Disney’s Resort Massage & Fitness Spa Reviews

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  1. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Before- Some VERY long hair
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    After the desired buzz cut
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    And...pixie dust!

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    Sorry I don't have spa pictures... I forgot to mention the GF had the floors strewn with rose petals for valentines day...Kind of neat!
     
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  3. DearDaisyinDurham

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    Love this thread!! Hoping for more reviews please!!
     
  4. grannyminnie

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    My DSis and I had facials at the AKL spa not too long ago. We had staff member, Tracey, from the SSR come over, and boy was I glad! I've had several facials and this was my favorite! The tech had a soft-spoken manner, which fit right in with the mood of the darkened room. Her touch was so relaxing, and I loved the product. She didn't press us to purchase...quite the contrary; but gave us a form filled in with the products that she used on us. I checked the prices online and the cost of the product (amala) is outrageous, compared to what I spend on cosmetics. I wish they were not; I'd love to use them!
     
  5. Planecrazy4dis

    Planecrazy4dis "This is no longer a vacation...It's a quest for f

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    This is great. I've been waiting with baited breath for your spa report. I'm so glad that you and DSD had a good pedi experience. I'll have to tell DW. I've never had a pedi before. I think I need to try it someday.

    From the sound of it, you described Rachel R. It makes me very happy to know you got exactly what you wanted. :woohoo:

    Yeah...the MSB is one of WDW's best kept secrets...until now.:rotfl: But seriously, we didn't know about it until my DW's cousin told us before we went last year. It worked out perfectly for our one year old DS. He received his first hair cut certificate, a lock of his hair, & the ears. SO COOL. His barber - Penny, was awesome with babies. She was a natural. Now the barber our 4 year old DS had, was neither here nor there, not very warm & fuzzy. But she gave him a nice hair cut. He got the pixie dust too. I guess we forgot to take a picture of the pixie dust. :confused3 But I got it all on video though. The MSB was so crowded and busy that day, that we're glad the kids didn't have a meltdown. But yeah...we highly recommend it too. We'll forever treasure that moment. :love:
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    I was wondering how the esthetics were at AKL. DW will like this report too.

    Thanks so much for sharing. GREAT TRIP REPORTS!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
     
  6. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    A good pedi is a beautiful thing! I have to admit, the woman next to me was getting a mani and a pedi done at the same time and that looked awfully nice. I do plan to check on the ivy trellis though. A normal full pedi should run about $35. I found the massage prices to be what I'd expected but this was a bit high but of course we got "more" than you would at a standard pedi. I would not have minded if she'd been a little more aggressive on my calluses. But for "big girl" treat this was a pedi unlike anything DSD had ever had or seen and that was pretty special. It is just beautiful there. And btw...no product pushing at all. Not even mentioned actually!

    Yep! Exactly what I wanted and honestly, having that little bit of weight lifting time before actually worked out well to warm up my muscles. I was thrilled and this felt like a good value! She was PERFECT! I think I need 80 minutes next time.



    How cute! I only knew about it through this board, I'd looked at the "cool dude" thing at BBB for DS9 (DS8 hates having "stuff" in his hair) and when I found out about MSB I was so thrilled. They needed a haircut in the worst way and we saw 3 different barbers while we were there. All were magical with the kids, truly special people who just seemed to love what they do. I guarantee you, DS9 will be getting a haircut there until he's 70 whenever we/he goes, that's how much he loved it.

    Mnn! That makes me want a facial on the next trip! Or that hot stone massage lol. All depends on where we stay!

    And now to figure out how to get a next trip, sooner than later! :)
     
  7. grannyminnie

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    Planecrazy4dis, I was not impressed with the AKL spa itself (had too many other nicer ones in my spa repertoire). The exercise room being the first thing you see when you enter, it's not something that puts me in a relaxed frame of mind..:lmao: There was really no room to lounge in while waiting for your service, but I do understand that it is a very small spa. I hope to try the GF spa on my next trip.
    If by esthetics you simply meant the actual service room feel, then it was just fine...
     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Some are "spas" and others are simply massage and fitness centers. I'm not sure where AKL falls but WL is definitely in the later, GF in the former so very very different feel.
     
  9. Planecrazy4dis

    Planecrazy4dis "This is no longer a vacation...It's a quest for f

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    After being an employee for both the Four Seasons & currently at the Ritz for many years, I too expect certain standards at a spa. (that can be good & bad) With that being said, eandesmom is unfortunately right, most of the Disney resorts are basically fitness centers with a few treatment rooms for massage & facials. And Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center at AKL is one of those little limited spaces. GF is probably the spa with the most atmosphere, because it is free standing and they have the room and the staff to cater to your needs. I don't know from experience, but I heard SSR has a pretty good size spa. Does anyone know how the atmosphere is? I haven't tried Mandara Spa at the Swan & Dolphin yet either. From what I have read about the Mandara company, they are known for their Zen like theme. Has anyone tried Mandara? Oh...BTW...Four Seasons is coming to WDW property (I think 2012). You can bank on it that their spa will rock.
     
