One could call me “one of the regulars” at Thermea spa in Winnipeg, as I am no stranger to this magical place! From enjoying it with friends to having couples time with just my fiance and I, Thermea is where I find my zen.
Thermea first launched in Winnipeg January 15, 2015, and I was honoured to have the opportunity for a personal tour, shortly thereafter I attended with my fiance and we were hooked!
Fast forward to December 2015 when I attended with 10 of my amazing friends who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and even provided their own testimonials. Thermea accommodates groups and has now added theme days/nights including Thursday Lounge Night with a DJ and Sundays featuring yoga.
As for 2016, I’ve already been to Thermea several times – at least once during every single season actually! My most recent visit occurred a few weeks ago right smack in the middle of our wonderful Winnipeg summer.
I have to tell you that the summer vibe at Thermea is awesome because it truly is! We loved chillin in the hammocks and laying about on the “beach”. It’s so surreal, you truly feel like you’ve gone on a trip to a luxurious location. You are there to relax and it’s probably the one place you won’t find Pokémon Go folks that’s for sure!
Plus, I’m all over social media and my iPhone is practically an extension of my hand, therefore, I can honestly say I love the NO CELL PHONE policy at Thermea. You are disconnected from technology but connected with nature, your own thoughts and/or whomever you bring with you.
We did something new this visit, before even stepping foot in the spa area, we each had a 1 hour Swedish massage! It just enhanced everything we did afterwards. Yes folks, you can get a variety of massage and/or body treatments at Thermea too!
There may be a few of you new to the thermal experience, so I’ll briefly describe how it works based on our most recent visit:
STEP 1: FEELIN HOT HOT HOT
We started with 15 minutes in the Finlandia Aufguss sauna which is a special ritual where a Saunameister brings in three different essential oils and places them on the hot stones. Through movement and music he mesmerizes us with the bursts of moist heat and aroma. It can be a very deep experience if you allow yourself to be fully immersed in your surroundings.
STEP 2: COOL DOWN
We went to the cold polar bear plunge for a quick dip.
STEP 3: CHILLAX & RELAX
Off to the hammocks on the beach where I think we actually fell asleep for a bit!
Those 3 steps equal 1 full cycle folks. You need to do this cycle a minimum of 3 times to get the real effects of the thermal experience. You can mix and match each step with wet or dry sauna, polar plunge or temper pool, as well as many different options to relax.
For our second cycle we went into the Barik dry sauna (new since our last visit), polar bear plunge, and then we relaxed on the beach area in a lounging bed on the beach.
For our third cycle we went to the Eucalyptus Vaporo steam sauna, which is my absolute favourite. It’s extremely intense. We also did the exfoliation ritual right afterwards, another dunk in the polar bear plunge, then off to the hot tub!
All of that relaxation made us hungry so we headed over to the Resto where we enjoyed a gourmet lunch consisting of bison carpaccio to start, Bison burger and Croque Nordik (soup and sandwich), paired with sangria and mongozo beer!
If there’s one thing I also love about Thermea, it’s the abundance of demographics – any and everybody is here to enjoy this experience whether they are 16 years old or 65 years old – no matter the body type – zero judgement. You can easily see that people are thoroughly enjoying themselves.
My fiancé Michal sums it up best: “Honey, no matter what you write or what pictures you show, it’s never going to do the place justice, people just have to come and experience it.”
Perfect segway to GIVEAWAY TIME!
I refuse to believe that summer is coming to an end, so this giveaway will end on Aug 31, 2016 and still give the winner a chance to enjoy their prize before the madness of back to school!
One winner will receive:
- 2 thermal experiences
- 2 bathrobe rentals
- 2 gourmet lunches
Open to residents of Winnipeg and surrounding areas only.