TOP 5 REASONS AND MORE ON WHY YOU’LL LOVE LE NORDIK SPA NATURE AT VALENTINES OR GALENTINES OR ANYTIME
Valentine’s Day is the one holiday that’s always been contentious. Fortunately, the way we view and celebrate Valentines has greatly evolved for the better and one of the best places to spend it at is no other than the incredibly stunning Le Nordik Spa Nature in Chelsea, Quebec.
How and why you ask?
Let thee count the ways!
CELEBRATING THE MONTH OF LOVE WITH LOVERS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY
Once deemed as an exclusive romantic day between lovers have now progressed to expand both its scope and meaning. For example, what once was a fictional concept out of a popular TV show Parks and Recreation is now a full-blown alternative to Valentine’s Day and yay!
In and of itself, Galentines, like Friendsgiving, is a celebration of female friendship, of women leaving their husbands or boyfriends and/or single women celebrating the day before Valentines.
This unofficial holiday, usually celebrated on February 13, has been a quickly growing sub culture. With a huge market for both married and single women and now men, an entire industry is now dedicated to Galentines and non-romantic ways of celebrating February.
That said, whether you celebrate Valentines with your love one, with friends for Galentines, boys night out, girls night out or even solo, in peace and serenity, Le Nordik Spa Nature is the perfect place to be.
GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE: GIVE THE GIFT OF LE NORDIK
Now, there’s nothing wrong with the classic roses and chocolates, they will always be symbols of love and affection.
This year, how about adding a little something extra like spending a day or night (or both!) at North America’s biggest outdoor spa. Stunning all year round, Le Nordik is even more magical during the winter.
Imagine beautiful white snowflakes floating from the sky while you and your love one or your friends soak in a warm pool with a glass of perfectly chilled champagne.
What could be better you ask?
Well, like we said, we can count so many ways but here’s our TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU’LL LOVE LE NORDIK AT VALENTINES AND PRETTY MUCH AT ANY TIME:
1. IT’S GIGANTIC: LE NORDIK IS THE BIGGEST OUTDOOR SPA IN NORTH AMERICA
Counting an impressive line-up of 10 baths: outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, relaxation rooms, yurts and lounges, there is a place for everyone at any time.
Weekends and holidays are of course very busy times but fear not as you will always find a spot you can either relax, sleep, drink, eat or “party.”
With varying pool temperatures designed to deliver different kinds of benefits, Le Nordik Spa Nature currently offers 10 outdoor baths and 9 distinct saunas and steam rooms and a huge underground salt water pool called the Kalla.
There are also several relaxation areas located both indoors and outdoors, 2 full-service restaurants, a charming café and a number of lounges and a huge beer garden where you can enjoy a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and spirits as well as small bites in a setting that is more social and convivial.
2. IT LETS YOU BE YOU: YOU CAN GO AND STAY WHERE EVER YOU WANT TO BE
That said, if you’re idea of a spa get-away is total peace and quiet, you can never go wrong with Le Nordik.
With 3 areas to choose from, each with its own charm, features and etiquette, you can navigate from one area to another depending on how you want to spend your day.
One is not necessarily better than the other. It’s really all about preference and how you want to spend your day.
The 3 distinct areas allow you to transition from complete stillness and peace to a more party-like atmosphere or to something in between.
If you haven’t been to Le Nordik, here’s a virtual tour of the lay of the land:
The Kaskad area: complete silence is required.
The Borëa area: quiet speaking/whispering is allowed.
The Panorama area: conversation and drinks are allowed.
3. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUR WELLNESS: HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE IT TO BE
Alternating between a cycle of hot and cold treatment followed by rest is the underlying principle of the ancient Scandinavian practice of thermotherapy and Le Nordik Spa Nature have developed this art and science to perfection.
What is recommended is to start with a hot session like a dry sauna, for example, to be followed by a cold one like a quick dip in the pool and then to get plenty of rest.
You do this cycle over and over throughout the day. Or at least 3-4 times for the most optimal experience.
HOT, COLD, REST – REPEAT
It may sound a little intimidating at first but alternating between heat, cold, and rest is actually a really refreshing way to awaken all your senses. In addition to that, it helps to eliminate toxins, stimulate blood circulation, and increase your cardiac rhythm, encourage deep relaxation that overall, you feel an immediate improvement of your well-being.
One thing that you will notice immediately is that Le Nordik features a fusion of so many ancient traditions from all over the world. From Japan to Scandinavia, Germany to Russia, Le Nordik offers a beautiful harmony of East meets West baths and saunas that truly delights all your 5 senses.
