Welcome to Scandinave Whistler | What to Expect
You may have come to Whistler, BC to put your body through it’s paces – skiing, hiking, biking, golfing, paddling – but we’d highly recommend taking at least one day off to treat yourself too. Whistler has heaps of spas to choose from, but one of our favourites is the Scandinave Spa Whistler. An enormous outdoor and indoor spa that’s hidden in the forest beyond Whistler village, it’s idyllic setting and Scandinavian vibes make it almost impossible not to relax.
So if you’re planning at least one relaxation day during your trip to Whistler (and you should), you could do a lot worse than a lazy day at the Scandinave Spa. Here at Forged, we know how adventure – but we also know how to relax. So we headed on down to the Scandinave Spa Whistler to see what all the fuss was about. And we had the time of our lives.
Why make time for a day at the spa on your Whistler Vacation?
As we discovered, the Scandinave Spa is the perfect spot to slow down, take stock, and let your body do some healing. Here’s our three top reasons to include Scandinave Spa on your Whistler, BC vacation itinerary:
- Treat your body
A vacation in Whistler can be tough on your body. With so many incredible outdoor adventures to fit in, you might end up leaving feeling more exhausted than you did when you arrived. Which is why we always tell people to plan a rest day at the Scandinave Spa. Whether you’re skiing or biking, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and ready for another few days on the hill.
Even if you’re taking a more leisurely approach to your Whistler vacation, your body will still thank you for spending a few hours recuperating at the Scandinave Spa. Modern life is tough on our bodies, and we don’t often take the time to heal that we should. So make the most of the opportunity and head home feeling brand new!
- Treat your mind
Spending a few hours relaxing at the spa isn’t just good for your body – it’s good for your mind too. Whether you’re chilling in the hot pools, reclining by the fire pit, or taking a nap on one of their many comfortable beds, you’ll give your mind a chance to slow down from the frantic pace of every day life. It’s hard to feel stressed about anything when all your can see is lush green forest and steaming hot pools, and the only choice you have to make is whether to choose a hammock or a gravity chair for your next spot.
- Take time to switch off
Unlike most spas in Whistler, Scandinave Spa Whistler is a silent spa. That means no talking, no phones, no cameras. Just you, the forest, and the calming sounds of the waterfalls and fire pits. You can lose yourself in a great book, or simply in your own thoughts, without the threat of your phone pinging and bringing you back to reality.
What a Day at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa is Like
In the name of research, we thought we’d better head down to the Scandinave Spa ourselves. We know, it’s a hard life. Here’s our hard-earned insider insights into a day at Scandinave Spa, plus a few “before you go” tips to help your trip go smoothly.
- Choose the right time to go
Luckily, we already knew Scandinave Spa is a very popular Whistler activity. So we headed down mid-week, when the spa is quieter and queues are shorter. If you can go mid-week or off-season, we’d strongly recommend it.
On weekends (and especially holidays) you can expect to wait more than 30 minutes for access to the spa so it doesn’t get overcrowded. On the other hand, during spring and fall you’ll get straight in, and might even get a discount.
- Embrace the luxury from the get go
We started feeling special as soon as we checked in and received two big fluffy baths towels. We even got to sip on ice-cold cucumber water while we waited! The changing rooms are large and have everything you could ever need – hairdryers, straighteners, face cream, huge lockers – so you’ll leave the spa looking as good as you feel. And don’t miss the free hot tea just outside the changing rooms, especially on a chilly winter evening.
- Commit to the “silent spa” vibes
We were a little dubious about the “silent” aspect of the spa when we arrived. For starters, how could we post about our amazing experience on Instagram? And secondly, weren’t we here to have a good catch-up with our pals?
But we gave it a go, and we have to admit, they’re on to something. After the first few awkward minutes, we loved having an excuse not to chat and to really focus on relaxing. And there’s something very unusual about not having access to your phone that makes the whole experience feel a lot more special.
- Follow the Hot, Cold, Relax method
When you arrive at Scandinave Spa, they explain the “right” way to spa. Apparently, to get the biggest benefit you should spend 10-15 minutes in something hot (a pool, steam room, sauna etc.), then 15 seconds in something very cold (a plunge pool or the icy waterfall), and then 15-30 minutes relaxing.
Honestly, we weren’t very enthusiastic about the cold part of this process – and we were there in summer. But seeing as we had to write this article, we figured we should take the plunge. And what do you know – they were right. While we were reclining in some very comfortable chairs after the icy pool, our legs started tingling and you could almost feel them recovering from all the hiking/biking/axe-throwing we’ve been doing. After that we were sold, and committed to the cold plunge every time.
- Try everything!
