I am not really a huge spa person- I hope to be one day but at this point in my life, the second I get an extra dollar it either goes towards food, a new subscription box, or put away so I can’t spend any more. However, whenever I am able to save more than just a dollar, I like to put my money towards a good getaway. After reading about the Scandinavian Spa in Blue Mountain (which is about a 3-4 hour drive from my location), I headed down a couple of years ago with my then-boyfriend and was able to experience the wonder of this beautiful spa. I loved it so much, I returned a second time for a bachelorette party and although slightly hungover, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. Scandinavian Baths are best known for hydrotherapy and for stimulating blood circulation, releasing endorphins and establishing a general sense of calmness.
Disclaimer: The pictures in this review are not my own (although I wish they were). These were retrieved from the Scandinave Spa website for your viewing pleasures.
The first thing you notice when you enter the spa is the complete serenity and calmness of the place. Everything smells and looks encapsulated by nature, and is nestled in the midst of a wooded area for complete relaxation purposes. You are greeted at the front and asked to sign in. You can purchase a pass to the baths on its own or you can also add a lunch and a stainless steel water bottle. You can also purchase a massage which would be a separate cost from the baths.
You are asked if you have ever been to the baths before, and then you are explained as to how the baths work.
Both times I went, we started off with the hot baths which you can see below:
There are a number of hot baths to choose from, my favourite being the one below that has the waterfall. After sitting in the hot baths, you can go in the steam room or the sauna (the steam room is pictured above as the big structure towards the right that looks like a big tin can). The idea here is to warm your blood up with water, and then sweat out your toxins.
I am a huge fan of how the steam room and sauna both have different levels because the heat rises. If you like the air to be hotter and you want to get more sweat from the experience, you can sit on the higher up levels. Personally I enjoy sitting close to the floor as I not only has Asthma, but I also can’t handle the heat at the top.
Once you finish in one (or both) of these rooms, you can move on to either take a cold shower or jump in a cold bath. Both times I went were in the winter months so we definitely didn’t feel comfortable jumping into freezing cold water in weather that was already 0 Degrees Celsius, so instead we quickly immersed ourselves in the cool shower.
After the cold plunge, you relax in one of the calming relaxation areas. My favourite is the solarium which is a quiet and peaceful room with a lovely nature view. In the summer months, you can relax on hammocks, beside outdoor fireplaces and sit on the beautiful Muskoka chairs.
You can repeat this process as many times as you would like for the duration of the day.
A one time pass is $55.00, but you can also purchase memberships starting at $249.00 which I believe run for 3 months at a time.
Result: I felt more unbelievably relaxed, refreshed, rejuvenated and calm than I have ever felt. I felt like my skin was clean and my pores had been washed out over and over. I felt less stressed than I ever have, and I left smelling like pines and the forest. I could recommend this amazing place over and over and over without stopping. It is my favourite little getaway escape.