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Ste Anne’s Spa is the Best Relaxing Retreat You Could Ask for in Ontario

I hate standing on the train. It really is a pet peeve and I wish that each day I commute into the Six that I had the luxury of a seat. But we can’t all get what we want all the time. This daily drudge is a common routine that many of us endure as we head to work, bring home the bacon, and sit through snore-fest meetings requiring triple shot espressos. We crave a change. We crave an outlet. We crave an escape. Ste Anne’s Spa in Grafton Ontario is the answer. At Ste Anne’s Spa, not only do you have all the facilities at your disposal, but you also have the ultimate sanctuary away from the familiar. Plus, there is always a seat waiting for you….

Ste Anne's Spa in Grafton Ontario is the perfect Escape from the Everyday Drudge
Ste Anne’s Spa in Grafton Ontario is the perfect Escape from the Everyday Drudge

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A Few Facts about Ste Anne’s Spa

  • A family owned company, Ste Anne’s Spa wants guests to feel right at home.
  • After a decade without any action, the family took matters into their own hands and began building the inn and spa to what it is today.
  • Ste Anne’s Spa is looked upon as an unofficial castle!
  • The family are constantly revolutionizing the spa experience, adding new amenities and treatments frequently.
  • The centre house dates back to 1858.
Areas of Ste Anne's Spa date all the way back to 1858
Areas of Ste Anne’s Spa date all the way back to 1858
  • Ste Anne’s Spa prides itself for having a tranquil environment and limits the amount of guests at one time to ensure a pleasant experience for all.
  • Ste Anne’s Spa opened officially to the public in 1985.
  • They don’t host weddings, but they book hen parties, showers, bachelorettes, and other getaways.
  • A New Hydrotherapy area is currently being developed and a culinary school is in the works!
  • A bottanist was commissioned to create a skincare line that stands behind the values of the spa and treatments.
  • Cannabis oil massages are being introduced at the spa – a revolutionary treatment aligned with the legalization of cannabis coming in October 2018.
Ste Anne's Spa in Grafton Ontario
Ste Anne’s Spa in Grafton Ontario

Ste Anne’s Spa Visit Logistics

So when you arrive at Ste Anne’s Spa, you are treated like royalty. I was ready to forget the irritating commute I endure daily and allow myself to unwind and unplug.  As you drive in from the highway, take a close look at the signs on the sides of the road. They are the first subtle messages to release stress, park the daily grind at the door, and allow the peace and quiet to take over.

The beautiful forest road leading to Ste Anne's Spa
The beautiful forest road leading to Ste Anne’s Spa

 

Messages from Ste Anne's Spa to start your unwinding and de-stressing from the moment you arrive
Messages from Ste Anne’s Spa to start your unwinding and de-stressing from the moment you arrive

 

Messages from Ste Anne's Spa to start your unwinding and de-stressing from the moment you arrive
Messages from Ste Anne’s Spa to start your unwinding and de-stressing from the moment you arrive

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Enter the front door and feel the pulse of bliss. The lobby boasts a beautiful chandelier, comfy sofas, a daily tea offering, and of course, the friendly staff waiting to check you in. Whether you are there for a day spa or for an overnight experience, you will be taken care of to the nth degree.

Ste Anne's Spa Entrance
Ste Anne’s Spa Entrance

 

The lovely seating area at Ste Anne's Spa
The lovely seating area at Ste Anne’s Spa

 

The beautiful chandelier in the entry way
The beautiful chandelier in the entry way

 

The Daily Tea offered at Ste Anne's Spa upon arrival
The Daily Tea offered at Ste Anne’s Spa upon arrival

Once you check in, you are given a bag that includes the official Ste Anne’s Spa uniform – A bath robe! A plushy white robe to wear while you are enjoying the spa. Ste Anne’s wants guests to feel right at home so they encourage wearing of the robe throughout the day and even to meals in the dining room. I also love the attention to detail with the customized bags and itinerary detailing exactly what I’m to experience during my time there. Forget comfy shoes? No sweat! Ste Anne’s Spa offers shoes for daily use. They are sterilized and ready at the front desk should you need a pair.

You are given your Itinerary when you arrive at the spa
You are given your Itinerary when you arrive at the spa

 

The bathrobes are given to each guests in these customized bags!
The bathrobes are given to each guests in these customized bags!

The Ste Anne’s Spa Facilities

After check in, the lovely staff at the inn will take you on an informative tour of the facilities. They will point out the various pools, steam rooms, relaxing rooms, and spots to wait for treatments. Change Rooms, the dining room, and the store are also pointed out for guests.

