Surrounded by beautiful gardens and forested trails, Grail Springs lies near the shores of private, spring-fed lake, as an intimate, European-style chateau that is like another world. Its architecture includes magnificent gothic windows, castle turrets, and rod iron detailing; its interior exudes an unparalleled elegance with hand-painted murals, rich tapestries, Persian carpets and beautiful furnishings; and its ambiance is alive with a welcoming hospitality.
Although Grail Springs is a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto, private airport transfers are seamless and attentive. The resort regularly hosts high-profile guests from all over the world, not only because of its serene and luxurious setting, but because it is one of the few spa destinations to have such effective weight loss, anti-aging and detoxifying programs. Some men and women come for a mid-week or weekend getaway and enjoy services a la carte; some book a specialty package, and stay a little longer, while others prefer the ‘signature’ five and seven-night packages.
SPA HEALTH PROGRAMS
Within its environment that nurtures total rest, reflection and healing, Grail Springs offers a comprehensive range of holistic spa therapies and wellness programs. By incorporating the cultural wisdom of many natural healing methods from Asia, Europe and India, the spa offers a refined smorgasbord of treatment options such as Austrian Moor Mud baths, Hawaiin Lomi Lomi, Reiki, Thai Massage and a Thai Herbal Heat Energizer, Swedish deep tissue massage and a good choice of aromatherapies, body wraps, exfoliations, facials, and intuitive body work from Reflexology to Cranial-Sacral therapy. Spa visits are easily customized to your every need and, with Grail Springs deep commitment to holistic health, will likely introduce you to a new way of feeling vibrant and well.
For example, the spa’s three core programs - for weight loss, anti-aging and detoxifying, are geared to healing and prevention, and include standout treatments such as:
Super Slimming Mineral Detox Wrap
This is, without doubt, the most effective detox and slimming wrap available - one that will melt away the inches from nearly every part of your body. Based on an ancient Egyptian formula, the wraps all natural, rich mineral solution helps flush away metabolic waste, often accumulated over years, while nourishing the body’s vital systems. It’s a synergistic exchange that shrinks the body, healthily, whereby you’ll experience a loss of at least six inches – often more, as well as an immediate boost in energy.
Brazilian Babassu Body Ritual
Inspired by native rituals and special ingredients harvested from mother earth, this treatment is exclusively for women. It combines a rare-sugar body scrub, a candlelight buttermilk bath and a one-hour Babassu oil massage to create a powerful, and luxuriously hydrating, mind-body ritual. Each purchase also supports womens’ co-operatives in the south-eastern Amazon who harvest Babassu as a way of life.
Non Surgical All Natural Face Lift
Seeing is believing … and the truth of this all-natural face-lift is amazing. Developed by a German doctor, and delivered by professionals certified by the National Training Centre of Canada, this herbal-based facial renews cell production and collagen fibres, to visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, tone and texture, in just one treatment. This extraordinary anti-aging therapy is applied over a five-day stay.
Hosting only 26 guests, Grail Springs is able to tailor its daily menus to personal tastes and dietary needs. Chef Jacqui Norris, who sources only the best, fresh organic ingredients, has an intuitive gift and passion for creating light, inventive and delectable cuisine. Using the principles of the acid-alkaline diet, the key to health and longevity, Jacqui crafts dishes that are packed with flavour, nutrition and presentation. Many are prepared during a highly interactive cooking demonstration when she’ll talk about balancing food, and food combining to ease allergies, promote health, and encourage weight. She even includes thoughtful touches such as pairing delicious health drinks and herbal teas with specific menu items, as if they were fine wines. Couple this with the setting – if the dining room’s massive stone fireplace doesn’t take your breath away, then the expansive views of the lake and garden will – and you have a dining experience that is, simply stated, second to none. Everything, from place settings to service, exudes grace and care.
There are only thirteen guest rooms, each luxuriously furnished, with a sumptuous bathroom in marble and granite (we loved the rain shower and deep soaker tubs), a four-poster queen or king size bed with crisp down-filled duvets and quality linens, and a private covered balcony with either lakeside or garden views. Some suites also have wood-burning fireplaces. Other finishing touches include plush terrycloth his and her robes, aromatherapy amenities, coffee maker and CDs with relaxing spa music to enjoy. Unlike many retreats, guest rooms also have televisions and telephones.
In the fine traditions of a European chateau, the Grail Springs estate invites you to do as much or as little as you wish: curl up in the lounge with a book, or explore the gardens, trails, and more. If nothing else, walk the labyrinth and discover its soul-soothing dimensions.
Daily fitness activities include guided walks and power hikes as well as classes in Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, deep muscle relaxation and breath work. In winter, there’s cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and dog sledding. And in the Spring, Summer and Fall, the choices include everything from archery, biking, and guided horseback riding, to swimming and canoeing at the lake.
What Gordon Says
“The finesse of Grail Springs, in every aspect of its setting, service and spa programs, is the epitome of a spa retreat. It offers luxury, authenticity and a truly restorative, even life-changing, spa experience. It really is spiritually uplifting”
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