Get your wellness on at Montréal spas
This article was updated on September 6, 2019.
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 & Coiffure
Located in the Springhill Suites Old Montréal, Avie Spa & Coiffure 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 steam room before a great black-soap exfoliation treatment followed by hydration with argan oil.
Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau
Located on a moored boat right on the banks of the St. Lawrence River 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, La Traversée, serving refined, healthy cuisine.
Mann Grooming for Men
Nestled downtown within the Delta Hotels by Marriott Montréal, 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 Hotels by Marriott Montréal right downtown, M BIOSPA 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 M BIOSPA includes a hair salon, IPL services and mani-pedi stations.
A getaway in Old Montréal located in the beautiful Hôtel Place d’Armes, 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 for two, including five kinds of couple’s massages, 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 Street on the edge of the St. Lawrence River 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: it offers 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 Quartiers 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 glow-up 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 is the hot shell massage.
Spa of Hôtel Le St-James
Located in the vault of the posh Hotel Le St-James, itself the former Merchants Bank building dating back to the 1800s, the 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 solo. 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.
Wellness Spa at Le Nouvel Hotel
Located in the downtown core, the wellness spa at Le Nouvel Hotel offers body-mind relaxation solutions and medical treatments like kinesiology and osteopathy in addition to its more standard therapeutic massages. 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.
Strøm spa nordique
A mere half-hour bus ride from downtown Montréal, Strøm spa nordique on Île-des-Soeurs is a nature spa that’s an ideal getaway both alone and for groups – it even has 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.
Spa William Gray
Located within the Hôtel William Gray, a boutique hotel housed in two historical buildings dating back to the 18th century, Spa William Gray is a vast getaway that includes 10 private treatment rooms and an outdoor pool in the warmer months. The spa’s incredibly comfy spa beds include a healing warm-quartz massage bed and Spa Wave sound therapy system. The Himalayan salt room, full hot-and-cold thermal circuit and herbal sauna equal an ahhhh-some experience.
Isa Tousignant, blogger
Isa Tousignant is an arts and lifestyle writer based out of Parc Ex. When she isn't dragging her one-eyed pug around the neighbourhood, she's busy scoping out art shows, shopping for vintage finds, hiking urban trails or designing jewelry for her brand Gré.