With hectic schedules, work overload and maintaining a personal life, regenerating the mind and body tends to fall by the wayside. Spas with space for meetings and corporate retreats combine work with relaxation to solve that problem. The following spas provide an abundance of options and activities for both individuals and groups to enjoy.
Celebrating its 75th year of hospitality, Ludlow’s Island Resort, located on one of the 365 islands that dot Lake Vermillion, is a perfect retreat option outside the Twin Cities.
“Our island retreat and philosophy really brings people closer together,” says Mark Ludlow, owner. “We have created an environment where conference attendees have every amenity and their needs are effectively and efficiently exceeded time and time again.”
The 1,000-square-foot spa features a massage room, manicure room, pedicure room and sauna. After their treatments, guests can relax on the deck, which overlooks the lush and pristine Minnesota north woods. “Spas are one of those desirable amenities that fulfills a need and complements the overall experience,” says Ludlow.
The resort can accommodate up to 120 guests and operates from mid-May through October. Allowing for maximum privacy, the property only hosts one business group at a time, ensuring each group has the staff’s undivided attention.
The iconic Lutsen Resort has been around for almost 125 years and offers year-round lodgings and impeccable service right on the shores of Lake Superior. Accommodating groups of up to 200, the resort has a wide assortment of lodging options to choose from, which makes reserving blocks of rooms a breeze.
Tucked in the woods, the resort’s WatersMeet Spa and Wellness Center offers four treatment rooms and a commanding view of Lake Superior. The 2,000-square-foot spa offers remedial soft tissue treatments, as well as facials, skin care and more. Corporate groups can enjoy on-site massages during meeting breaks, special appreciation sessions and other amenities. Extra services can be coordinated depending on what each group is looking for.
“People who work together may relax together under less stressful surroundings than their workplace and receive services they might not otherwise have time to enjoy,” says Carol Einwalter, director.
Featuring some of the most experienced technicians in the Twin Cities, The Day Spa in Edina has been providing clients with spa treatments for more than 26 years. The spa offers body work, facials and nail treatments in a relaxing environment.
Groups of 10 to 25 can be accommodated (groups with more than 10 can be eligible for a group discount) in the six pedicure chairs, eight manicure stations and eight massage and facial rooms. Packages range in price from $3,900 to $4,900, depending on group size and services requested, which can include 50-minute massages, skin revitalizer facials and more. Caterers and bartenders are also a possibility for private parties.
For groups that book the spa, the policy is to start everyone’s services at the same time, to ease the wait time and ensure every attendee is experiencing maximum relaxation together. “Our goal is to always meet and exceed the expectation of the group, and communication is critical with the group planner,” says Denise Obermeyer, spa manager.
A new addition to Loews Hotel Minneapolis, the 2,000-square-foot Embury Spa embodies the luxury and sophistication the hotel is known for, and it features a plethora of services perfect for groups. “Our spa treatments are provided by trusted therapeutic and holistic techniques,” says Carmen Perrizo, spa manager.
For smaller, more intimate groups of eight to 10 people, the Embury Spa has four treatment rooms, plus a couple’s treatment room with a two-person shower and steam. A Soiree Suite (750 square feet) is also available on the same floor and can be set up as a lounge, cocktail space and a reception area. The hotel itself can accommodate groups from 20 to more than 700. Perrizo sums up both the spa and hotel best: “It is all about taking wonderful care of people in a cool and elegant atmosphere.”
Located in Minneapolis for close to a decade, the full-service Fusion Lifespa boasts 6,000 square feet and 10 treatment areas. Groups from two to 20 can relax in a spacious room and receive such unique treatments as mustard detoxes, stone therapy massages, a mango enzyme peel or even a custom spa package. A relaxation room with a fireplace (and wine) is available for groups of four or less. Catering from Fusion’s organic, chef-designed menu is also available for all events.
“Take yourself out of your everyday life and indulge in some me time,” says Michelle Shuster, general manager. Fusion’s Asian-inspired, eco-sensitive space creates a setting for profound nourishment and well-being.