When Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., opened in 2003, its mission statement declared it would be a sanctuary from stress. Nearly 15 years later, that mission statement serves as the guiding philosophy behind Sundara’s first expansion, which will include a second outdoor pool, expanded culinary experience, rooftop gardens, retreat space, and new fitness areas and wellness programming. Construction, set to begin in the spring, is expected to last one year. The addition, estimated at nearly $9 million, will add 32,654 square feet to the footprint. Sundara will remain open the entire time. For more on Sundara, ranked one of the “10 Best Destination Spas in the U.S.” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s reader-voted “World’s Best Awards for 2016,” log on to www.SundaraSpa.com.
Principles of feng shui, incorporated in the original design of Sundara, will also influence the expansion, complemented with artwork sourced from regional artists. Landscaping will be calming in design and emphasize plants native to Wisconsin.
“This was a meticulous process, with multiple iterations of the blueprints, to make certain we preserved everything our guests love about Sundara, while thoughtfully writing our next chapter,” said Chris Scheel, general manager.
Scheel went on to say that this evolution of Sundara will not be sprawling, as the goal all along has been to maintain the intimate-by-design feel guests have come to enjoy. It was also important to preserve the natural surroundings - Sundara is tucked back in a 26-acre pine forest on the outskirts of town. As with the initial construction, care is being taken to remove as few trees as possible, and timbers will be reused in the creation of pathways, with the resort offering miles of connected hiking trails.
“Our theme line has always been ‘Energize Your Soul,’ and these new amenities speak perfectly to the idea of caring for body and soul,” said Scheel.
Sundara is adult-only for tranquility and electronics-free in common areas to allow for digital detox and those policies will remain so. The Meditation Trail in the woods with Hammock Retreat and expanded hiking trails on the grounds will be preserved. The recently renovated indoor Purifying Bath Ritual will be unchanged.
Expanded space in the lobby and boutique will allow for a more relaxed check-in and shopping experience. Sundara’s line of signature spa products, which draws ingredients indigenous to the area, is consistently the most popular purchase among guests. The nail salon is also being enlarged, as are the locker rooms, with the new women’s locker room to have three times the number of lockers, offering a great deal more room and comfort for guests.
Directly adjacent to Sundara is its championship golf course, Wild Rock, designed by the same duo who designed the site of this year’s U.S. Open, Wisconsin’s Erin Hills.
Sundara is a member of the Green Spa Network and is Travel Green Wisconsin certified. Its primary philanthropic efforts support the Breast Cancer Recovery foundation based in nearby Madison, with Sundara hosting retreats for women with metastatic breast cancer.
Reservations may be made online at www.SundaraSpa.com or by calling Sundara’s toll-free number, 888.735.8181. It is just 45 minutes from the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis. and pick-up service is available. Follow Sundara on Facebook for news of overnight specials and seasonal spa treatments.