Middle Eastern Hammam and Gommage treatments. Fit for royalty like yourself, no?
Accommodations: The spa is located in the Shangri-La hotel, along with the internationally acclaimed Momofuku restaurant, making it the perfect place for a luxury staycation!
Favourite spa treatment: Their featured treatments include the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, Honey and Wine Body Wrap, and the Vinoperfect Facial Treatment.
Highlights: We are absolutely in love with the experience that comes along with their spa treatments. It's not only just about the facials and massages; guests also enjoy relaxing in the pool and lounge area. That's a kind of well-rounded we can definitely get behind!
Who to go with: With the hustle and bustle of the city, sometimes you just need a little time with your favourite trio - ME, MYSELF, AND I. But really, why not live like royalty for a day and indulge in some self-care? Give yourself the break you deserve and head here this winter.
8. Millcroft Inn & Spa // Caledon
Picture this: you roll up to a charming, snow-dusted chalet in the middle of a countryside. What's that beautiful place you ask? This historical Inn in Caledon, originally built as a knitting mill in 1881, has kept its old world charm but added modern features that are necessary for an ideal winter getaway. With afternoon tea services, unique decor, a beautiful forest backdrop, hot springs (open year round), and an award-winning spa, what more could you ask for?
Accommodations: Your suite will be furnished with European and Canadian antiques that add to the overall charming ambience. They offer pet friendly rooms as well!
Favourite spa treatment: As if this place couldn't get any better, they did it again with their Centre for Well-Being spa that features AVEDA and Babor skin products. Not only do you get access to their Woodlands Lounge (with fireside seating, tea, and granola), but you can also access the hydrotherapy rooms, fitness rooms, indoor pools, outdoor whirlpools and their Spa Cafe. If there's anything you really need to treat yourselves to, it's the Ofuro body treatment.
Highlights: They aim to not only develop your inner peace but to develop the community as well. What does that mean for you? You're staying in a place that brings in local artists and amazing regional cuisine.
Who to go with: One of our favourite things about this place is that there is a combination of high quality service and stunning accommodations that thrive on the beauty of their simplicity. What does that mean for you? It means you can come here with whoever you want, whenever you want and still have a relaxing time knowing you'll always be taken care of.
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