You can’t spell spa without “Aaaaahhhhh.”
And once again southern Alberta pamper-cravers will be able to get their fix of “Aaaaahhhhhs” — and “Ooooohhhhhs” — at the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, as the facility has been given the all-clear by health authorities to reopen beginning Friday, July 24.
“The health and wellbeing of our guests is at the heart of what we do, and I am thrilled to welcome the public back to embrace the elements, discover the benefits of hydrotherapy, and find refuge here in the Kananaskis Valley,” Alexandra Sharpe-Keene, Vice President of Spa Operations at Kananaskis Nordic Spa, said in a release.
“Wellness routines have been so important over the past few months and I look forward to seeing the Kananaskis Nordic Spa become a key part of peoples’ self-care rituals once more.”
They’ll open alongside neighbouring site, the newly renovated and rejuvenated Crosswaters Resort, which is walking distance from the spa — as well as their sister Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and other dining and drinking options.
Both the spa and resort properties have been temporarily closed to the public since mid-March due to COVID-19.
“We are incredibly pleased to reopen Crosswaters Resort to once again offer our guests a truly unique refuge in which to relax and recharge,” Graeme Jenkins, Vice President of Operations of Pomeroy Lodging — the Alberta-based parent company of Crosswaters Resort — said in the release.
“This newly renovated accommodation is one of the Kananaskis region’s hidden gems and its latest Picnic and Spa Package is the perfect way to experience everything the Resort and the area has to offer, from wellness amenities, to hydrotherapy, to fresh local food and stunning mountain vistas.”
The adults-only Picnic and Spa Package includes accommodation for two, access to the spa’s hydrotherapy pools for the day and a gourmet picnic dinner for two.
It will also allow access to the many amenities available at the properties — with the exception of the spa’s saunas and steam rooms which will remain closed for the time being due to health regulations.
The resort has also announced that upon reopening it will now be, like the package, an adults-only offering. Previously they had one floor that was designated 18+, but now the entire area will seek to offer a “one-of-a-kind retreat-style getaway” for grownups.
“We recognized the need to offer another option to guests who want to prioritize calm and relaxation above all else,” said Jenkins. “We continue to warmly welcome families to Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, but now offer Crosswaters Resort as an alternative for those wanting the ultimate wellness retreat.”
Both the spa and the resort have also put into place a number of precautionary of “enhanced health and safety protocols,” which include, but, they note, are not limited to:
- Touchless intake, check-in and payment.
- Extended time between spa treatments to allow for additional disinfecting between guests.
- The reconfiguration of all entryways and reception desks to allow for social distancing.
- Employee wellness checks at the start and end of every shift.
- Bluetooth technology that monitors max capacity (65 people) and social distancing in the spa.
- Staggered access to the spa’s hydrotherapy pools that allows time for full sanitization in between morning (9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) and evening (3:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.) sessions.
- Prohibited re-entry to the spa upon exit to help manage guest capacity.
- Access to the spa by reservation only, required at least 24 hours in advance.