These cottage-country spas offer a perfect rural retreat

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Published: March 3, 2020 · Updated: March 24, 2020

Looking for a relaxing spa experience? Whether you need a detour from the hectic pace of urban living, or simply want to feel pampered in a gorgeous cottage-country setting, you’ll want to make a booking at one of these luxurious destination spas. Offering everything from tension-reducing massages to indulgent body treatments, these tranquil spots are indulgent escapes from everyday routines. 

With the redesigned 2020 Audi Q7 at your command, a quiet, comfortable interior will extend the spa experience to the trip to and from the spa of your choice, while advanced driver-assistance tech takes the guesswork out of a day dedicated to relaxing. 

Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountain location of this luxurious, all-season Scandinavian Baths group offers a unique indoor-outdoor spa experience on a 25-acre property with idyllic views. Book a relaxing massage treatment, or simply spend a phone-free, adults-only day enjoying Scandinave’s stunning hydrotherapy circuit.  

Avalon Spa at Christie’s Mill, Port Severn

Open during the warm-weather months, this airy spa at Christie’s Mill Inn in Muskoka offers a wide range of nail, waxing, face, and body treatments. The spa menu encompasses organic ingredients and emphasizes rejuvenating and anti-aging effects—and guests are welcome to enjoy the inn’s indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna after their spa appointment.

Amba Spa at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville 

This spacious, 8000-square-foot Muskoka hotel spa is open daily and features six full-body treatment rooms, a couple’s massage room, and multiple manicure and pedicure stations. You’ll want to spend a full day exploring Amba’s steam room, swimming pool, and whirlpool—right after enjoying one of the spa’s signature hot-stone massages or aromatherapy body wraps.

Spa Rosseau at JW Marriott The Rossseau Muskoka, Muskoka Lakes

Experience a luxurious day of pampering at this full-service lake-view spa, featuring a Vichy hammam bath ritual, massage beds, an oxygen bar, a steam room, hydrotherapy services, and 11 treatment rooms—perfect for group spa days and romantic getaways alike. A private outdoor swimming pool with majestic views of Lake Rosseau is yours to enjoy during the summer months, too. 

Seed, Collingwood 

This calming spa and boutique space in Collingwood, Ont., is ideal for a quick, charming service. The relaxation-focused, holistically guided treatments include traditional facials as well as East Asian-inspired “gua sha” sculpting massages and services using microdermabrasion and micro-current technology. For maximum relaxation, you’ll want to try one of Seed’s LED light therapy and sound meditation sessions. 

WaterSpa at Sir Sam’s Inn, Eagle Lake

This intimate, peaceful Haliburton, Ont., spa offers scenic lake views and an energizing water circuit that you can experience before your treatment. Focused on healing and rejuvenation, the WaterSpa menu features relaxing massages and Austrian Moor Mud scrubs, wraps, and facials. 

Millcroft Spa, Caledon

This luxurious space at the Millcroft Inn & Spa offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment menu featuring AVEDA and Babor skincare products. The inn’s gorgeous outdoor hot spring pools alone are worth the short drive, especially if you’re a fan of polar plunge pools and traditional Finnish-cedar saunas. Our suggestion? Round up a few friends in your spacious, seven-seater Audi Q7 and head for a relaxing spa day in the (Caledon) hills. 

The Spa at Touchstone, Bracebridge

Personalized, indulgent spa treatments offered through the Amba Spa Collection are available seven days a week at Touchstone Resort on Lake Muskoka—perfectly located for a quick visit from your cottage-country hideaway. For an extra-decadent experience, you’ll want to reserve one of the spa’s hours-long signature pampering packages. 

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