The Ste Anne's Spa store within the inn. It carries a variety of wellness products
The Ste Anne’s Spa store within the inn. It carries a variety of wellness products

The Change Rooms

The change rooms are beautifully clean and modern. They boast beautiful wooden lockers with state of the art locks to keep your belongings safe I must admit the lock I found a little high tech, but was able to manage securing my belongings for the day.

The Change Rooms at Ste Anne's Spa are clean and modern
The Change Rooms at Ste Anne’s Spa are clean and modern

As you change into your comfy clothes for the day, check out the sauna within the change room, the whirlpool, shower stations, blow dryer areas, and more. There are towels for your use as well as various toiletries available in the event your forget yours at home.

The Ste Anne's Spa Change room Facilities
The Ste Anne’s Spa Change room Facilities

 

The Ste Anne's Spa Change room Facilities
The Ste Anne’s Spa Change room Facilities

 

The delightful whirlpool within the change room at Ste Anne's Spa
The delightful whirlpool within the change room at Ste Anne’s Spa

 

Ready to Relax in the Ste Anne's Spa uniform
Ready to Relax in the Ste Anne’s Spa uniform

The Grotto and Eucalyptus Steam Room

Being from Australia, hubby loves eucalyptus. Not only is it a small reminder of the comforts of home, but it also brings many a healing property. The steam room definitely is perfect if you have allergies, may be getting a cold, or simply wish a detox. Don’t spend more than 8-10 minutes in there! It can be quite strong. And DEFINITELY drink lots of water upon exiting.

The Eucalyptus Room at Ste Anne's Spa
The Eucalyptus Room at Ste Anne’s Spa

The Grotto is one of my favourite spots on the Ste Anne’s Spa property! An outdoor sanctuary with pools of varying temperatures, the Grotto is the perfect spot to begin your cleanse, unwind, and de-stress itinerary. Designed with the stone architecture of the rest of the resort, the Grotto gives guests that feeling as if they are overseas in Europe. Enjoy a refresh in the main pool with a temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. A cold plunge of 65 degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect way to keep your thyroid healthy (if you dare to plunge in the cold water, it is said that the cooler temperature is good for the neck gland in many ways.) And lastly, a hot tub of 104 degrees ready to ease and soothe the achy muscles, relax the tension in your mind, and allows for complete peace. I honestly now want to go back!

The Grotto 85-degree pool
The Grotto 85-degree pool

 

The comforting hot tub in the Grotto
The comforting hot tub in the Grotto

The on thing I must note about the hot tub in the Grotto was the seating within the tub. If you are not tall, you will struggle to sit with your head above water. Since I am 5″4, I had to kneel on the seats in order to keep my head from being underwater. Some guests may find this inconvenient or uncomfortable.

The Cold Plunge in the Grotto
The Cold Plunge in the Grotto

Dining – Lunch Options

So during our stay we had the pleasure of enjoying a 3-course lunch in the dining room. The set menu offers guests a variety of choices for the appetizer and main courses. The dishes are for the most part gluten free and have a variety of options for vegetarians.

Have a dietary requirement? No problem! I love their attention to detail as they give the guest with the requirement a card noting the allergy. This is a nice touch to ensure meals are served right acknowledging the request.

The allergy card given to you at the Ste Anne's Spa dining room
The allergy card given to you at the Ste Anne’s Spa dining room

Appetizer – Charcuterie Plate

So, I had trouble choosing my appetizer until my husband said to me: “They have a charcuterie plate!” SOLD. This meal is one of my favourites out there with the combination of meats, cheeses, pickles and other savoury condiments. The one I was served ticked all the boxes and was the perfect start to the meal. I particularly loved the figs. Figs are such amazing fruits that taste great with cheese. You need to try it!

Charcuterie Plate
Charcuterie Plate

The Marinara Meatballs

Hubby opted for the marinara meatballs. Perfect size and flavour, the meatballs served as the ideal starter for his lunch.

Marinara Meatballs
Marinara Meatballs

The Drinks

So with your 3-course meal you can choose a hot or cold beverage. If you wish alcohol, it is extra. We chose two different flavoured cocoas to try – Honey hot cocoa and peppermint. Both came with frothed milk and cinnamon. They were delightful.

Hot Cocoa Served in the Dining room
Hot Cocoa Served in the Dining room

 

Hot Cocoa Served in the Dining room
Hot Cocoa Served in the Dining room

The Mains

After enjoying our appetizers, the mains arrived of the mushroom quinoa burger served with the daily soup of sweet potato curry and Pesto pasta with vegetables. Both were delicious with great flavour and ample portion size. Combined with the appetizers, I could not have wanted more than what was served. Truly a delicious lunch choice.

Mushroom Quinoa Burger served with curried sweet potato soup
Mushroom Quinoa Burger served with curried sweet potato soup

 

The Daily pasta special came with vegetable and was tossed in pesto sauce
The Daily pasta special came with vegetable and was tossed in pesto sauce

Dessert

Ste Anne’s Spa had many desserts to choose from all made in house. A variety of ice creams, cakes, and pies were available to conclude your delightful meal. It was so hard to choose! In the end, hubby and I went for the carrot cake and the creme brulee. Both were tantalizing and made perfectly. I love carrot cake when it is spiced just right. This one was moist, spiced, and had the incredible cream cheese icing. The creme brulee was the seasonal vanilla flavour served with fruit and the traditional sugared top. Delicious and ultimately satisfying. The creme brulee flavours change seasonally so do ask your server for the flavour available when you visit.

Carrot Cake served at Ste Anne's Spa
Carrot Cake served at Ste Anne’s Spa

 

Creme brulee at Ste Anne's Spa
Creme brulee at Ste Anne’s Spa

 

Carrot Cake served at Ste Anne's Spa
Momo loved the Carrot Cake served at Ste Anne’s Spa

The Trails and Outdoor Grounds

For the hikers out there, or those who wish to work off the dessert, there are numerous hiking trails on property! Not only will you be surrounded by gorgeous trees, plants, flowers, and wildlife, but also the artistic flair of the hired gardeners. I particularly love the lavender labyrinth! Walk through the fragrant herb garden and enjoy the aroma as you appreciate your natural surroundings.

The lavender labyrinth is a beautiful diversion in the Ste Anne's Spa experience
The lavender labyrinth is a beautiful diversion in the Ste Anne’s Spa experience

 

Smell the lavender on the property
Smell the lavender on the property

 

A bee enjoys a stop in the lavender labyrinth
A bee enjoys a stop in the lavender labyrinth

The Acreage of the property is just incredible boasting horse stables, curated gardens with produce and herbs grown for the restaurant, special plants for the skin care line, and for the leisure of guests.

Enjoying the ambiance on the property
Enjoying the ambiance on the property

 

Tranquility at its finest
Tranquility at its finest

 

Bumblebees are in plentiful supply in the natural environment
Bumblebees are in plentiful supply in the natural environment

 

Beautiful Ste Anne's Spa
Beautiful Ste Anne’s Spa

 

Beautiful poppies on property
Beautiful poppies on property

 

Enjoy your own hammock!
Enjoy your own hammock!

 

Enjoy your own hammock like Momo the Mascot
Enjoy your own hammock like Momo the Mascot

 

Enjoy your own hammock!
Enjoy your own hammock!

Body Treatments

So a big part of a spa is the range of treatments offered above and beyond the pool and sauna facilities. Here at Ste Anne’s Spa they offer a variety of treatments to accommodate many needs including body scrubs, body wraps, massages of all sorts and lengths, facials, and more. While we were there, we got the pleasure of a body treatment each. I opted for the seasonal pumpkin spice body scrub while hubby chose a 60-minute body massage administered by a Registered Massage Therapist. Both were exceptional and respected our privacy. I loved the peace while getting the treatment, the professionalism of my practitioner who ensured I was covered when on the bed and ensured I was as comfortable as possible. While I showered off the pumpkin spice body scrub, she came in and replaced the linens on the bed for the moisturizer step of the treatment. I liked this as she used the time I was in a private shower to do this instead of having me standing unclothed.

The massage beds are very comfortable! Even Momo the Mascot was ready for a treatment
The massage beds are very comfortable! Even Momo the Mascot was ready for a treatment

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The massage I was advised was also very respectful considering clients are partially clothed and exposed as well. Care is taken to ensure you are felt at ease in the peaceful space. Music plays to calm your senses creating that zen you need in order to get the most out of the experience.

The Treatment Waiting Room. Your Practitioner will pick you up here!
The Treatment Waiting Room. Your Practitioner will pick you up here!

Afternoon Tea

So I fell in love with this British tradition when I lived in the UK. The scones, the clotted cream, the savouries and more. Well, here at Ste Anne’s Spa, the dining room adopted this sweet and delightful meal time and offers it daily to guests in three varieties: Traditional, Gluten-Free, and Vegan. Enjoy a selection of sweets, savouries, and a pot of one of their delightful tea selections. Hubby chose a chai tea blend, while I opted for a pear fusion. Both were incredible and went perfectly with the offered petit fours and crudites.

