Get your wellness on at Montréal spas
The exciting bustle of arts, culture, festivals and food that defines Montréal guarantees any traveler a good time, but it doesn’t exactly equate relaxation. For that, we’ve got world-class wellness centres that put the “aaaah” in spa. Whether you’re looking to relieve sore muscles, rejuvenate tired skin, take a day to yourself or spiff up for a big date, Montréal has got the spa for you.
Avie Spa du Vieux Montréal
Located in the Marriott SpringHill Suites, in Old Montréal, Avie Spa du Vieux Montréal is just the spot for a primping session: there’s a hair salon on site, as well as great mani and pedi stations, waxing services and a vast selection of body treatments. Come with a gang of girlfriends for a pre-wedding session or as a couple for a relaxing rest in the hammam (Turkish bath) before a great black-soap exfoliation treatment followed by hydration with argan oil.
Offering a range of quick, 30-minute treatments specially conceived for the busy traveller on the run, AWAY Spa in the W Montréal (in Old Montréal on the cusp of Griffintown) is great for a quick hit of me-time. The full menu also offers extended relaxation experiences of course, including facials and body treatments for both men and women and specialized services like the rejuvenating Eye Supreme treatment, the reflexology massage and the mother-to-be massage for pregnant women.
Bota-Bota Spa Sur l’Eau
Located on a moored boat right on the banks of the St. Lawrence in the Old Port, Bota-Bota Spa Sur l’Eau offers incredible views from its dry sauna and outdoor heated pools; you’ll see both the cityscape and the water extend before you. Go for a quiet, contemplative day on the water circuit alone or with a friend (though chatting will be at a minimum, to preserve the hushed ambiance). And make sure you try lunch at the onsite restaurant serving refined, healthy cuisine.
Mann Grooming for Men
Nestled downtown within the Delta Montréal hotel, Mann Grooming for Men is the wellness version of a man-cave: a haven specialized in men’s services, ranging from expert straight-razor shaving to manicures, manscaping, spray-tanning, teeth whitening and more. Specialty services also include hair-loss treatments. Grab a gang of dudes and reserve a day of services before a big event, or take an hour out of your busy schedule to refuel and recharge solo style.
Located in the Delta Montréal hotel right downtown, Mbio Spa specializes in organic beauty products for its facial, massage and body treatments. Anyone who receives a treatment gets access to the Delta’s great health centre, which includes a heated saltwater pool, squash courts, saunas and more. For final beautification Mbio Spa includes a hair salon, IPL services and mani-pedi stations; there’s also a menu of medical services offered, including teeth whitening, microdermabrasion and weight loss treatments.
A getaway in Old Montréal located in the beautiful Place d’Armes Hôtel & Suites, Rainspa has a stunning hammam (Montréal’s first!) where you can while away the hours with a friend or alone, as well as a list of treatments that range from the standard to the medical. For a romantic day, explore the services catered to two, including five kinds of couple’s massage; or if you’re in a rush, take advantage of the express offerings such as reflexology and the Dermalogica Microzone Treatment. Guests of the hotel can also take advantage of the handy in-room services.
Scandinave Spa Vieux Montréal
Located right on De la Commune on the edge of the St. Lawrence in the Old Port, Scandinave Spa Vieux Montréal is a beautifully designed spot for a reprieve from city life. Come alone, with your best friend or with your better half for a day in the Nordic spa, following the water circuit from hot to cold to hot again. For the full blissful package, break up the day with a massage: they offer a range of relaxing options, including a unique Lomi-atsu massage combining Hawaiian and Japanese techniques.
Using the purest organic ingredients, Spa Cloud in the Quartier du Canal will welcome you in its warm embrace mixing raw wood, sleek surfaces and twinkling lights. Its treatment menu is inventive and indulgent, ranging from floatation baths (sooo relaxing) to sugaring hair removal (like waxing but better). Alongside medical treatments like cryotherapy and microdermabrasion, there are also standard services including a variety of facials for both men and women, and a massage for every purpose.
Spa Eastman Montréal
High in the 16th floor of a downtown tower, you’ll feel elevated in more ways than one after a day at the Spa Eastman Montréal. Gather a couple of friends for a primping session at the nail bar, or bring the family: there are mani-pedi and massage services specially designed for kids under 12. Among the specialized treatments, the NeuroSpa power nap station is a unique way to recharge, as are the hot shell massage and the thermotherapy treatment, which involves time in the infrared sauna and the igloo shower.
St. James Hotel Spa
Located in the vault of the posh St. James Hotel, itself the former Merchants Bank building dating back to the 1800s, the St. James Hotel Spa features thick grey-stone walls and a hushed, candlelit atmosphere of serenity. Enjoy special packages like the luxurious spa experience for two, or treat yourself to specialized services like the caviar facial, said to rejuvenate instantly. With advance notice the spa will gladly tailor its offers to your needs, and if you’re a guest of the hotel, it extends its services in-room.
Spa Tais in the Nouvel Hôtel
Located in the downtown core within the Nouvel Hôtel, Spa Tais offers a Chinese Tunia massage, a hydromassage (which includes 15 minutes in a Jacuzzi) and an exotic hot-shell or hot-stone massage in addition to its more standard options. This is also a great spot for acupuncture, waxing and a wide-range of facial care treatments. Steal away from city stresses and treat yourself to a beautifying, relaxing session from head to toe—how about the 3-hour long Queen Package?
Strøm Nordic Spa
A mere half-hour bus ride from downtown Montréal, Strøm Nordic Spa in Pôle des Rapides on Île-des-Soeurs is a nature spa that’s an ideal getaway both alone and for groups—they even have a meeting room. There’s also a focus on full-family services (kids included) and a weekly Family Brunch at the onsite restaurant every Sunday. The attractive facilities include outdoor whirlpools, Nordic baths, Finnish saunas, a eucalyptus steam bath, waterfalls, and both indoor and outdoor relaxation areas complete with fireplaces.
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.
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