Follow Your Bliss

The path to relaxation and wellness leads straight to these destination spas around the state

Splish, Splash

Water provides both the basis and inspiration for many treatments at the venerable Kohler Waters Spa. And services often make use of the bath products that make the town famous. The spa, part of the American Club resort, consistently ranks among the top in the country, with a pool in a luxe underground relaxation area and an enclosed rooftop deck featuring a whirlpool and fireplace.

Classic: One of the spa’s signature offerings, the Scottish-inspired Highland Fling wakens the senses as buckets of water are splashed onto the body. An exfoliation using coffee granules and mint oil comes next, and afterward the application of a chocolate body butter moisturizer.

New: Lavender Rain begins with a lovely smelling lavender and eucalyptus exfoliation, followed by a warm vichy shower—a long rod with multiple showerheads that rain water across the length of the body. It concludes with a lavender-infused wrap, plus massages for the scalp and feet.

501 Highland Dr., Kohler. (800) 344-2838,


Coming Around

The mantra of the WELL Spa + Salon at the Grand Geneva resort is restoring its visitors—their mind-body connections, their health and their relationships. Spa-goers can relax in several lounge areas decorated in soothing hues and newly accented with Himalayan salt lamps believed to be healing because they give off negative ions to counter the damaging positive ions emitted by electronics.

Classic: The You Rock massage turns to nature and utilizes warm, smooth stones to apply penetrating heat and pressure to areas of tension in the body. The treatment eases tight muscles, encourages healthy blood flow and reestablishes balance.

New: The spa offers several special options for pairs, such as the Couples Happy Hour. Designed to help twosomes reconnect, the package includes customized side-by-side massages, a rinse in a Swiss shower and time to sip wine, champagne or beer in a relaxation lounge.

7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. (800) 246-5468,


Balancing Act

Tucked in a quiet wooded corner of the Dells, Sundara Inn & Spa is based on the feng shui principles of balance and tranquility. Visitors can proceed through a self-guided bath ritual, enjoy a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool on an expansive deck and choose among treatments in three series: the traditional Sundara, meditative Chakra and nature-based Organic.

Classic: The Radiant Glow Organic Facial draws upon ancient, naturally healing remedies using herbs and fruits—perhaps wild plum, sour cherry or lemon. The facialist customizes the treatment to each individual skin type to create a healthy glow.

New: Part of the Chakra series, the Four-Handed Massage utilizes the talents of two therapists who apply warmed herbal oils and a range of Ayurvedic techniques in synchrony to the body. The treatment starts with a foot bath and ends with a cup of tea specific to each visitor’s dosha, or body type.

920 Canyon Rd., Wisconsin Dells. (888) 735-8181,


Thinking Globally

The concept of a journey characterizes Aspira Spa, part of the Osthoff Resort on the banks of Elkhart Lake. The spa finds inspiration in the beliefs of indigenous cultures around the world, as well as the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Guests can experience these influences firsthand by spending time in a round, darkened meditation room before or after services.

Classic: The decadent—and popular—Moroccan Hot Oil Massage uses aromatic jasmine oil and slow strokes to soothe the skin and induce relaxation throughout the body. After the massage, a cup of jasmine tea furthers the calm state.

New: A signature treatment is the Cedars Massage, which incorporates fresh native cedar, an herb Native Americans used to purify and protect. After working the body with long head-to-toe movements, a therapist places a blanket of fresh cedar on top so the scent can linger.

101 Osthoff Ave., Elkhart Lake. (877) SPA-2070,


Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine. 

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