Quest for the Best: Health and Beauty Spas


301 West University Drive
Mishawaka, IN  46545

Along the beaten path where Granger and Mishawaka mesh into a holiday shopper’s delight (and a driver’s unavoidable headache) lies a very special place designed to help you escape the everyday rigors. Inspired by a fusion of Eastern, Western and European spa traditions, Selah Day Spa is dedicated to perfecting the art of relaxation and beauty in a serene spa atmosphere. A professional staff of estheticians, massage therapists and nail designers cultivates a unique grasp of relaxation therapies deeply rooted in wholeness, well-being and results. Selah uses natural and pure efficacious ingredients for all your skin care and body needs. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the Ayurvedic treatments—an Abhyanga massage (deeply relaxing with gentle but firm, rhythmic movements) and Shirodhara (pure sesame oil gently streams onto the forehead in an ancient therapy meant to calm and relax as well as stimulate and strengthen your entire nervous system).

NICHOLAS J SALON & SPA                                                 
Downtown South Bend                                             
122 S. Michigan St. suite 110
South Bend, IN 46601

Eddy Street Commons
1251 Eddy St. Suite 108
South Bend, IN 46617

Everyday stress wears us out. It takes a toll on our mental and physical health and distracts us from focusing on the tasks at hand. Nicholas J Salon & Spa offers a serene atmosphere of massage and aromatherapy and skin treatments to help you get back to a relaxed state of mind and body.  Nicholas J’s massages utilize the principles of Eastern and Western therapy to improve circulation, reduce stress and increase relaxation.  All massage therapy appointments begin with a stress assessment to help design a personalized experience to best suit your needs. In a hurry?  Stop by and hop in a massage chair for a no frills 'quickie' where the pros will focus on your hands, arms and shoulders. You can be in and out in 15 minutes flat! The spa also offers custom facials, waxing services, manis and pedis so you can truly pamper yourself... from head to toe.

HARBOR COUNTRY DAY SPA                                            
17 W. Mechanic Street                                           
New Buffalo, MI

If you’re the type of person who finds peace at the beach, you’ll love the Harbor Country Day Spa. Located a block from the shores of Lake Michigan, it’s a slice of serenity that takes you one step further from every day rigors. Clients can relax on the spa’s spacious deck area, enjoying lake breezes both before and after their services.

“A lot of our clients comment on the ambiance,” said spa owner Bob Van Hyfte. “We put skylights in every room so they can feel very close to the beauty that surrounds us here.”

Van Hyfte’s late wife, Patty, opened and oversaw construction of the spa in 1997. Her goal was for clients to “Relax, Restore and Reward Yourself.” From the chocolate facial to a wrap using special Canadian mud, Harbor Country makes pampering yourself so easy. The hot stone therapy treatment using basalt rocks is the perfect way to relax and warm up on the coldest winter day.

1205 East University Drive
Granger, Indiana 46530

JaRoss strives to be anything but a typical salon and day spa. Opening its doors in 1996, it was created as a destination for beauty, pampering and leisure. With more than 6,500 square feet of therapeutic traditions and cosmetic rejuvenation, JaRoss is a sanctuary for relaxation and renewal. The team of skilled professionals caters to your specific needs and wants to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit throughout your experience. Enjoy treatments like the four-stage Indoceane package—including a Mediterranean savory body exfoliation, Egyptian milk bath, Indian massage and a Chinese sublime body wrap. Whether you go alone, as a couple or wish to include friends, the event coordinator will help you create a spa package customized according to your specific needs and designed to fit every budget. Catering, beer and wine are available upon request. 

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd
Acme, MI  49610

As the saying goes, life is just a bowl of cherries. But how about a spa of cherries? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Spa Grand Traverse, with its signature cherry services that leave you refreshed, relaxed and as fragrant as a tree full of cherry blossoms. It’s quite fitting, considering nearby Traverse City, Michigan is the self-proclaimed “Cherry Capital of the World.”

We especially like the Cherry Honey Glow – a full body exfoliation service that leaves your skin smooth and detoxified. A fresh mix of local cherry concentrate, honey and sugar is applied to your body, gently exfoliating and polishing the skin. After a rhythmic rinse under the Vichy shower, the treatment ends with a light application of cherry-hydrating lotion, leaving your skin with a natural glow.

