Before a few weekends ago I may have been someone who scoffed at the idea of visiting Idaho. Because I’m inherently 12 at heart, U-daho and potatoes are the only connections I have to the state.
Idaho has this sweet spot up north called Coeur d’Alene and it is drop.dead.GORGEOUS.
Lucky for us we have friends who call the town home! Due to my work schedule, it’s hard to get away without planning far in advance and I was long overdue. Basically, no one thinks I exist anymore, that I’m a figment of the BF’s overactive imagination. TBH I have fun perpetuating any longstanding jokes from his friends, but it was time.
We have this unintentional thing of traveling to locations during their off season, leading to awesome deals on top notch accommodations. We ended up staying at the Coeur d’Alene Resort right on the lake with a free suite upgrade with BA views. The resort looks kind of funny in a retro way. The decor is technically modern, they’re always renovating and updating but the aesthetic is 90’s or early 2000’s. I thought it was a fun throwback, although that may not be their intention.
I hadn’t even been planning on visiting the spa. No, really…I was going to skip it entirely. I guess it all came down to this photo of the whirlpool tub. It gave me the impression the spa was outdated but knowing what I know now… it’s just the aesthetic, their spa is impressive once you get in there.
What actually changed my mind was popping in to grab something hydrating after flying all day. They carry Eminence, Kerstin Florian, and Sothys… the voice in my head screamed YAAAAAASSSS seeing Sothys!! I hadn’t had a facial with it in years! I picked up Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Neroli Spray, if you’re into neroli you will LOVE this. So so good!
I booked a massage and a facial because I honestly can’t help myself. I’m beginning to find facials far more relaxing than massage but if I can swing multiple services, it’s happening people.
Once you check in you’ll walk up the stairwell circling around a massive water feature, and it sets the tone for what you meet upstairs. Several water features are sprinkled throughout the spa and it really makes for relaxing experience. The changing areas are spacious with plenty of products to play with, showers to freshen up, and everything you need to prep before heading back out. A feature I really appreciated: a quiet room and a separate waiting area for guests who want to gab. One of my pet peeves are others who are disruptive to everyone else’s experience. It’s rude, don’t do it.
The absolute best part of the spa: the quiet room. Floor to ceiling windows and skylights bringing in all the natural light with stunning views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. I mean, look at those pics?!
I went with a simple Swedish massage and customized facial with Sothys. I had used a cleansing clothes to remove eye makeup and it burned me! You can kinda see in the photo below, the skin around my eyes is far darker than normal. My skin was more reactive than usual so my esthetician kept it simple.
Both services were great and I left feeling like a wonderful pile of mush. My only complaint: my esthetician said she would be leaving the room for 10 minutes while I relaxed. Afterward, I realized this is likely spa policy so providers can run downstairs to set aside retail suggestions. I get it, it’s a large spa and requires more than your average amount of time for therapists to get down there. But that’s 10 minutes of time I paid for to be touched, not for someone to sell to me.
That aside…. I’ll return the next time we’re visiting. If you’re local they provide discounts. You can check out all Coeur d’Alene Spa has to offer here.