By Shayna Mace
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Ready for some R&R? Why not try a service at a one of our state’s luxury spas—or even better—a whole day full of pampering? Here are some luxe spots to check out.
One of the state’s newest destination spas, the Edgewater’s Spa is located in the refurbished Edgewater Hotel. It’s also one of the few situated on a lake with a prime view of Lake Mendota.
Guests are greeted with a robe and slippers upon arrival and can opt for tea service in the relaxation lounge and take a steam or soak prior to their service.
“We take a whole-health approach with our service offerings of massage, body treatments, skin care, hair care and nail services,” explains spa director Emily Talbot. That means in addition to the spa and salon services, their Wellness Center has a fitness center, personal training and wellness classes.
Insider Tip: “We have created a Wellness Consortium of the best yoga and foundation instructors that have nice expertise in their practice,” says Talbot. Our weekend classes are hosted in unique areas at the property.”
No doubt you’ve heard (or seen) the Kohler name—this company is best known for its beautiful plumbing fixtures as well as its well-appointed five-star The American Club Resort.
Located within The American Club is Kohler Waters Spa (also a five-star property), a retreat built around the therapeutic benefits and healing effects of water, says spa director Garrett Mersberger. That means one-of-a-kind hydrotherapy experiences using—yes—Kohler fixtures.
Mersberger points to their custom Vichy showers, which used in conjunction with a therapist’s touch, are one-of-a-kind. Try their signature and most requested Vichy services, the Lavender Rain or the Healing Waters Treatment.
“The many benefits hydrotherapy provides are increased blood circulation, detoxification, better sleep and more energy,” says Mersberger.
Insider Tip: The spa uses private-label Hollyhock Signature products. The Hollyhock fragrance is used throughout the spa to get guests in the relaxation mindset, in services (such as the All Things Kohler Massage) and in guest rooms at The American Club.
Although the Dells is known as the waterpark capital of the world, it’s also home to Sundara Inn & Spa, one of the first destination spas in the Midwest. This peaceful retreat is tucked back in a 26-acre pine forest for the ultimate in seclusion.
Guests can come for the day or stay overnight in one of 34 suites (outfitted with king featherbeds, fireplaces and designer spa baths, no less).
All guests have access to the Purifying Bath Ritual where spa-goers exfoliate, then sit in the steam room, cool-down rainfall shower, oil-infused hot pool and cool plunge pool and relax in the Quiet Room afterward, says spokesperson Carla Minsky.
Adding to the tranquility? Sundara has a no-electronics policy in the common areas.
Insider Tip: Look into the Shirodhara treatment. “Shirodhara incorporates massage to the upper body including the neck and face, and concludes with a luxurious flow of therapeutic oils on the forehead or third eye, considered the window of the soul,” says Minsky. Afterward take a walk on their Meditation Trail with seven stops corresponding to the seven Chakras in the body.
With a robust offering of 65 salon and spa services plus a multi-purpose wellness facility, the WELL Spa + Salon Spa focuses on healthy living. They’ve got indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, a basketball court and a junior size Olympic pool, says John Morris, director of spa operations.
Guests have access to the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi whirlpool (in both men’s and women’s locker rooms) before or after receiving a treatment.
Morris says their newer Japanese Hanakasumi Signature Body Treatment is unique: “A warm exfoliating cream with cherry blossom and rice powder is followed by the stimulation of an exfoliating towel to soften skin and invigorate the body. A unique foot massage based on reflexology revives vital energy, then melted aromatic shea butter is drizzled over your body and worked into your skin to the ultimate hydration and blissful relaxation.”
Insider Tip: Want to plan a spa day with your mini-me? The WELL Spa’s Junior Spa offers facials, manicures and pedicures, starter makeup lessons and personal training sessions, too.
Wisconsin can help you love yourself. Check out more wellness retreats across the state!