A woman relaxes in an outdoor hot tub at Alyeska Nordic Spa in Girdwood
Photo Credit: Kristian Irey, Alyeska Nordic Spa

Spas & Wellness Experiences

Spas & Wellness Experiences

While a trip to Alaska likely brings to mind activities like hiking, fishing, kayaking, and skiing, you need to make sure to take some time to unwind between all of those adventures. And what’s a vacation without a little R&R? Luckily for visitors and locals alike, Alaska offers some unique spa and wellness experiences to relax and reinvigorate.

The two largest spas in Alaska seamlessly combine wellness experiences with nature for truly relaxing escapes surrounded by the beauty of Alaska. Visitors to Chena Hot Springs Resort outside of Fairbanks can experience the healing benefits of the area’s natural geothermal hot springs. With indoor and outdoor hot tubs, an outdoor hot springs lake, an indoor pool, and options for post-soak massages, Chena Hot Springs is a must-do for visitors looking for wellness experiences in Alaska’s Interior – along with a magnificent location for northern lights viewing during aurora season.

Another one-of-a-kind relaxation experience in Alaska is the Alyeska Nordic Spa, a 50,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space at the base of the Chugach Mountains in the ski resort town of Girdwood. A network of hot, warm, and cold pools along with hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas nestled among the forest invites guests to experience the health and wellness benefits of hydrotherapy. Top that off with a bistro and add-ons including massage and yoga for unparalleled rejuvenation in Southcentral Alaska.

Other wellness experiences can be found throughout the state at resorts, hotels, and spas. Alaska products like glacial silt, sea salt, and botanicals like fireweed and spruce tips are incorporated into locally-made body products that are used and sold at many of these locations. Wilderness lodges combine outdoor adventure with the finer things in life, with many offering massage and other spa treatments at their properties in beautiful backcountry settings. 

Have you ever thought about doing sun salutations under the midnight sun? How about dancer pose with the northern lights dancing overhead? Alaska offers some truly unique yoga opportunities, from yoga at waterfront cabins to winter solstice retreats under the aurora borealis to yoga with reindeer. No matter when you choose to visit, you’ll find a variety of wellness experiences that will help you put the “Aaaah…” in “Alaska.”


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