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It’s the ultimate getaway from the stresses of daily life. Take the time to care for your own health and well being. Escape to soothing waters nestled in a tranquil forest. At Scandinave Spa, you’ll encounter a truly rejuvenating and revitalizing experience in Blue Mountains, Ontario.
Justin and I reached Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain and walked down a lengthy boardwalk towards the main reception building. A sign stating, “Enjoy the quiet” foreshadowed the peaceful afternoon that was to come. It was time to unwind.
The Scandinavian Baths Experience
The baths at Scandinave Spa are based upon the traditional methods found at Nordic Spas in Europe. It is customary to rotate between hot baths, cold plunges, and relaxing saunas for its therapeutic benefits. At this outdoor water spa, we discovered several hot baths with calming waterfalls, cold baths of varying temperatures, a Finnish sauna, a Norwegian steam bath, relaxation solariums, and relaxing spots outside with Muskoka chairs and hammocks.
Start your experience by warming your body in one of the hot baths, the sauna, or the eucalyptus steam room. By relaxing in one of the warm places, your pores begin to open and your body will begin to detoxify. Next, cool off your body in one of the cold baths (either 74 degrees or 63 degrees) to rinse the toxins from your system, close your pores, and enhance blood circulation throughout your body. Finally, be sure to relax. Take a moment to lay in one of the hammocks, read a magazine in one of the solariums, or close your eyes in one of the Muskoka chairs. Repeat these three steps as required throughout your stay, which typically ranges from 2 to 4 hours in length.
From the moment that we arrived, we both felt any stressful situations left lingering in our minds fade away. Silence and quiet are both encouraged here, and you’ll rarely hear anyone talking. However, you will see lots of smiles and peaceful expressions on the faces of the spa guests. It was very soothing to relax in the warm waters by the massaging jacuzzi jets. I really enjoyed laying down in the dry sauna, the heat enveloping my body like a warm blanket. My favorite place of all was the Norwegian steam room. Though it can be slightly difficult to breathe at times, the strong scent of eucalyptus is so calming. This was the place where I closed my eyes and focused only on my breathing in a meditative state.
My body felt relaxed, my mind felt at ease, and my spirit felt rejuvenated.
Though neither Justin or I enjoyed a massage treatment, they are a huge part of the experience. We hope to visit Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain again sometime soon and treat ourselves to massages. There are 65 employed Registered Massage Therapists who work at the spa offering Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, and Hot Stone Therapy. Justin and I would like to try a Duo Massage in a couples treatment room. We can’t wait to return for this!
What You’ll Need
Be sure to bring your bathing suit, a pair of sandals, and a water bottle. If you’re getting a massage treatment, you can bring a robe or rent one while you’re there for a nominal fee. It is important to stay hydrated, and there are several stations where you can refill your water bottle with filtered water. Two towels are provided, as well as a locker to place your belongings. You can also use the spa’s showers, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, and hair dryers after you’re finished relaxing in the waters.
Scandinave Spa is open all year long in all four seasons. We visited the spa in the summer, though I’m sure it is an entirely magical and wonderful experience in the wintertime. Instead of taking a plunge into one of the cold pools, you can jump right into the snow!
Justin and I had a quick bite to eat before we entered the waters. The Bistro had a vegan option available, which was a tasty and healthy noodle bowl with fresh vegetables. There were also a variety of gluten-free options available. After our experience at the baths, I ordered an almond cookie green tea that was both calming and delicious.
Pricing and Details
For daily access to the baths, it is $50 per person. Tip: if you visit on a Wednesday, you can visit the baths for only $40 for “Unwind Wednesday”. For all pricing details for massages and package deals, please visit the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain website.
There are three other Scandinave Spa locations across Canada: Mont Tremblant, Old Montreal, and Whistler.
Scandinave Spa is open daily (except for Christmas Day) from 10:00am – 9:00pm, and in all weather conditions, whether it be sunny, raining, or snowing. It is open to those aged 19 years and over. The spa is located moments away from Blue Mountain, so be sure to take a break from skiing in the winter by relaxing at the spa. It is only about a two hour drive from Toronto, making it the perfect day trip from the city.
As Justin and I were driving away after our afternoon at the spa, we were already discussing when we would return. It was the perfect getaway that truly felt like a relaxing holiday, even if only for the afternoon. My skin felt moisturized and soft. My mind felt very clear. And overall, I felt completely renewed.