Midwest Living Review
Most massage therapists lead guests back to a locker room or lounge after a treatment. At Aspira, they're more likely to be quietly guided to the arched door of the candlelit meditation room. Inside, a reflecting pool and trickling waterfall is the focus of this circular rock-walled room rimmed with a bank of cushions for guests to sit and relax. Nodding off is OK, too. The spa, which opened in 2005, has 22 treatment rooms with seven suites that accommodate couples (or groups up to four) for fireside massages and big-tub soaks. Treatments incorporate Chinese elements, like feng shui for balance, and also take inspiration from the area's Native American heritage. Signature treatments include an elderberry facial or cedar massage, using local ingredients. We indulged in a Sacred Waters massage, named for the sacred waters of Elkhart Lake. It was nice, particularly the weight and heat of the warm-water-filled leather pouches, however the therapist didn't seem to have the skills we've experienced at far more humble places. Besides the meditation room, a co-ed lounge lets couples lounge in robes after treatments, or choose to get steamed in the sauna or soak in the indoor or seasonal outdoor whirlpool. We would have loved to spend the whole day lounging around, floating in the whirlpool and noshing in the spa cafe. The key to maintaining that pampered feeling is not to hurry, and it's a great way to make the most of your spa experience. Massages begin at $120 for 50 minutes. Other treatments include facials, body masks, whirlpool treatments and traditional salon services. Check the website for treatment options and prices.