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Delectable Hotel Spas for When You and Toronto Need a Break

By , October 23rd, 2017

When rest and relaxation are the top priority for your next trip away — there’s no need to splurge on a weekend getaway or to schlep yourself onto a charter flight headed south. A weekend-long microadventure at the hotel spa near Toronto is exactly what you’ve been looking for: close to home, affordable and away from the stresses of life.

Spa retreat with the ladies, a Valentine’s Day Weekend with your better half or simply making the most of that private insurance massage allowance — these are the ultimate spa hotels and resorts within driving distance of the GTA. Unplugging from life’s fast lane in 3… 2… 1…


Sir Sam’s Waterspa

Eagle Lake near Haliburton

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Untangle those double knots in your neck from hunching over a keyboard day-in and day-out with a deep tissue massage and some hydrotherapy jets at Sir Sam’s Waterspa.

  • Spa highlight: Hydrotherapy fountains that work on your back and neck
  • Day pass: $15 with treatment, $30 without treatment
  • Massage menu: Scalp, Neck and Shoulders massage, Aromatherapy massage and Couples massage
  • Access: Just under three hours from Toronto, you’ll find Sir Sam’s just to the north of Haliburton.
  • In-room relaxation: Many of the rooms at this adults-only resort include fireplaces to cozy up to
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The Millcroft Inn & Spa

Alton near Caledon

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Follow the lead of those in the Nordics and stave off winter’s fatigue with a fall awakening thanks to Millcroft Inn & Spa‘s plunge pools and hot springs.

  • Spa highlight: Hot Spring pools and polar plunge pool
  • Day pass: $70 without treatment, $35 with treatments totaling under $100
  • Massage menu: Prenatal massage, Aveda Stress-Fix Body massage, Fusion Stone massage
  • Access: Take Highway 410 away from the airport up in the direction of Orangeville. Skip rush hour and you’ll be from blah to spa in one hour’s time.
  • In-room relaxation: Antique furnishings from Canada and abroad ooze opulence, only further challenged by an evening turndown service
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Amba Spa at Deerhurst Resort

Huntsville in Muskoka

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No need to wait until Valentine’s Day for one-on-one time. Take an autumn walk through the changing colours of Muskoka followed by a couples decompression session at Deerhurst’s Amba Spa.

  • Spa highlight: Couples’ Escape including body and scalp massages and paraffin treatments
  • Day pass: Day spa packages starting at $220
  • Massage menu: RMT massage, Golf massage, Reflexology
  • Access: Deerhurst is just north of Gravenhurst as Highway 60 continues out of Huntsville towards Algonquin Park. GTA residents can reach the resort in about two and a half hours.
  • In-room relaxation: Whether in the Pavillion building or facing the water, pillow-top mattresses are ready for pamper you with a good night’s sleep
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Spa Rousseau at JW Marriott The Rosseau

Lake Rosseau in Muskoka

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Drop the kids off at the grandparents and take yourself due north to the JW Marriott The Rosseau where your weekend routine, for once, will revolve around you!

  • Spa highlight: The Rosseau Signature Manicure and Pedicure
  • Day pass: $50 in winter, $65 in summer
  • Massage menu: Deep tissue massage, The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience, Head massage
  • Access: Lock onto Highway 400 and don’t hop off until Lake Joseph (about a two hours’ drive once you turn off from the 401)
  • In-room relaxation: Go for a long soak in your marble washroom’s bath tub
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The Spa at White Oaks


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Girls just want to have fun, but so can the gents! The staff at White Oaks will spoil you with rejuvenating treatments from head to toe.

  • Spa highlight: Men’s treatments (Sport pedicure, detoxifying seaweed wrap, manscaping)
  • Massage menu: Couples Thermal Palms massage, Relaxation massage, Pregnancy massage
  • Access: Without traffic, you can reach The White Oaks Resort, located between Niagara-on-the-Lake’s downtown and Niagara Falls, in an hour and a half from Toronto
  • In-room relaxation: After the spa, waltz back to your Deluxe Suite in your oversized bathrobe and lgiht up the in-room fireplace
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Ste. Anne’s Spa

Grafton east of Coburg

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You and your closest gal pals have been talking about a weekend away for the past year and no one can settle on planning it. Leave it to Ste. Anne’s Spa to put together the ideal package.

  • Spa highlight: Full all-inclusive wellness escape including meals, group wellness classes and a spa allowance
  • Day pass: Packages range from $185 – $290
  • Massage menu: Thai massage, Chakra Awareness, Shiatsu
  • Access: Within an hour and a half, you can escape from Toronto along the 401 to the world of Ste. Anne’s Spa
  • In-room relaxation: Take out a spa cottage which includes a gas fireplace and two-person whirlpool tub
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Hockley Valley Spa

Mono near Orangeville

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A later sunrise can only mean more dreary-eyed mornings ahead. Freshen up with a renewing facial at the Hockley Valley Spa.

  • Spa highlight: Facial treatments including facial enhancers (oxygen blast, collagen eye treatment)
  • Massage menu: Hot Bamboo treatment, Swedish-style massage, Couples massage
  • Access: Hockley Valley, just northeast of Orangeville, is reachable from Toronto in one hour
  • In-room relaxation: Request a room facing the fairways to get the full spectacle of the autumn leaves
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Have you tried out a hotel spa recently that you’d like to recommend? Drop it in a comment below!