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Updated on April 9, 2015

Just call it the world’s largest backyard. Ah, yes….. beautiful Wisconsin with its ample adventures. Chicago residents routinely visit their neighbors to the north on weekends or for day trips during the week. The natural wonders of Wisconsin and its many natural lakes and vistas offer Chicagoland residents one of those great side roads of life where, within an hour, the honking of geese replace the honking of horns and mother nature’s canvas is painted with breathtaking terrain. With a population in excess of 10 million residents and the third highest population in the country, the residents of Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding area represent a true target market for resort spas in Wisconsin for those who prefer pampering to roughing it. In this article we will focus on Central and Southern Wisconsin with the farthest Resort Spa being Green Lake which is a 3 hour and 25 minute drive from Chicago.

These four resorts are not meant to diminish other resort spas throughout Wisconsin, such as Door County or the Hayward, Wisconsin area rather we are concentrating on those special places which offer a convenient drive from the Chicagoland area. Journey with us as we explore some of the best resort spas that Central and Southern Wisconsin has to offer. Most of all, enjoy the serenity of these meticulously maintained majestic sites of solitude - offering you and your family fun, recreational activities including boating, golf, tennis, water and snow skiing amid the backdrop of beautiful surroundings. Great attention to detail and relaxation await!

Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Yellow Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Yellow Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin | Source

Wisconsin Resorts

Wisconsin resorts have something to offer everyone. Some resorts are self-contained communities unto themselves. Some resorts are small and exclusive. Some resorts are built around one main recreational activity and some resorts simply offer everything imaginable. Some resorts offer either trolley services or other means of transportation to nearby shopping. Some resorts, have hotels next to the shopping district. Whatever your pleasure, the Wisconsin resorts have something great to offer. Navigating your way through this vast woods of recreational delights can be confusing - but not if you do your homework. Some "lakes" are simply for viewing, some lakes are full fledged recreational facilities. Some resorts even offer their very own yacht for private or public excursions. Journey with us as we share the many different amenities and recreational facilities available at five of the best Wisconsin Resort Spas. The only common denominators among these five resort/hotel facilities are: 1.) Resorts with multiple activities 2.) Location - central and southern Wisconsin and 3.) with Spa services.

Community/Resort Events

Even more complex and awe inspiring are the many events that resorts and the communities that are near or where the resort resides may offer. From festivals to fireworks to boat shows to championship golf tournament, the events are almost endless. Ask about the events and which are the best and you will have the destination vacation of your lifetime, right in Wisconsin, USA.

Travel Tips

  • Book early not just to save money but to also guarantee a room.
  • Resorts will sell out on a frequent basis.
  • Learn the names of hotel concierges and front desk attendants.
  • Do book your reservations and events through the concierge - the assistance and knowledge of the area will be time and money well spent.
  • Each resort is different with different recreational facilities and a different focus.
  • Plan your activities ahead of arrival. Horseback riding, golf, tennis lessons, airplane rides, boat rental all fill up very quickly. Be prepared and book early upon your arrival.
  • If you or a traveling companion are not in favor of extensive walking or stairs, please be aware, stairs and walking (long indoor corridors) often are commonplace in Wisconsin resorts. Keep in mind, resorts were built for the landscape not for aging knees and hips. Be a savvy traveler, plan ahead.
  • Before booking, know the area events - check online, speak with the concierge - this is critical.
  • Before booking know the general scope of activities within the hotel. The events and conferences are private but you can ask what "type" of conference or "industry" - fitness, business, trade shows, wine festivals, etc... Specifically ask about the relative size of the conferences booked. Booking on a weekend with the largest conference of the year may not be your idea of a vacation if you are seeking R & R.

Wisconsin Resort Spas

American Inn Kohler, Wisconsin:
Kohler, WI, USA

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Sundara, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin:
Wisconsin Dells, WI, USA

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Grand Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin:
Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA

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Heidel House, Green Lake, Wisconsin:
Green Lake, WI 54941, USA

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Geneva National:
The Inns of Geneva National, 1091 Hidden Cottage Cir, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, USA

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abbey resort fontana, wi:
Fontana, WI 53125, USA

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The American Club, Kohler, Wisconsin

Wine Pedicure at Kohler Waters Spa, Kohler, Wisconsin

Kohler American Club and Inn at Wood Lake Kohler, Wisconsin

Property Statistics:

