Friday, August 6, 2010

Nothing rejuvinates mom like spa time

It's been an unusually busy week and I'm just winding down and catching up. A week ago, I was up in Gurnee, Illinois with two of my boys. I had been thinking about paying a visit to the Six Flags Great America theme park and decided to try and add in an overnight at Key Lime Cove, since I write/post about a lot of water parks.

The Key Lime Cove water resort has a Caribbean theme with a decor and atmosphere meant to duplicate Florida's Key West. We enjoyed our short stay in our two-bedroom suite where the theme continued with pastel-colored walls in the hotel hallways, flowered bedspreads and shampoo that was scented like a tropical drink. In the indoor water park, we floated in the lazy river, jumped around in the wave pool and sailed down the water slides.

As part of my press trip, the GM arranged for a complimentary pedicure so that I could experience the resort's spa. Knowing it would be a quick, busy trip I was initially inclined to decline. However, since it had been months since my toenails had been touched by a professional and I figured my feet would appreciate the pampering after the grueling drive, I accepted. And boy am I glad I did!

At the Paradise Mist Spa, which has been named "best spa" two years in a row by the Daily Herald, you just can't help but feel a wave of calm come over you as you walk in the door. Before your service, you're taken to the relaxation room to chill a bit before your service. Besides the area where nail services are done, there are eight additional rooms for massages, couples massages and facials. Clients should arrive about 15 minutes before service time to get into relaxation mode.

I was treated to a Pure Fiji Pedicure, which lasted about an hour and included an adjustable massage chair, warm neck wrap, hot stones and refreshing sugar scrubs from the Fiji Islands. A shout out to my excellent nail tech, Julie, for a wonderful spa experience that any mom would savor. The spa is available for Key Lime Cove guests and also open to the public. Browse the lobby area before you leave for a great selection of reading material and spa products. To learn more about the spa, visit

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