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3 Unique Spa Experiences in Ottawa

To keep you looking and feeling good all year, we round up a trio of local spas that offer something out of the ordinary.

The outdoor baths at Le Nordik are especially romantic on winter evenings.

OUTDOOR OASIS
The main draw at Le Nordik Scandinavian Spa is the outdoor baths. With a combination of temperate, hot, and cold pools, plus sauna, steam bath, and relaxation stations all nestled in a rural atmosphere, a visit here offers total relaxation and rejuvenation. And while it’s a go-to destination year-round, it’s especially romantic in winter. 16 Chemin Nordik, Old Chelsea, 819-827-1111.

FOR THE MEN
Even men need a little TLC, so it’s Bodé Spa to the rescue. One of the only spas for men in Canada, this simple, elegant space steps away from the idea that there’s anything feminine about a clean shave and impeccable grooming. Services include “manscaping” (a variety of body parts with multiple methods of hair removal), hand and feet fixes, face and body treatments, and massage therapy. You can go as minimal as sprucing up your paws to as elaborate as a Turkish body scrub. We recommend the facial for dealing with “beard burn.” Note: there’s no sign on the door. 17 Marlborough Ave., Unit 100, 613-565-2633.

ORGANIC ALL THE WAY
Love a day at the spa, but chemical-laden products make you nervous? Then head to Oresta. This boutique and spa specializes in organic and earth-friendly facial and body treatments, as well as exclusive organic products for the entire family. Try a specially formulated winter facial packed with fruit and vegetable-based products, the heavenly “nirvana” scalp treatment, or organic spray tanning for a mid-winter glow. 464 O’Connor St., 613-231-7022, and 1121 Wellington St. W., 613-680-0415.

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