  • Featured in "100 Best Spas of the World"
  • Member of Historic Hotels of America
  • AAA five-star hotel
  • Built 1918, Kohler Waters Spa opened in 2000
  • 240 guest rooms
  • Rooftop whirlpool
  • Hosted the 2004 PGA Championship
  • 36 foot swimming pool

Recreational Activities:

  • The Shops at Woodlake
  • Kohler Design Center
  • 11-acre spring-fed lake with putting green and private beach
  • Four championship golf courses
  • 2010 host of the PGA championship

Spa: Kohler Waters Spa

  • 13 room spa
  • Renovation 2010
  • Indoor waterfall
  • Hydrotherapy


The Kohler Resort includes the Kohler Waters Spa with its innovative hydrotherapy, The American Club, and a hotel called the Inn at Wood Lake.

Next to the Inn at Wood Lake is the fun-filled shopping district called the Shops of Wood Lake.

Kohler you will recall was the host of the 2010 PGA Golf Championship.

And down the street is another great shopping haven - the Kohler Design Center that showcases the extensive line of Kohler products from whirlpool baths to sinks to a full design studio offering design ideas for both your kitchen and your bath.

Located next to The American Club® in Kohler, Wisconsin, the Kohler Waters Spa. Treat yourself and your loved one and don a spa robe and enjoy the spa amenities for just a few minutes or for the entire day.

Within the facility be sure to check out the glass-enclosed rooftop deck with whirlpool, fireplace and lounge. A great relaxing co-ed area that is open year-round.

Inn at Wood Lake Kohler, Wisconsin

Inn at Wood Lake, Kohler, Wisconsin

The Inn at Wood Lake, Kohler, Wisconsin, is a 121-room hotel with boutique style guest rooms. Meeting rooms are also available. A full service facilities for both vacationers and business travelers alike.

Many friends have stayed at this hotel and prefer this hotel over The American Club®. It is a little more casual but still with amazing bathrooms (but of course!). No restaurant at this site, but they do offer continental breakfasts which I am told includes French toast! This hotel is located right next to the Shops of Wood Lake. The chocolate shop is my personal favorite. There is a great clothing store for men with a wide selection of high-end clothing and textile delights.

There is a price difference between the two hotels. Great shopping, great golfing adventures and the award winning spa await you.

Kohler Waters Spa

Photo of Kohler Waters Spa swimming pool
Photo of Kohler Waters Spa swimming pool | Source

Kohler Waters Spa

The latest Kohler bath and shower items are proudly showcases in conjunction with Kohler's innovative hydrotherapy treatments at the Kohler Waters Spa. With four signature rooms specifically designed for water services including the "Tsunami, which uses powerful water massage to stimulate the entire nervous system", and 13 rooms including an indoor waterfall, the ambiance of the spa is certain to relax your mind and sooth your soul. From body wraps to scrubs to hair and nail care and more, the Kohler Waters Spa offers outstanding services to delight your senses.

Members-Only Spa - Riverbend - Grand Historic Mansion

"The American Club Resort also offers a private, members-only Spa at Riverbend - a private club set in a grand historic mansion with 31 luxurious guest rooms and numerous exclusive amenities. The Spa consists of three elegant treatment rooms. Riverbend also offers salon finishing services, a secluded indoor-outdoor year-round swim-through pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and state-of-the-art exercise equipment."

Abbey Resort aerial view of the Marina and harbor
Abbey Resort aerial view of the Marina and harbor
Abbey Resort Fontana Wisconsin
Abbey Resort Fontana Wisconsin | Source

5,000 Acre Natural Water Park - Geneva Lake

Abbey Resort and AVANI Spa, Fontana, Wisconsin

Property Statistics:

  • 3.5 Star Property
  • Built in 1963, renovated in 2005 - $40 million renovation
  • 334 guest rooms
  • Tallest wooden A-frame
  • 40,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Only full service hotel on Geneva Lake, Wisconsin - 5,000 acre natural lake

Recreational Activities:

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, game room, arcade room, pool table, sand volleyball court, boat rental, and hiking/biking trails
  • Fire pit
  • Boat rental
  • 90 acres

Spa: AVANI Spa

  • 35, 000 square foot facility
  • Life Fitness equipment


AVANI Spa is connected to The Abbey Resort and which resides directly on Geneva Lake. Similar in style to the glistening waters of Geneva Lake, AVANI Spa is a serene place filled with tranquility and fitness activities too. The AVANI spa offers the indoor comfort year-round of its atrium swimming pool. Rest your mind enjoying the atrium pool or join a fitness class to invigorate your muscles or read or sun on the private patio.

