Scandinave Spa is the perfect addition to any Whistler romantic getaway. See what makes this mountain top oasis so special and how to get the most out of your visit.
A Winter wonderland mountain top oasis is the best way to describe Scandinave Spa Whistler.
Never have I experienced complete relaxation quite like this before. Life’s troubles seemed to simply melt away as I escaped deeper and deeper into complete rest for my mind, body and soul.
Gretta and I were in Whistler celebrating her birthday, and Scandinave Spa was the cherry on the top of our getaway.
With snowflakes the size of cotton balls falling from the sky, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect to add to the luxurious ambiance.
From the giant lobby windows we gazed out over the Scandinave baths and took in the picturesque mountain view that would be ours for the day.
Everything was quickly becoming covered in inches of powdery snow from the tree limbs to the sign posts. We didn’t mind one bit though as we were in the lap of mountain top luxury and not going anywhere. Although we did appreciate the nice touch of having outdoor heated concrete pathways to keep the snow off our toes.
Scandinave Spa thought of everything to help ease us into relaxation.
Hydrotherapy dates all the way to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. The age old tradition of using water to energize and bring about relaxation benefits. This is what the Scandinave Spa Whistler specializes in.
Here’s what kept us at this Whistler mountain spa all day long:
Step #1 – Heat Up (15-20 minutes)
Choose between the sauna, the eucalyptus steam room or the outdoor oversized hot pools complete with a double sided pour-over waterfall tower in the middle. With two of each to choose from there was plenty of room for everyone and it never felt overcrowded. Gretta’s favourite was the steam room while I enjoyed the wood heated sauna and the hot water waterfall. With snow falling from above and resting on everything all around, it was simply blissful.
Why heat up? Raising the body’s temperature dilates the skin’s blood vessels, reduces blood pressure, and increases overall blood flow. This helps trigger a state of relaxation and mindfulness.
Step #2 – Cool Down (15-20 seconds)
Imagine yourself blissfully relaxing away and heating up your body as hot as humanly possible for 15 minutes. Now picture yourself the very next minute jumping under a freezing cold arctic waterfall for a full 20 seconds! Now that’s exhilarating!
Why shock your body like this? This step causes pores to close, locking in the heat from step one. These exhilarating stations promote a shift in blood pressure, encouraging the body to flush toxins and release tensions.
Step #3 – Relax And Melt Away (15-20 minutes)
The circuit is not complete without this vital 15-20 minutes of doing nothing, or doing some solo yoga. There are three solariums to choose from that are perfectly set up for maximum relaxation. Stretch out in a zero gravity chair while you listen to relaxation music and watch the snow gently fall outside the oversized windows. Or take a seat by a fireplace and gaze into the flames. Power naps are recommended which isn’t hard to do in a Scandinave Solarium.
What’s happening in your body? During this final step, the cardiovascular system regulates itself. After spending time in the hot and cold environments, it is best to rest the body which helps stabilize blood flow and heart rate.
Step #4 – Repeat As Necessary (4-5 times minimum)
It’s not until the third cycle that you really start to feel like you’re mind and body slow down. Plan lots of time at the Scandinave bath so all time pressures are gone.
Absolute Silence And No Electronics
Silence and no electronic policy is strictly enforced in and around the Scandinave bath which everyone fully embraces. Reminder signs posted around and writing on the back of staff jackets with a simple word “silence” reminds everyone to abide and it works. Well… except for the occasional squeal from someone experiencing the cold water bath for the first time. That’s right, I couldn’t help myself.
No pressures of any small talk pleasantries or electronics binging and bonging here. No pressures of trying to solve life’s problems or working through decisions needing to be made with a significant other. Just a serene natural environment for you to experience complete rest and silence.
Insider Tips On How To Enjoy Even More Of The Scandinave Baths and Spa:
I love a luxury spa experience as much as the next guy, but what makes it even sweeter is when you save money and have everything you need for a perfect day of relaxation.
• Bring your own bathrobe and save $13 in robe rental.
• Don’t forget your own snacks, water bottle and flip-flops. Two towels and a lock for your locker are included in the entry cost.
• If you’re going for the extra level of relaxation and schedule a massage, be sure to do so well in advance and ask for a Registered Massage Therapist. That way you can do a claim through your extended health plan and save some. If you call Scandinave Spa at 9am there is a good chance you can take advantage of someone’s last minute cancellation.
Whistler Scandinave Spa And Baths
Website: www.scandinave.com – Whistler Location
Cost: $70 for all day access to the Scandinave Baths. Massages start at $175 for 60 minutes, I know! A little pricey! However, when you schedule a massage it also includes access to the Scandinave Baths and a bathrobe. Don’t forget to ask for a registered massage therapist if you have extended health care benefits.
Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Massages start at 9 a.m.
Directions to the Scandinave Baths & Spa – The Scandinave Spa Whistler is located 5 minutes’ drive away from Whistler Village.