I had the extreme good fortune to be sent to Ste. Anne's spa for a two night visit back in February. My sister-in-law and I shared the "Wicker" room in the main building of the Ste. Anne's complex. Despite the fact that it was the deep of winter, the spa was fully booked, yet it did not feel overcrowded by any means! We had planned far ahead and booked all of our treatments at least a full month in advance and so were able to get everything we wanted...don't leave this to the last minute as you may be disappointed.
The grounds, even in the middle of winter, were beautiful and so peaceful with a covering of snow, and we fully appreciated lodging in the main building as we were literally able to stay in our robes all day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What a treat! And no one looks askance at you if you show up for lunch with "spa hair"!! Do try and remember your sandals or flip flops for getting around, although they do sell some in the gift shop if you forget, or you can wear the ones provided in your welcome kit.
Our room was tucked away up a "secret" staircase accessed through the quiet reading room or the dining area. The building is very old and our room was decorated to maintain that feeling, with a comfortable queen bed and a single in one large dormer type room with an attached bathroom. Be forewarned that there are no televisions or phones in your room, but you won't feel the lack! Everything was clean and well maintained and the turndown service even closed the wood shutters at night to ensure privacy and darkness!
I was a bit apprehensive about eating at the spa as I am both wheat and dairy allergic, but I really should have done my homework because I have not eaten so well since I've been diagnosed! The menus, which offer a good variety, indicated allergens for each item, and over the seven meals we enjoyed I only repeated coffee and tea and the excellent almond crust “pizza.” Everything was delicious, fresh, often organic, and of a very high calibre. I’m told the afternoon “cream tea” is amazing, but couldn’t partake for obvious reasons, so I stuck to the delicious, homemade hummus and bean dips!
The main reason for going to a spa is obviously the treatments and Ste. Anne’s does not disappoint in this area either. The Earth Stones Facial was the highlight of all the treatments that I tried (four in total) and should not be missed. I’ve never experienced that level of pampering during a facial. Generally the products used during treatments were Aveda and included Aveda aromatherapy singular notes to help enhance whatever you are having done. They also have a small shop where you can purchase all things Aveda to take home with you.
Finally, I would like to mention my two absolute favourite features of Ste. Anne’s spa: the activites, and the Eucalyptus Steam Room. I signed up for Yoga classes for all three days that I was at the spa. The yoga instructor was excellent and no two classes were the same; in fact they were somewhat foundational for those of us who were at the spa for the whole weekend, building on previous classes. By far my favourite activity however, was sitting in the Eucalyptus Steam Room...it is worth the trip to Grafton just to use the Steam Room. The heat, the scent; you could feel your pores opening up just walking in the door. I loved it! And there was something magical about running from the Steam Room to the outdoor hot tub overlooking the snow covered hills and then jumping into the icy plunge pool and starting over from the beginning again. Amazing. I’ve heard the gardens are not to be missed in the summer time, but for me, the stillness and peace of Ste. Anne’s in the winter will be what draws me back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ste. Anne's Spa, situated in the Haldimand Hills gazes down on over 400 acres of forested rolling hills overlooking Lake Ontario. It is Ontario's largest destination and day spa, offering extensive spa facilities, luxuriously appointed guest rooms, fine dining, and an array of spa treatments. Surrounding the main inn at Ste. Anne's are private guesthouses, truly a unique aspect of the "spa village" experience. Located only 90 minutes east of Toronto. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ste. Anne`s Hotel Grafton
- Ste. Anne's Spa Ontario/Grafton, Canada