Inspired by the Nordic dry sauna tradition, there are 7 dry saunas to choose from: Finlandia, Barika, Maa, Tuly, Aromi and Banÿa, each ranges at different dry high heat temperatures.
WELLNESS TREATMENTS INSPIRED BY ANCIENT TRADITIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
One of my favourite offerings at Le Nordik, aside from their amazing massage and facial services, are the Mediterranean-inspired steam rooms, very much akin to a Hammam. With a feeling of being transported to far-away lands, I feel like you get an extra benefit at the two Vaporo saunas as there’s an added infusion of either refreshing orange or pure eucalyptus oil, which encourages a deeper sense of relaxation.
Clearly, the benefits of thermotherapy is almost endless – both to the body, to the mind and the spirit. Aside from improving your blood circulation, cleansing your skin and eliminating toxins, spending some time at Le Nordik improves your overall well-being as it boost your immune system in addition to providing you with a profound sense of peace and calmness.
The bonus? You can feel its healing benefits right away and over time.
How is that as a great bang for your buck?
Because thermotherapy accelerates recovery and healing, some physicians have recommended it to their patients suffering from injury, chronic pain, rheumatism, or arthritis. Some studies suggest that heat therapy may also be an effective treatment in the fight against mild depression, appetite loss, and anorexia.
4. IT FEATURES A SPECIAL AUFGUSS TREATMENT: GET INFUSED EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR
In addition to the already long list of facilities that is designed with your health and wellness in mind, Le Nordik, since a few years ago, have introduced the exclusive Aufguss treatment.
As one of my absolutely favourite features at Le Nordik Spa Nature, I highly recommend that you indulge yourself with this ancient ritual at least 2 times during your stay.
Performed by professionally trained Aufguss Master who travels to Europe to undergo an intensive 5-week training, the Aufguss ritual is held in Finlandia and tends to heighten all the benefits of thermotherapy with the added element of water vapour infused with selected essential oils.
Announced with the sound of the gong, the Aufguss Master, dressed in the traditional skirt and carrying a wooden pail with snowballs, starts the Aufguss (Gerrman for Infusion) ritual with an introduction of the technique in both English and French.
These snowballs, infused with various pure and natural essential oils, are placed on the heated rocks, water is then poured onto the heated stones releasing a burst of vapour infusing the entire sauna with beautiful scents with health enhancing properties.
Both the music, the technique and the essential oils are carefully chosen by the Aufguss Master, making each session a unique experience. Using a large towel, or two, the Aufguss Master fans the steam into increasing heat thereby also increasing the sensation you feel. It’s like a choreographed, rhythmic dance that is so mesmerizing to watch it helps you be present and be in the moment.
Yes, it can get a little bit intense. The ritual itself takes about 12-15 minutes, conducted over 3 songs matched to 3 essential oils. Please note that the heat rises constantly throughout the ritual. You can leave at anytime if it gets too intense for you and it is recommended to stay on the lower level if it’s your first time.
That said, it truly is a magical one-of-a-kind experience that will take your breath away!
The Aufguss rituals in the Finlandia sauna is offered as part of your thermal experience with no extra charge.
5. IT’S A GOURMET GET-AWAY: 5-STAR FOOD AND SERVICE AT LE NORDIK SPA NATURE
Now you can’t possibly spend all day and all night (like we do!) at Le Nordik without going a little hungry!
MËZZ | CAFÉ Restö | Panorama Lounge | Biërgarden
With 4 spectacular restaurants, a coffee shop and snack bar, 3 bars to choose from, Le Nordik is the perfect escape for YOU to get away to relax, rejuvenate and celebrate LOVE!
Spearheaded by the famous chef Norman Aitken, a Culinary Institute of Canada graduate from Souris, PEI. Starting his culinary career 22 years ago at the prestigious Inn at Bay Fortune under the guidance of Food Network’s Chef Michael Smith, Chef Norm has indeed transformed the menus at Le Nordik Spa Nature into something you would expect from 5-star destinations.
We had the joy and pleasure of dining at the main restaurant and to celebrate this momentous occasion amongst friends and family, Eric and I had ordered the Mousseux Rosé from Ruffino, which was a delightful start to an outstanding meal that was to follow.
