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Back from Kohler Waters Spa

and feeling all glow-y and rested!  It was a quick trip, just Friday to Sunday, but it was enough time to reconnect with two girlfriends from school, indulge in a few spa treatments, eat some excellent food, and even poke around the shops.

The Kohler Waters Spa, part of the American Club resort, is owned by the Kohler family, who own and run the interior design empire that includes Kohler and Kallista bath and kitchen fixtures, Baker and McGuire furniture, and Ann Sacks tiles.  The company is about bringing gracious living to its customers, and after spending the weekend as their guest I would say it delivered pretty well on that promise.

When we arrived on the scene, it was a snowy evening and the resort was breathtaking with its trees laced in tiny white lights and covered in snow, it was just like the photos on the website! The Tudor-style main building was impressive but still cozy-feeling and welcoming, the whole place had a familiar and intimate feel.

What to love:

  • Staying in the Carriage House, the building in which the spa is located, so we could pad down in the morning in our robes to enjoy the whirlpool, steam room, or sauna before our continental breakfast. Definitely recommend, so convenient.
  • The room, more spacious than I was expecting since it’s in a historic building, with ample room for three of us to spread out.  The beds,  dressed in Frette, were as comfortable as home; we were given robes and slippers for our stay, and the bathroom had a giant whirlpool tub.
  • The spa facility and treatments: the Neat Feet Pedicure was heaven for my dry winter feet. They used warm stones, sea salt scrub, and a refreshing foot balm to finish, ahhh. Also, my Anti-Oxidant Facial was blissful and my skin is still feeling refreshed and that’s even after the plane ride!
  • Dinner at the Immigrant Restaurant, fabulous four-course meal, highlight for me was the Duet of Hudson Valley Foie Gras Pan Seared and Sea Salt Cured — mouth is watering just remembering this.  A close second, the Stone Fruit and Honey Pavlova Late Harvest Whip, Roasted Fig and Pistachios — delicious meringue-based dessert topped, perfect light ending to a delicious meal.

What to improve on: and let’s be clear, I can’t complain much, it was a wonderful visit. But, as the American Club is the only AAA five-diamond resort hotel in the region, the expectations are naturally, high.

  •  The bathroom in our room had the large whirlpool combined with our shower, it was a bit awkward to get into the very high-walled tub.
  • The spa crowds – the facility was beautiful and spacious, but the constant stream of guests into the spa area it felt a little like a buzzing salon rather than a relaxing destination spa.  Every lounge chair and whirlpool was pretty full, and this detracted from the spa experience.
  • Some service snafus – though the staff were all very friendly and responsive, we were surprised they overlooked a few basic things. Nothing major, but we had to approach the staff several times about things we would’ve expected would be handled.

Despite the minor things to improve on, the overall experience was fun and memorable. The location was quaint and picturesque, luxurious and indulgent, and I will definitely plan to return again some summer with my husband.  They have four amazing golf courses and I know he’d love the restaurant, so American Club, we’ll be back, and thanks for the memories!

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One comment on “Back from Kohler Waters Spa

  1. Lisa
    February 12, 2011

    Thanks for recapping our fabulous weekend away. Best part was catching up with you and Tracy!

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