Avan-trium Pool

The AVANI Spa houses the "Avan-trium Pool" which is a warm water pool with atrium windows and a garden patio. Aquatic fitness classes are held throughout the week - open to hotel guest and members of the Spa.

Private Garden Patios

The private garden patios offer cloth privacy screen similar to the major Florida resorts.

AVANI Sanctuary Suite

The AVANI Sanctuary Suite offers a private whirlpool, plasma TV, private outdoor patio and can accommodate multiple spa services and guests. A great destination for small groups such as showers, reunion, girls night out, and other small social events etc...

AVANI Spa Services

A full service spa offering every possible service from body wraps to aromatherapy to facials to massages to nail and hair care and more.

Nestled in the tranquil evergreens, the 35,000 square foot facility offers a fitness room with state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment, multiple whirlpool baths (private and unisex), saunas and several treatment rooms. Don't forget the Sanctuary Suite is available for reservation for your next small gathering or get-a-way.

Classic Boat Show Abbey Resort, Fontana, Wisconsin

Sundara Inn and Spa Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Sundara Inn and Spa Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin USA
Sundara Inn and Spa Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin USA | Source
Aerial view of Sundara Inn Wisconsin
Aerial view of Sundara Inn Wisconsin | Source

Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Property Statistics:

  • Built in 2003
  • 38 guest rooms (26 suites and 12 private villas)
  • 26-acre acres pine forest on the scenic outskirts of Wisconsin Dells

Recreational Activities:

  • Infinity edge pool
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor waterfalls

Spa: Sundara Spa

  • Award winning
  • Labyrinth

Sundara Awards


Spa Awards
#3 Favorite Spa Escape in America
ABC's Good Morning America

25 Top Spas in America
Travel + Leisure Magazine

10 Most Romantic Spas in America
Luxury SpaFinder Magazine

Most Eco-Conscious Resort in America.
SHAPE Magazine

Top 100 Real Estate Developments in the World: Sundara Spa Villas
Travel + Leisure Magazine [1]

Sundara Ranked 14 of 240 Top Spas in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada ... Top Resort Spas of 2009 Readers' Poll - Condé Nast Traveler 

Sundara Inn and Spa in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Sundara is stated to be "intimate by design".  This resort is tucked away in a 26-acre pine forest on the scenic outskirts of Wisconsin Dells.  The 26 suite hotel offers woodland or pool views.  The suites include a king featherbed and designer spa bathroom and fireplace.  Larger suites include sunken sitting areas and screened private balconies. 

Sundara Resort was ranked 14 of 240 Top Spas in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada Top Resort Spas of 2009 Readers' Poll according to Condé Nast Traveler .

Friends who are frequent travelers have raved about this resort.  I am advised it is a restful retreat in an outstanding area next to the family fun of the Wisconsin Dells.

Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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Grand Geneva Golf Course

Aerial view of Grand Geneva Resort  - former Playboy Resort Lake Geneva Wisconsin
Aerial view of Grand Geneva Resort - former Playboy Resort Lake Geneva Wisconsin | Source

Grand Geneva Airport

Grand Geneva airport run way aerial view
Grand Geneva airport run way aerial view | Source

Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Property Statistics:

  • 732 guest rooms
  • 30 resort villas
  • Three magnificent dining options
  • 62,000 square feet of event space
  • 13,500-square-foot Convention Center
  • Winter parties in our cozy ski Chalet
  • 5,400-square-foot Outdoor Pavilion overlooking the Wisconsin countryside
  • 12,000-square-foot NEW Conference Center including:
  • One of only five AAA Four-Diamond resorts in Wisconsin
  • 1,300 acres

Recreational Activities:

  • Hiking, horse back riding, indoor and outdoor tennis, rock climbing wall, swimming, fitness center, and now bi-plane rides are also offered.
  • Fire pit
  • Grand Geneva trolley service
  • 18-run ski and snowboard park
  • Two championship golf courses

Other Items of Note:

  • Former Playboy Club
  • Airport (unattended).

Spa: Well Spa

Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Grand Geneva Resort

Grand Geneva Resort like Geneva Lake and its Riviera Lakefront Facility and the Lake Geneva area in general is rich in history. A premier getaway destination for decades - originally built by Hugh Hefner and known as the Playboy Club. Grand Geneva is now home to Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. The setting is remarking with 1,300 acres of rolling Wisconsin countryside, and a scenic lake. This all-season Resort is tranquil with every possible amenities and minutes from shopping downtown Lake Geneva.

