Is there anything better than a getaway with some of your best girlfriends? Maybe, if it includes a stay at a spa like the one we had a few weeks back. A few of my fave blogger babes (Jenelle, Sandra, Zeba & Eleni) took a trip up to Ste Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario, for a luxurious and relaxing overnight stay. Take a look:

We were treated like queens during our entire stay – the staff at Ste Anne’s Spa is always ready to help and very attentive, the food was delicious, and the spa treatments are to die for. I enjoyed the contouring mud stone wrap, which was a combination of a little bit of everything – hot stone massage, mud wrap and foot/scalp/chest massage. We also spent a lot of time in the outdoor pools and the eucalyptus steam room. The spa is gorgeous and the facilities are really well cared for. They even have snack & drink stations set up to replenish yourself during your stay.

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During our visit, we stayed in one of Ste Anne’s beautiful cottages, Vista Lago. The place was beautiful and sleeps 4-8 people comfortably, with 4 bedrooms (2 king beds, 2 queens), a beautiful living room, kitchen and hot tub. It even included a conference room, making this a great option for a work retreat. Our cottage was a quick 5 minute drive from the spa, and they have a shuttle service available to take you back and forth if needed.

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Another thing I have to touch on is the food. We were able to enjoy high tea, breakfast and lunch at the on-site restaurant, and everything was fantastic. They had delicious menu options which we all enjoyed, and they were extremely accommodating of the dietary restrictions that we had in our group (think gluten-free, nut allergies and vegetarian options). The best part of it all had to be the private chef meal that we enjoyed in our cottage on our first day. Is there anything better than sipping wine with your friends and staying cozy in your pyjamas while someone else cooks for you? I don’t think so.

Overall, we had an amazing time at Ste Anne’s Spa and I will definitely be going back. I think this would be perfect for a bachelorette or birthday party with a group of friends who want to relax and unwind, or a getaway with that special someone. Have you ever been to Ste Anne’s Spa?

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Disclosure: Ste Anne’s Spa graciously hosted us for our visit, but as always opinions are 100% my own! xo

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Winter is definitely a great time to recharge your batteries and to take a little me time. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve definitely been experiencing a bit of the winter blues lately, and I knew that taking a step back to focus on me would be a great way to get myself ready to go for 2018. My boyfriend, Mickey, and I took a trip up to Collingwood, Ontario earlier this month to celebrate his birthday, and I knew that we had to pay a visit to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain while we were there. I’ve heard so many good things about this type of experience and this particular spa from a few friends and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

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The Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is located just a few minutes away from the Blue Mountain Resort, and is only 2 hours north of Toronto, making it the perfect place to visit when you want to get away for a night. It’s set in 25 acres of natural forest, and the location is absolutely beautiful. From the moment you enter the driveway you’re whisked away to a serene, calm setting where you know you’ll be able to relax. Upon arrival, you’re checked in, given an overview of how the baths work, and handed 2 towels & a locker key to store your belongings. Robes are also available for rental, which I highly suggest. Phones are not allowed in the baths area and silence is requested – there are staff members on hand keeping an eye on everything to ensure that chatting is kept to a low murmur so you can enjoy the silence and fully relax.

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The bath circuit has been set up to allow your body to relax and rejuvenate; you first begin the cycle in one of the hot areas for 10-15 minutes (hot bath, sauna or steam room) to detoxify and open your pores, followed by a cold water plunge (brrr!) for 2 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes to close the pores before finishing the cycle with a 10-15 minute relaxation period in one of the solariums or by the fire to bring your body back to a normal resting state. You can repeat this cycle several times, with most people staying about 2-3 hours in the baths. I ended up going through the cycle 5 times during our visit and couldn’t believe how great I felt afterwards. My mind was clear, my body felt great and I left feeling completely refreshed. Massages are also available to be booked and are a great way to start your visit off – I think I’ll be giving one a try next time!

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I just want to touch on the hot portion of the bath circuit, because this was easily my favourite. They have three heated pools to hang out in (which were delightful), a recently-updated Finnish sauna, a brand new infrared sauna and my favourite, the Norwegian steam bath. The steam bath, which uses eucalyptus, was so lovely. When you walk in the room, it’s full of steam & a little hard to see, but your eyes quickly adjust and you can grab a seat (note: the steam is definitely heavier on the top row of seating, so it’s best to start on the middle or first row when you first go in) and start taking it all in. It really hits you when you get in, and you’re soon sweating and breathing in the steam – it feels like an amazing detox session and I ended up going in twice because I loved it so much. I want one in my house!

The Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is especially breathtaking in the winter when it’s covered in snow. The setting is so beautiful and I could have stayed all day. I’ll definitely be returning in the summer when my mom comes home for a visit and can’t wait to experience is then as well!

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Tips to make your visit to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain more enjoyable:

  • Eat beforehand and stay hydrated throughout your visit. You’ll be detoxing and putting your body through the cycle a few times, so make sure that you’re drinking water. Bring a water bottle and fill it up using the refill stations throughout the baths area.
  • Bring along a book for the relaxation portion. You’ll be sitting in a solarium for 10-15 minutes every cycle, and if you have a book you’ve been meaning to read, this would be a great time to get into it.
  • Bring a robe or rent one. Especially in the winter, you’ll want to throw one on in between the portions of the cycle.
  • Leave one towel in your locker for afterwards. You’ll want to have a dry one ready for a shower after you finish.
  • Bring a pair of sandals to throw on when you walk between the hot/cold/relaxation portions – the ground gets cold in the winter!
  • Get there early. During the winter, holidays & weekends, the spa gets extremely busy and ends up going on a waitlist. Getting there early enough means you’ll have a better chance at getting in. If you do end up on the waitlist though, don’t worry! They’ll call you when you’re able to get in and the Blue Mountain Village is right around the corner so you can find something to do.
  • If you’re planning on getting a massage, book early! The massages book up pretty quickly, especially around busy times of the year – you can book them months in advance, so if you have a trip planned, make sure you lock yours down.

