It's been a few weeks now and I am already thinking of when I can return to the hot/cold baths. I really enjoyed the experience overall. I thought I would feel uncomfortable walking around in my bathing suit but the guests are all respectful and everyone just keeps to themselves, adding to the overall relaxation I felt as there was no pressure to even make eye contact. My skin felt silky smooth at the end of the day.
The idea is to heat, cool and rest your body and repeat. There are three hot pools of different temperatures, a steam room, a sauna, two cold water plunge pools (plenty), muskoka chairs everywhere, two areas with hammocks and two indoor resting areas as well facing the woods. Reminder signs about silence were posted everywhere and guests respected that. Powerful hairdryers and body cream are available for use. The body cream is also sold at a counter near the entrance.
The spa cafe was spacious, comfortable and offered typical spa food - salads, light sandwiches, quiche, excellent tea selection and soups. I expected this to be overpriced but it was quite reasonable. It was okay to wear bathing suits in the cafe so I did, with just a towel around me and felt at home.
The changes that this spa could use are to update the change rooms and figure out a way to get rid of flies in the resting rooms outside. The lockers and washrooms remind me of those found in high schools. The toilets move! A spa commanding their prices should be in tip top condition. Most annoyingly of all, there were flies in the resting rooms of the hot / cold bath area. Yes, I know this spa is in the woods and there will be bugs but I am not against having a couple of bug zappers to get rid of the buggers. The flies actually sit on you and are relentless. Flies and spas do not belong together.
All in all, the experience of the hot / cold baths was excellent and I would love to return here and perhaps try a massage too. I am looking forward to the next visit.
1. No need to rent/purchase a robe in my opinion. Large towels are provided and can be swapped for a fresh/dry one at any time.
2. No need to bring water bottle. They have water fountains. I didn’t bother to use mine. It’s a bit of a hassel to bring it around.
3. Bring your own flip flops for the common areas.
4. After showering, go directly to the hair drying area to moisturize. I changed immediately after my shower not realizing there are large containers of cream available. The cream is excellent and the scent is fresh and not overpowering. http://ellasbotanicals.ca/
5. Bring your own magazine/reading material. Spa / cottage life magazines are available.
6. Resist using your mobile devices! They are forbidden but I saw a few blackberry addicts succumbing to their addiction. Sure, I had internet withdrawl but I think the absence of it allowed time to slow down and relaxation to take over.
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