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a rejuvenating getaway

beat the blahs

a rejuvenating getaway

There’s no better way to beat the winter blahs than a spa getaway. Heading to mineral springs, either hot or cold, is not a new phenomenon at all – it dates back to pre-historic times. The Egyptians, Persians, Babylonians, Romans and Greeks all believed in the healing powers of water so it’s only fitting, that those trends continue through today.

You no longer need to travel by foot or horse for days to scout out the mystical healing waters – a simple ride by plane, train or automobile can get you to the right spot. Those looking for a European-style spa in Canada’s heartland, can indulge in the mysterious, mineral-rich waters of Manitou Springs. Touted by some as the Dead Sea of Canada, the waters in Manitou Beach, a short drive from Saskatoon, are comparable to the Dead Sea of Israel, offering natural buoyancy and alleged curative powers.

At any time of the year, guests of Manitou Springs Resort Hotel and Mineral Spa can float in one of three warm and therapeutic indoor mineral pools, boasting the highest mineral content in North America. Like the Dead Sea in Israel, those indulging in the pools need to just lay back and float to enjoy the relaxing, therapeutic and legendary waters.

Mineral spas have been known to help people relax and reduce stress levels. Warm water massages stimulates the release of endorphins, allowing the body to naturally feel good and enhance ones’ sense of well being. Warm waters are also known to aid in relieving muscle and joint paint, as well as soothe arthritis pain. The water can restore and preserve strength and flexibility in the joints as well as protect them from further damage. If nothing else, it helps people enjoy a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Think of the positive effects of a warm bath before bed and multiply that feeling.

Manitou Springs has more to offer than just healing waters, those looking for a full-on spa weekend can enjoy couples massages or individual treatments at Serenity Massage and Esthetics, located on the hotel premises. Featuring 102 rooms, the recently renovated hotel is a great escape from the ordinary. With a fitness facility and poolside cafe, the hotel overlooks Manitou Beach and gives off the cozy atmosphere of staying at a country home, with all the amenities of a hotel.

With its children’s poolside play area and activities like mini-golf and a drive-in theatre near by, the hotel is also a great destination for families.


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