The place To Keep, Store, And Spa In Montreal
Festival MURAL on Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal.
Eva Blue/ Visit Montreal
If you seek to be filled with joie de vivre, consider a visit to Montréal (sometimes affectionately referred to as ‘Petit Paris’): it is an ideal spot for Americans cautiously seeking to reunite with their wanderlusting travails. Compared with the potential stress of making the jump over the Atlantic, this city is geographically close, accessible by air, by train – by cruise lines – and still offers that quintessentially old-world romance, robust culture, and heritage of Europe.
In a post-pandemic world of travel, cities are once again on the rise and trending- so Montréal is ideal for its plethora of enriching experiences that seek to revive and reinvigorate your soul. Here are the top picks for where to stay, spa, and shop in Montréal.
Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile is a luxury hotel that creates sublime experiences inspired by the … [+]
Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile/ Gillian Jackson (c) 2019
Sofitel Montréal Golden Mile Hotel: Nestled in the heart of the Golden Square Mile District, this hotel is a cultural mélange of European charm and North American vivaciousness. There’s an eclectic vibe yet calming demeanor the moment you set foot onto the property. Rooms (of which there are 256, including 17 Junior and Executive suites and 1 Opera suite) are generously appointed. A favorite is the Opera suite on the penthouse floor with its breathtaking views of Mont Royal. Meanwhile this room features floor to ceiling windows, separate living & work area, marble bathroom and separate bath with Balmain products.
The relaxation can be taken to the next level with the hotel’s in-room Appia Nomad Spa – where the massage services are brought to you. Top picks include the little known baby/children massages, as well as facials (for adults) that utilize all-natural specialty products to melt your troubles away.
Follow-it-up with room service and order gourmet fare from Renoir: French cuisine rippled with international elegance and an overarching holistic philosophy. Its inventive dishes, conceived by Executive Chef Chef Olivier Perret, utilizes local ingredients with favorite menu items being the Atlantic salmon tartare, refreshing gazpacho that spotlights local Québec tomatoes, and their detoxifying juice of Kale, pineapple, celery and ginger.
Lastly, leave the smartphones back at the room and just relish in the moment with one of their inventive drinks or mocktails on hand at La Terrasse, their garden-enriched patio overlooking Sherbrooke Street.
SSense is a luxury leader for fashion forward brands based locally and internationally.
Montreal is known for its très chic style – so naturally, it’s rife in plenty of sartorially- inclined spots.
Ruse boutique: As someone who is a big fan of sustainable luxury – I love that there are a bevy of treasures at this shop, owned and operated by Charlotte and Eddyne since 2015. Carrying familiar and beloved names such as Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and more – perhaps the most fun is visiting and discovering some coveted pieces such as this caramel colored Hermès Kelly Retourné; summer ready sandals from Dior; and jetset ready Fendi Zucca monogram coated canvas travel bag .
BKIND: Founder and CEO Marilyne Bouchard created this beauty company with an emphasis on sustainability. In using her background and expertise as a microbiologist, she founded her company in 2014, developing eco-conscious cosmetics for sensitive skin. Her best sellers include this Superfruit Face Moisturizer enriched with mango butter, apricot oil and pomegranate seed oil; natural coconut oil and lavender body lotion; and plant-based/toxin-free nail polish.
SSENSE: Founded by three brothers Rami, Bassel and Firas Atallah in 2003, this company specializes in luxury designer apparel and editorial street-style brands. While they are primarily an e-commerce shop, they have a flagship brick and mortar store in Montréal, steps away from the iconic Notre-Dame Basilica. Art installations, events, and personal shopping services are just some of the appeals of visiting in-person. There are hundreds of brands on offer here that span womenswear, menswear, home, pets, technology, and more. Currently, unique features include this Cycle collection and Fear of God Essentials Core Collection.
Magasin Général: Situated in Old Montréal, this beloved boutique has offered dreamy wearable art for over a decade. Everything exudes a warm feminine touch that graces jewelry, sunglasses, bags to lifestyle items such as stationary and accessories. The shop also features a general store that includes home décor, accents, eco-friendly products and more. Favorites include this Emily in Paris inspired collection and Ayla Bar signature earring collection.
Spa and Zen
This floating spa is a harmonious amalgamation of old-world history and modernist sensibilities – … [+]
Thibault Carron/ Bota Bota Spa
As an important source of life, Montréalers have always been incredibly respectful of water – after all, the city is hugged by the St. Lawrence River and the Lake of Two Mountains. As a result, many spas here echo and honor these waterways whether through their mindful philosophy, mode of business, and/or services.
Bota Bota spa-sur-l’eau: This former 1950s/60s ferry and theatre boat has been reincarnated into the storied ‘floating sanctuary’ it is today and now is known to guests as Bota Bota spa-sur-l’eau. This spa is a transformative place of rest and rejuvenation. Since 2010, this serene refuge has endeavored to offer guests a thoughtful approach to wellness.
President and General Director Geneviève Emond says that they developed a specific approach to thermotherapy and explains its benefits to wellbeing: “Our water circuit is central to our operations, and our most popular service. It consists of our circuit of saunas (4), steam rooms (2) cold plunges and showers as well as our wide array of inside and outside relaxation areas and outdoor pool and jacuzzis.” Coupled with massage therapy and other holistic packages – it’s all topped off with panoramic views of Montréal and the Saint-Lawrence river while relaxing on their sprawling sundeck.
Self-care for your mind, body, and soul at Namkha Café & Yoga.
Namkha Café & Yoga
Studio Namkha Café & Yoga: This space offers a modernist trifecta of Zen and features a café, comprehensive yoga/meditation studio, and self-care boutique. With its light-filled ambiance, you can sip your favorite beverage, get your flow on with wellness and yoga practitioners (pro-tip: drop in classes and passes are perfect for on-the-go visitors) and top it off with a stockpiling of wellness goods such as facial mists, essential oils, gear, and more.