The outskirts of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is about the last place I expected to find myself enjoying a lovely spa treatment. But that was before I knew about, and visited, the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin (about an hour’s drive north of Milwaukee, or two hours from Chicago).
The existence of the spa makes a lot more sense when you connect it to the Kohler plumbing empire—a maker of high-end faucets and fixtures. And the spa provides half a dozen or so ways to have a soothing soak: hot tubs and whirlpools in the men’s and women’s locker area, a co-ed hot tub/fireplace lounge, and a waterfall-fed relaxation pool. Plus hydrotherapy features prominently in the treatments, many of which include time in a Vichy shower or soaking tub.
My GF Rachel and I visited recently for a girls’ reunion and beat-the-blahs weekend. I chose the 75-minute “Head to Toe” exfoliating treatment in an attempt to shed a few layers of winter skin. Plus I thought it offered a good sampling of the spa’s many services—scalp massage, exfoliating body mask, mini-facial, etc. (I was fascinated by, but couldn’t quite convince myself to try, the Highland Fling—a “mist-ical,” Scottish-inspired treatment that includes a “fling of warm water buckets to drench the body.”) I left the treatment room feeling utterly relaxed and sloughed clean; my skin still felt soft two days later when one of my friends—not the one who also visited the spa—said “your face is glowing!”
Along with its hot tubs and lounges, the spa has standard amenities like comfy robes, a fitness center, and a tasty lunch menu. The building is adjacent to the Kohler Design Center (totally worth a visit BTW) and neighbors the American Club hotel. The spa itself had a maze-like feeling that Rachel and I could never quite shake. The women’s locker rooms had only two toilets (so there was often someone waiting for her turn) and the locker areas were tiny, making it awkward to change in and out of the robes. We got lost a few times looking for our lunch table or the rooftop hot tub lounge—but the gracious staff was always available to help us out.
If you’re not going to be traveling to Wisconsin anytime soon, check out Kohler Waters locations in Chicago and St. Andrews, Scotland.
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