Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Holistic Disney: The Body pt. 3

OK, so far on our holistic journey, we've focused on the Body portion of Body, Mind & Spirit.  We've talked about exercising the body through runDisney events.  We then talked about nourishing the body through great Disney dining experiences.  Now, I think it's time we pamper the body a bit.  It's time to talk about the amazing spas at Walt Disney World!

There are three primary spa options on Walt Disney World property:  the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, The Grand Floridian Spa & Health Club and The Mandara Spa located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort.  Now of course, all of these locations also serve as resort hotels and/or villas, but what we want to focus on in this blog is the spa!

The spa at Saratoga Springs is centrally located at the resort, near the Carriage House and High Rock Springs pool area.  According to the Disney website, this spa is "reminiscent of the healing spas of Saratoga Springs, New York."  They offer such treats as specialized massage therapies, facials, body wraps and polishes, hydro-massage therapies, manicures, and pedicures.  They also do special packages that include varieties of the above listed treatments, including mother & daughter day, my first spa experience for kids 4 - 12, and couple's relaxation.  For those who didn't get enough exercise running a half-marathon or 5K in our first segment, they also have health and fitness facilities with a variety of exercise equipment. 

Disney's Grand Floridian Spa is located in the Grand Floridian Resort south of the main building and adjacent to Franck's Studio at the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Pavilion.  They offer many similar treatments to the spa at Saratoga Springs.   They have many skin care options, with a variety of facial services, massage therapy, water therapy & soaks, body therapies such as wraps, scrubs, polish & exfoliation, manicures & pedicures, spa packages, and a whole range of services for children as well.  And they too offer health club options for those who are so inclined.  However, use of the health club both here and at Saratoga Springs has some restrictions and can include fees for those not staying at those particular resorts.

The Mandara Spa is located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Hotel, and is accessed through the main lobby area.  It is described as having a  "Balinese tranquility."  Like the two previous spas, the Mandara Spa also offers various massages, wraps, and facials.  They also offer hair and nail services and Mandara Rituals (packages combining several treatments).  Something unique to this spa is their Mandara YSPA, which is essentially spa treatments geared toward teenagers.
Now spa treatments aren't just for women...men can enjoy this kind of pampering as well.  Each of the spas offers couples options as well as some treatments geared solely toward men.  In fact, the Mandara Spa offers a Men's Spa Escape!

For a full list of the treatment options, check out http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/spa/grand-floridian-spa,  http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/saratoga-springs-resort-and-spa, or http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/spa/mandara-spa.  You can also do general searches on these resorts for more information and to read reviews.  I'm personally looking forward to the day when I slow down on my own Walt Disney World vacation long enough to take full advantage of the spa options...and to write a review! 

Anyone tried any of these spa options before?  If so, please leave comments!  I love hearing from you!

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