Have you ever taken an Intentional Checkout? What’s an intentional checkout you ask? Well, an intentional checkout is when a woman invests in time to reconnect with herself, and ensure she is practicing self-care and actively pursuing a life of fulfillment and happiness. A solo getaway to really give her the much needed space and quiet to connect with the woman she is inside and cultivate a stronger awareness of what her hopes, goals, and desires are in life, and begin taking steps towards fulfilling them. I feel this is so important for all women. Women are often so concerned with meeting everyone else’s needs (particularly as mothers) that we begin to lose touch with who we really are. Whether she is a woman struggling with career choices and connecting with her path and purpose in life, or a mom, wife, or newly single woman needing to reconnect with who she really is at her core, an Intentional Checkout is something every woman deserves!
While we can encourage women to take time at home to practice self care by doing things like taking a bath, or reading a book with a glass of wine, it is actually very difficult for most women to truly relax, let go, and go within themselves while still at home surrounded with the work they feel they should be doing, or the dishes that really need washing, or the kids she feels she shouldn’t be ignoring. An escape to an environment where she can truly disconnect from her everyday responsibilities and focus on herself is essential.
I recently travelled to one of the most beautiful and pampering locations in Ontario, Ste. Anne’s Spa
, to experience and intentional checkout of my own for two nights. I must say. It was three of the most glorious days of my life.
There is so much to love about Ste. Anne’s that I don’t even know where to begin. It is Canada’s largest destination spa and is located only 90 minutes from Toronto (and only 90 minutes from me from a totally different direction :D) in Grafton. This beautiful sanctuary is set in an ancient castle atop beautiful rolling hills. The views are spectacular. You truly feel like you have escaped to your own little paradise. You can visit for a day spa but I highly recommend making a mini vacation out of it and staying a night or two in their four diamond accommodations. They have 29 uniquely decorate guest rooms and spa cottages available.
I have stayed in one of the offsite spa cottages in the past with a friend which was a great experience. This time I stayed in one of the onsite guest rooms which I really loved. I could easily pop to and from my room to my spa treatments and meals. I stayed in the Canopy Room which is absolutely perfect for a solo getaway. Such a cute room with a beautiful canopy bed, breathtaking views, and unique rounded doorways. It even has a walk in closet!
For spa treatments I pampered myself with the Contouring Mud Stone Wrap which I believe is the Cadillac of all spa treatments that Ste. Anne’s offers. The treatment starts with a full body massage using hot basalt stones. Then a full body mud masque featuring wintergreen, camphor, and red pepper is applied and you are cocooned in thermal linens. So relaxing! Sounds pretty amazing right? Well it gets even better, because as you are all wrapped up in your mud masque after your amazing massage, you receive a face, scalp, and foot massage. You really get a little bit of everything. It’s HEAVEN.
I also did the Chakra Awareness Treatment
. I couldn’t resist discovering what this treatment was about because I have been learning more about my energy centres and thought it would be perfect to be guided by an experienced therapist to expand on my awareness and connection to them. The treatment includes a blend of different techniques, including relaxation massage, heat therapy, and the stimulation of specific energy points. I thoroughly enjoyed the treatment and fell madly in love with the Solar Plexus Chakra oil blend used on me during the treatment. I purchased it the next day in the Boutique and I’ve already used half of the bottle! It contains Tulsi, Mountain, Junipe, Vetiver, Sandalwood, and Lemon oils. I LOVE vetiver so it’s no surprise I fell so in love with it. The Chakra Oil Blends
are made by the gardeners at Ste. Anne’s with ingredients right from the Ste. Anne’s gardens! I will get into it more in another post, but the Ste. Anne’s gardens are absolutely incredible and ingredients harvested from them are included in Ste. Anne’s own skincare line as well as in the restaurant! I will be sharing my experience with their skincare line and my Ste. Anne’s Signature Facial in a future post.
Speaking of the restaurant, that’s the other great thing about being at Ste. Anne’s! Whether you are doing a day spa, or staying overnight, your dining is an included part of your experience. I am unable to eat dairy and wheat so dining out is usually quite a stressful and difficult thing for me. That’s not the case at Ste. Anne’s though! The healthy and nourishing food options feature local ingredients, including from their own gardens, and offer a huge variety of dairy free, gluten free, and vegan options. The fact that they have their very own Ste. Anne’s Gluten Free Bakery
, that is also available to the public, means there are a variety of amazing food and dessert options for me to enjoy. You can even order online! The restaurant is also very accommodating in customizing almost every offering on the menu for special dietary needs as everything is prepared fresh. I wish I could eat here every day! During summer season you can also enjoy your meals and afternoon tea outside with the view.
There is a variety of Wellness Activities you can participate in during your stay. I enjoyed a Yoga class, Yoga Nidra Class, and Mediation Class. You can even go on a tour of their spectacular gardens but it happened to be raining the afternoon I was meant to go. Next time! If you aren’t blessed enough to live on a farm in the country as I do, you may want to check out their Morning Muck, Evening Turn In, or Grooming Time experiences with the Ste. Anne barn and animals. There are also beautiful walking trails, an intoxicating Eucalyptus Steam Room, and a Fieldstone Grotto with year round hot tub, cold plunge pool, and a current pool. During the summer you can also enjoy the Outdoor Spring Water Filled Pool shown above.
I really enjoyed the vast grounds. There was always a quite chair, lounger, or even rocking benches I could sneak off to, to enjoy reading my book or writing in my journal. Cellphones and electronics are not meant to be used outside of your room at Ste. Anne’s so it really is the perfect environment for nurturing some self reflection and development time. I had a lot of wonderful breakthroughs happen in planning my future coaching service offerings in my business.
I am incredibly excited to be offering an amazing giveaway to you. You can enter below to Win a Ste. Anne’s Day Spa for Two Experience valued at approximately $630 CAD. It includes:
$120 in spa allowance each
Two 3-course lunches each
Two afternoon teas each
Full use of the facilities
Ste. Anne’s Day Spa for Two Experience Giveaway
I think most women might feel guilty travelling alone. They would rather go away with their husband or some girlfriends. They may even be a little nervous at the thought of spending that much time with nothing but their own thoughts. But it is so valuable. So needed. Have you ever gone away alone? Would you like to?