May 16, 2010

New World Comfort, Old World Charm - Secret Garden Spa

Often called the “Prettiest Town in Canada,” Niagara on the Lake, Ontario is famous for it’s history, charm and stunning gardens. Beautiful baskets hang from historic lamp posts and seasonal flowers dot the landscape in this turn of the century town. Niagara on the Lake’s floral charm is carried through the Prince of Wales Hotel, where uniquely coloured roses can be seen and smelled at every turn.

The Prince of Wales Hotel is the jewel of the Vintage Hotels group, located in the heart of Niagara on the Lake, just steps from the Shaw Festival Theatre. With a strong British influence carried throughout the property from spa treatments to traditional afternoon tea, the four diamond Prince of Wales Hotel is a regal oasis.

With only four treatment rooms, the Secret Garden Spa is small in size, yet big in comfort. An inviting fireplace, tropical aquarium and intimate conversation areas create a relaxing space to await the start of a treatment. My treatment was early on a rainy Sunday morning, so a warm herbal tea from the offering table and cozy fireplace were welcome.

On this visit to the Secret Garden Spa, I enjoyed the Pineapple-Colada Tea Wrap. Speacialtea Treatments at the Secret Garden Spa incorporate red, green and white teas. Its the perfect blend of traditional tea and indulgent spa treatment. Beginning with an invigorating scrub to slough off dry winter skin, my entire body was wrapped in a delicious smelling cocktail of pineapple and rooibos tea. While I relaxed into the soothing warmth of the wrap, complete with heated blankets, my therapist performed a pressure point scalp massage. This treatment was completed with a hydrating and anti-oxidant coconut massage crème. What a perfect way to start my day! I was left with silky smooth skin. The only thing missing was a mini-facial – my face definitely felt a little neglected. The mini facial would have been the perfect compliment to the wrap.

The Head to Toe Tea Taster, combines three of the Secret Garden Spa’s “Specialtea” treatments. These tea-infused treatments include the Silk Road Tea Facial, the Green Tea and Sugar Cane Pedicure and the Pineapple-Colada Tea Wrap. Definitely the thing for this tea-totaler to try on the next visit!

Guests of the Secret Garden Spa may also use the sauna, steam, whirlpool and indoor pool. Lush robes and slippers are provided on arrival for guest use as well. I love the touch of slippers, rather than traditional spa sandals. This little touch definitely makes you feel more at home.

Prince of Wales Hotel, Secret Garden Spa

~ Jennifer Houtby-Ferguson, Spas of America. When not experiencing spas in Hawaii, Jennifer spends her time whale watching on Vancouver Island.

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