Afternoon Tea is served daily at Ste Anne's Spa
Afternoon Tea is served daily at Ste Anne’s Spa

 

Enjoy a variety of savouries including cucumber dill sandwiches
Enjoy a variety of savouries including cucumber dill sandwiches

 

Cheese and crostini offered in the afternoon tea
Cheese and crostini offered in the afternoon tea

 

The Delicious Steamed Carrot Bun offered in the Afternoon Tea
The Delicious Steamed Carrot Bun offered in the Afternoon Tea

 

Flavoured mushroom cap served on the Afternoon tea spread
Flavoured mushroom cap served on the Afternoon tea spread

 

With the sweets on the Afternoon Tea spread, enjoy a bit sized macaron!
With the sweets on the Afternoon Tea spread, enjoy a bit sized macaron!

 

Come to Afternoon Tea in your Ste Anne's Spa uniform - a bath robe!
Come to Afternoon Tea in your Ste Anne’s Spa uniform – a bath robe!

The Massage Chair Room

This was one of my favourite spots on the entire property! This quiet room that overlooks Lake Ontario is a beautiful sanctuary of electric massage chairs, water and tea, puzzles, and more. The room insists on quiet so you cannot come in and have a lengthy heated conversation. The massage chairs were my favourite as these high-end recliners have every setting you could imagine to give pain relief in all areas of your body: back, neck, calves, feet, legs, thighs, and more. The remote control has buttons for you to select which area of your body you wish relief. Just be careful! The intensity level is adjustable and you should to ensure you don’t injure yourself. The last thing you need is to be too abrasive on your body and cause pain. My favourite? The leg massage 100%. I was incredible as I rarely get massages on my calves, shins, or thighs.

The state of the art massage chairs
The state of the art massage chairs

 

Momo the Mascot loves the massage chair
Momo the Mascot loves the massage chair

 

The Remote Control is complex! Choose the area you wish relief
The Remote Control is complex! Choose the area you wish relief

 

Massage Chair Selfie!
Massage Chair Selfie!

Wellness Classes

Not only does Ste Anne’s Spa offer a large variety of services and treatments, but it also has a great collection of wellness classes. While we enjoyed our time here, we signed up for the meditation class. And boy was it incredible and effective. The class takes place in the beautiful yoga studio on site. With the direction of the instructor’s words, you are transported into an abyss of thought, clearing of the stress and blocks within your head, and taken to a whole new world. My husband’s experience was more profound than he could ever have asked for and left rejuvenated and relaxed. This may not happen for everyone, but it is a great possibility.

The Meditation Studio
The Meditation Studio

 

For Meditation you are provided with a mat, pillow, eye mask, and blanket if you wish
For Meditation you are provided with a mat, pillow, eye mask, and blanket if you wish

 

Beautiful Fireplace in the meditation studio
Beautiful Fireplace in the meditation studio

 

The light in the studio shines angel wings in the shadows
The light in the studio shines angel wings in the shadows

 

Refreshed after our meditation class
Refreshed after our meditation class

So there you have our review and synopsis of our zen and peaceful day at Ste Anne’s Spa. Whether you have stress in your life or just want a getaway to be pampered, this is the place for you. I cannot recommend this spot more. When we were there, it was not overly busy. Do check back when you go to see how booked they are as the experience is far superior when there are fewer people. I hope that everyone goes to Ste Anne’s Spa and soaks up the serenity it boasts and aims to give its guests.

This is only scratching the surface of what you can enjoy here. Take a farm tour. cycle through the trails. Stay overnight in a cottage. Or indulge at the on-site Gluten-free bakery. This all-inclusive hot spot is everything you could want for a mini local getaway.

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18 Comments

  1. Madhu October 13, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Wow what an amazing place..looks and feels so relaxing .I wish I could visit it right now.i am too tempted

  2. Clarice October 13, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I badly need somethng like this. Super longing to take a break from the daily grind and this spa retreat is a great idea. I would love to visit Ste. Anne someday. The place looks homey and the food looks delicious — the cucumber dill sandwich made me hungry.

  3. Kathy October 13, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Wow, this looks like the best place to relax especially after a busy week. The different temperature pools sound great. I always have an issue getting myself into a freezing cold pool but I guess if you want to experience them properly, it is a must. I love how they actively encourage you to wear your bathrobe for dinner. I think the hiking routes would really appeal to me too. What more do you need? Great food, great treatments and a good walk!

