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Montreal's Spas Serve Up Chocolate Baths, Sensory Deprivation & Boat Therapy
Montreal features scores of solid spa experiences, from indoor and outdoor Nordic water circuits to healing massages and professionally-executed beauty treatments. But who does it best?
These 12 top spas in Montreal made the list for a reason, whether it's for consistently positive word-of-mouth, a bewitching ambiance, state of the art facilities, unique treatment modalities, or a simple savoir-faire that keeps clients coming back year after year.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Located on the 3rd floor of Place d'Armes Hôtels & Suites, one of Old Montreal's highest-rated hotels, Rainspa is 2,500 square feet of spa, offering traditional services like mani-pedis, facials, body treatments, LED and microdermabrasion treatments as well as massage therapy.
Special treatment for men are also offered and perhaps the most enticing attraction of all is Rainspa's hammam, a hot and humid steam room inspired by traditional Morrocan and Turkish baths. Imagine a sauna, but wetter.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Branding itself "Montréal’s first and only one-stop grooming destination exclusively for men," downtown spa MANN proposes a variety of spa treatment and grooming services designed just for men, from waxing manscape services to back, body care, and hair loss treatments and as any good spa would offer, massage therapy. Massage styles include Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stones.
MANN packages like the CEO and MISTER MANN combine old-fashion straight blade shaves with modern mani-pedis and 60-minute massages, saving clients money on individual services. For the ultimate clean-up-good, opt for THE BIG DAY, a 150-minute treatment combining teeth whitening, manicure, pedicure, an express facial, and a "happy eyes" treatment rejuvenating the face.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Strøm Spa Nordique
Finding a hot-and-cold Nordic Spa surrounded by nature and calm in the middle of an urban setting is a tall order. Strøm Spa Nordique manages to find a happy medium with Nuns' Island, a tranquil Montreal neighborhood known for its wooded areas and waterfronts, with the spa itself a 20-minute drive from downtown Montreal, located on the edge of Lac des Battures, Nuns' Island's lone lake.
In addition to standard spa services like facials, body treatments, and massage therapy, Strøm proposes monthly and bimonthly events, social activities paired with the zen appeal of its specialty: thermal baths. Family brunches, gourmet breakfast and baths, and one-day retreats featuring conferences, meditation, yoga and healthy meals round out its day offerings.
For a nightlife slant, try Strøm's Cøzy Thursdays. Thermal baths, wine tastings, and hors d'oeuvres set to lounge music until 11 p.m. Or try Friday Under the Stars' DJ mixes, martini bar, and dinner until 1 a.m.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Le Bath Room
Le Bath Room brings a piece of the Dead Sea to urban Montreal, filling its circular flotation baths with Epsom salt which gives clients a sensation of effortless suspension, the alleged key to this treatment's total mind-body relaxation effect.
A Plateau neighborhood spa conveniently located on rue St. Denis, Le Bath Room doesn't just do baths. Over a dozen different massage techniques are performed. Just one caveat for unlinigual English speaker. All website information is in French only.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Spa Centrale Parc
Two words: chocolate bath. Composed of Belgian chocolate and essential oils, Spa Centrale Parc claims its unique chocolate bath treatment conveys both euphoric sensations and anti-depressant effects while assisting with skin regeneration.
A Plateau neighborhood spa overlooking Parc La Fontaine, Spa Centrale also serves up goat's milk and mud baths as well as infrared sauna access, osteopathy, physiotherapy, orthotherapy, and naturopathic treatments.
Traditional spa treatments like facials, mani-pedis, and body treatments are a given. Package highlights? Try the Chocolate Ritual of the Senses starting off with sugar exfoliation and body scrub followed by a Belgian chocolate wrap and massage.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Rosemont neighborhood spa Ovarium takes the high-tech approach to rest and relaxation with the Pulsar a treatment that bypasses the time and effort experienced meditators put into reaching a relaxed state. Requiring clients wear stereo headphones and goggles with small LED lights in front of each eye that emit light timed to rhythms created by the headphones, Pulsar's combination of sound and light entrains brainwaves to move from a state of alertness to one of profound relaxation.