IMPRESSIVE FOOD AND DRINKS MENU FEATURING A LOT OF LOCAL AND CANADIAN INGREDIENTS
Here are our top favourites for sumptuous appetizers:
- P.E.I. TUNA CRUDO | apple + pea shoot + pickled ginger salad | spanish olive oil | sturgeon tonnata
- MUSHROOM CONFIT | cheeses melts | grilled schiacciata bread
- BEEF CARPACCIO | black garlic + thyme aioli | crostinis | arugula | parmesan crisp
- 3 QUEBEC CHEESES | fruits | almonds | conserve | crostinis
Here are our top favourites for mouthwatering mains:
- BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB | shiitake mushroom + black garlic risotto | beef jus | grilled carrots | roasted squash
- ROASTED DUCK BREAST| duck confit + Canadian wild rice + quince succotash | kumquat marmalade
- PAN SEARED ATLANTIC SCALLOPS | Brussel sprouts | crisp smoked maple pork belly | citrus salt
- GNOCCHIS | tomato + avocado pesto | grilled zucchini | cheddar crisps | roasted cauliflower + you can add goat cheese
- And of course: NORDIK BURGER | PEI grass fed beef | Hunnions | tomato | mushroom cheese | dijonnaise
potato + scallion bun
Here are our top favourites for super yummy desserts:
- ’’XANGO’’ dulce de leche cheesecake rolled in a warm crispy tortilla (OMG, DO NOT MISS THIS! Sooo good!)
- CHOCOLATE CAKE | Berry tea poached pear
- CHOCOLATE FONDUE WITH FRESH FRUITS
- CARAMEL APPLE TART | Nordik honey milk ice cream
Oh what a culinary treat indeed!
LE NORDIK’S BIËRGARDEN: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ELEVATED TERRACE IN THE REGION
As a more recent addition a couple of years ago, there is no surprise that one of the most popular areas at Le Nordik is the Bier Garden and the panoramic pool Näkymä.
Overlooking the highway that connects Ottawa to Gatineau and the gorgeous vista of Gatineau Park, the seemingly endless pool offers one of the most stunning views of the Outaouais, which provides a perfect backdrop for a special Valentines celebration.
The view from Näkymä also offers the picture perfect spot to catch both incredible sunsets and sunrises.
It is also the perfect place to celebrate special moments such as birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelor or bachelorette parties and of course, Valentine’s Day!
In this section, you can actually bring your drinks in the pool while you soak in the benefits of the thermotherapy pool, spend time with your friends or love ones and at the same time, be one with nature that surrounds you.
That sounds like a win, win, win, don’t you think?
And if you’re a beer lover, you’re in luck!
You can enjoy a variety of beer selection from Beau’s organic microbrewery.
If you’re craving for something to eat but don’t feel like walking back to the main restaurant, the Biërgarden offers a delightful menu of classic favourites such as chili, grilled cheese and Taco of the day.
There are also some snacks and other products such as skincare and body care products as well as various Le Nordik merchandise available at the boutique.
You can also enjoy your drinks and bites at the newly installed all-season pergola in the Panorama section, right next to the Biërgarden.
This open space structure is yet another edition to the many social structures Le Nordik have added to make your spa getaway here the ultimate escape!
LE NORDIK SPA NATURE FACILITIES OVERVIEW:
To make the most out of your visit, it’s always best to prepare before you come. Here’s the quick list of what to expect at one of the region’s most magical destinations:
- 3 sections – 3 experiences
- 10 exterior baths
- 9 distincts saunas
- 4 restaurants $
- An infinity pool
- A saltwater flotation pool $
- Numerous resting places
- A yoga and meditation room
- An exfoliation room
- Outdoor massage pavilions $
Admittedly, the strictly imposed no-phone policy is hard at first. However, if you think about it, this is really for your own good… to make the most out of your visit. To focus on your well-being and to be present and to be really one with nature.
Please note that the photos and videos we captured were authorized by the management of Le Nordik. There is a strict no photo and video policy in the spa resort in order to respect guests’ privacy and to ensure that you benefit from your ultimate escape.
BONUS REASON: IT LET’S YOU WIN THE ULTIMATE VALENTINES DAY GETAWAY
To celebrate #ValentinesDay, the #newyear, your wellness and YOU, we are giving away the ULTIMATE @nordikspanature_chelsea Valentines VIP experience!
And it’s OPEN to ALL!
YOU CAN WIN our #20YS X Le Nordik package: * Access to the Nordik Thermal experience
* Access to the Kalla experience
* Access to the special Aufguss treatment every hour on the hour
* Special VIP Check in at Le Nordik Boutique
* Plush rental bathrobes included
We’re giving it away for 2 people, which is a value of over $200!
Here’s how to enter:
- Follow @20YS in Instagram.
- Follow @nordikspanature_chelsea.
- Tag 3 friends & loved ones!
For bonus entries:
– Follow @20YS in Twitter and Facebook.
– Share this giveaway post in your #IGStory.
– The more you tag, the more chances of winning!
Good luck mes amies!
And p.s… if you do win our fabulous Le Nordik X @20YS giveaway, will you please take me!
Happy Valentines Day!