The post-convention relaxation day is one of our favourite traditions after hosting a major event. Nothing feels better than taking some self-care time to recharge batteries, for delegates and organizers alike. Luckily, Winnipeg is chock-full of spaces to kick back and unwind. From spa traditions as international as Scandinavia, Japan, and Turkey – to say nothing of the city’s traditional massage and treatment options – there’s always a space to detox in Winnipeg.
One of the city’s hottest (and coolest) destinations is Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature – a world-class thermotherapy facility in the traditional Scandinavian tradition. Treat yourself to a few rounds of the thermal cycle which includes a variety of dry and humid saunas, a dip in the polar pool, and a relaxation session to relax your body. There are massages and other body treatments available on-site, as well as a terraced restaurant. Make sure you take a seat in the Finlandia sauna in time for the Aufguss ritual – a combination of high heat and essential oils that will really get the blood flowing.
A true pampering experience can be found at Ten Spa, situated at the historic Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre. With a full suite of treatments and packages available, this downtown spa is the height of luxury. Of particular note is the Turkish hamam ritual, a centuries-old tradition that includes a hot steam room.
If you’re looking for something new and unique, flotation spas are becoming increasingly popular and Winnipeg is lucky to have two locations in which to indulge: Float.Calm, and Jellyfish Float Spa. In both instances, users lie down in a personal pod, with the water temperature and Epsom salt content at perfect skin temperature. Floating in the pool, with no distractions or outside lights and noises, your body and mind can both take a well-deserved rest.
Pocca Poca Spa, an authentic Japanese Ganban-yoku experience, is another unique must-try venue. This experience uses heated natural stone slabs meant to lie on and relax. The stones used are carefully selected for their healing properties, including the Tensyo Stone which is only available in Kyushu, Japan – and exclusive in Winnipeg to Pocca Poca’s private rooms.
There are many opportunities for more contemporary spa experiences, with one favourite being found at the Riverstone Spa at the Inn at the Forks. This conveniently-located relaxation destination focuses on incorporating natural products and treatments into their services, and a spa lounge featuring a delectable food and beverage menu. Another relaxation gem can be found at the Urban Oasis Mineral Spa at the Clarion Hotel, where you can select from a full range of treatments including complementary use of an indoor mineral pool and aroma-infused steam room.
Any of the spas above are fantastic venues on their own, or as a group outing. If you want to arrange a multi-person outing, call ahead – many spas offer package deals, and will be able to curate a customized experience for you and your guests.
There many other spaces in Winnipeg where you can go to unwind and pamper yourself – for a detailed list of options for you to consider when looking for your next spa destination, visit https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/play/spas.