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Crystal Spa named to Top 100 spa list

January 15, 2021

THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. – Crystal Spa has again been named by Spas of America to its annual list of Top 100 Spas in North America. The spa at Crystal Mountain has made the list for more than a decade.

One of only two spas in Michigan to make this year’s list, Crystal Spa is also just one of only 74 recognized in the United States. And it is the top-ranked spa in the state. 

With 12 treatment rooms offering everything from massages to facials to body polishes, scrubs and more, the 18,500-square-foot Crystal Spa was the first LEED-certified “green building” spa in the Midwest. Crystal Spa promotes health and wellness in an environmentally responsible way. 

“There is a growing passion, especially during these trying times, for spa and wellness among leisure travelers,” Gretchen Schnell, manager of Crystal Spa, said. “Our goal is for our clients, whether they have traveled a great distance to be here or are from right here in Benzie County, discover a newfound level of relaxation and an experience like no other. We want them to visit Crystal Spa, put their busy lives aside, and walk out refreshed, renewed and relaxed.”

Besides treatment rooms and services, Crystal Spa has a welcoming, attentive staff, private transition rooms with heated floors, eucalyptus steam rooms, infrared saunas and an outdoor Mosaic Garden with hot tub. Some of the amenities have been temporarily halted due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will start again when it is safe to do so. 

The team has used the pandemic to develop new, safe options for guests. And services like the Couples Spa Retreat have gained in popularity so couples could enjoy private spa. The private spa retreat for two includes exclusive access to Crystal Spa from 8 to 10 p.m. 

Spas of America based its rankings on unique page views and consumer choices on, the No. 1 website for spa travel. The annual award provides insight into consumers’ favorite spas of the year and around the world. 

Crystal Spa has made the list since 2009, the year it opened, gaining in popularity each year. Crystal Spa is rated No. 7 this year, up from No. 15 last year. 

The Top 100 Spas of 2020 list includes 74 spas from the United States, 19 spas from Canada, three from Mexico, and one each from Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Only one other spa is in Michigan made the list. 

“Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain continues to be very popular with our targeted spa and wellness travel audience,” Spas of America President Craig Oliver said. “With over 900 of the best resort, hotel and health spas on our website, Crystal Spa is recognized as one of the leading spas in the Midwest and the No. 1 Michigan spa experience. Travelers are drawn to the Crystal Spa’s beautiful scenery, mountain fresh-air, and a wellness program focused on restoration and rejuvenation."

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About Crystal Mountain: Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The 1,500-acre resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, Peak Fitness, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings, a conference center and real estate options. Visit for more resort details or information about Four Seasons Club memberships. 

Crystal Mountain Media Contact: 
Sammie Lukaskiewicz
o: (231) 378-2057 
m: (517) 673-4177



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