Spa Grand Traverse is located at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, just a few miles northeast of Traverse City. A myriad of spa services (including the cherry treatments) are available daily, but soon you’ll have the opportunity to experience all Grand Traverse has to offer with Wellness Weekends. The weekend includes lodging, spa services, fitness classes at the adjacent Health Club, a healthy cooking class with one of the Resort’s chefs, a wellness lecture from a local physician and a wellness consultation. We all want to live well, and these special weekends are geared to help us do that.

Wellness weekends are only one of the many likeable traits of this 900-acre Resort. When you’re not in the Spa or Health Club you can take advantage of great dining options, like Aerie Restaurant on the 16th floor with spectacular views of the region and a menu filled with delicious items prepared with the freshest local ingredients.

Be sure to check out the more than ten on-property stores that feature fashionable apparel and accessories, games and toys, gourmet edibles and the brand new Dylan’s Candy Bar. And don’t let the snow keep you away—summertime beach and golf are counterpointed by cross-country skiing, ice skating and winter activities at the Clubhouse during the colder months of the year.

777 Blue Chip Drive
Michigan City, IN 46360

If you’re looking for relaxation, convenience and fun all in one place, it’s probably closer than you think! spa blu—the only casino-based spa in the Northwest Indiana/Southwest Michigan area—is a perfect way for you to enjoy spa treatments as well as other entertainment including concerts, gaming and special exhibitions.

The 10,000 square foot spa features ample space, but at the same time evokes a feeling of intimacy and privacy. The professional staff strives to provide an enlivening and regenerative experience by embracing a tranquil atmosphere (including individual lounges, steam rooms, whirlpools and water walls) that makes it possible for you to extend the stress-free journey well after you leave.

You won’t want to miss a unique treatment found exclusively at spa blu, called shades of blu. This deeply relaxing sensory experience is truly one-of-a-kind through the use of scents, expert body massage techniques and the restorative properties in every custom blended lotion and oil. It begins with a full body exfoliation. Then, customized masques are painted on the body while you enjoy a scalp massage. The treatment concludes with a pampering signature full body massage.

Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa is adjacent to the Lake Michigan
Shore, about an hours’ drive east of Chicago, 50 minutes from South Bend, three hours from Indianapolis and Kalamazoo, Michigan and four hours from Detroit. Blue Chip guests can discover the many attractions LaPorte County offers, including boating and water sports on beautiful Lake Michigan, year-round festivals, world-class shopping at Lighthouse Premium Outlets, and so much more.

Before or after spa services, guests can also dine at any one of Blue Chip’s five restaurants: William B’s – an upscale steakhouse; Options Buffet – with an extensive and delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner menu; Nelson’s Deli – sandwiches and salads; It’s Vegas, Baby! – casual dining in a Vegas-themed atmosphere; and The Game – beverages and top-notch game day appetizers and entrees.

501 Highland Drive
Kohler, WI 53044

It’s luxury beyond words. Kohler Co. has been in the business of creating incredible water experiences for more than 135 years. Rejuvenating the body and senses through water treatments is at the heart of Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club located in Kohler, Wisconsin.

In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, Kohler Waters Spa recently unveiled a renovation of four signature wet treatment rooms featuring the latest Kohler bathing and showering products along with new water experiences for individuals and couples.

At the center of the spa, a pool with an 8-foot wall of water is an inspiring place for relaxation. Other top-notch amenities include a glass-enclosed rooftop deck with a coed whirlpool, a 16-foot fireplace and lounge areas.

775 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

If you’re looking for a Kohler experience a little closer to home, Kohler Waters also has a Chicago area spa at the Burr Ridge Village Center that offers therapeutic water treatments as well as manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing services. The 10,000 square foot day spa concept, located just 20 miles from downtown, features the signature Circle of Tranquility room—a coed water sanctuary anchored by three distinct shower experiences—Envelope, Quench and Deluge. Begin your journey into the self-guided water rituals in the Envelope Shower with all-encompassing shower sprays, then proceed to the Quench Shower where refreshing, cool water sprays from every direction to revive you. Continue to the Deluge Shower where you’ll relax beneath a mesmerizing, misty rain. 

