[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat better way to celebrate entering another year of your twenties than a day of relaxation and laughter with your girlfriends, surrounded by the unadulterated beauty of nature. No, it wasn’t my birthday, it was my friend’s, Eshema!(mine isn’t until July). After an eventful car ride, we were 30 minutes away from our city and found ourselves for the first time in a Nature spa!
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical initially, and did a lot of research into this Chance Harbour Spa. After reading all the raving reviews, I convinced myself that it has to be worth a visit if all these people loved it so much. We packed a picnic of wraps, wings, coleslaw, chicken pie (my secret recipe), ice cream cake (cuz it’s not a bday celebration if there’s no cake) and some wine of course. So even if the spa wasn’t impressive, we could at least have a bomb picnic and great conversation.
I was pleasantly surprised when we got there. As you’ll see in the photos, we changed into our bathing suit and robes on arrival, and then launched into a full blown photoshoot for at least an hour (had to do it for the blog lol!). We then headed to the wood-fired sauna as was recommended by the staff. It was heated to 100 degrees C. We could just feel our pores opening up after a few minutes. When we got too hot, we went on to dump a bucket of cold water on ourselves to cool off.
The main purpose of the Chance Harbour Nature Spa is thermal therapy. You go from hot to cold to hot to cold and repeat; to promote muscle relaxation and reduce inflammation. It is also really great for the skin.
After the cold water, we took a timeout and enjoyed our picnic by a fireplace in a cozy cabana by the beach. Then we headed over to the hot tub. After the first ten seconds of discomfort and adjusting to the temperature, you could just feel your muscles give a sigh of relief – it was sooo relaxing.
The Chance Harbour Spa primarily features the Finland wood-fired sauna, vapour steam room and hot pool for heat therapy; and a Natural Spring, waterfall and the Bay of Fundy for cold submersion. They also offer overnight accommodation and massages. It is definitely a hidden gem in Atlantic Canada. It’s perfect for taking a time out from the busyness of life to enjoy some serenity, and relax in the understated elegance of nature.
Have you ever been to a nature spa? If you have, I’d love to know what your experience was like. If you haven’t, is this something you’d consider doing?
INSPO OF THE DAY: “4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:4-5 NIV)