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Have you ever been to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain or something similar? Let me know what your experience was like!

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With the holidays just around the corner, I’m sure we all need a little time to sit back and relax. BVspa (Bon Vital’) products are perfect for when you need to take a break with some serious “me time.” The brand, which is a favourite of professional massage therapists, contains a lineup of relaxing care items that will give you a chance to take care of yourself.

The line contains a selection of sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, body butters and body lotions to ensure your skin is exfoliated and hydrated to the fullest. Each of the products is available in three fantastic aroma-therapeutic scents: lavendar & rosemary, pomegranate & acai berry and pink grapefruit. Each item is available for $11.99 from Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Ready to relax? I’ve got a fantastic giveaway for you – one lucky winner will receive a beautiful prize pack from BVspa containing a set of products, a comfy BVspa robe and a set of slippers to help you relax. The first 100 entrants will also receive a sample of their body lotions (Canadian residents only – will be verified with Instagram handle). First, enter to win via the steps below, then click through to this link to submit your information for the sample. Good luck!

How to enter:

  1. Follow @linerglttrgloss & @BVspacanada on Instagram
  2. Like this post and tag three friends you would share an evening of relaxation with
  3. For an extra entry, follow @linerglttrgloss & @BVspacanada on Twitter and tweet “I’m ready to relax with @linerglttrgloss & @BVspa. Enter now: http://wp.me/p1YQ0K-1Dg” (this can be done once per day)

The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm est on December 31, 2016 and the winner will be contacted on January 1, 2017.

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Well, November is finally here.  It hit me how quickly winter is approaching when I realized it was completely dark outside as I sat on the GO Train on my way home from work yesterday evening.  Just after 5:00. 5:00! And it’s only going to get worse from here on out.  If you’re anything like me, the cooler weather and shorter days put you in a rut.  I’m tired, I feel more stressed out and I’m starting to get a little cranky.  And let me tell you, the combination of these definitely starts to take its’ toll on my skin, as I notice it becoming more finnicky, with random breakouts, dullness and dryness creeping up on me.  I think I’m due for a little relaxation, and my skin sure could use a boost.

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The Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie, located in downtown Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel, prides itself on providing therapeutic treatments while throwing spa-goers into a unique cultural experience.  While it focuses on the benefits of communal hammam group water therapy, it also provides private treatments to suit the needs of clients.  This season, the spa has added a new treatment to its already impressive roster – the Oxygen Facial.

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This unique facial treatment was designed based on the fact that the oxygen that skin needs is often blocked out by damage due to the free radicals it comes into contact to – think pollution, smoke and the sun – all nasty stuff that builds up and prevents our skin from being its healthiest.  The Oxygen Facial helps to combat this by bringing necessary moisture back to the skin.  How does it do this?  A fine mist is infused into the skin through an ampoule to deliver moisture to the epidermis.

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I haven’t had a chance to try this new facial offering out yet, but I have a feeling I’m going to be giving it a try in the next little while to give my skin a boost in the dreary coming months.  As a result of increased cell turnover, skin becomes more radiant, while collagen and elastin are boosted.  Oh, and did I mention that it helps to reduce acneic breakouts?  Acne sufferers, take note.

To learn more about the Miraj Hammam Spa and the Oxygen Facial, check out their website: www.mirajcaudaliespa.com

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Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by the Miraj Hamam Spa by Caudalie.  And yes, I do plan on making a trip to the spa in the future!

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Is it just me or has this winter been particularly harsh?  I don’t know about you, but the constant cold and grey skies have left me feeling a little down and in need of a little relaxation.  Which, you know, is perfect because Spa Week by WaySpa.com is back once again!

You might remember me sharing this week of spa savings before.  It’s really a fantastic deal and is perfect for those of us who have been wanting a little pampering but have found it out of our budgets.  How does it work?  Participating spas in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario & Quebec have teamed up with WaySpa.com to offer various treatments and packages for the price of $50.  These offer great savings and an awesome chance to get out of the house to relax for a little while.  For example, I just booked my Spa Week treatment at the Bellagio Day Spa in Mississauga (a little birthday treat for myself).  What do I get for $50?  A 30 minute deep tissue Swedish massage and a 30 minute hydrating facial.  Not bad at all if I do say so myself.

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Spa Week will run from April 21-27th and it’s definitely a good idea to book now to make sure you are able to take advantage of the treatments you want.  It’s easy to join in on the pampering fun as well:

  1. Head to WaySpa.com/SPAWEEK to check out the participating spas and their available treatments
  2. Purchase your $50 Spa Week treatment voucher
  3. Call in to the spa of your choice to book your treatment

Anyways, I know I’m going to be doing a little relaxing in a couple of weeks to enjoy my $50 spa package.  Will you be checking out any of these treatments as well?

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