We did our best to discover everything that you can do at the Scandinave Spa, and we think we did it. And each of the different spots was amazing in its own way. So give yourself a few hours to repeat the hot, cold, relax cycle and explore the spa in depth.
In our adventures, we found: enormous hot pools, cold plunge pools, the freezing nordic waterfall, a eucalyptus steam room, wood burning saunas, a finnish sauna, solariums (including one with an amazing indoor fire), a yoga studio, tons of hammocks, and outdoor fire pits surrounded by deck chairs. It took us four hours to explore it all and convince ourselves we had to leave and go back to the real world.
What Other Services do they Provide?
Massages at Scandinave Spa Whistler
While the baths package is without a doubt the most popular Scandinave Spa experience, they also offer a whole host of decadent treatments to really help you relax. There are three main style of massage available:
- Swedish Relaxation
- Deep Tissue
Which one you choose will depend what you’re looking for. The Swedish massage, for example, uses light pressure and focuses on relieving tension and helping you relax. At the other end of the scale, the Deep Tissue massage uses firmer pressure to relieve pain deep in the muscles. The Restorative Massage is the most popular treatment, and falls somewhere between the two. If you’ve been hitting the bike park or the ski slopes during your trip, it’s a great way to ease some of the aches and pains and improve blood circulation.
Special Treatments at Scandinave Spa
In addition to these massages, Scandinave Spa Whistler also offers pre-natal massage which is tailored to the needs of each individual woman who books. You can also book any of the massages as a duo massage, so you can share the experience with your partner or friend. Canadians can also book with a Registered Massage Therapist if they’d like to use their extended health benefits. Fair warning though, these spots book up quickly, so call far in advance!
Frequently Asked Questions About Scandinave Spa
- Where is Scandinave Spa Whistler?
Scandinave Spa is nestled in the coastal rainforest in Whistler, BC. While it’s close to the heart of Whistler village, it feels far removed from the bustle of the busy village. Just a few minutes past Whistler village, the spa is perched on a hill overlooking the forest surrounding the idyllic Lost Lake and the network of hiking and biking trails you’ll find there.
If you’re visiting from Vancouver, you’ll find Scandinave Spa Whistler approximately 120km up Highway 99 – roughly a 2 hour drive in good conditions. Once you’ve passed Whistler village, you’ll see signposts to Scandinave Spa on the northbound side of the highway a few minutes later.
Where to stay near Scandinave Spa Whistler
Being close to Whistler village, there’s heaps of great accommodation near Scandinave Spa Whistler. If you’re looking for luxury, the Four Seasons Resort and Fairmont Chateau Whistler offer the finest accommodations in Whistler. For a comfortable, convenient hotel that doesn’t break the bank, we love the Summit Lodge, the Aava Hotel and the Sundial Boutique Hotel.
Or if you’re saving all your hard-earned cash for outdoor adventures, why not stay at the Riverside Resort? Just a five minute walk from Scandinave Spa, you can RV, camp, or rent a cabin and take advantage of the amazing location of the Riverside Resort.
How to Get to Scandinave Spa from Whistler village
Scandinave Spa Whistler is located just a few minutes north of the heart of Whistler village. If you’re driving, head north on Highway 99, then turn right onto Mons Road, where you’ll see signposts to the spa. You can also catch the public bus (number 30, 31 or 32) which stops a few minutes from the spa.
In summer, it’s just over a 30 minute walk or 10 minute cycle on the Valley Trail from the village. It’s also worth checking whether your hotel offers a free shuttle that will drop you at the Scandinave Spa. And on those cold winter nights, a taxi from the village will cost you less than $10.
- What You Should bring to Scandinave Spa
You’ll be provided with two towels and a free locker as part of your Scandinave Spa baths package. You can also rent a cosy robe for an additional charge of $13. You’ll also need to bring:
- A good book
Scandinave Spa Whistler is a silent spa, which means no talking and no electronics in the spa. So leave your phone on silent in your locker and enjoy the opportunity to switch off entirely. It’s also a 19+ venue, so you’ve got a great excuse to leave the kids behind and savour some me-time.
How much is Scandinave Spa?
Currently, baths access to the Scandinave Spa costs $72 per person. That includes towels and a locker, and you can stay for as long as you like (the spa is open from 10am-9pm every day).
Massage packages start at $179 for a 60-minute Swedish Relaxation massage. All massage packages include bath access before and after your massage, and towels, robe and a locker.
So there you have it – everything you need to know about visiting the Scandinave Spa. While it might not be the first idea you have when you start planning a trip to Whistler, we wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes one of your favourite holiday memories. We’ll certainly be heading back to see what it’s like in winter too!