Senses: A Disney Spa

When I was in Walt Disney World in February for the runDisney Princess half marathon, I had the opportunity to visit the recently re-opened Senses spa at the Grand Floridian Resort. I have been inside the building numerous times to use the gym, but had yet to visit the spa. I was excited to see the new interior, and hear about all of the new changes that came along with the grand re-opening.

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Walking up to the spa has a very grand and serene feel.

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When I went in, I was instantly greeted at the beautiful front desk. The mural on the wall is actually similar to a tattoo stuck up on the wall, and depicts old Florida.

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I checked in and confirmed I was getting a massage, and then an attendant came out to greet me and explain what was going to happen. At the Senses spa, each guest goes on a “journey” when getting their treatment. The three journeys are relax, renew, and imagine. The journey I would be going on was the “relax” journey. You start your journey with a special fruit juice/smoothie designed specifically for your individual journey. They all looked amazing so I asked if I could try all three, so I did!

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I was then led down the beautiful hall to the waiting area. I was greeted with comfy chairs, snacks, magazines, and refreshing cucumber infused water.

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I was then shown into the area with the steam room and a Jacuzzi pool (be sure to bring a swimsuit if you would like to take advantage of this!) The room was beautiful and I immediately spotted the amazing heated tile loungers. Pure heaven.

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The attendant explained that the tiles on the wall were imported from Italy, as were the beautiful chandeliers. She also told me to look out for the hidden mickeys in the tile on the walls! (I spotted one!)

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There was also a steam room next to the heated lounge chairs.

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After the tour, I was led into the locker room and shown how to create my own code for the lock. It was nice knowing my personal belongings would be secure in the locker room. Each locker held a robe and slippers to make us comfy as we enjoyed the spa amenities.

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I think I look mighty stylish!

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The locker room also had plenty of towels for our use in the steam room, Jacuzzi, and showers.

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The bathroom is inside of the locker room, and it was just as beautiful as the rest of the facility. Complementary curling irons, blow dryers, and straighteners were such a nice touch (and much needed after my treatment!)

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Before I knew it, it was time for my massage. I was led down a relaxing dim hallway with gorgeous light fixtures on the walls. I felt like I had stepped into the movie Alice in Wonderland.

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We made it to the treatment room, and my masseuse explained that I would have the blue light as part of my relax journey, but if I wanted another color that was fine too. She asked me if there was anything specific I wanted her to know before she began. I told her my IT bands were very tight and that I was running the half marathon on Sunday so she focused a lot on my legs.

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The massage itself was wonderful, and seemed to go by all too quickly. There was relaxing music, the scent of lavender, and the warmth of the heated bed. When the massage was over, I was given my robe back which was nice and warm and I was also given water and an antioxidant jelly.

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My masseuse reminded me to drink lots of water, and walked me back to the locker room and told me to take my time enjoying the amenities. I said a sad goodbye to the beautiful relaxing area and headed outside to sit and chat with Ginger about the spa. I asked her a lot of questions, and here is some information I found interesting.

-The most popular treatments are manicures/pedicures as well as the Swedish massage.

-This summer Senses spa is coming to Saratoga Springs!

-The demographic at the spa is 90% female

-Your kids can get treatments as well but they request an adult stays in the room during the treatment

-Decoration inspiration was of course the Grand Floridian Resort. Disney wanted to tie in that whole immersive guest experience and theming for the guests.

-Ginger mentioned massages are great for runners all during their training, and that reflexology (also offered at the spa) is great for recovery.

A lot of people think of a Disney vacation as exhausting and that you just visit parks all day long, but it can be a relaxing time, too! Be sure to take a morning or afternoon for yourself and relax on your vacation by booking a treatment at the Senses spa. You can even book bridal packages, prenatal massages, couple packages, or pick something for your little mouseketeer from the kids menu.  Ginger recommended booking about two weeks in advance by calling 407-WDW-SPAS.

QOTD: Have you been to a Disney spa? What is your favorite spa treatment?

*I was offered a complimentary treatment at the Senses spa, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review, but it’s no secret I love all things Disney!

 

 

Comments

  1. GREAT review girl! I’m so glad they have the wonderful tiled chairs like they do on the cruise ships. I seriously want one of those in my house. I’m thinking a girls’ trip to WDW w/ a spa day is in order, yes?

  2. AWESOME REVIEW as you know know know I now wanna go go go.

  3. That spa looks amazing!

  4. It all sounds fabulous!! Great review and I love the robes! :0)

  5. I had a massage at that spa years ago, when the family just started going down for marathon weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed the massage and didn’t want to move after it was done.

  6. That looks luxurious! I want to go now!!

  7. Saratoga Springs is my “home” resort so I’m hoping to check out the new spa there once it opens!

  8. Need to put this on my bucket list of things to do at WDW :)

  9. That looks amazing!!! I absolutely LOVE that there are hidden Mickey’s on the wall! I love looking for hidden Mickey’s!!! The spa looks so heavenly!!!

  10. I love getting a massage! Probably my favorite thing at spas!! Love this!

  11. Glad that they re did it! When I worked at the Grand Floridian it wasn’t getting the love it should have been. I can’t wait to stop by on my next trip!

  12. Sounds so relaxing! I thing I’d sign up for a massage

  13. Looks AMAZING!! I stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel in Disneyland for my honeymoon and was hoping to go to the spa, but it wasn’t open yet. Next time!

  14. Love the review! I was wondering how the spa services were! especially geared towards runners on race weekend!

  15. Oh my gosh! I’m so jealous! This sounds perfect right about now. I’d want to take all 3 paths though. :)

  16. Jeanne Derr says:

    It was a wonderful story, thanks for sharing. I would love to go there someday.

  17. heated tiles, oh my, I need that right now ;)

  18. Great review! I’ve always loved the Spa at the Grand Floridian and I’m looking forward to making an appointment the next time in Disney!

  19. My husband and I got a couple’s massage on our honeymoon, pre-renovations. We were impressed with the facilities then, so I can only image how nice they are now!

  20. Paul Couturier says:

    My wife and I had a Couples Massage when we were at WDW on our honeymoon in Sept 2013. Wonderful experience, and well worth the cost! We booked our massage at the beginning of our honeymoon; we should have waited till near the end!

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    I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand.
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  23. I booked a massage here at 3pm after the Princess Half Marathon. Great changes to this spa, although I found the facilities cramped. As a Disney Vacation Member I received a discount off the price of my massage. One thing to note – check your bill because gratuity was added into my bill.

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