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Whistler, Spas & Wellness
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What to do when your body aches from skiing, mountain biking or exploring Whistler? Or you just want to relax in peace and quiet? How's three hours in Scandinavian baths, saunas, steam rooms and and solariums - surrounded by mountains and forest - sound?
Yeah, thought so.
I was recently in Whistler with a bunch of friends who were all off being active...but I just wanted to chill out. So I decided to check out the new and impressive Scandinave Spa, located a few minutes' drive outside the village.
I arrived at the spa through a foresty walkway (a real chipmunk munching a pinecone greeted me!), and entered into this AMAZING zone of calm. I opted to spend a day in the baths (though you can also get Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Massages!), and soon flip-flopped my way down to do the "circuit" of relaxation...
I started in the amazing eucalyptus steam room (so good for colds & sniffles!) then plunged into an icy pool (seals pores and strengthens the immune system). I then sat under a warm waterfall that pummelled any stress out of my shoulders, relaxed and read magazines, sat with my feet up outside by a wood fire it, gazed at the mountains, looked at the trees, then popped into the dry wood-burning Finnish sauna, followed by another round of cool pool and warm pools.
Along with my amazing cheese/nut/grapes snack box which I had afterwards in the lovely little Spa bistro, the whole experience took me about three hours - but you can stay for less or longer. I even snoozed a bit in the solarium while listening to bird noises and new age music!
The best bit? Talking isn't allowed, really, so you're there to enjoy the unwinding in complete peace...
Cannot recommend Scandinave enough. If you're up in Whistler, make sure you book in time to relax in between all the sports and rec!