Posted by Alexander Dunphy
Your shoulders and neck are throbbing under the weight of those holiday shopping bags, your skin is drying up as the mercury slips below zero, and stretching your mental capacity to 2013 sounds like pure science fiction. Sounds like you need to take a Montreal winter spa day…
Strøm Spa Nordic is located on Ile-des-Soeurs, just a short drive away from the heart of downtown Montreal. The spa is close enough for a quick commute, but just far enough that even if you listen really hard, you hear and see nothing but the swirls of winter wind and the steam from the thermal water circuit. The Strøm Spa experience includes thermal and nordic baths and waterfalls, Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam bath, and multiple relaxation areas. Plus you get your massages in adorable little blue huts that are covered in winter, but in open air come summer. Look at that couple enjoying some healthy selections from the Strøm Spa bistro. Don’t they look deliriously relaxed and happy? This could be you.
Strøm Spa has an extremely popular event called “Night Under the Stars.” The Spa opens from 11PM-3AM and practically changes into a full fledged nightclub with lights, DJ, cocktails and delicious food from the bistro! Except instead of dancing, you get to just bask in the bliss of nothingness under a starry sky. Sounds pretty close to perfection. The next evening takes place December 21 and you can reserve your spot here. If regular business hours are your thing, check out their Holiday Packages that range from just $59 for “Zen Relaxation” to $229 for “Wonderful Shiver” which includes the thermal experience, massage of your choice, body treatment or facial, a meal at the bistro, and a special Strøm gift!
Put your worries and stress on ice for an afternoon at Montreal’s floating boat spa, Bota-Bota. Bota-Bota is even having a contest to get you vying for a hot winter. Until midnight on December 21, if you guess when the Alexandra Bassin (where Bota-Bota is stationed) will freeze you could win a Bota-Bota prize package! Check out their Facebook page for details and entry. If you’re on a budget, a day of the Nordic bath circuit and relaxation rooms could be what you need to melt that tension. If money and silliness is no object, then the 60 minute massage with a live private harpist is for you.
Spa Scandinave, conveniently located in Montreal’s Old Port is perfect for a quick getaway. The design of this place is breathtaking, it even won the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture! The place is very modern, but still provides a tranquil atmosphere for some serious RR. There’s a small health bar, a few relaxation rooms, and of course a large menu of treatments. Perfect for a quick dip out of the icy air!
On a chilly winter day, I can’t think of anything that sounds more appealing than a hot stone massage. Especially after doing some outdoor winter sports. If I could remain upright, I would put hot stones in my winter jacket. But that’s a little silly and hot stones are best left to the professionals at Espace Nomad in Montreal’s Plateau district. Espace Nomad is a holistic and organic spa that offers a massive array of treatments tailored for both women and men. A trip here will turn that “Brrrrr” into an “Ahhhh” in no time. You can even book your appointment online!
Often referred to as the “best kept spa secret” in Montreal, Spa Eastman is located on the 16th floor of an office building on Sherbrooke. It stakes its claim as Montreal’s first urban spa when it opened 20 years ago, and it’s had people drift through their doors looking for an escape every since. Even though Spa Eastman is located dead centre in the hustle and bustle of the city, stepping inside is like transporting yourself into a peaceful slice of the eastern townships. They have many massage and beauty services that will have you primped and prodded in time for New Year’s Eve and a fresh crack at 2013.
Strøm Spa / 1001 Boulevard de la Forêt, Montreal / (514) 761-2772
Bota-Bota / 358 rue de la Commune West / (514) 284-0333
Spa Scandinave / 71 Rue de la Commune West, Montreal / (514) 288-2009
Espace Nomad / 4650 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal / (514) 842-7279
Spa Eastman / 666 Sherbrooke West / (514) 845-8455
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