There’s something about December that makes us feel exhausted before we even reach the holidays. Rushing around to buy gifts, attend concerts and visit extended family can really take it out of moms and their already busy schedules.
So when we were invited to take an overnight stay at Ste. Anne’s Spa, we pretty much dropped everything and hot-footed it over there—which, blessedly, took no time at all. Despite feeling world’s apart from our city lives in the stunningly scenic grounds, Ste. Anne’s Spa is just 1.5 hours outside of Toronto.
We returned feeling refreshed, relaxed, and (just about) ready to take on the craziness of the season. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should visit Ste. Anne’s Spa.
While Ste. Anne’s is a one-stop-shop for all your mind and body needs, you shouldn’t leave without sampling one of their many spa services. Whether this is your first spa experience or your fiftieth, there’s something for everyone with a host of fabulous treatments that go way beyond the tradition pampering. Enjoy a luxurious Milk and Sesame Stone Wrap, a life-changing facial or the Minerva Aqua polish (a confirmed staff-favourite) before jumping into the Eucalyptus Steam Room or taking a plunge in the outdoor hot tub. Bliss.
Ste. Anne’s Spa Bakery specializes in delicious gluten-free baked goods from cookies and cakes to bread and jam, and is open daily. An extra special shout out to the butter tarts which were recently added to the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour—and for a very good reason. We could not stop eating these delicious bites of heaven.
Walking around the grounds of Ste. Anne’s, you may feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. With its old stone brick buildings, turrets and gables overlooking the rolling countryside with Lake Ontario on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that you’re only 1 hour 30 minutes away from downtown Toronto. That’s because some of its oldest buildings—like the stone house in the centre—were built as long ago as 1855 by Samuel Massey. With stunning views and beautiful architecture, it’s no wonder many local residents refer to Ste. Anne’s as “the Grafton Castle.” No view is bad here, so grab a seat and watch the beautiful sunset from the comfort of your robe.
The moment you arrive at Ste. Anne’s, you’ll be handed one of their robes and encouraged to slip inside and leave your troubles at the door. Guests wear the super soft white garments everywhere, moving seamlessly between breakfast, dinner and their spa treatments. If you feel like you might have to be surgically removed from yours when it’s time to leave, you can purchase one from the on-site gift shop.
All that relaxing can really work up an appetite. Thankfully, Ste. Anne’s have it covered as far as food is concerned. The spa offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea, and sources some of its ingredients from their very own gardens. The dress code is casual and unlike some other spas, there is no deprivation or talk of calories—just very yummy food (we’re still dreaming about the meatball marinara). Or if you really can’t prise yourself from the comfort of your cottage, why not have your very own chef prepare a delicious 4-course dinner from the privacy of your living room?
Warning: you may not want to leave.
To book your trip, go online at Ste. Anne’s Spa or call 1-888-346-6772 to make a reservation.