Sauna Experiences

The Banya Experience

A unique sauna experience on Vancouver Island, this special, age-old, eastern European/Nordic in-sauna ritual uses bunches of oak or birch (venik/vihta) to create a hot, steam filled, aromatic sensation that leaves your body craving the cold plunge. The leaves transform into a hot massage (platza) when brushed against the sauna participants’ skin. This Finnish and Eastern European ritual not only increases circulation and promotes sweating, but is also very aroma-therapeutic as different tree types have beneficial effects including increasing respiratory function. Perfect for weathered sauna lovers looking for the pinnacle of heat experiences, this is a 2.5hr session guided by the owners themselves and includes 20 minutes of administered venik massage, a coffee body scrub, a cold near beer, and sweet treat for each participant! For 1-4 people. Reservation required.

Deluxe Sauna Circuit

A sauna session with all the bells and whistles! This tour de force sauna session includes a taste of many of our services and add-ons. The perfect pamper pathway of 4 sauna rounds, 6 spa-style add-ons per person, a complimentary Aufguss, AND a short venik (oak or birch leaves) massage demo. If you’re not sure what kind of a sauna person you are, just try it all in this experience! This structured sauna program crams in all the heat and extras you can handle and sends your group home feeling renewed. Experience a little bit of everything, and come out feeling like a million bucks! Reservation required.

Private, 2.5hr Aufguss Sauna Session

Our classic German-style sauna session. Full facility access for 2.5hrs for 1-12 people. Enjoy our two saunas (traditional and infrared), wet cool down area, rest lounge and outdoor patio. For groups of 1-4 people, 4 spa-style add-ons are included.

Top the experience off with a complimentary Aufguss – a celebration of sight, scent and heat. The Lost Faucet is proud to be the first sauna on Vancouver Island to offer this complimentary, in-sauna service. First, aroma-infused water or ice is placed on the hot sauna rocks.  The Aufgussmeister then wafts a towel dispersing the humid warmth around the sauna, increasing the overall heat. Music, lighting and scents create a multi-sensory experience. This ritual must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Reservation required. Group bookings for 1-12 people.

Wednesdays and Monday Social Sauna Public hours

Gather a buddy, or make new friends as you share the sauna space for a 1 hr 45 minute, mid-week pick me up! Bring your bathing suit, flip flops, towel, and water bottle. $5 spa-style add-ons are available. Up to 3 people can begin each 30 minutes. Includes a complimentary Aufguss ritual. Reservations are recommended, or try your luck with drop-in. Reservation recommended.

Spa-style add-ons (self-administered)

The Banya Experience and The Deluxe Sauna Circuit include their accompanying add-ons. In Private sauna sessions for 1-4 people, 4 self-administered add-ons are included. For all other private or public sauna sessions, self-administered add-ons may be purchased for $5 / $7.

The Foot Soak

A long-standing pre-sauna tradition. Soothing salts, oils, and warm water make a foot soak the preferred first step for many heat-bathers. Foot soaks improve circulation thereby expediting sweating in the sauna and afford heat-bathers a quiet moment to let go of their day before entering the sauna. An excellent lower heat option. Add-on to your sauna session for $5.

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The Bamboo Whisk

With its more durable qualities, tapping your sore muscles with a bamboo whisk offers a surprisingly effective massage. Work sore knots out by tapping the bamboo whisk in the sauna. Working with the heat to loosen muscles, this light massage provides a faint residual sensation after your cold shower. Add-on to your sauna session for $5.

The Body Scrub

To complement the deep cleansing sauna, many enjoy a full body exfoliation. Since the body’s pores are opened by the sweating process, a natural scrub can provide an extremely satisfying clean. Just rub over skin, let the natural exfoliants do their work, and rinse. Add-on to your sauna session for $5.

The Facial Mask

A face that has been in the sauna will reap the benefits of a facial mask more than at room temperature. A variety of masks/scrubs are available for different skin types. A little extra special care for the most defining part of yourself. Add-on to your sauna session for $5 or $7 for specialty masks.

The Infusion

A complimentary perk. Water is infused with scents and is then placed over the hot rocks resulting in a glorious burst of aromatic humidity and warmth. Infusion aromas may include mint, forest, birch, pine tar, eucalyptus, and more.

The Refreshments

Both refreshing and calming drinks available to help hydrate, satisfy a sweet-tooth, or just pass the time.

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