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13 of Ontario's most relaxing spas for your next 'me' day

From Blue Mountain's Scandinave Spa to Ste. Anne's Spa and Elmwood Spa in the heart of downtown Toronto, we've got Ontario's best spas. Aaaaand relax. 

The best, must-visit spas in Ontario near Toronto | The Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain

After a year of stress and staring at our own faces for hours on Zoom, we could use some much needed rest, relaxation and a facial — stat. While, we're not totally in the clear yet, places are starting to open up again and what better way to celebrate getting through this than a much-needed spa day.

We've rounded up the best spas in Ontario. From the serene Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain, to Grafton's Ste. Anne's Spa and the Elmwood Spa right in the heart of downtown Toronto. Treat yo' self to a Toronto hotel with an on-site spa for a mini staycation, or escape the city for a day-trip to a spa destination in winery haven Niagara-on-the-Lake.

There are Nordic spas that use hydrotherapy, Swedish massages to pummel out all those work-from-home knots and all kinds of newfangled new treatments to get you back on your feet more this upcoming spring. Go ahead, you earned it.  

As with most things these days, check online for available services, along with public health guidelines before booking. 

The best Ontario spas that are near Toronto

1. Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain 

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This thermal water wonderland is at the top of our relaxation bucket list. Just a two-hour drive north of Toronto and you're transported into tranquility on 25 acres of natural forest with views of the Niagara Escarpment. Heat up during the colder months in a series of hydrotherapy Scandinavian baths, release endorphins under the Nordic waterfall and digital detox in the heart of nature.

In the warmer months, experience a different kind of bathing on their certified forest bathing trail. A slow, mindful walk through the woods can help reduce stress levels and fatigue by reconnecting with something other than a pigeon on concrete. 

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2. Ste. Anne's Spa, Grafton 

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East of Cobourg, nestled amongst Grafton's rolling countryside, is the peaceful and idyllic Ste. Anne's Spa. Located in a country castle from the 1800s, you'll feel like you've gone back in time, or, at least feel like time has stopped for a little while. Staying in your plush bath robe all day is heavily encouraged here (most guests wear theirs to dinner). Treat yo' fine self to one or more of their 35 rejuvenating spa treatments, and save time for a dip in the heated all-season pools.

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3. 100 Fountain Spa at Pillar and Post, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

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After a day of winery hopping in Niagara-on-the-lake, wine down at this gorgeous, five-star vintage hotel and spa. The renovated 19th century canning factory now boasts 122 guest rooms, two restaurants and a sprawling 13,000 square feet sanctuary: The 100 Fountain Spa.

With a heated indoor saltwater pool, fitness centre, hot tub, outdoor pool and hot spring pool, the 100 Fountain is more like a resort. There's an extensive menu of spa services and holistic treatments to choose from, but don't miss out on their signature Beyond Vino Body Wrap, an anti-aging body treatment that uses grapes from Niagara vineyards.

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4. Spa Rosseau, JW Marriott Muskoka 

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Life is better in cottage country, but it's even better when you're overlooking the serene Lake Rosseau from the private, rooftop seasonal pool at the luxury Spa Rosseau. Located at the JW Marriott resort in Muskoka, this experience puts the 'ahhhh' in spa.

The treatments at Spa Rosseau are inspired by the elements of rock, wind and water, and provide a wonderful escape from all of Earth's other, not-so-great elements like email or homeschooling your kids. When available, the daily spa memberships can include three relaxation lounges with lake views, a warm-stone massage and the revitalizing oxygen bar.  

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5. Millcroft Inn and Spa, Caledon 

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If you want to leave the city for a self-care retreat in the country, a stay at the Millcroft Inn & Spa could cure a multitude of sins and stress. Located in Caledon, a town with winding horseback riding trails and Schitt's Creek vibes, the Millcroft Inn and its surrounding pond and waterfall feels farther than only an hour drive from Toronto.

Built in 1881, the Inn has been renovated to preserve its original beauty while making room for new additions like outdoor hot spring pools. Whether you're there for lunch at the spa's fully licensed café, cocooning in a clay body wrap, or just dropping in for a mani, you'll leave feeling balanced and fuller than when you arrived.

