Winter is definitely a great time to recharge your batteries and to take a little me time. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’ve definitely been experiencing a bit of the winter blues lately, and I knew that taking a step back to focus on me would be a great way to get myself ready to go for 2018. My boyfriend, Mickey, and I took a trip up to Collingwood, Ontario earlier this month to celebrate his birthday, and I knew that we had to pay a visit to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain while we were there. I’ve heard so many good things about this type of experience and this particular spa from a few friends and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

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The Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is located just a few minutes away from the Blue Mountain Resort, and is only 2 hours north of Toronto, making it the perfect place to visit when you want to get away for a night. It’s set in 25 acres of natural forest, and the location is absolutely beautiful. From the moment you enter the driveway you’re whisked away to a serene, calm setting where you know you’ll be able to relax. Upon arrival, you’re checked in, given an overview of how the baths work, and handed 2 towels & a locker key to store your belongings. Robes are also available for rental, which I highly suggest. Phones are not allowed in the baths area and silence is requested – there are staff members on hand keeping an eye on everything to ensure that chatting is kept to a low murmur so you can enjoy the silence and fully relax.

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The bath circuit has been set up to allow your body to relax and rejuvenate; you first begin the cycle in one of the hot areas for 10-15 minutes (hot bath, sauna or steam room) to detoxify and open your pores, followed by a cold water plunge (brrr!) for 2 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes to close the pores before finishing the cycle with a 10-15 minute relaxation period in one of the solariums or by the fire to bring your body back to a normal resting state. You can repeat this cycle several times, with most people staying about 2-3 hours in the baths. I ended up going through the cycle 5 times during our visit and couldn’t believe how great I felt afterwards. My mind was clear, my body felt great and I left feeling completely refreshed. Massages are also available to be booked and are a great way to start your visit off – I think I’ll be giving one a try next time!

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I just want to touch on the hot portion of the bath circuit, because this was easily my favourite. They have three heated pools to hang out in (which were delightful), a recently-updated Finnish sauna, a brand new infrared sauna and my favourite, the Norwegian steam bath. The steam bath, which uses eucalyptus, was so lovely. When you walk in the room, it’s full of steam & a little hard to see, but your eyes quickly adjust and you can grab a seat (note: the steam is definitely heavier on the top row of seating, so it’s best to start on the middle or first row when you first go in) and start taking it all in. It really hits you when you get in, and you’re soon sweating and breathing in the steam – it feels like an amazing detox session and I ended up going in twice because I loved it so much. I want one in my house!

The Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain is especially breathtaking in the winter when it’s covered in snow. The setting is so beautiful and I could have stayed all day. I’ll definitely be returning in the summer when my mom comes home for a visit and can’t wait to experience is then as well!

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Tips to make your visit to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain more enjoyable:

  • Eat beforehand and stay hydrated throughout your visit. You’ll be detoxing and putting your body through the cycle a few times, so make sure that you’re drinking water. Bring a water bottle and fill it up using the refill stations throughout the baths area.
  • Bring along a book for the relaxation portion. You’ll be sitting in a solarium for 10-15 minutes every cycle, and if you have a book you’ve been meaning to read, this would be a great time to get into it.
  • Bring a robe or rent one. Especially in the winter, you’ll want to throw one on in between the portions of the cycle.
  • Leave one towel in your locker for afterwards. You’ll want to have a dry one ready for a shower after you finish.
  • Bring a pair of sandals to throw on when you walk between the hot/cold/relaxation portions – the ground gets cold in the winter!
  • Get there early. During the winter, holidays & weekends, the spa gets extremely busy and ends up going on a waitlist. Getting there early enough means you’ll have a better chance at getting in. If you do end up on the waitlist though, don’t worry! They’ll call you when you’re able to get in and the Blue Mountain Village is right around the corner so you can find something to do.
  • If you’re planning on getting a massage, book early! The massages book up pretty quickly, especially around busy times of the year – you can book them months in advance, so if you have a trip planned, make sure you lock yours down.

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Have you ever been to the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain or something similar? Let me know what your experience was like!

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Is it just me or has this winter been particularly harsh?  I don’t know about you, but the constant cold and grey skies have left me feeling a little down and in need of a little relaxation.  Which, you know, is perfect because Spa Week by WaySpa.com is back once again!

You might remember me sharing this week of spa savings before.  It’s really a fantastic deal and is perfect for those of us who have been wanting a little pampering but have found it out of our budgets.  How does it work?  Participating spas in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario & Quebec have teamed up with WaySpa.com to offer various treatments and packages for the price of $50.  These offer great savings and an awesome chance to get out of the house to relax for a little while.  For example, I just booked my Spa Week treatment at the Bellagio Day Spa in Mississauga (a little birthday treat for myself).  What do I get for $50?  A 30 minute deep tissue Swedish massage and a 30 minute hydrating facial.  Not bad at all if I do say so myself.

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Spa Week will run from April 21-27th and it’s definitely a good idea to book now to make sure you are able to take advantage of the treatments you want.  It’s easy to join in on the pampering fun as well:

  1. Head to WaySpa.com/SPAWEEK to check out the participating spas and their available treatments
  2. Purchase your $50 Spa Week treatment voucher
  3. Call in to the spa of your choice to book your treatment

Anyways, I know I’m going to be doing a little relaxing in a couple of weeks to enjoy my $50 spa package.  Will you be checking out any of these treatments as well?

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Well, August is just about here (where has the summer gone?) and I think that means it’s time to take a vacation and enjoy some relaxation time before fall shows up and school is back (for some of you).  My friends at SpaFinder Canada agree, and they want to ensure that one of you gets to take a mini break for some pampering.  SpaFinder helps to connect you to the best spas, salons and deals when you need a little escape.  We’re going to be giving one of you a $50 SpaFinder gift card so you can take some time to relax at one of the great spas they work with.

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Can’t wait?  They’ve just launched a treat yourself to a massage promo – Get a $100 gift card for only $90 when you use the promo code MYTREAT.

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June is definitely a month for celebration – between Father’s Day and graduations, there’s a lot going on!  My friends at WaySpa think this is the perfect time to give the dads and grads a little bit of pampering, and I couldn’t agree more.  Say thanks to your dad for all that he’s done with a little bit of relaxation – I’m sure he’d love a deep tissue massage, a hot towel shave or a sports massage.  And for the grads – congratulate them on their accomplishments and help them get in great shape before entering the workforce.  I think a facial, mani-pedi or a relaxation massage would be perfect to help them de-stress.  My boyfriend recently graduated from the paramedic program and is going to be starting a job in the next few weeks, and I know he’d love a chance to get that stress of his shoulders first!

WaySpa wants to make sure your dad or a grad in your life (or you can always choose to keep it for yourself) gets a little treat and are going to give one of you a $50 WaySpa gift certificate to use at one of hundreds of amazing spas and salons (you can take a look on the WaySpa website to find one near you).  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

I’ve also got a coupon code to help you save a little if you decide to surprise a grad or dad with a treat from WaySpa – you can save 20% off a gift card by entering the discount code DAD20X51F at checkout (valid until June 16)!

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