If a Hammam Ritual isn’t on your bucket list, you need to amend that, as quickly albeit gently as possible.

Hammam, meaning “spreader of warmth,” is a mindful intention that will reveal itself as soon as you slip into a treatment room, instantly calming with muted lighting and the subdued chords of meditation-inspiring music. Recline on the table topped with a waterbed-like layer that swishes warmly and softly in rhythm with this sensual treatment based on traditional Turkish Hammam bathhouses.

Once covered with a pestimal (cloth body cover), your attendant will pour warm water from copper tas bowls over shoulders, back, arms and legs. You’ll feel the tension evaporate as the water trickles away. Next, a full-body exfoliation with a kesa (an ancient mitt) ensues followed by more nurturing pours of warm water. Eucalyptus-infused black soap is then applied for a purifying cleansing before a gentle kneading of the scalp with Moroccan shampoo and conditioner. As a final flourish, a rehydrating oil enriched with chamomile and Vitamin E is applied with languid strokes to a face gone slack in unadulterated relaxation.

Mmmm. There’s no other word for the experience. And there’s no other place to partake of this sybaritic indulgence than the gorgeous and stately American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin. Located one hour north of Milwaukee, this former lodge built in 1918 to house immigrant workers is today a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel – one of 36 worldwide to claim this august distinction, and the only AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel in the Midwest.

Storied past, glorious present

In spite of its aristocratic pedigree and place on the National Register of Historic Place, the American Club Resort had very humble beginnings. Nearly 100 years ago, it was a whipstitch assemblage of homes thrown up on muddy streets by the aforementioned workers who labored in the Kohler factory. Walter Kohler, Sr., put order to the chaotic landscape with inspiration drawn from English Garden City urban design and a village layout created by the Olmstead Brothers of New York’s Central Park fame. It would become one of the first planned communities in the United States – and a very comfortable place for Kohler employees to call home.

Today the Village of Kohler sits in quiet splendor, a tidily picturesque backdrop for the Tudor-style American Club resort-hotel with its country manor elegance; the jewel-like Greenhouse, an antique solarium relocated from England and perfect spot for ice cream; the luxurious Carriage House; and the contemporary-minded Inn on Woodlake. Additionally, it encompasses the Forbes Five-Star Kohler Waters Spa; Waelderhaus, which resembles the rustic Alpine architectural style of Austria’s Bregenzerwald region, the ancestral home of the Kohler family; and the Kohler Design Center – kitchen and bath fixture nirvana with its array of come-hither showrooms.

Also part of the Kohler hospitality terrain are various outposts, including Craverie Chocolatier Café, known for Kohler’s signature buttery chocolate Terrapins and Original Recipe chocolates; the Shops at Woodlake – and a stop at the magical, marvelous Movers & Shakers toy store is a must; the Sports Core; and River Wildlife, a sprawling wilderness preserve and wildlife sanctuary where guests may hike, ski, fish and ride horses.

Site of the 2015 PGA Championship, the American Club Resort is home to two challenging golf courses – the breathtaking Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – both created by the legendary Pete Dye and ranked among the world’s best. It boasts more than a thousand acres of varied landscapes and display gardens that guests can learn about via a self-paced audio tour. And it shows off some 400 vintages in its Winery Bar, a comfy lounge located adjacent to The Immigrant Restaurant.

There are 11 different dining establishments, each with its own mien, motif and menu. The signature Immigrant Restaurant wears the refined decor one would expect of a Forbes Four-Star eatery. More casual is the Horse & Plow, where you can nibble on beer-battered cheese curds – deep-fried heaven served with Ranch dip. At Whistling Straits Restaurant, you can look out onto the windswept golf course dipping into Lake Michigan while savoring entrees sporting a British Isles flair. Sample Italian cuisine at Cucina, more rustic fare at River Wildlife, and an elegant and abundant brunch in the sedate Wisconsin Room.

Your wish; their command

Above all else, the American Club Resort is about making its guests feel coddled, their every want and whim catered to. Rooms are calming retreats cozied up with luxe bedding and comfy seating, teched out with flat screen TV and iPod docking station. Bathrooms, as one might expect from a Kohler property, are fitted with a gorgeous shower with multiple showerheads, full jetted tub, ample granite counter space, heavenly Hollyhock bathroom amenities and plenty of ambience.

A lushly landscaped courtyard coaxes guests out-of-doors during fine weather for reading amongst the flowers at the American Club resort-hotel and a bonfire at the Inn on Woodlake likewise draws them out to enjoy an evening beneath the stars. The aromatic scent of espresso entices those in sniffing distance to the Greenhouse, along with the Ghirardelli hot chocolate, turtle sundaes and other delectables served in this charmer of a spot tucked into Fountain Courtyard.

There are activities galore, including tours of the Kohler Design Center, factory and gardens and to the nearby John Michael Kohler Arts Center of contemporary American art. A Demonstration Kitchen invites guests in January through April for presentations and tastings. Yoga on the Lake and the private health club beckon fitness lovers. And there’s a whole slew of activities for the kids, including Kamp Kohler and Kidz Dinner and A Movie – so you can revel, guilt-free, in every single spa moment.

Speaking of the spa and its divine Hammam Ritual . . . Before you even enter one of the two dozen treatment rooms, you’ll be captivated by the Relaxation Pool bracketed by cushy lounge chairs and flowing toward an eight-foot waterfall. Separate men’s and women’s respite rooms feature their own cooling plunge pool, whirlpool, steam and sauna. The coed lounge on the glass-enclosed rooftop deck lures guests with its 16-foot fireplace, whirlpool and skylights. Plan to spoil yourself for the day; you will not want to leave.

The same is true of the resort. This is a place you can surrender yourself to for a weekend or a week and do everything – from spa treatments to shopping, golf to garden tours, shopping to bicycling to picking out your home dream bath – or do nothing at all, except perhaps plan which restaurant you’ll linger in for your next irresistible meal.

If You Go

The American Club Resort has several spa packages, including these indulgences (don’t forget to add the Hammam Ritual):

·Retail Relaxation: one night’s accommodations, a 30% discount on any service at Kohler Waters Spa, $30 gift certificate per person for The Shops at Woodlake and in-room bottle of red or white wine. From $119 per person. Valid Oct. 21-Dec. 31, 2012.

·The Girlfriends’ Getaway: two nights’ accommodations, 50-minute Kohler massage including gratuity, 20% discount on additional spa services, yoga class, three-course dinner at Cucina including gratuity and in-room amenity of Chardonnay and Kohler Original Recipe Terrapin Trail Mix. From $423. Valid: Nov., 2012-April, 2013.

·Retreat to Kohler: two nights’ accommodations, breakfast daily in The Wisconsin Room including gratuity, Sunday Brunch in The Wisconsin Room, 50-minute Kohler massage for each guest including gratuity, yoga class and 20% discount on additional spa services. From $409. Valid now through Oct., 2013.

For more details about these packages and others, visit www.AmericanClubResort.com.