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Sixth Sense: Resort Spas that Deliver the Ah Factor

Sixth Sense: Resort Spas that Deliver the Ah Factor

By Brian Weis

We all know it - the best spas take one extra step to create an unforgettable experience that goes beyond a mere massage or pedicure. Sense of place and a unique touch go a long way to build loyalty among a growing audience of those that love to loosen their robe belt and get lost in a spa escape.

Here are six spas that deliver an added touch.

1. Spa Ssakwa'q'n - Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, ID

Having recently debuted as an amenity of the multi-million-dollar luxury hotel wing expansion at this popular casino resort in the Idaho panhandle (45 minutes from Spokane, WA), Spa Ssakwa'q'n enlivens the spirit by connecting with nature in a celebration of seasons. Ideal for a day of pampering or as part of a stay-and-spa package, Spa Ssakwa'q'n lives by the promise "use nature to nurture" and includes an array of massages, skin care treatments, salon services, and more options. The unique Wetlands Body Refiner is especially popular for its toning and slimming treatment that refines the body contours and eliminates toxins. Targeting stubborn areas of cellulite, a detox massage followed by a freshwater mud wrap firms and tones, leaving a slimmer looking silhouette and smoother skin. Tribally owned and operated by the Coeur d'Alenes, the spa joins a menu of amenities which have won acclaim for the resort, including the casino and the golf course (Circling Raven).

For reservations call: 855-232-2772 - Spa Ssakwa'q'n

2. The Lodge at Woodloch - Hawley, PA

Located conveniently near Manhattan, but a world away in the Pocono Mountains from the hurry-up lives we collectively lead, The Lodge at Woodloch is the first true luxury destination spa resort to open in over 10 years. Soaring walls of windows invite the outdoors to bring you in harmony with nature. Covered porches with rocking chairs and sunny terraces beckon you to lounge and relax. Jump in the crystal clear swimming pool or soak in the soothing Aqua Garden with Hydrotherapy WaterWalls. With private men's and women's retreat, The Lodge's spa has a peaceful spot for everyone. Named "AAA Four Diamond" award winner - offers access to a bundle of other amenities at Woodloch Resort, which was named at "Travelers Choice 2012" winner by Trip Advisor users.

For reservations call: 866-953-8500 - The Lodge at Woodloch

3. Anara Spa at Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa, Kaua'i, Hawaii

At Anara Spa, ancient traditions blend with the soothing powers of nature to inspire lokahi - balance or harmony. Massages, body treatments, and facials are offered in private rooms or hale (thatched-roof bungalow) each opening to its own tropical garden. The abundance of treatments rooted in traditional Hawaiian healing and the serene open-air setting make for a spa experience like no other. Amidst lush gardens, waterfalls, and peaceful pools, the newly expanded garden spa area sets a new standard for the fine art of relaxation. Yoga and fitness classes are offered, as are a bounty of island-fresh botanical essences designed to release your mind from stress, promote optimum health in your body, and achieve lightness in your spirit. Like the resort, which offers shopping, Poipu Bay Golf Course, beach-front rooms and much more, one can choose from an array of innovative treatments with accomplished therapists. The peace discovered at Anara Spa will continue to resonate long after you leave the magical island of Kaua'i.

For reservations call: 808-742-1234 - Anara Spa at Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort & Spa

4. Sandestin Day Spa and Salon, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Fla.

Located on Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Sandestin Day Spa and Salon is a luxurious experience at which guests design their own beauty enhancement program. From salt glo body treatments to aromatherapy facials, the Sandestin Day Spa and Salon offers the ultimate boost. Other services include hairstyling, nail design, facials, therapeutic body treatments and massages. Just a step away from the spa is the newly opened boutique hotel, LeCiel which offers guests complimentary access to the sauna and exercise equipment at Sandestin Fitness Center. In addition to the spa, Sandestin has miles of sugar white beaches and pristine bay front; four championship golf courses; 15 world-class tennis courts; 19 swimming pools; a 113-slip marina; children's programs; a fitness center; and a pedestrian village featuring shopping, dining and nightlife.

For reservations call: 850-267-6466 - Sandestin Day Spa and Salon

5. Seven Inlets Spa, Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Wash.

The Squaxin Island Tribe invites spa goers to begin a journey that will soothe the mind and awaken the spirit. Known as "The People of the Water" we will cleanse away your stress and renew your spirit. As a brand new amenity to Little Creek Casino and Resort's luxury accommodations, the Seven Inlets Spa boasts seven state-of-the-art personal care suites, a relaxation meditation room, eucalyptus steam rooms, saunas, lockers rooms, shower facilities as well as complete facial, manicure, pedicure, body treatment and total body waxing capabilities. Massages range from the Salish Express Massage to Deep Tissue and Sports Massages. Located within a short drive of Olympia and Seattle, Little Creek will continue to enhance their guest experience with the recent addition of Salish Cliffs Golf Club to the roster. Best known for the wide array of games at the casino, extravagant accommodations at the resort, award winning golf, delicious dining and first class entertainment, Little Creek Casino Resort provides nothing short of superior customer service and all around amusement.

For reservations call: 800-667-7711 - Seven Inlets Spa

6. Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada

The castle in the Canadian Rockies is a well-known hotel that boasts jaw-dropping views, history, and the Fairmont focus on excellence. But there are few other places in the world that deliver a better hydrotherapy service than the Willow Stream Spa in the deep recesses of the hotel. Take the therapeutic Spa Kur by enjoying time in the natural mineral spring's pool indoors in a glass-enclosed atrium, followed by time in each of the three cascade waterfall plunge pools. Spa goers enjoy the warm waterfall pool first, and then tour through the remaining two of decreasing water temperature, ending in a cool bath intended to increase circulation and awaken the senses. Finish by a soak in the outdoor whirlpool, a hot tub available whether it's 80 degrees or 10 below with extraordinary views of the Bow River and Tunnel Mountain.

For reservations call: 866-540-4406 - Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs

Revised: 01/02/2023 - Article Viewed 636 Times

About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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