I was recently invited on a retreat to Ste. Anne’s Spa with my #FamilyTravelCa colleagues and I couldn’t help but mull over which definition of retreat best defined my escape. Was I looking for refuge or escaping the enemy? As it turns out, it was both.
While I love my home, like many people today, it’s also my place of employment—and like any place of employment, sometimes I just have to GET OUT OF THERE, so seeking refuge was definitely high on my list.
As an entrepreneur, I have no set hours for work and no routine in my life. The only thing routine about it is that I can rely on nothing to ever be the same. I’m okay with it mostly. It comes with the territory of having various work contracts and not one single employer that I answer to. The enemy here is within. It’s the voice that doesn’t allow me to rest. The one that whispers continually “Gotta make hay while the sun is shining.” That voice is why a retreat was not only needed but absolutely mandatory. That “voice” had to be on a time-out.
If you find that you too need an escape AND a piece of paradise then it’s time to book a retreat of your own. There’s no better place than Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario. I’ve written about it over here and I hope you’ll pop over and read more about it. I’m going to share how to get the most of your Ste. Anne’s Retreat in this post.
How to Plan The Perfect Retreat at Ste. Anne’s Spa
Take Someone Who will Fill Your Heart or Your Head
I’ve visited Ste. Annes twice now—once with a best friend and once with a group of my peers. Once I left with a full heart and great memories, and the other time I left inspired. Both times I left recharged and ready to conquer the world. Choose company that makes your life better.
Book Your Spa Services in Advance
Take the time to review all the amazing services that Ste. Anne’s offers online and book your services before you go. I can’t say enough good things about the Sychronized Tuning or the Aroma Stone Massage. Your body will feel as light as a feather when you’re done.
Live in Your Robe
Let go of pretensions like putting on pants in the morning. Who likes pants anyway? Ste. Anne’s encourages guests to stay in their fluffy, white robes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Book The Private Chef
The dining at Ste. Anne’s is a foodie’s paradise. Much of the food is sourced from the farm that has an extensive herb and vegetable garden, as well as livestock. Ste. Anne’s also has a gluten-free bakery which will leave you scratching your head as to why we bake with flour at all. For the ULTIMATE experience though, book your own private chef at your cottage.
Live in the Moment
Leave your phone in your room and truly enjoy your spa services free of daily stresses. If this isn’t a work retreat, go so far as to leave it and your laptop at home. Keep your head firmly planted in the present and don’t let yourself get caught up in your to-do list.
The Farmhouse is the Ultimate Professional Retreat
The Farmhouse at Ste. Anne’s is the perfect place to host your next professional retreat. Located near the main inn for treatments, it has five charming bedrooms and can sleep up to 11? The country kitchen has a large harvest table perfect for group brainstorming sessions and private chefs (see above). The Farmhouse, like all the cottages and rooms at Ste. Anne’s have high-speed wi-fi connectivity so you can work from anywhere.
Since it’s the holidays, I’m thrilled to be offering a two day escape to Ste. Anne’s Spa. This package includes the following: