February 11, 2010

A spa fit for an Olympian

Scadinave Spa Whistler

The Scandinave Spa experience can now be enjoyed at Whistler, home of alpine events of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Situated only 1.5 km (1 mile) north of Whistler Village, The Scandinave Spa is the first of its kind in Western Canada, and the largest and greenest yet in the Scandinave Spa portfolio. The three east coast spas are located in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Old Montreal (Vieux Montreal), Quebec and a franchise in Blue Mountain, Ontario.

Representing a $9 CAD million investment, Scandinave Spa is introducing the age-old Finnish tradition of Scandinavian baths to Whistler. This spectacular spa, engulfed in a forest of spruce and cedar, overlooks the peak of Mount Sproatt and is located on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove parks. This year-round activity offers a true relaxation experience in harmony with nature.

Introducing 20,000 square-feet of facilities integrated over three acres of natural landscape, Scandinave Spa Whistler was designed as a unique landscape-derived activity guided by principles of sustainability. “From vegetated “green roofs” to high efficiency furnace equipment, and passive solar heating, the design is meant to harmonize with its natural setting, minimizing where possible its impact on the environment,” explains Pierre Brisson, President.

A forested pathway leading to the reception area invites a sense of wellbeing upon arrival, and welcomes guests to the most scenic spa experience in Whistler. Committed to local suppliers, the Scandinave has engaged in partnerships with Whistler-based Mountain Galleries to provide the artwork showcased throughout the reception, and Bearfoot Bistro to deliver the catering. Renowned for the modern haute cuisine of its Executive Chef Melissa Craig, Bearfoot Bistro was voted Whistler’s Best Restaurant 2009 by Vancouver Magazine.

Annique Aird, General Manager, says: “While the baths have a rich history, the concept is still surprisingly unknown in North America. This is why we have decided to offer this unique new thermal experience in Whistler to people seeking a better physical and spiritual life balance.” Aird adds: “What makes the project all the more interesting is that it favourably positions Whistler in the health and wellness tourism market by offering a product that differs from the various spas in British Columbia.”

Scandinave Spa Whistler will be a welcome retreat for both spectators and athletes for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Scandinave Spa Whistler, British Columbia