Scandinave Spa (Whistler, BC)
It’s rare that I take time to relax (I know, I’ve promised to myself and to my friends, family and readers that I’m going to take it easy, not work as hard and that I’m going to take better care of myself – I’m working on it, I swear). I suppose the first step in taking care of myself is to actually have time to visit a spa. And what a spa that was!
I was up in Whistler this past weekend with JT, touring around and looking at the kinds of things we could do given that neither of us is a winter sports person. Turns out that there’s a lot of things to do. And the first stop we had in our journey after the beautiful Rocky Mountaineer ride up was the amazing Scandinave Spa. Located near the Spruce Grove neighbourhood in Whistler, it’s close enough to the Whistler Village that you can walk.
Situated just north of Whistler Village, B.C., engulfed in a spruce and cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks, this unique spa overlooks incredible mountain vistas and valleys. Invigorate and cleanse your body and mind in the hot baths and refreshing waterfalls, melt away with a relaxing massage, and breathe in the invigorating country air.
After the 3 hours of “warm up, cool down, relax” we headed back to the Listel Hotel Whistler and had a much-needed nap. Surprisingly, despite the fact that the spa is relaxing, we still needed a few more hours to recuperate. Overall, the idea of the Nordic Spa is one that you really should seriously consider. And the pricing is quite affordable, with weekly for $99 and the one-time $58, if I recall the pricing correctly.
One of the recurring themes in my travel writing, as you may see, is the sustainability factor (not only because my research, teaching and consulting is in environmental policy, but also because my travel writing is primarily focused on eco-tourism). The Scandinave Spa in Whistler offers Scandinavian baths that allow you to relax in a way that I hadn’t seen before.
Widely recognized for their energizing and relaxing effects, Scandinavian baths and hydrotherapy are associated with many benefits. In addition to cleansing the body, they stimulate blood circulation and the release of endorphins. All of the senses are awakened; muscles are soothed; a general sensation of well-being washes over you. Immerse yourself… to emerge again feeling calm yet invigorated by the experience of the Scandinavian baths.
Overall, the spa experience was amazing, and at no point did I feel rushed. The service was amazing and I really want to come back next time I’m up in Whistler.
Disclosure: My and my guest’s visit to the Scandinave Spa in Whistler, BC was sponsored very generously by the spa as part of my recent trip to Whistler to check out what to do when you’re not a winter sports person. However, I covered every other single expense I incurred during this travel, including (but not limited to) breakfast, lunch, dinner and transportation (except when explicitly indicated). I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe and document my experience at the spa. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.