Located less than 2 hours from Vancouver, the Scandinave Spa is an up-scale Nordic-themed spa in Whistler with hydrotherapy pools and massage services.
The facility also has saunas, a steam room and solariums. It’s a wonderful place to spend a morning, afternoon or evening while spoiling yourself!
SPA STATUS AND COVID-19
As of December, 2020, the venue was still open, but with strict COVID-related protocols in place.
On April 3rd, 2021, local health authorities notified staff of a potential exposure to COVID taking place between March 22nd and the 31st. As a result, the venue is closed from April 4th until the 15th to allow its employees to self-isolate as a precautionary measure. The spa is expected to reopen on April 16th.
To learn more about the status of the spa see the Scandinave website.
Whistler’s Scandinave Spa
Scandinave Spa is a world-famous spa. It’s located at 8010 Mons Road which is less than a 10-minute drive north of Whistler Village.
Some people go for just a massage. Many go for just the pools and other self-serve-style relaxation facilities. People wanting an extra level of pampering go for it all!
How Much Does Scandinave Spa Cost?
Admission rates to the facilities at Scandinave vary depending on when you go, and massages cost extra. Weekdays are usually less expensive than weekends. “Regular season” rates are from mid-spring until mid-autumn. “High season” rates are from November until March. “Peak season” rates apply on Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day weekends, plus a couple of weeks over the Christmas holidays).
As of the late winter of 2020, posted rates were the following:
- Regular Season (April to October) – Sundays and weekdays: $75 Saturdays: $85
- High Season (November to March) – Sundays and weekdays: $85 Saturdays: $95
- Peak Season (Special weekends including December 19 to January 3, February 13 to 21 and April 2 to 4) – $100 Every Day
What to Expect at the Spa
You can expect to thoroughly pamper yourself at Scandinave.
We haven’t had any of their massage services, but we have spent time in their pools and other spa facilities, and we found them wonderful! Our first visit was in the summer of 2020. We hope to go again one day, perhaps in the winter, and maybe next time for a massage!
On our visit we didn’t see anyone with cucumbers over their eyes, mud packs on their faces or toe nails getting polished. We did see lots of happy people soaking in hot pools though, and lying happily comatose in hammocks, reading books in deck chairs, relaxing in silence and looking forward to their massage treatments.
The Spa Setting
The spa at Scandinave is set in the woods. You arrive, park your car and then enter the lobby. After checking in and paying, you are given your robe, towel and basic instructions on how to use facilities. You then head downstairs to change and shower.
After changing into your swimsuit, you head outside. There you’ll find pathways that wind their way around the venue, past pools, small buildings and areas with deck chairs and hammocks.
One of the first things you’ll notice at Scandinave is that it’s a beautiful place. The second is that it’s wonderfully quiet! The surrounding area is full of trees. You feel like you’re in the middle of the forest. Even the buildings have roofs with grass and other vegetation on them.
One of the rules at Scandinave is that there is no talking, which makes it wonderfully peaceful. People might whisper to one another occasionally, but you don’t hear chatter and conversations – only blissful silence! Cell phones and other electronics also aren’t permitted at the spa, although Kindles and other electronic book-like reading devices are allowed.
The Spa Cycle
At Scandinave there are hot pools, cold pools and relaxation stations. When you arrive you are told that the best way to experience the spa is to (1) relax in a hot bath, sauna or the steam room first, then (2) have a quick dip in one of the icy cold pools, and then (3) spend some time in one of the relaxation areas. After that, you then repeat the hot-cold-relax cycle another two, three or four times.
Expect to be at the spa for between two and three hours, although some people stay for practically the entire day!
There are a couple of hot pools and they are very nice. When we went they were about 40 degrees Celsius (or 104 degrees Fahrenheit). The cold pools are very cold! We were told they range between about 5 and 15 degrees Celsius (or between around 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit). When we went the sign said it was 15 degrees C, but it felt like zero!
The cold pool was so freezingly cold the first time! After the second and third times it got better though, and we actually started to like it. It was, what can we say, “very refreshing.” The frigid water was very nice after spending time in the hot bath, especially as it was a warm day. Just 15 seconds or so though was long enough!
The relaxation stations in the summer were patio-like areas with reclining deck chairs and hammocks. All you did was lie there for 10 to 20 minutes, but boy was it nice and relaxing! We almost fell asleep! It also made us want to buy a hammock, and return to the spa another day!
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to the Scandinave Spa.
TIP #1: Take a reusable water bottle. There are a couple of drink stations where you can help yourself to cold water or a hot herbal tea. (Note: In 2020, due to COVID-19, guests are asked to just use compostable cups which are provided.
TIP #2: Take flip flops or deck shoes. You don’t have to, but they are nice to have.
TIP #3: Take a book. When we went a fair number of people read books while relaxing in the deck chairs.
TIP #4: Plan to spend at least two hours at the spa, but likely closer to three. If you take a book to read, you could be there for even longer!
TIP #5: Be careful when walking around from one station to another. There are lots of steps here and there, and smooth surfaces can get slippery.
TIP #6: The spa is for adults ages 19+. Children are not permitted.
TIP #7: Be warned: the pools and many of the relaxation stations are outdoors and there isn’t a lot of shade. If you burn easily, don’t stay out in the sun for too long, and if you’re thin on top you might want to wear a hat.
TIP #8: Go at a non-peak time if you can. Weekdays are less busy than weekends. The place is wonderful anytime, and it is open rain or shine. On especially busy days you might have to wait to get in though, or wait a few minutes for your turn on a hammock or for space in a pool.
TIP #9: If you like hot tubs, pools, saunas, pampering yourself and beautiful, quiet and peaceful places, you should go to this spa! It’s very popular and highly recommended!
For more information check out the Scandinave Spa Whistler website.
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