"Of its 732 guest rooms, Grand Geneva offers a notable selection of room types, from standard guest rooms to cozy suites. For those who seek the privacy of their own exclusive vacation retreat, 30 resort villas featuring wood burning fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens are also available."

For golf aficionados, the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa offers 36 holes of award-winning courses - The Highlands and The Brute.

For food and wine aficionados, the Grand Geneva is the home of the Wine Festival and also offers three full service restaurants.

For recreational activities beyond gold and food and wine, the list is very long - from horseback riding to deluxe spa packages to bi-plane air plane rides to downhill skiing and ice skating - Grand Geneva Resort has it all!

Grand Geneva Well Spa

The Well Spa at Grand Geneva Resort is a relaxing sanctuary, an escape from the tensions of your everyday world. Spa treatments are based on Native American philosophy and draw on the basic four Elements of air, fire, earth and water as they relate to specific seasons, colors and emotions.

"Each Element provides us with distinct benefits:

  • Air - invigorates the body and provides us with energy and healing.
  • Fire - energizes our spirit and emotions, and is the spark of life that burns deeply within.
  • Earth - provides harmony, is home to our spirit and is the essence from which we draw our strength.
  • Water - nourishes and cleanses the physical body both inside and out."

Grand Geneva Sport Center

There is also The Sport Center, with a complete range of activities and services. Get your heart pumping in the 10,000-square-foot sport and activity center, with a range of workouts from fitness classes to tennis, to our 35-foot-high indoor rock climbing wall. Guests are invited to try a spinning or body sculpting class, swim in the outdoor pool or get away from it all at The Well. From massage and body scrubs to yoga and pilates, all can be found at the Grand Geneva Resort.

Grand Geneva Golf

  • Two Championship Courses
  • New Cart Fleet with GPS Yardage System
  • Links Golf Shop
  • Links Bar & Grill Open for Breakfast and Lunch

Heidel House Green Lake, Wisconsin

Heidel House Photos

Heidel House aerial view
Heidel House aerial view | Source
heidel-house-resort-and-evensong-spa-green-lake-united-states photo of outdoor swimming pool
heidel-house-resort-and-evensong-spa-green-lake-united-states photo of outdoor swimming pool | Source

Heidel House Resort & Spa
Located on the shores of beautiful Green Lake, Heidel House Resort & Spa offers an oasis of relaxation complimented by impeccable service.

Amenities include three restaurants, spa, meeting facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, its very own resort yacht (available for excursion or charter), and more!

Heidel House Pool, Fitness facility

Heidel House Resort and Evensong Spa recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a fitness facility.

Heidel House, Green Lake, Wisconsin

Property Statistics:

  • 200 guest rooms
  • Located on the shore of the deepest lake Green Lake, Wisconsin
  • 20 acres

Recreational Activities:

  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, whirlpool.
  • Boat Rental.
  • Resort’s yacht - the Escapade is available for excursion.

Spa: Evensong Spa

  • 11 private treatment rooms
  • Indoor labyrinth

Heidel House Evensong Spa

"Peace starts with each one of us.

When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us."

Dalai Lama

source: evensongspa

Evensong Spa Labyrinth

The Evenson Spa is home to a "labyrinth" - an interactive spiritual journey.  Created out of slate, the labyrinth continues in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright style. The labyrinth floor was inspired by Sant’Agostino floor tiles is a circular path created for spiritual transformation. As their website shares with us the labyringth was created to allows us to "journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are."

Four Wisconsin Spa Resorts

From its 1017 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline to its 15,000 lakes that span almost a million acres, this “backyard” doesn’t take a backseat to any destination on earth! Waterfront fun is virtually unlimited and extends all the way from northeastern Wisconsin - Door County to the northwest - Hayward to the central region where you will find Wisconsin Dells and Kohler. to southern Wisconsin and the Lake Geneva area.

Whatever your personal pursuit from golf to tennis to boating to skiing to the tranquil waters of the many premier spas, Wisconsin is the place to be and to experience. Each resort profiled here is different in its architecture and recreational focus, so choose the one that best fits your taste. It was a pleasure to introduce you to the central and southern best resort spas in Wisconsin. Please join me on future journeys as we explore the tranquility and the terrain that is Wisconsin.

Spas associated with golf resorts enable families to take vacations all can enjoy. What's happening is that more and more wives are beginning to take up the game while on holiday, while the husbands are availing themselves of the spa facilities.

 Martin Davis quotes

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