Scandinave Spa Whistler is a one of a kind iconic spa destination. Slow down, quiet your soul, and soak in the rest your body is craving.
We’ve enjoyed lots of different spas over the years, but Scandinave Spa Whistler is one of a kind!
Pure silence with no talking aloud. No digital devices. The gentle sound of water and nature surrounded by soothing music to help calm the senses. All this combines to make Scandinave Spa Whistler an iconic destination. Nestled into the gorgeous Whistler basin, the setting of Scandinave Spa oozes natural beauty.
Scandinave Spa uses a hot/cold/relax/repeat system. And it is exactly what your mind and body needs.
- Get hot. You may choose from 4 different hot options: hot tub, wood burning sauna, Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam bath
- Get cold. Plunge in the cold pool, walk under the waterfall or pull the cold shower cord.
- Get Relaxed. Choose from three different solariums and lay down on a lounge chair, bean bag, couch by the fire, or bed. Sit in a beautiful Adirondack chair outside, or lay in a hammock. Or stretch in the yoga studio
- And Repeat. Do it all over again. And again. And again. As many times as your heart desires.
This repeated cycle stimulates blood flow, removes toxins, and promotes healthy mind-body balance as you listen to your body. And listening takes time, especially as we live in a noisy and sometimes chaotic world. We have pressures and responsibilities screaming for attention. And our bodies take on those stresses. However, when we set the phone down, quiet our voice, and take deep breaths slowly–in and out–our body begins to rest.
Go easy on yourself when you visit. Plan for several hours. We go for a minimum of 5 hours. I found that my cycles in the hot/cold/relax looked like a spring, circling down and down. Each round brought new insights to my mind and body as I slowly ventured farther down into relaxation.
Round one: Hot bath. Five seconds in the Nordic waterfall (actually, I don’t think I lasted a whole 5 seconds). Twenty minutes resting in the solarium continually checking the clock and noticing every creak of my rocking lounge chair and person walking by.
Round two: Wood burning sauna for 20 minutes. Twenty FULL seconds under the Nordic waterfall (but not my head, let’s not get crazy). Thirty minutes in the multi purpose yoga studio reading and journaling on a beanbag chair with a cozy red blanket on me. Thirty minutes napping (oops, that wasn’t planned)
Round three: Finnish sauna for 20 minutes (I no longer see the people. I just sit/lay with my eyes closed.). Twenty FULL seconds immersed to my neck in the Cold Plunge Bath (56*F/13*C). Thirty minutes resting in the solarium.
Round four: Eucalyptus steam bath (yep, this is just like the movies. I can’t see a thing in there!). Back to the cold plunge bath for 20 seconds. Thirty minutes resting on my favourite beanbag again breathing deeply.
Round five: I don’t want to leave! Another 5 hours please… Back to the Finnish sauna for just 10 minutes this time. Twenty seconds in the cold waterfall plunge (I may have stretched it to 30. I’m really getting the hang of this). Head to the change rooms for a shower and get dressed for dinner in Whistler Village.
Things I observed during my 5 hours at Scandinave Spa:
- My mind is noisy. I am accustomed to either talking, checking my phone, listening to a podcast or music all day long.
- I’m definitely more addicted to my phone than I’d like to admit.
- Quiet takes time.
- This cycle of hot, cold, relax, repeat brought the best night time sleep I’ve had in months.
- Increasing blood flow feels AMAZING!
You might think 5 hours is a long time. But for me, the hours flew by! Bring a book, a journal or nothing at all.
I’m already counting the days until I return. Actually, I think my husband is trying to figure out how to replicate this in our backyard. I’m not holding my breath. I’d rather just go back again. And again. And again.
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While our experience at Whistler Scandinave Spa was complimentary our thoughts and opinions are our own as always.