    1. Janine Good
      Janine Good October 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Kathy! It really is an incredible place. I cannot wait to go back and try another treatment!

  4. Margie DQ October 13, 2018 at 9:28 am

    This place looks spectacular! not sure which is better – the pool, steam room, food or massages!

  5. Yukti October 13, 2018 at 10:04 am

    First of all, I must say Ste-Annes Spa retreat in Ontario has won me over due to its beautiful layout of property and also it is family owned one. Good to know they treat their guest with royalty and give them a special feeling, by giving customized bags on arrival. Lavendar labyrinth is really a beautiful diversion and I can spend hours and hours with this purple beauty. Loved your shots of bumblebees, red poppies, hammock and food and they really tempts me to book for this spa treatment.

  6. Maloney October 13, 2018 at 11:36 am

    This made me look up flights immediately! The only thing better than a relaxing spa vacation, is a relaxing spa vacation with great food!

  7. Annick October 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    What a full day you experienced at Ste Anne’s Spa in Ontario. A pumpkin spice massage sounds wonderfully relaxing. I was impressed with the grounds and might be tempted to stay overnight to enjoy the bike trails. And what amazing food all made in house! I’m a fan of a good charcuterie plate too!

  8. Anita October 14, 2018 at 2:30 am

    It definitely looks like a place where to take a deep breath and relax as their sign says. Thanks for the very detailed description. I love your photos especially food. They are mouthwatering. And I love hammocks so much! So must be my place!

  9. Kavita Favelle October 14, 2018 at 2:43 am

    What a lovely looking spa retreat! I love the architecture of the building itself, and can see why it’s known as a castle locally. The welcome and attention to detail sounds perfect and the spa areas look lovely, I love that all the stone wall is on display where the hot tubs are. And the dining looks like it matches up!

  10. Sabrina October 14, 2018 at 4:54 am

    What a wonderful experience. Pampering at its best. And the food looks delicious!

  11. Navita Deshpande October 14, 2018 at 6:43 am

    I have visited and experienced many spa centres in different countries, but I have never come across something so unique and beautiful as Ste Anne’s Spa in Ontario. Feels like I want to plan a trip to Ontario just to visit and get pampered in this spa! They seem so thoughtful. From the messages to the set up, to so much they have to offer… not miss the afternoon tea! Loved the facts that are highlighted in this post about Ste Anne’s Spa. The castle like building adds to its charm and the fact that it was build in 1858 makes it even more special! What a fantastic way and place to “Yield to your Inner Self”!

  12. amar singh October 14, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Looks like the perfect place to relax rejuvenate and pamper yourself. As you rightly mentioned it is family owned so you can expect that personal touch and all carried by the big brand behind it. the pools with temperature control surely an added touch to the overall spa and its quality. And you can’t go wrong with that amazing English afternoon tea which is one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing

  13. Juliette October 15, 2018 at 4:14 am

    As I read this, I’m looking over at 90minute spa treatment voucher I have sitting on my desk that my husband bought for me – I think I better book that now, after reading about the Ste Anne Spa! I like the sound of the eucalyptus steam room – even though I’m from across the ditch in NZ, we have a lot of eucalyptus trees too. Those plunge pools look delightful! And so good for the circulation I’m sure. So important to stay hydrated after spa experiences like this – sometimes I do feel a little faint if I don’t drink enough water. Beautiful grounds too!

  14. Daniel October 16, 2018 at 3:24 am

    This looks like the best place to get away from everything and relax after a busy week. I absolutely loved the idea of different temperature pools. And those hiking routes look incredibly appealing. Thank you for letting me know about this place

  15. Parnashree Devi October 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    OMG..This is one of those places from where I would not like to come back. I haven’t seen a spa like this. This is a royal castle for me with all the luxuries for royalties. From the location, food, treatments, amenities , I am in love with this place. I am sure that you had the best spa treatment there. I am going to bookmark it. Thanks you for sharing it. Loved it completely.

  16. Allison October 21, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    OMG this looks amazing! I’m so sold on Ste Anne’s. Next time I’m in Canada (it’s been way too long!) I’m booking in for a facial and a massage. Of course if I’m going all that way I’d have to make a day of it and try the hikes and the delicious food. Maybe this is exactly the reason I need to head back to Canada in 2019!

    1. Janine Good
      Janine Good October 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Allison, you won’t be disappointed! Everything was incredible – the treatments, food, pools, gardens, EVERYTHING 🙂

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