I'll admit, when I first heard about My Beer Spa, the new Orlando beer spa on I-Drive, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What treatments are offered? What exactly about it is relaxing and beneficial? Yet after experiencing it with my husband on a recent hosted visit, I can say without hesitation that it is one of the most relaxing spa experiences in Orlando.
My Beer Spa offers solo visitors and couples a chance to spend one hour in a private room experiencing three different treatments, including a soak in a tub full of hops and antioxidants. All while sipping unlimited self-serve craft beer and wine on tap.
As parents, it is rare for us to have a quiet room to ourselves. Being able to talk and enjoy an hour to ourselves without worrying of anyone else was the ultimate luxury. Whether you're local to Orlando or just visiting the theme parks, such an experience is practically priceless.
The atmosphere at My Beer Spa
Located on the south end of International Drive in the heart of the attractions area and a small strip mall, pulling up to My Beer Spa may at first seem a little out of place. However, we were transported and greeted with warm hospitality the moment we stepped inside.
The décor is a wonderful balance of modern farmhouse with spa touches and warm, masculine tones. Cute messages about relaxation and beer adorn the walls and fit the atmosphere perfectly. My Beer Spa is a great place to relax with its approachable, casual environment.
The lobby has a few photo opportunities including a wall with artificial grass. There are just two treatment rooms, lending an intimate and cozy feel. Some traditional spas in Florida can feel sterile and overly busy. The intimate atmosphere really enhanced our date experience. It also makes for a fun visit with a group of girlfriends or a double date.
Our treatment room
My first wow moment came when we were shown to our treatment spa room. Our names were on the door. This little touch made me immediately connect with my husband, reminding me that we are a couple, and a unified unit. This is our time together.
When we walked down the hallway into the treatment room I was impressed with the relaxing atmosphere and rustic feel. In the center of the room, directly in front of us, two soaking tubs beckoned. These hot tubs with wooden walls bubbled with a mixture of beer ingredients including hops and antioxidants in the warm, inviting water. I couldn't wait to get in and relax.
Note – you're not soaking in actual beer, just some of the ingredients used to make beer.
An infrared sauna with a glass door and soothing lighting awaited us on the right. And a beautiful bed of hay with crisp white sheets and cushy pillows sat to the left. Turns out the hay bed is quite the perfect end to our amazing time here.
Also on this side of the room, a private bathroom made leaving the tranquil treatment room unnecessary. A cozy electric fireplace in the corner of the room and exposed brick wall further enhanced the relaxing vibes and overall experience.
A flat panel television hung near the room’s entrance, playing a beach lounge style playlist. We didn't realize until our session was over that you can connect your phone to the Bluetooth speaker. So have fun with your honey and make a spa or romantic playlist together before you head to My Beer Spa.
In between the two tubs sat the beer and wine self service station. Sparkling clean beer mugs and wine glasses were ready for use for the two wine selections, along with two bottles of water. A small board of house-made beer bread, plus pretzel rods and pub mustard gave us something yummy to nibble on as we enjoyed our spa time.
The experience at Orlando Beer Spa
Your treatment at My Beer Spa includes unlimited self-serve craft beer and wine on tap. It's quite different than most spa days.
There are three beer tap options, all from local brewery Ivanhoe Park Brewing: Bungalow Belgian Witbier, Park Hopp’r Golden Pilsner, and Joyland American IPA. Although we normally enjoy it, we avoided the Joyland since it has the highest ABV; at 7% – we didn't want to overdo it.
We are big fans of Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company and their local beers – truly a hop infusion treatment. I also sipped some of the Wine Stream Cabernet Sauvignon, which was delightfully dry and fruity.I also sipped some of the Wine Stream Cabernet Sauvignon, which was delightfully dry and fruity.
A timer was set as we entered our treatment room, which helped us navigate our time in the room. It is your choice what you spend your time experiencing, but there is a recommended routine, which we followed to the letter.
RECOMMENDED TREATMENT ROUTINE
Half of our time was spent soaking in the hot tubs, which are filled with water and a mixture of hops and antioxidants. Soaking in the tubs for 30 minutes is recommended in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the Beer Treatment. This allows time to open your pores and prepare your skin for absorption.
We did just that, starting off in the separate tubs, refilling our beer mugs with craft beers, and enjoying the water. Eventually, my husband came into my tub and we relaxed together while talking about many wonderful things.
Then we followed our soak by using the sauna for 10-15 minutes as recommended. Yes, it was hot, but it felt purifying. And we enjoyed talking and connecting together in such a relaxing environment. The private spa rooms are so wonderful.
As suggested by owner Barbara Corzo and the spa staff during their overview, we concluded our visit by relaxing in the hay lounge for 10-15 minutes to get the full effect. The walls are lined with bricks, which keeps this part of the room cool and helped adjust our body temperature. I felt my muscles unwind.
As we wrapped up our visit I sat up and observed the room, fully designed with relaxation in mind. The scent of aromatic hops filled the room. I wanted to be fully present and take in the rejuvenating atmosphere. By the end of our indulgent experience, we felt alleviated from all of our stressors. Anxiety became a distant memory.
What does it cost?
The cost for a couple to have one hour in the treatment room, with all of the experiences and self-service beer and wine is currently $189 for a room with a single tub, and $229 for a room with two tubs.
I brought some cash to provide a gratuity, and felt the hospitality warranted a little thank you. This cost is on par with the average couple's massage in Orlando.
The experience felt just as relaxing, if not more so. What a unique day!
My Beer Spa graciously hosted our visit. However, we planned out future visits, on our own dime, to celebrate special occasions.
Important things to know before you go
My Beer Spa Reservations
- Reservations are required for all appointments and can be made online at mybeerspa.com
- Your visit includes one hour signature beer treatment in the treatment room
- You’ll need to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time so you can properly check in, secure your belongings and enjoy your first sip of beer or wine
- Your appointment will end at the scheduled time to not delay the next scheduled guest
What can (and can't) I bring?
- Outside drinks and food, purses, bags, and backpacks are not allowed inside the treatment room
- You will be provided a tote to carry any essentials items into the room
- Lockers are available for other non-essential items
Tips and tricks
- Allow yourself time to relax after your treatment, do not plan anything right after as it is best to not shower until two hours after your session
- You can expect a hoppy and slightly floral scent on your skin
- Wear a dark-colored bathing suit
- Hydrate before, during, and after your treatment
Disclosure: My Beer Spa provided this experience at no cost to the writer.
All images by Dani Meyering