Photo courtesy JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Heading to Cottage Country for a little pampering? Travel writer Kim Kerr takes a look at the best Muskoka spa resorts awaiting you.
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As famous as it is for its stunning scenery and outdoorsy lifestyle, Muskoka has also built a very solid reputation for its indoor pursuits, too.
Topping the list for many are paying a visit to one of the many world-class spas that have sprung up across the region. Many of the best of them are located within Muskoka’s best resorts and offer not just unique treatments and services designed to pamper and rejuvenate, but also some of Ontario’s most luxurious accommodations to boot.
Muskoka’s spa resorts in fact offer a diverse range of unique treatments and services, from the exclusive HydroSpa Muskoka water circuit at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa to the Forest Bathing sessions available at Touchstone Resort.
Whether you’re seeking a luxurious escape or a rejuvenating retreat, or better still a bit of both, get inspired with our list of best Muskoka spa resorts.
Cottage Calm: The Best Muskoka Spa Resorts
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, Rosseau
Nestled atop a spectacular granite bluff overlooking Lake Rosseau, the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa combines natural beauty with a healthy dose of luxury.
Once checked in, check out the resort’s award-winning HydroSpa Muskoka. This first-rate facility isa a tranquil sanctuary where you can unwind and indulge in a range of innovative treatments. One of our favorites is the unique Maple Sugar Body Scrub, which harnesses the healing powers of pure Canadian maple sugar. This invigorating treatment exfoliates and moisturizes the skin, leaving it soft and glowing.
This luxe Muskoka spa also features an exclusive HydroSpa Water Circuit where you’ll experience hydrotherapy in the form of heated waterfalls and plunge pools. Other signature treatments include the Muskoka Hot Stone Massage, the Indigenous Awakening Ritual, and the Royal Rosseau Facial.
Riley Recommends: For the latest reviews, rates, and to make reservations at one of the best luxury Muskoka spa resorts, visit JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville
Located on the shores of Peninsula Lake and just a short drive from the town of Huntsville, Deerhurst Resort is a true Muskoka gem. The on-site Amba Spa provides a serene environment in which to relax, unwind, and embrace the essence of Muskoka.
Standout treatments include those that combine the benefits of aromatherapy and gentle massage techniques, incorporating soothing essential oils to support the body’s natural healing process while balancing your physical and emotional well-being. Be sure to book a massage, too, including some that utilize heated bamboo sticks to release muscle tension and promote deep relaxation.
For those looking to indulge in a luxurious, revitalizing experience, one of the spa’s signature body wraps are a must-try.
Riley Recommends: For the latest reviews, rates, and to make reservations, visit Deerhurst Resort
Touchstone Resort, Bracebridge
Perched on the pristine shores of Lake Muskoka near Bracebridge, Touchstone Resort offers an idyllic escape for those seeking a sublime relaxation and rejuvenation experience in Cottage Country.
The resort’s Spa at Touchstone provides a wide range of treatments and services, with a strong emphasis on incorporating natural elements from the surrounding landscape.
Their signature Touchstone Massage incorporates warm basalt stones collected from the shores of Lake Muskoka, providing deep muscle relief and relaxation.
Another notable treatment is the Lake Muskoka Mud Wrap, which uses locally sourced mud to detoxify and nourish the skin. For guests seeking a unique, immersive experience, the resort offers Forest Bathing sessions, a Japanese-inspired practice that encourages mindfulness and connection to nature through guided walks and meditation.
Riley Recommends: For the latest reviews, rates, and to make reservations, visit Touchstone Resort
Trillium Resort & Spa, Port Sydney
Tucked away in a private woodland setting in Port Sydney, Trillium Resort & Spa is a haven of tranquility and relaxation. One of the best luxury resorts in Huntsville, Trillium’s spa focuses on using natural, locally sourced products to create a truly authentic Muskoka experience.
The signature treatment here is the Maple Sugar and Honey Body Glow, which combines the exfoliating properties of maple sugar with the soothing benefits of honey. The result is a radiant, smooth complexion that reflects the natural beauty of Muskoka.
In need of some serious hands-on relaxation? Book an aromatherapy massage. This sublime treatment incorporates custom-blended essential oils and a variety of massage techniques to ease muscle tension and promote a deep sense of calm.
Riley Recommends: For the latest reviews, rates, and to make reservations, visit Trillium Resort & Spa
Christies Mill, Port Severn
Located in Port Severn in the western-most part of Muskoka, Christies Mill Inn & Spa is a charming and romantic retreat that offers a peaceful escape from the stresses of daily life. The resort’s on-site spa boasts a range of unique treatments and services with a focus on creating a personalized, holistic experience for you.
One standout offerings include the Crystal Salt Glow, which utilizes Himalayan crystal salts to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. This rejuvenating treatment leaves the skin feeling refreshed, smooth, and invigorated. For a truly indulgent experience, the Chocolate Truffle Body Wrap envelops the body in a rich, chocolate-infused mask, providing deep hydration and nourishment.
To round out the spa experience, guests can enjoy a soothing aromatherapy massage. These deluxe treatments are customized with essential oils to suit your individual preferences and needs.
Riley Recommends: For the latest reviews, rates, and to make reservations at one of our favorite luxury Muskoka spa resorts, visit Christies Mill Inn & Spa
Rawley Resort & Spa
Situated on the famous Trent-Severn Waterway, Rawley Resort & Spa offers a luxurious retreat with breathtaking views and upscale amenities. The resort’s on-site spa is dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience, with treatments designed to nourish and revitalize both body and mind.
A must-try offering is the unique Cranberry Body Polish, which uses locally sourced cranberries to provide a gentle, antioxidant-rich exfoliation. This treatment leaves the skin soft, smooth, and glowing with renewed vitality. The Warm River Stone Massage is another standout service, incorporating heated stones to release tension and promote deep relaxation.
For those seeking a truly indulgent experience, the Caviar Facial offers a luxurious, nourishing treatment using caviar extracts to firm, lift, and rejuvenate the skin.
Riley Recommends: For the latest reviews, rates, and to make reservations, visit Rawley Resort & Spa
Kim Kerr is a Muskoka-based writer and travel expert and Co-Founder of Riley International Media.
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