There are many reasons I prefer Oceania Cruises to any other cruise line, and one of them is the Canyon Ranch SpaClub® onboard all Oceania Cruises ships. There is pampering — and then there is pampering. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub embraces a philosophy of spiritual awareness and healthful well-being, so that you come away from the experience rejuvenated in mind, body, and soul. And on my last visit, all I had was a pedicure.

With Canyon Ranch, there is no such thing as just a pedicure. Okay, sure, if you’re in a rush and need your nails done, I’m sure they can accommodate you. But trust me, you will want to indulge in the entire Canyon Ranch experience. From the moment you enter the spa, there is an aura of tranquility. Since you’re onboard an Oceania Cruise, you’re already relaxed, enjoying yourself, and in a great frame of mind, but the Canyon Ranch SpaClub takes relaxation to a new level. I always arrive early to a Canyon Ranch appointment so I can sip a glass of cucumber water, lie back on a comfortable chaise and enjoy, as the Italians call it, il dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing.

When it was time for my Canyon Stone Pedicure, Jeannette greeted me and showed me into the salon.

The pedicure area was also immensely comfortable, and the floor-to-ceiling windows provided a lovely view of Corfu, until another ship arrived and completely obstructed the scenery. Nevertheless, I was already imbued with a sense of inner peace and content to enjoy the views of Jake Gyllenhaal in the magazine Jeannette offered me instead.

My pedicure began with the typical cleaning and shaping of the nails that one would expect, but after that it was anything but typical.

Jeannette showed me the sea salt scrub she was preparing for the next phase of my pedicure.

The scrub gently exfoliated my feet and legs.

Jeannette then wrapped my feet in warm, moist towels before removing the scrub.

The next step was the warm paraffin treatment. This nourishing mask is the ultimate treat for feet.

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Jeannette gently wrapped the warm paraffin around my feet and ankles and then placed them in booties so I could continue to relax while the mask worked its magic. A friend of mine had been raving about this treatment, and I was excited to tell him I had tried it and reaped the benefits. It left my feet and legs feeling unbelievably soft and silky.

Pedicure12Considering this is a Canyon Stone Pedicure, you may have been wondering when the stones would come into play. Jeannette had saved the best part for last.

The foot and leg massage with the warm basalt stones and aromatic essential oils was definitely my favorite part of the treatment. Have I mentioned how incredibly relaxed I was feeling?

Oops, I almost forgot. There was of course one more step to complete my pedicure – the painting of my toenails! 

The shiny gold sparkles were the perfect finishing touch to an amazing experience at The Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

The best thing about the Canyon Ranch experience is that it extends beyond the spa. You can take the sense of wellness and rejuvenation with you as you continue your adventures onboard your Oceania Cruise. My feet were refreshed and ready to go when I explored the Greek island of Zakynthos the next day!


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