5 Spas and Wellness Retreats to Book This Winter
Between balancing a career (or school studies) and home life, most of us are juggling a lot. When it feels like you’re always on the go, taking care of yourself often becomes the last priority. But, if you want to be able to show up for others, you first need to show yourself some love.
Schedule a day off from work or book a weekend where you can focus on restoring your energy. Here are a few relaxing and rejuvenating spas and wellness retreats to treat yourself to this winter.
1. Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, Moose Jaw
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Located in the heart of historic downtown Moose Jaw, Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa features luxurious guest rooms and suites with a geothermal mineral water indoor and outdoor pool. The outdoor pool can be enjoyed year round and is pure bliss on a prairie winter evening. The Sun Tree Spa offers a wide range of healing spa treatments and Gentle Water Yoga programs.
Spend the afternoon walking among the downtown heritage buildings and boutique shops, or make the short drive to Wakamow Valley to enjoy winter activities, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and disc golf.
2. Manitou Springs Resort & Mineral Spa, Manitou Beach
Manitou Springs Resort & Mineral Spa in Manitou Beach features an indoor therapeutic pool, which collects its water from Little Manitou Lake – the only lake of its kind in North America known to have healing and rejuvenating properties. Soak in the warm waters or book a relaxing treatment at the Serenity Massage & Esthetics spa.
There are plenty of outdoor winter activities to enjoy in Manitou Beach. Pack your skates and spend the afternoon at the Manitou Beach Skating Pond. Explore the walking trails in Wellington Park, featuring picturesque views of the spring-fed stream that runs all year. Or glide along 9 km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Ski equipment is available for rent at the Little Manitou Art Gallery.
3. Back2Nature Wellness and Adventures, Saskatoon
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Back2Nature Wellness and Adventures offers an “inner journey in the outdoors” with the goal of cultivating self-awareness, mindfulness and deepening the connection with oneself through guided wellness adventures. It offers private and public sauna experiences and retreats throughout the year.
The Public Sauna Experiences include a guided wellness activity (hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or breathwork) and a sauna session in the wood-burning barrel cedar sauna. Find an event near you.
4. Shell’s Fitness & Soul Center, Carrot River
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Shell’s Fitness & Soul Center is a wellness and adventure retreat for the fitness diehard. Stay in one of two cabins in the woods, with access to the indoor kitchen for cooking meals, and spend your days engaging in a variety of indoor and outdoor fitness activities.
Guests have access to the onsite fitness centre, where it runs boot camp and yoga classes, personal training sessions and meditation workshops for all ages and bodies. If you prefer being active outdoors, there are plenty of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails in the area. Warm up after a day in the wilderness with a steam in the sauna.
5. Aski Holistic Adventures, Cumberland House
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Immerse yourself in a true Saskatchewan “off the grid” outdoor experience at Aski Holistic Adventures. With extensive knowledge and training of the outdoors, experience in hunting and trapping game, and knowledge of the history and skills of Indigenous cultures, Aski Holistic Adventures hosts retreats that reconnect people with nature to promote healing, holistic wellness and Cree culture.
Guests sleep in rustic wilderness cabins and can spend their days snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat biking, engaging in lessons on plant picking and trapping, night sky viewing, or relaxing in the cedar sauna.
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