'Wellness Warriors' Are Part of The Staff at Wisconsin's Grand Geneva Resort
Already slacking on your New Year's resolutions? You could see a nutritionist, a trainer, or—heck—even an acupuncturist. But if you really want to show your mind and body who's boss, you're going to need a personal Wellness Warrior. Or, so goes the logic at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.
The Lake Geneva, Wisconsin property recently launched three-night Wellness Retreats designed for private groups of four to eight; single travelers can join one of the preset programs (the next one's March 20 to 23.) The program is designed to help guests: "eat well, move well, and be well," said the spa's director of operations John A. Morris. Let's break that down, shall we? "be well" means spa treatments such as lava stone massages and facials; while "eat well" means noshing on items such as golden gazpacho and baked chicken with slow-roasted strawberries from chef Earl Anthony Morse.
As for the "move well," that's when those Wellness Warriors step in. Between the two of them, Sindy Leibbrand and Laura Timmers (pictured, left to right) have about 40 different fitness certifications. If your group wants to do a little stand-up paddle boarding, these ladies can lead the way; ditto for yoga and frisky "divalicious" dance moves (no, really. The class is called Divalicious.) The warriors can also offer personal training and devise a workout for you to keep up with at home.
We got our mitts on a sample Wellness Retreat itinerary, so here's what you can expect on a typical day:
Mornings start at about 7 a.m. with gentle exercises such as stretch yoga. Later-morning classes are optional and may include cycling or the intense-sounding "Body Pump" or "RIPPED," then guests get spa services or personal fitness consultations.
At lunchtime, chef prepares a clean meal in the private Wellness Villa, and saddles the group up with take-home recipes and a bit of nutritional advice. Then, there are outdoor activities that vary by season, fresh smoothies, more spa services, and—whew!— dinner at one of the onsite restaurants.
The retreats are $1,500 total for double occupancy, and $2,000 for single. There's also a "Taste of Wellness" mini retreat that boils the experience down to one day.
[Photo: Jenny Berg for HotelChatter]