Every time I go to Balnea Spa, I wonder why I don’t go more often. Located in Bromont in the Eastern Townships, Balnea is my favourite spa around Montreal and only about an hour’s drive from downtown.
You may recall that I was on the jury for Balnea’s Été des chefs competition last summer. The friendly cooking competitions had been happening since 2010 but this year, Balnea is putting l’Été des chefs on hold and turning the spotlight on their very own excellent restaurant, Lumami. Lumami chef Jay Gladue hails from British Columbia and has honed his skills in some of Canada’s best kitchens. His cuisine is inspired by the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy that dictates simplicity and the acceptance of imperfection. It is also inspired by his Cree/Métis heritage and his respect for nature. In an effort to pursue the best regional ingredients, he has worked closely with neighbouring farms and fishermen and has integrated ethically sourced fish, meat and vegetables into the menu. The result is a cuisine that’s refreshing, healthy and delicious with minimal manipulation of the excellent ingredients. There is also something really decadent about experiencing a fine dining meal while dressed in a bikini and bathrobe. You can enjoy Lumami’s food in the restaurant or in Balnea’s lounge area. And new this year is Balnea’s à la carte picnic baskets! Have your own custom basket put together and enjoy it in any quiet corner of the grounds.
I spent the day enjoying a massage as well as Balnea’s facilities a few weeks ago and it was absolutely magical. They have added several new amenities, including a new hammam and a new pool with a great view of the woods. Seriously though, why don’t I go more often?
319 Chemin Lac Gale
+1 450 534 0604
Summer opening hours (June 22nd, 2018 to September 3rd, 2018):
Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
Thursday to Sunday: 10am – 10pm
I was invited to spend the day at Balnea and enjoy a 3-course meal at Lumami. As always, this is my honest opinion.