About 10 minutes into my first-ever first spa treatment, I began to dream – it might have been a daydream, I can’t be totally sure – about watching my daughter ride a horse on some idyllic farm.
This was odd.
I don’t have a farm, I definitely don’t have a daughter and horses … well, I can take ‘em or leave ‘em.
And yet, I was in a state of complete and total bliss.
Such is life at the Spa Ssakwa’q’n in Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort, a place where a guy like me – whose idea of relaxing is kicking back with a beer and watching a ball game – can find himself admiring his newly pedicured feet and discovering new ways to feel completely and utterly calm.
Located about half an hour outside of Spokane and described as the “ultimate natural getaway,” the Ssakwak’q’n Spa offers high-end spa treatments with a rustic aesthetic that relies heavily on stone, cedar and natural light to encourage guests to connect with the miles of stunning landscape that surrounds the casino.
Using all natural and organic products, the spa specializes in creating a non-threatening, non-stress environment.
Perfect for a guy like me who, initially, had trepidations. Prior to the trip, those last two paragraphs would have meant literally nothing to me and my inner caveman was resistant to the idea of spas. Spas were what the wives did while us manly men hunted and gathered, right? (Please note that I grunted and beat my chest with my fist while writing that sentence)
The resort is also home to the Circling Raven Golf Club, and that’s meant that an astounding 40% of the spa’s clients are male.
When I sat down for my pedicure, the staff told me that several NFL players had visited the spa a couple weeks earlier with their wives. Suddenly, the idea of getting an hour-long Palouse Prairie Massage, a Wetlands Body Refiner, a pedicure and a Ssakwak’q’n Facial sounded pretty good.
And it was. I left my day of spa treatments in a state of zen, unburdened by the stresses of modern living.
I spent my stay at the resort in a room on the third floor of the first Spa Tower was blessed with a stunning view.
That land is integral to everything that goes on at the resort, with each of the eight restaurants incorporating local game, produce and wild fruits.
Overseen by executive chef Adam Hegsted, the resort’s restaurants – whether it was the elk stew at the Chinook Steak House or the pork tacos at the Red Tail Bar & Grill – each offer unique local dishes sure to keep the pickiest foodie happy.
I came to Idaho expecting potatoes, I left with feet that looked, quite honestly, incredible, a body that felt even better, and the knowledge that – one way or another – I’d be back soon.
More information about the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and all the services offered at the Spa Ssakwa’q’n can be found at www.cdacasino.com