Don't get this Spa mixed up with your local nails "Spa" or a day spa where you go to get a relaxation massage and be a chatty Kathy getting a mani-pedi. This is a serious spa experience modelled after European spas. I visited twice in Nov/Dec 2010 and was very impressed. Both times we booked a massage ahead of time and did not wait to enter the facility as can happen if they are at capacity since you can just show up and pay the baths entrance fee without getting a treatment.
The baths experience is to do the route of heating up your body with the outdoor hot baths and then move to either the steam room or sauna and then cool in the very cold plunge pool, rest and then repeat. The facility is outdoor with separate buildings for sauna, steam, relaxation. And several hot and cold areas with lots of capacity carved out of the middle of the forest in a very pretty setting. With lots of chairs around the hot pools, wood fire burning to complete the Scandavian experience.
I've been to a lot of Spas in Ontario to get massages and nothing compares to this. It makes any other top spa that is usually located at 5 star hotels just seem kind of pedestrian and claustrophobic.
Some tips - absolutely bring a robe and flip flops since they are not provided. To get the full experience, budget a lot of time - like at least 4 hours.
Do not come here if you cannot just be quiet and relax. If you like to goto spas and get a mani-pedi and be a chatty kathy - this is not for you.
You are not supposed to talk but that did not stop some people who disturb the vibe with their mumurs. Hats off to the staff who wandered the steam and sauna rooms and asked people to be quiet - although they didn't do that outside in the pools.
The massages include the entrance fee and therefore are somewhat overpriced - both times they were just ok massages - nothing remarkable.
I would say the only thing preventing me from giving this a 5 star rating is the changerooms which are really sub-par given the rest of the facility. They are bare concrete, wet to no surprise and just appear gross like a Holiday Inn pool changeroom. They should really consider upgrading them since it's not in keeping with the rest of the place which is great.
A lot of people looked like they never had gone to spas before to get treatments and were there to experience the baths and hot rooms. I am a big fan of the Montreal Le Scandinave which is an urban spa and a completely different experience but nothing else I've experienced in Ontario comes close to this.
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