The cultured capital of Canada is the ideal city for a spa retreat, any time of year. In the winter, after ice skating along the Rideau Canal, or paddling past the magnificent Gothic-style parliament buildings in the summer, an indulgent massage at a spa hotel awaits. And once you’ve explored one or more of the seven national museums and galleries in the city, and some serious R&R is in order, there are these absolutely fabulous spa hotels in Ottawa to choose from, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Let the Fairmont Château Laurier rub you up the right way. The emphasis of this glam hotel’s spa offering is on muscle-melting massages – from the traditional Thai technique, to tailored sports massages. Your hotel stay or spa visit includes a dip in the hotel’s stunning marble-lined pool and a trip to the Health Club. Choose from free weights and many fitness machines, most with a flatscreen television. Personal training and nutritional counseling are also available as part of the wellness services at this Ottawa spa.
The Westin’s spa slant is more along the health and fitness line than heady, indulgent relaxation. Its Westin Health Club is partnered with massage experts Relax, to help you unwind after your workout. But it’s the workout that’s the main event here. And if you forgot your workout wear? No worries. You can borrow slick Nike gym gear on the house, so you’ll look every inch the part while pumping iron in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows with twinkling city skyline views.
It’s safe to say that the Amerispa at the Hilton Lac-Leamy is one of the best spas in or near Ottawa. The hotel and casino complex is just across the Ottawa River in Gatineau – about 10 minutes’ drive, and their full service spa menu includes detoxifying vitamin-enriched body wraps, personalized facials and nail treatments in addition to soothing massages. Enjoy the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools, steam bath and sauna before or after your treatment. Couples and groups are welcome.
An incomparable retreat near Ottawa, the historic Wakefield Mill brings a unique sensibility to the Holtz Spa en Nature. The park-like surroundings offer views of the Gatineau Hills and the sound of MacLaren Falls, a 25ft (7.6m) waterfall. The all-organic treatment ingredients sound good enough to eat, like the coconut mango body wrap or the Arctic berries facial. Massages can take place in a wooded pavilion near the falls, weather permitting.
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