A quartet of Kohler Waters Spas in Illinois and Wisconsin promises to refresh and renew body, mind, and spirit.
6-Feb-22 The holiday frenzies are behind us, and we made it through another year of pandemic pandemonium. Breathe deeply. Then make a date to manage the stress away at a Kohler Waters Spa.
Kohler, a name you know for luxe bathroom fixtures, infuses a quartet of Midwestern spas with expertise in hydrotherapy and a reputation for gracious living. The spas are in Lincoln Park in Chicago; Burr Ridge; and Green Bay and Kohler in Wisconsin. A fifth is at the prestigious Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Kohler Co. has been in the water business for almost 150 years. In 1873, John Michael Kohler, an Austrian immigrant who manufactured farm implements, enameled a horse trough and called it a bathtub. Over the generations, the family-owned business became known worldwide as an innovative lifestyle brand.
From one Kohler Waters Spa to another, the menus and amenities are nearly identical. The Burr Ridge and Lincoln Park locations are day spas, while Green Bay and Kohler reside within hotel properties. Travelers and sanctuary-seekers can expect to enjoy the same experiences and signature hollyhock scent wherever they are.
Book your appointment and relax as long as you wish in the spas serene amenity suites of therapeutic pools, saunas, steam rooms, and lounges.
On the menu are 50-plus massages, hydrotherapies, wraps, facials, nail treatments, and salon services. Miller reports two of the most popular choices are the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage and the Lavender Rain shower. A few treatments, like the Rain Man hydrotherapy experience, are especially designed for men. All body treatments typically include some sort of exfoliation followed by moisturization.
As you read various spa menus, whether at Kohler or elsewhere, youll sometimes note the term Vichy shower.
The name is taken from Vichy, a city in central France known for more than 2,000 years for its hot mineral springs and thermal baths. (Not the French regime that collaborated with Nazis during World War II.)
If the pandemic brought about any societal benefits, Miller says, it is that people became more in tune with themselves and their desire to seek out wellness.
Stay connected to others, she says. Take care of yourself, so you can be a better you for your family and friends.
Heres a rundown on the four Midwestern Kohler Waters Spas...
Kohler Waters Spa at Destination Kohler, Kohler, Wisconsin
The flagship of Kohlers hospitality portfolio is The American Club Resort Hotel in the company town of Kohler just west of Sheboygan.
A five-star 241-room hotel, it was built in 1918 as a dormitory for immigrant factory workers.
Guest rooms are appointed with the latest in Kohler bath fixtures. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
While youre in the neighborhood: Visit the Kohler Design Center, a combination showroom and museum, for oodles of inspiration for your next home renovation project. On display are gorgeous model baths by design stars, the latest Kohler products, and one of the original bathtubs that started it all. Consult with a Kohler designer for free, but reservations are strongly encouraged.
Alternatively, take a class at the Yoga on the Lake studio overlooking the peaceful serenity of Wood Lake.
Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge, Burr Ridge, Illinois
The spa last year underwent a significant expansion that added new treatment rooms, meditation space, and a Mediterranean-style café.
The state-of-the-art fixture is suspended from the ceiling to allow the therapist greater flexibility of movement. Its horizontal arm houses six shower heads that can be customized for water temperature, size and shape of droplets, and intensity of spray. Another new feature is the LED light therapy, which is said to improve skin health and aid with cell repair.
While youre in the neighborhood: Meander the Burr Ridge Village Center, an upscale lifestyle mall with a plethora of boutiques, eateries, and wellness services.
Discover Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, a 220-acre urban wildlife haven with trails through woods and restored prairie. Also on the grounds is the picturesque Graue Mill & Museum with an operating water wheel grist mill.
Kohler Waters Spa at Lodge Kohler, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Lodge Kohler is a boutique hotel anchoring the Titletown entertainment district across the street from Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field. Each of the 141 guest rooms and suites features Kohler baths, including programmable showers and signature spa toiletries.
If you plan an overnight stay with your spa visit, check the Packers football schedule first. The hotel fills up long in advance of home games.
While youre in the neighborhood: Green Bay Botanical Garden preserves and showcases the areas outdoor beauty all four seasons. Stroll along winding pathways through 47 acres of themed display gardens, natural greenspaces, and intriguing sculptures.
Indulge your sweet tooth cravings at Seroogys, a legendary chocolatier serving up handmade treats since 1899. The name is pronounced ser-OO-jeez.
Kohler Waters Spa at Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois
Slip away from urban bustle and into the rejuvenating environment of the Kohler Waters Spa in the heart of Lincoln Park.
While youre in the neighborhood: Keep your Zen going at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The butterfly haven, a greenhouse with 1,000-plus exotic, free-flying lepidoptera, feels like summer year-round.
Or feel your personal power by viewing the Chicago History Museums permanent exhibition, Chicago Women and the Vote.