By Olivier Bourque
A weekend in the Laurentians is like a large bowl of fresh air. For a few days, we forget the city and its orange cones and opened our minds to the beauty of Nordic nature. And frankly, Esterel Resort is the perfect place to relax with its condotels and its many lakes. Unforgettable.
We are out of breath facing the beauty of the place. The lake extends up to the mountains of conifers. The huge glass doors brings the light in. At night, a vague rumour in the distance and the moon is reflected on the immense lake.
About activities programming, there is something for all tastes. We can begin the day by practicing all kinds of sports on the lake, or by browsing through the small path around it.
If we want to hike for longer period, we can use the other trails of more than 30 kilometers. Inside, there is a playroom for children with, among other things, baby foot game and a ping-pong table… Friendly!
The Spa: inescapable
But the Estérel stands out especially by its Nordic Spa: the Lido. Completely irresistible, in the winter as in the summer. First stop: the dry sauna or the wet sauna, to leave your body relax and initiate a period of sweat.
And then, there continues its journey to the outside in the cold Spa which will you ravigoter for sure. For the lovers of adrenaline, you can also dive into the frozen lake, an unforgettable experience, he is going to say.
And then, the finale is worth the trip: the hot spa welcomes you for several minutes of relaxation.
During our visit, a few vacationers alternated between the baths before a dip in the swimming pool. We can finish this experience at the Rainspa health center for a massage or another skin care.
In the evening: gastronomy
After this moment of relaxation, the Estérel also offers a culinary experience. We were greeted at the restaurant The ROK where we cook meat and vegetables on plates heaters placed on the table.
We grilled sirloin beef and grilled shrimps, and then completed the meal with assorted desserts. At breakfast, in the magnificent Salon Champlain, the buffet is impressive. We loved the omelets and the many fresh juice.
When to go?
Four seasons. Several different activities are proposed.
Hotel Evolution (95 suites) and Hotel Emotion (105 Suites).
Full information at: www.esterel.com