Looking for an escape from stressful city life; I came across a wonderful spot – the perfect spot – and just two hours from Toronto; the Living Water Resort and Spa, in picturesque Collingwood. So I packed my weekender bag and hit the open road.
On arrival, I checked into my beautiful one bedroom suite, then set out to explore the property. This lovely Spa is a new addition to Cranberry Village in Collingwood; one of the few resorts on Georgian Bay and a huge draw for visitors like me looking for physical activities coupled with the pampering of a good spa. The facility is so new that there is still decor to be finished, but don’t let that deter you because inside lies an oasis of treatments including my personal favourite the “Aquapath Spa Treatment”.
Before I get into the wonderful spa offerings, I recommend you indulge in some of the activities available. You should start on the right foot by picking up a healthy smoothie from the Lobby Aqua Juice Bar prior to a workout in the well-equipped gym. Next sign-up for a paddle board experience with Blu Wave Sup Company, they’re located on the property. When you’ve had enough of a workout, you can reward yourself with a pleasurable lunch and Spa Treatment.
Lakeside Grill opened its doors in late spring to welcome guests for stellar dining experiences. It’s a perfect spot to grab a healthy lunch or enjoy a full wine paired dinner in the evening. Executive Chef Marc Bery sources the best ingredients locally and creates fantastic dishes from Seafood, Steaks, pasta and a great selection of wines. You won’t be disappointed by the offerings. Best of all the restaurant is located directly across from the spa and offers water views.
Experiencing Nirvana at Living Shore Spa
Hydrotherapy is becoming popular in spas all over the world. My last experience was at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia in Puerto Vallarta, I remember feeling totally refreshed, with that in mind I was keen to try Living Shore Spa’s Aquapath treatment.
The process begins with a Spa staffer explaining how the station to station treatments work. The Spa staffer follows your progress throughout the duration of your visit.
Starting with the Swiss Shower where multiple body jets and a large rain-head shower cleanse your entire body. The next step involved a Detoxifying Mineral Bath, this is a hot tub with a series of jets that move from lower to mid back. The tub is designed to start the detoxifying process by pulling toxins from the skin, as you move around, the jets hit at different heights. The 4 Stage Waterfall, was unavailable due to maintenance, so I had to bypass this experience. But at this station, you sit on 4 separate benches as waterfalls rain over you in different patterns hitting the various pressure points on your head and shoulders (it’ll certainly be on the list for my next visit). The Eucalyptus Steam Sauna takes some time to get acclimatized. The steam infuses eucalyptus oil into the air. Not used to steam saunas, I did follow through for the recommended time. The follow-up is the Glacier Shower waterfall (ice-cold water) which splashes over your body, after the hot sauna, to promote circulation – it’s definitely a shock to your system. Hot saunas followed by a cold water dips are typically enjoyed by Scandinavians and now gaining popularity in North America.
In reaching the River Walk stage, there are 2 separate walks one hot the other cold. As you walk on embedded pebbles, improving feet and leg circulation, jets hit your legs getting progressively higher up as you walk through. Moving on to the Replenishing Mineral Bath, a jumbo rain shower head on one side falls over your body. The bath is designed to replenish the bodies minerals. You have a choice of relaxing, in the hot tub or stand under a refreshing rain shower. The Exfoliation Tub is filled like a roman tub, a mix of sea salt and essential oils (lavender and citrus) are provided so you may exfoliate the body leaving your skin beautifully silky smooth. The final stage of Aquapath involves rinsing off under a Rain Head Shower before you head back to the change rooms. If you have the energy to climb on a table, it is recommended that a 30-minute relaxing massage completes your treatment.
Walking out of the spa after my treatment I felt completely revitalized and my skin felt silky smooth. I would’ve loved to chill by the water or just relax on my balcony – but all good things must come to an end. I reluctantly packed up and headed to my car for the return journey – Toronto awaits.
Living Water Resort
9 Harbour Street East
For a complete list of amenities (Golf, Kids Programs, Dining, and variety of accommodations) at Cranberry Village visit www.thecranberryresort.com
Pricing: Aquapath, followed by a 30min De-Stress massage and lunch at the Lakeside Restaurant costs $125
For other spa packages visit livingshorespa.life
Note: I was a guest of Living Water Resort but all opinions expressed in this article are my own.