  10. eandesmom

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    Technically only 2 of the resort locations are considered spas. The GF and SSR. Their menu of offerings do differ. All of the rest, and there are 6 sites, are massage and fitness centers. I guess for me, it is exactly what I expected given that title. I used to get a regular massage at my gym and it was basically the same with a slightly nicer room. It had music and candles and sure it was basic (although I"m pretty sure that she had a steamer going during the deep tissue, it sounded like it) but it definitely met my needs. I think it's all about what type of experience you are looking for. I looked into Mandara and it seemed pricier than the GF but it was somewhat irrelevant as it was so much easier to get to the GF than the other locations that I didn't consider anything else.

    If we stay in the Epcot area next time I will try the SSR location for sure!
     
  11. grannyminnie

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    Oh, I'd say it falls in the massage and fitness center catagory..
     
  12. MickeyNicki

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    We had a very early spa reservation at the Grand Floridian, 8am! We decided to grab some coffee, or in my case tea, and walk instead of the monorail. It was fantastic! The Princess race or something was going on and they had a bunch of characters waving to the runners...we saw Peter Pan and Wendy at one spot, Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter in another and lastly was Belle and the Beast....it was so cool!

    The GF spa is aaaaamazing! This was DH's first ever spa experience and after yesterday it will not be his last. We were shown to our separate dressing rooms, the ladies room had lockers, showers, the sauna, steam room and the hot tub, shampoo and the other necessities too. Nice robes, flip flops and towels too. A big bowl of oranges, water with a hint of green tea and many hot teas (organic and green) to choose from.

    I met my massage therapist Amy and we met up with DH and his guy Dale, we smelled 6 different aromotherapy oils and DH picked the most popular one, a heavy antioxident one and I had the lavender vanilla.

    We were led into a huge room, very dim with wonderful music and lighting. The tables were right next to each other but not too close. The techs were to die for....for me she hit all the right spots in my neck and shoulders and for DH the same plus his head. It was heaven and the time flew by!

    When we were finished I said, meet back here at 10am and we will go to Chef Mickeys....take all the time you need cuz I plan on doing that too!

    Back in the ladies lounge I relaxed in the sauna, the steam room, the spa, I drank soooo much water and ate and orange. Then I showered using the best Grapefruit scented shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion etc....it was the best. The shower is huge and the water comes from this humongous head up top. Little did I know DH was in the mens lounge doing the same thing!

    We both walked out at the same time, we were so jelly like and relaxed and staving! I wanted to buy the shampoo and stuff but it is $100 for the set so I said forget it! We used our AP for a 10% discount too.

    Cannot wait to go back here! I think in October we are going to spend our Saturday before we leave at the Saratoga Springs Spa or the Dolphin Spa for a full day treatment with wraps and facials and stuff! We enjoyed it so much that we want to do it again but for a longer time!

    If you guys ever get the chance check out the GF spa, it is wonderful!
     
  13. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

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    Any idea why the Niki Bryan links do not work...not even on the Disney website....trying to get a service and price list for the SSR
     
  14. PolyTigger

    PolyTigger Earning My Ears

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    I am trying to get my husband to do this. His main concern is how do they keep you draped...he is concerned and kinda shy.
     
  15. MickeyNicki

    MickeyNicki It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out a

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    DH was worried too...he wore his briefs, you have a robe on and they are totally discreet and draped him just fine
     
  16. KatMark

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    I was concerned about this the very first time I had a massage. They are trained in how to drape/undrape the sheet as they work on specific areas. I always have a man do me and I've never had a problem or been worried about it. Now, if he would just look like Brad Pitt or someone. :goodvibes
     
  17. Walkie

    Walkie Earning My Ears

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    MickeyNiki, thank you so much for this detailed post! My fiance and I have been discussing getting a couples massage at GF but were unsure what all went with it - we even discussed whether we needed to go back to our resort to shower before getting the massage (we're going in August so we may be a little...how do you say...SWEATY!!). Your description sounds wonderful and I am now very excited about it.

    Here's a general question for everybody out there: can you request the gender of the person who gives you the massage? For whatever reason, the fiance would rather not have a guy massage him (go figure!).
     
  18. KatMark

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    I am sure you can. I know that every other spa I've gone to they asked if I had a preference.
     
  19. rw_hadley

    rw_hadley "Did you ever get the feeling there's something go

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    Can anyone compare/contrast the spas at GF and SSR?
    DW and I had a couples massage at GF when we were at WDW two visits ago, and were thinking of having another couples massage when we visit in August, this time at SSR.
    The Unofficial Guide seems to like the spa at SSR a little better, so we were thinking of trying that and then heading over to Downtown Disney for some shopping.
    (Semi OT: how far is it and what is the best way to get from SSR to DD?)

    TIA!
     
  20. Treacle44

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    Hi does anyone know if the Spa at SSR offers a couples massage?

    Thanks
     
  21. rw_hadley

    rw_hadley "Did you ever get the feeling there's something go

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    I was just looking at their website today, and they indeed offer it:
    Couple's Relaxation Package 2 hours $400
    Couple's Aromatherapy Massage 50 & 80 minutes $270/$380
     

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