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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.

The spa on Iona

Iona’s spa is a haven of transformative wellness with endless opportunities to enjoy the finely curated collection of indigenous and authentic spa 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.

With your well-being in mind, there is a range of distinctive zones and services, among them:

  • Hydrotherapy suite – explore heated loungers, a therapeutic sauna, sensory steam rooms and experiential showers. Other features include a calming caldarium and a hydrotherapy pool with massaging jets and air recliners
  • A relaxation room with private loungers and views out to sea
  • A high-end salon for your favourite Kersastase hair treatments and essential manicures and pedicures Iona also boasts exciting well-being innovations and fleet firsts:
  • Salt steam room – similar to a classic steam room, this space has the added benefit of a salt brine solution injected into the room. It’s said that a 45-minute treatment offers health benefits equivalent to spending three days at sea, including positive benefits for skin and respiratory conditions
  • Experiential retail boutique – a shop dedicated to skin, body and hair care, where you can explore a range of products
  • Vichy Shower – a relaxing horizontal shower, during which water jets massage your body. Great with mud and other body treatments
  • Sensory itinerary-led treatment journeys – treatments that evoke the magic of global destinations through music, food and drink, and scent
  • The Wayfarers Enhancement – an energising leg treatment designed to improve circulation, alleviate swelling and provide comfort to tired feet. The treatment uses basalt stone synonymous with the Giant's Causeway, a warming blend of oils, and neck pillows filled with Scottish birch, lavender and heather
  • The Nordic cleanse – inspired by the Nordic heritage of hot and cold therapies, this detoxifying treatment incorporates acupressure back massage and a warming body and face mask, finishing off with a silky revitalising oil treatment
  • The Baltic Fire & Ice Massage – a twist on the popular aroma stone massage. A deep-tissue massage using both warm and cool stones to stimulate circulation and relieve tension and stress
Iona's spa and wellbeing reception

Iona's spa and wellbeing reception

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 studiohas 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, from Technogym innovation – including Skillmills and Skillrows – to 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:

  • Boxing group fitness – a fun, physical cardio workout that builds strength and stamina
  • TRX suspension – training to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability
  • Functional training/HIIT – a cardio workout to boost stamina and hone body conditioning
  • Mindful programming – connect mind, body and soul with meditation and breathing classes
  • Group Cycle Connect – the ultimate indoor cycling experience on high-tech fitness bikes
  • Skillrow classes – a great group cardio workout that simulates a rowing crew

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:

  • Indigenous treatments – a range of traditional, local treatments and therapies that bring the destination to the spa, including the Nordic Cleanse and the Baltic Fire & Ice Massage
  • Elemis Superfood Pro Radiance facial – an amino-active mask of natural goodness that delivers a nutritional superfood boost to energise and detoxify stressed, dull skin
  • Restorative Salt Stone Massage – a deeply restorative body massage that harnesses the beneficial properties of Himalayan pink salt stone
  • Sound Bath – a fleet innovation in which sound bowls send surges of stress-busting vibrations through the body to lull you into a deep state of relaxation

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. Beverages complete the treatment, whether it’s a Beard with a Beer or a Whiskey and Whiskers
  • 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 on Iona

The Retreat on Iona

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, fluffytowels, robes and slippers, and comfortable seating areas.

For more intimate moments of calm and serenity, private shaded cabanas allow you to lounge in luxury within your own space on a secluded day bed. It’s the ideal atmosphere to ease away any tension with an alfresco spa treatment – soothed by the sounds of the ocean and the cooling sea breeze.


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