Ovarium also proposes NeuroSpa, "a zero gravity reclined and contoured armchair that facilitates complete mental and physical synchronization." Wearing headphones, the client listens to music as "multi-frequency harmonic vibrations" emanating from the armchair communicate with the spinal column, stimulating the central nervous system. This allegedly neutralizes muscular inflammation and lessens tension in the body.
But what Ovarium is best known for is its unique flotation baths, egg-shaped sensory deprivation isolation tanks filled with water and 2,000 cups of Epsom salt. Management claim it was Ovarium president and spa founder Bernard Meloche who first brought this type of flotation bath to Montreal, back in 1982, inspired by American neuroscientist John C. Lilly who invented the isolation tank in 1954.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Proposing an indoor Nordic spa experience in the heart of Old Montreal, part of Spa Scandinave's charm is its proximity to a variety of attractions, top-notch restaurants, hotels, and nightlife options.
In terms of the spa itself, Spa Scandinave is equipped with a eucalyptus steam bath, Finnish sauna, hot bath, cold plunge bath, rinse stations, and relaxation area. Different types of massage are also available.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Possibly Montreal's most popular spa of all, Bota Bota has the unique distinction of being a boat. A spa boat. Perpetually anchored on the eastern side of the Old Port near rue McGill, catch incredible views of the port, Old Montreal, and surrounding waterfront as you move through Bota Bota's water circuit.
Massage, bodycare treatments, facials, mani-pedis and an on-site restaurant serving dishes like salmon tartare, roasted quail, and braised beef round out spa services.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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For a day trip less than two hours outside of Montreal, try Spa Bolton. The Eastern Townships Nordic water circuit spa often gets overlooked in favor of competitors with more aggressive media campaigns, but Bolton features something the others don't have: access to natural waterfalls from the Missisquoi River ebbing in the background. Take a polar bath plunge in the river's shallow waters come winter. In the summer, swim towards the falls and sit under them at your own risk (hint: it's an incredible experience if you're very careful, the rocks are slippery).
Equipped with a eucalyptus vapour bath, dry saunas, hot tub spas with 130 water jets massaging clients as they bathe, a heated pool, and a cold plunge bath, Spa Bolton also features a Savusauna, the only one of its kind in Canada, possibly North America. It's a Finnish smoke sauna that burns wood. With no chimney, the smoke permeates the room. Poplar branches are used to exfoliate the skin while relaxing in the Savusauna.
Other on-site services include the usual suspects: massage, facials, mani-pedis, and body care treatments. Massages can be had it outdoor yurts or tents positioned near the river, within audible distance of the waterfalls.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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Located in Brossard, a Greater Montreal area municipality south of the metropolis, Skyspa proposes a rooftop thermal experience with the help of Finnish saunas, steam baths, Californian baths, Nordic waterfalls, and rest areas.
Massages and assorted beauty treatments are also available on-site. And keep an eye out for Skyspa's Aufguss sauna. A German-inspired sauna where water and essential oils are poured over the sauna stove, the resident Aufgussmeister directs the scented steam towards bathers.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Spa Escale Santé
Boasting an all-inclusive spa experience in Montreal's East End, Spa Escale Santé offers a wide array of treatments and services like massotherapy, an Icelandic spa station, Nordic baths, facials, body care, mani-pedis, physiotherapy, aquatic osteopathy treatments as well as perineal and pelvic rehabilitation treatments ideal for pregnant women, those who've given birth, or even for women considering having children in the first place.
A rare esthetic treatment called electrocoagulation is also on the menu. It's a treatment that aims to reduce the appearance of rosacea and broken capillaries. Complimentary beverages (including smoothies) and a relaxation area with video are part of the package.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Victoria Park Spa
Located in Westmount, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Quebec, Victoria Park Spa offers both standard spa treatments (massage therapy, steam-sauna-cold room thermal circuit, facials, body care) but it's not so much the latter than landed the spa on this list.
What sets Victoria Park apart from other spas are its medical spa services, from injectables (dermal fillers, Botox), to body sculpting to laser treatments. Victoria Park even features a health club with yoga, barre, and pilates classes available on-site. Treatments just for men are also on the menu.