KOHLER, Wis. – February 21, 2019 – Kohler Co. is pleased to announce that The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa at Destination Kohler have been awarded five stars for the eighth consecutive year by Forbes Travel Guide – the highest honor given by the global authority in luxury travel and leisure. Located at the premier property in Kohler, Wisconsin, the historic hotel and rejuvenating spa exemplify the rating system’s gold standard in the hospitality industry, which help discerning travelers select the world’s best hotel, restaurant and spa experiences. Four- and Five-Star award designations are earned through anonymous professional inspectors from Forbes Travel Guide who evaluate up to 900 objective criteria.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to excellence and gracious hospitality. Our associates are passionate about creating memories and special moments for our travelers,“ said Christine Loose, Vice President–Lodging and Wellness for Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate. “We are so pleased to receive this honor from Forbes. It is a direct reflection of the continued dedication of our team to provide an outstanding, personal experience for each guest who walks through our doors.”
A historic landmark, The American Club celebrated its centennial last year. The hotel was once a dormitory for Kohler Co. immigrant workers and was transformed into a leading travel destination in 1981 by Executive Chairman Herb Kohler. Since then, the Forbes Five-Star property has continued to expand its offerings to engage with a wider variety of travelers. The elevated accommodations are outfitted with plush furnishings, the finest Kohler Co. plumbing products and old-world charm. An industry leader in hydrotherapy, Kohler Waters Spa offers year-round respite, featuring an impressive menu of innovative facial and body treatments. The highly lauded spa completed renovations last June with the addition of new treatment rooms, additional lounge seating in the poolside relaxation area, a stunning bridal suite and a health-conscious café.
The resort is also home to The Immigrant Restaurant, a Forbes Four-Star dining establishment rich in character and historic elegance. Boasting an intimate setting and menu that combines contemporary American cuisine with European influences, the restaurant is intricately designed with six spaces representing the French, Dutch, German, Normandy, Danish and English nationalities who populated the quaint Village of Kohler in years past.
These award-winning entities at Destination Kohler are complemented by the resort’s world-class golf and growing wellness programming. Travelers, both foreign and domestic, flock to the property’s famed championship golf courses, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, which have collectively hosted three PGA Championships, the U.S. Senior Open, and two U.S. Women’s Opens., In 2020, Whistling Straits will become the first public course since 1991 to host the esteemed Ryder Cup.
With Kohler Waters Spa at the forefront of wellness experiences, guests can also enjoy Yoga on the Lake, a premier, holistic yoga studio featuring 75 dynamic classes per week; Bold Cycle, a boutique, community-driven indoor cycling studio that motivates cyclists to ride to the next level; and Sports Core Health & Racquet Club, a private fitness club with a range of fitness classes and an idyllic outdoor hot tub.
About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in the Midwest, and world-renowned championship golf venues Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. It’s sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews, Scotland, the birthplace of golf. It is recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.
About Destination Kohler
Herb Kohler created Kohler Co.’s Hospitality & Real Estate Group with the reclamation of The American Club, the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in the Midwest, and then built world-renowned championship golf courses, The Straits and The Irish at Whistling Straits and The River and Meadow Valleys at Blackwolf Run. The resort is named one of the top three golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. Kohler Waters Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of less than 60 in the world. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare of The Horse & Plow as well as River Wildlife. Herb Kohler believes River Wildlife, located in the forest and on the river on an early Winnebago encampment, has the best country gourmet dining in the United States. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.