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As much as I like to relax, I am not very good at it. My mind races, I think about things that I have no business thinking about and just generally don’t relax well. However, recently I spent the day at Ste Anne’s spa with a couple of my blogging friends, Stephanie from Bawlers and Crawlers and Kait from Teacups and Things and learned the true meaning of relaxation.
I didn’t think it was possible to turn my brain off of the outside world and just be able to focus on being at Ste Anne’s and enjoying being in the moment. But when on site at Ste Anne’s it’s easy to understand how you can take in all the beauty and serenity and just focus on the now.
Nestled in the countryside just off the 401 in Grafton is where you will find this gem of a getaway. It’s less than an hour from the Durham region so spending a day there is an easy drive. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted with gorgeous gardens, rustic buildings and overall beauty of the area.
Upon check in, you are handed a robe and your day of total relaxation begins. In addition to scheduled spa treatments and wellness classes, there are quiet rooms, hot tubs and a pool for you to just move at your own pace and relax as you wish. The quiet room is filled with the most amazing massage chairs to massage away all your aches and pains. I could have sat in those all days.
I started my day with a yoga class which was great to start out with and stretch away some tension in the body and soul. I then met up with my friends for an amazing lunch on the patio that overlooked the grounds. We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather wise and we able to enjoy all the different areas of the resort.
We were given so many options for our 3 course lunch, it was very hard to choose. Everything looked so delicious. I ended up deciding on the crab cakes for my appetizer, the hamburger with a cold, avocado soup as my side and then a strawberry rhubarb ice cream for dessert. So delicious, I could happily have that every day.
After lunch, it was time for me to enjoy a seaweed wrap. I had never had one before and was excited to see what it actually involved. For some reason, I envisioned being wrapped up in those seaweed papers they use for sushi. However, I started my treatment with a seaweed mud being applied to my body and then covered in warm hot towels and wrapped up like a cocoon. I was then treated to an incredible head massage. I swear I almost fell asleep I was so relaxed. After I showered off the mud concoction, I then received a full moisturizing body massage. Truly heavenly. I felt like all my aches and pains were massaged out of me.
I then met up with my friends to spend some time enjoying the pool and the outdoor area. Aside from the pool, there are Adirondack chairs, hammocks set up for you to just sit and enjoy.
We then went inside to enjoy the high tea. Little sandwiches, cheeses, cookies and treats and of course tea rounded out this amazing snack time.
I couldn’t believe how fast the day was going and we soon would have to hand in our robes and say goodbye. We decided to enjoy and the Fieldstone Grotto which houses a hot tub, a plunge pool for cooling down after and a lap pool. I was surprised how refreshing the plunge pool was after heating up in the hot tub.
After getting back into our everyday clothes, we took a meander through the gift shop which is filled with all types of unique gift ideas and the Ste Anne signature spa product line.
It was definitely hard to leave and definitely hope to return again soon. Next time I would like to be able to in their overnight experience and stay for the evening in one of their quaint rooms in their Main Inn or one of their Spa cottages that they have available.
It was such a relaxing day. I didn’t know I could actually allow myself to relax that much but it was definitely something this Mom needed and thank the Spa for such a great experience. If you are looking for a getaway that isn’t too far from home but gives you the ultimate in relaxation and comfort, Ste Anne’s is your place to go.