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6. Langdon Hall Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

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Visiting Langdon Hall feels like a retreat to the French countryside from the moment you pull up to the 120-year old mansion. The wellness centre is over 7,500 square feet, and includes a tennis court, a croquet lawn, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and gym.

You can spend an entire day escaping the world here with a spa menu that runs from facials and pedicures to full-body hot-stone massages and acupuncture or oil treatments. Finish with a drink on the garden patio overlooking the pond.

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7. Elora Mill Hotel and Spa, Elora & Fergus

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In the storybook village of Elora, atop the breathtaking Elora Gorge is the one-of-a-kind Elora Mill Hotel and Spa. Inside the towering, rustic limestone building, cozy luxury awaits — not to mention one of the best rooftop pools overlooking the gorge's rushing water.

The view from the spa's top floor solarium is spectacular with floor-to-ceiling windows displaying nature in all her beauty. We could spend all day there, sipping our fresh pressed juice and bubbly (yes, at the same time). Better yet, we'll get the mimosa body scrub to hydrate and brighten our skin, thank you very much.

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8. Thermëa Spa Village, Whitby (coming soon) 

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We're counting down the days until Thermëa Spa Village, the sister spa of Quebec's Nordik Spa-Nature, opens up in Whitby this spring. And if it's anything like Nordik (which also happens to be North America's largest spa), you know it's going to be BIG.

COVID may have slowed down the building process, but this relaxation experience is going to be nothing short of magic with its heated outdoor baths, saunas, massage pavilions and a wide array of rejuvenation rituals from the 2000-year-old Nordic tradition of thermotherapy to their Källa flotation pool with tons (literal tons) of epsom salt. 

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The best spas in Toronto 

9. Hammam Spa, 602 King St. W.

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Turns out you can actually feel Zen and refreshed on King West thanks to this city oasis. The Hammam Spa is the day spa of our dreams, once you step inside, you'll feel like you've been transported to a palace in Morocco and you'll get treated like royalty, too.

Here, you'll find skin, hair and body therapy to make you feel like your best self. And you can find us in their signature Hammam Rhassoul detoxifying body wrap with clay mined in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. TTYL. 

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10. The Spa at the Four Seasons, 60 Yorkville Ave.

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Head to the ninth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel and you'll be on cloud nine at the stunning spa which feels like a vacation in itself. Their signature body scrubs and masks like the lime and macadamia scrub will cleanse, soften and leave you smelling like a delicious pie filling for the rest of the day — we're not mad about it.  

Check out their new MedSpa with skin enhancing treatments and that state-of-the-art wellness centre, complete with indoor pool and you'll never hear, "you look tired," on your video meeting again. 

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11. The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, 181 Wellington St. W.

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Indulge in the city's largest luxury spa: Spa My Blend by Clarins at the iconic, five-star Ritz-Carlton Toronto. This Zen den is 23,000 sq. ft. of pure bliss where signature services get a touch of glamour (champagne, pour moi?).

Take a dip in the aroma-infused vitality pool, namaste all day in the co-ed sanctuary and get the skin care of your dreams with treatments like the 'masquerade facial,' where you keep your PPE mask on, while years of stress around your eyes and forehead melt away. Recharge, rejuvenate and chill the heck out will personalized treatments and some pretty tasty cucumber-infused water.

12. Elmwood Spa, 18 Elm St.

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In a historic brick building near the bustling Yonge and Dundas square is the surprising sanctuary Elmwood Spa. At this downtown day spa you can get treatments like the refreshing Fire and Ice body scrub with peppermint and aloe vera exfoliation followed by a therapeutic massage with hot lava shells, or a personalized facial treatment on your lunch break — don't worry we won't tell, that glow is totally from your computer screen. 

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13. Guerlain Spa at Hotel X, 111 Newfoundland Rd.

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The Guerlain Spa located inside the towering Hotel X right on the waterfront is a special treat-du-jour. The only Canadian location of the French beauty house opened in 2019 and it is fancy as f–rench.

The radiance facial is like a yoga retreat for your face, and there's not just massage therapy here. There's multi-sensorial massage rituals that will leave you in a complete state of bliss. Snack on delicate macarons in your plush robe, watch sailboats dance on the lake and wonder, “is this real life?” 

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