I am SO RELAXED to say the least. I got back yesterday from two days at my favourite “escape” in the world. This magical oasis I’m referring to is the CAA four-diamond destination spa in Grafton, Ontario called Ste. Anne’s Spa.
This was my third trip there, and like always, they did not disappoint. We have formed an annual tradition since we all love it so much at Ste. Anne’s Spa. Myself, my mom, my Aunt, and my two cousins go together and we always have such a nice time.
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Working in the city, I appreciate more than ever a country-side escape where I can not worry about wearing make-up or getting dressed up. Instead, I listen to the birds chirping, breathe in fresh air, and live in my robe for two days. If you are looking for a great and reliable Destination Spa, look no further. LITERAL HEAVEN.
As I mentioned, Ste. Anne’s Spa is located in Grafton, Ontario, which is about 90 minutes east of Toronto. When you drive up, you are engulfed by the rustic countryside and beautiful gardens at the Main Inn. After filling out some paperwork, you will receive your keys for your accommodations (if you are doing the overnight getaway) a Ste. Anne’s bag, and a luxurious robe. You will then get a full itinerary for everyone in your party. Your meal times will be the same, however your treatment times may differ. Around your schedule, you are free to use all of the facilities at the Main Inn or relax at your accommodation!
Ste. Anne’s provides guests with the option to indulge in either a day-trip or an overnight getaway. Each time we have gone, we have stayed overnight, and I feel that it is well worth the money. The spa is all-inclusive with the original price you pay (excluding services). For example, the overnight cost per person ranges between $329-$649, depending on when you book. Included in this rate is a 4 course dinner, breakfast, 3 course lunch, afternoon tea, use of the facilities (more on this later), a spa credit (usually between $100-$150), a wellness class, and your accommodations. Pretty dang good if you ask me.
There are two options for overnight accommodations at the Spa. There are 15 rooms within the Main Inn. I’ll be honest, I don’t know a lot about these rooms as I have never stayed in one.
Each time we have stayed, we have been in one of the 7 unique Spa Cottages. Keep in mind, you do not pay extra for the cottage, however you need to have a minimum of 4 people to stay in most of the cottages. We have stayed in three different cottages so far, and they all are extremely beautiful and unique in design.
Most cottages have a full kitchen (not that you’ll need to use it), separate bedrooms, a hot tub, and a fireplace. I think my favourite cottage would have to be Casa Del Sol. Click here to view all of the cottages available. Each time we go, we all comment on how it is such a shame that we never end up spending a lot of time there. They are so beautiful, but there is just so much to do at the Main Inn!
Well, I can tell you one thing.. You will never be hungry while you are at Ste. Anne’s Spa because you are always eating!!! The meals are delicious, healthy and home-cooked.
When you first arrive, you have an afternoon tea, followed by dinner several hours later (4 courses!). The following day, you have breakfast, followed by a 3-course lunch.
The dining room is beautiful, however there is no need to get fancy for dinner. I NEVER wear any make-up while I am there, and have even gone to eat before in my robe (MANY people do). It’s nice to not feel judged, because everyone is doing the same thing.
I’m vegetarian and there are always plenty of options for me. I believe the menu is changed often, as I’ve never seen the same items twice. On this stay, I really enjoyed the Chipotle Mushroom Burger for lunch, and the Gnocchi at dinner! SO GOOD (and vegetarian). Keep an eye out for their host, Rick. He is hilarious and so welcoming!
The facilities at Ste. Anne’s Spa are going to keep you busy. In the Main Inn, you have your lobby, the gift shop (check out the lotion— AMAZING!), and the spa waiting room.
Just off to the other wing, you will find the Grotto, which features a lap pool, plunge pool, and hot tub. I personally just like the hot tub, but you do you! In this same area, you will also find the eucalyptus steam room, which makes the whole Inn smell so good. Additionally, you will find the Quiet Room, which has massage chairs.
Outside, throughout 400 acres of countryside, you will find gazebos, hammocks, beautiful gardens and an outdoor pool. Personally, I love the pool, hot tub and relaxing in the hammocks with a good book the most! Regardless, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Ste. Anne’s Spa has many services available for you to choose from including massage, body wraps/ scrubs, pedicures, manicures and facials.
I’m pretty basic when it comes to spa services and feel like I know what I like and what relaxes and de-stresses me the most. That being said, I tend to opt for some type of massage or facial. I have tried the Deep Tissue Massage, the Chakra Awareness Massage (so neat), the Swedish Massage, and the Ste. Anne’s Signature Facial. All of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I prefer a basic massage, however there are so many things you can choose from here.
PRO TIP: You can request to have your treatment room in a specific spot if you would like. In the summer, they may perform your treatment in outdoor gazebos. This happened to my mom once, and she did not find it relaxing due to the noise and she felt cold. If this is something you want to avoid, let them know at reception at the beginning of your stay! The main treatment rooms are quite relaxing and warm, so I would definitely recommend asking for this.
I’ll be honest…we rarely have time for the wellness classes when we visit. There is so much to do while you are here. However, if you want to carve out some time for these classes, there are many to choose from. Yoga, meditation, guided walks, and painting classes are some of the options available to you. My cousin and I did the yoga on our last visit and really enjoyed it. It was definitely at a beginners level, so no need to avoid the class if you have never done yoga before.
That about covers it for today, guys. I truly do hope you get the chance to experience this spa for yourself because it really is amazing. Life gets busy and we don’t always have time to take care of ourselves mentally, especially surrounded by all of the distractions in our everyday lives. Take the time to pamper yourself and you will reap the benefits by feeling more in control of your emotions and life. We all deserve a little “ME” time.
FYI: This post is NOT SPONSORED- I truly just love this spa.
Have an awesome week, and I will talk to you soon!
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