Other features of the spa include an 8-foot cool plunge pool (the first of its kind in Illinois) as well as iPod docking stations which allow guests to customize music during spa treatments. For information on Kohler Waters Spa at Burr Ridge call 630-323-7674.

Both Kohler Waters Spa locations include a spa boutique featuring signature Hollyhock and John Michael Kohler bath and body products so you can take luxury with you when you leave!

611 East Douglas Road, Suite 108
Mishawaka, IN 46545

When you hear the word “hospital,” inner peace and deep relaxation probably aren’t the first thoughts to enter your mind. But The Centre, P.C.—an expanded plastic surgery practice—is aiming to change that by bringing a new concept to the medical community near the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center.

As you pass by the corridor window waterfall and make your way through the hacienda-style doors, you might forget you’re even in the same building as a hospital. Instead of the echoes of nurses and doctors in the background, you hear the trickle of raindrops and soothing musical harmonies in the lobby of Centre Yourself—the only comprehensive medical rejuvenation spa in the region.

Centre Yourself is designed for full body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. One of the first staff members you’ll meet is Rejuvenation Consultant Renee Rowe.

“We’re helping our patients from the inside out,” said Rowe. “We put them at ease and explain the treatments they’ll be receiving, but gaining their trust is our primary concern.”

Building that trust is the first step of personal and professional service at Centre Yourself. From the candle-lit meditation area, to the private changing rooms for men and women, private massage therapy rooms, thirteen different European-style facials and peels, sun-mist tanning and skin care products, the spa is a first-class retreat that helps you move beyond your daily grind.

Staffed with a certified massage therapist and two licensed aestheticians, Centre Yourself is the area’s only medical rejuvenation spa. Having a board-certified plastic surgeon and certified plastic surgery nurse on staff allows patients access to medically administered beauty-enhancing procedures not available at ordinary spas—including a full range of laser skin treatments, BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

The newest service offered by the spa is a special medically-based line of vegan products and spa treatments formulated specifically for oncology patients and cancer survivors. Aside from special formulas such as organic nail polish for manicures and pedicures, Centre Yourself also offers mini facials and shorter massages in its oncology services menu.

“We have cancer survivors who, because of their radiation treatments, must be very careful about what they’re exposed to,” explained The Centre, P.C. Executive Director Lain Ruch Downs. “We’ve done our research and our staff received special training for this. Before we use anything on a patient’s body, we consult with their oncologist.”

Just across the hall from the spa is The Centre, P.C.’s state-of-the-art plastic surgery center. Led by Ronald Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Patrick Viscardi, M.D., the surgery center offers the safest, most advanced reconstructive and cosmetic surgery treatments available.

In addition to traditional plastic surgery procedures—facelifts, neck lifts, lip enhancements, nose reshaping and breast reconstruction— Drs. Downs and Viscardi also provide a host of new treatments such as Smart Lipo body contouring, Xeo Platform laser skin treatment system, VISIA Complexion Analysis System and more. Even more impressive than the number of treatments and procedures that are available—which include everything from corrective surgery to repair a birth defect, reconstructive surgery to help recover from a major illness or injury, or cosmetic surgery to simply renew self-confidence­—is that there is something for every patient.

The plastic surgery center was built from the ground-up for patient comfort and convenience, Dr. Downs said. The Centre, P.C. and Centre Yourself spa were also built with local contractors and artists in mind.  Great care was taken to ensure much of the décor, cabinetry, flooring and some of the relaxing “extras” like the window waterfall came from local experts.

“We have such talented and capable local artists and craftsmen,” said Ruch Downs. “Using their abilities to make our office better symbolizes who we are and what we do. We’re here as a part of the community and to help people.”

It’s that attention to detail and community commitment that sets The Centre, P.C. apart. An intriguing combination of science, comfort and beauty, it’s certainly raising the bar for what a comprehensive plastic surgery center and luxury medical spa are supposed to be.