Thursday, June 15, 2017

Peace and Quiet at the Scandinave Spa in Whistler

We have had a few exhausting seasons in our family over the past year and so I knew that as soon as I had a free day I wanted to treat myself with a day of rest and relaxation. I had never been to the Scandinave Spa and heard wonderful things about it, besides, it is in Whistler which is one of my favourite places to visit! I had twelve hours to myself and this is what I did...

I first stopped by Starbucks to pick up a coffee which is the perfect way to start a special day. On the way up to Whistler I made two stops–Shannon Falls and Brandywine Falls. Both walks are just under 10 minutes and well worth it!

Brandywine Falls
Brandywine Falls

I parked at the Upper Village as I enjoy the walk down to Whistler Village. I ate a small lunch at El Furniture Warehouse (unusual name but every dish is $4.95) where I had the poutine. I then drove five minutes past Whistler to get to the Scandinave Spa.

There was not a lot of signage to get there so make sure you use your GPS or have good instructions on it's location. This is the sign you see as you walk the trail from the parking lot to the main building; it is what my soul has been craving: peace and quiet.

Upon checking in, my plan was to just have the Scandinavian Baths Experience which is $65. However, I inquired about whether they had an RMT available and it would have been four hours later and I wasn't sure how long I would be staying (note: just book it ahead of time!). However, they noted that there was a promotion on for a one hour Swedish Massage including the Baths and robes for $130.00. I went for it. 

Whistler's Scandinave Spa Brochure
You are not allowed to bring cameras or phones into the spa so I'll leave this brochure photo for you to see. There is a Eucalyptus Steam Room, Dry Sauna, Relaxation Room, Nordic Waterfall, Outdoor Hot Baths, Outdoor Fireplaces, Solariums, Terraces, and Hammocks. It is a lot larger with more variety than I anticipated. The idea is that you warm your body for 10-15 minutes, then go in the cold water for 20-30 seconds (I couldn't fully submerge myself as I'm a warm water girl) and then relax for at least 15 minutes. It is recommended to do the cycle 3 to 4 times. 

Whistler Scandinave Spa bathing sequence
I first had a one hour massage, did the cycle just twice (loved the Eucalyptus Steam Room) and then sat around the fireplace to read. After half an hour it was a bit cool so I then went into the Solarium. There is spa music playing everywhere and you are not allowed to talk; it was made for me! I spent about four hours at the spa which was a good amount of time. I probably could have stayed and read for another hour but wanted to go back to the Village for some food before heading home. They do have warm tea and flavoured water as well as apples. In the locker room they even have plastic bags for your wet bathing suit.

If I had a friend with me I would have ventured out on some walks but my phone had limited battery left and I did not want to run into a bear alone. I went back to the Village to get a burger at Splitz Grill (7/10) and a peanut buttery dessert for the road at Purebread (8/10). All together with gas, tolls, food, and the spa it cost me $200–well worth it in my opinion!

If you do go to the Scandinave Spa, be sure to bring sandals and a book to read.  Also, I would recommend booking an RMT in advance if you have coverage. It was a wonderful day and the only thing that would have made it better was to have three days in Whistler with Gary. I look forward to going back to there again.

Do you make it a point to treat yourself? Have you been to the Scandinave Spa? Would you go?


PS This was not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share about my experience in case you have considered going. 

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  1. We went on our honeymoon! It was fantastic although according to my brand new husband, I wasn't very good at "being quiet" 😜

    1. I saw a few couples that looked like they were on their honeymoon there! Ha, you were one of the chatty ones in the pool, weren't you?!

  2. WOW, this looks like the dreamiest day!!! I definitely don't give myself days like this, but I also don't have 3 lively kids and spent a lot of time and energy on fostering either ;) You deserved it!

    1. I don't do this often (my second time giving myself something like this) but it is so good for the soul!