• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

9 Divine Spas

HIGH-END HAVEN
Posh Deerhurst Spa, located in Huntsville, takes a big-city approach to pampering. Luxury is the key word here, and offerings include such decadent treatments as the caviar and pearl skin rejuvenation facial.
SWEET TREAT: Experience local flavour with the Muskoka maple sugar body polish or try the Muskoka maple manicure and pedicure. Deerhurst Resort, 1235 Deerhurst Dr., Huntsville, 705-789-6411, ext. 4653, or 1-800-461-4393 (select “option 3”).

NESTLED IN NATURE
Peace and quiet come complimentary with your service at The Trillium Spa in Port Sydney. The 5,000-square-foot facility, featuring post-and-beam ceilings, spans three floors and is set within 86 acres of tranquil forest that encompasses a private lake. Treatments cover the gamut from skin-firming and -softening facials to pedicures and reflexology.
UNWIND OUTSIDE: Enjoy a hot stone massage in the screened-in porch that overlooks a waterfall. Trillium Resort & Spa, Clearwater Lake Road, Port Sydney, 705-385-8074 or 1-800-263-6600.

PICTURE-PERFECT PAMPERING
How many spas boast 1,000 acres of lush parkland? Indulgence, The Spa at Taboo Resort Golf and Spa lives up to the promise of its name. The menu features deluxe variations on standards like facials, manis and pedis. Considerable choices for body wraps include concoctions based on chocolate, gold or pearls.
MUSKOKA WRAP: The cranberry-maple body polish takes its inspiration from these celebrated locally sourced ingredients. Taboo Resort Golf and Spa, 1209 Muskoka Beach Rd., Gravenhurst, 705-687-2233.

LAKESIDE RETREAT
Amba Health & Beauty Spa at the Delta Grandview Resort sits on the shores of picturesque Fairy Lake. The quaint spa offers a good selection of services to ease body and soul. Soothe sun-weary skin with the Acti-Sea body wrap, which uses five seaweeds imported from France, avocado and jojoba oil to detoxify and smooth.
SPORTING LIFE: The golf massage works on game-fatigued muscles and joints. Throw in a hot-stone foot treatment to speed recuperation after a day on the fairway. Delta Grandview Resort, 939 Hwy. 60, Huntsville, 705-789-1374.

ELEGANT RESPITE
Lovely and bright, Avalon Spa at The Inn at Christie’s Mill in Port Severn offers a satisfying balance between comfort and luxury. Skincare is the spa’s specialty, and there’s a good selection of facial treatments to choose from, including the brand new Make Me 10 Years Younger package, a two-hour service that includes microdermabrasion.
BOYS’ CLUB: The gentlemen’s Muskoka facial is no ordinary scrub and polish. Pressure-point massage on hands, feet, neck and shoulders complete the experience. The Inn at Christie’s Mill, 263 Port Severn Road N., 705-538-2354, ext. 422, or 1-800-465-9966.

BUFF AND SHINE
Bracebridge day spa Beauty Comes Naturally provides a large selection of aesthetic services, such as a spa mani-pedi that includes an exfoliating scrub and paraffin wax. Also find photo facials, chemical peels and laser hair removal.
BEACH BOD: Get beach ready with the Tan & Glow, a body scrub followed by a full-body airbrush tan application. 295 Wellington St., Bracebridge, 705-645-4441.

NEW SPA IN TOWN
Spanning more than 13,000 square feet, The Spa at The Rosseau makes its grand debut in July. The wait should be well worth it. Complemented by a 700-acre private wilderness reserve, the spa features an indoor pool for its guests and 11 private treatment rooms. There’s even a dedicated yoga studio.
GET TOGETHER: The couple suite features a tub for two and a private outdoor patio with a view of Lake Rosseau. The Rosseau–A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, 1050 Paignton House Rd., Minett, 705-765-1900.

HEALING TOUCH
Touchstone on Lake Muskoka is an exclusive resort set to open in July 2008. Among its many amenities, you’ll find Touch, a new spa open to all. Housed in the main lodge, the chic spa brings the outdoors in with grand massage rooms overlooking Lake Muskoka.
WATER BABY: Touch boasts a “double rain” shower, an infinity pool and an outdoor hot tub. Touchstone on Lake Muskoka, Hwy. 118 (8 km west of Bracebridge en route to Port Carling), www.touchstoneonlakemuskoka.com.

TRIED AND TRUE
The Inn at Manitou celebrates its 35th anniversary this year; the charming inn’s intimate in-house spa, featuring 11 treatment rooms, has been open for two decades now.
TONE UP: The Aromafructus Belledonne Contouring Treatment provides an inspired return to nature. The spa’s signature body treatment shapes and smooths skin with a poppy seed exfoliation, lemon-geranium body mask, and caffeine, green tea and bitter orange toner. Inn at Manitou, 81 Inn Rd., McKellar, 705-389-2171 or 1-800-571-8818.

Tip! Even Fido needs a spa day once in a while. The Muskoka Spa For Pets (1918 Muskoka Beach Rd., Bracebridge, 705-646-0023) offers grooming services and “pawdicures” plus daycare and boarding.

—Flannery Dean

Leave a Reply