Iona: spotlight on the spa and wellness

A holiday with P&O Cruises offers you the chance to relax and unwind from the moment you step on board. Iona takes restoration and relaxation to a whole new level with a fabulous array of spa and wellness facilities, letting you max your me-time from Southampton to the sun.

Thermal Suite

Explore heated loungers, a therapeutic sauna, sensory steam rooms and experiential showers. Other features include a hydrotherapy pool with massaging jets and air recliners.

The spa on Iona

Iona’s spa is a haven of transformative wellness with endless opportunities to enjoy the finely curated collection of authentic destination-inspired moments filled with exceptional service and unique experiences. Set out in a beautifully designed space that plays out harmoniously across decks 5 and 6, the aesthetic is understated and elegant. Beyond, ocean views soothe and inspire in equal measure. In short, it’s the perfect atmosphere for unadulterated mindful relaxation.

Beauty and wellness treatments

A holiday gives you time and space to take care of yourself, and there’s no better way to do so than with beauty and wellness therapies that put the focus on relaxation and restoration. Expert therapists and aestheticians are on hand to get you glowing. You’ll find a wide range of premium treatments that are favourites across the wider fleet, from aroma stone therapy and Swedish massages to facials and Fire & Ice pedicures and manicures.

Iona is, however, proud to introduce some exciting new therapies, including:

  • Destination-inspired treatments – a range of traditional, local treatments and therapies that bring the destination to the spa, including the Nordic Soapstone Therapy and the Baltic Fire & Ice Massage
  • ELEMIS Superfood Pro-Radiance facial – energise and detoxify stressed, dull skin with a nutritional superfood boost. Leaves skin, plumper, radiant and lit up with good health.
  • Restorative Salt Stone Massage – an invigorating deeply restorative body massage that harnesses the beneficial properties of Himalayan pink salt stone
  • MLX QUARTZ BED (The Psammo Concept) – Psammotherapy (Hot Sand Therapy) was used in Ancient Egypt to treat a number of ailments and today this treatment is all about relaxation as warm sand quartz cocoons the body and replicates the benefits of a day spent at the beach. 

Salon services

Whether you’re looking for a spruce-up or a completely new look, use a sea day to treat yourself. Iona’s team of stylists, aestheticians and make-up specialists are ready to help you shine.

With services that include:

  • The Barber Shop – a stylish grooming club that offers a menu of traditional services, such as haircuts and deep cleansing shaves, and more adventurous skin and medi-spa treatments.
  • Kérastase treatments – to deliver the most advanced luxury hair treatments, Iona’s styling team use Kérastase services and products, courtesy of salon leaders L’Oréal. Among them are a speciality colour bar, a hair and scalp diagnostic and luxury haircare rituals and treatments
  • Blow-Out, Lash and Brow Bar – in this sociable space (a fleet innovation), come together to have your brows defined, your lashes extended and your hair styled to perfection with a sleek blow dry. It’s the perfect way to go glam for a Gala Evening.

The Retreat

The Retreat on Iona boasts a commanding spot on deck 18 above The Crow’s Nest. This signature feature is a quiet haven in which you can reconnect with nature, yourself or your loved ones – the epitome of calm where you can relax and enjoy the sights floating past. The paid-for outside space, which is exclusively for adults, boasts two infinity whirlpools with magnificent uninterrupted views, plus stylish day beds, hammocks, a bar, juice station and comfortable seating areas.

The Gym and Fitness Studio

Whether you want to maintain your fitness regime or start a new one, Iona’s on-board gym and fitness studio has what you need for a workout that works. Expert fitness professionals are on hand to guide you, whether it’s a one-to-one personal training session or a group class. If you want to do your own thing, they’ll show you how to use the latest equipment and gym technologies, such as Technogym innovation, free weights and exercise bikes, to help you perform at your best.

The gym is typically open from 8am to 8pm every day and use of the equipment is complimentary. With floor-to-ceiling windows, your workouts come with a serious view, too. A new range of classes has been carefully devised to suit every interest and ability, from meditation to high-energy spin classes and everything in between.

The below classes are charged at a small additional charge and can be booked on board:

  • Functional training/HIIT – a cardio workout to boost stamina and hone body conditioning
  • Tour de Cycle – build metabolic and muscle stamina whilst also improving cardio strength and physical capability, as a curated playlist motivates each beat of the class
  • Pure-form yoga – Hatha yoga is a free-flow class that focuses on the breathing whilst moving between and holding postures. Suitable for all levels of fitness, this ancient tradition is built around the concept of a moving meditation
  • Pure-form Pilates – based on the principles of breathing, control and precision, this class is particularly good for those looking to lengthen and tone up without the need for a cardiovascular workout
  • Mindful programming – connect mind, body and soul with meditation and breathing classes.