A spa getaway with children might seem like a crazy idea, except if it’s at Kalahari Spa Resort and Waterpark. Kalahari recently opened it’s third and biggest location in Mt. Pocono. Just two hours from New York City, it’s the perfect weekend trip to relax, rewind and rejuvenate. The resort boasts three restaurants, a massive spa, and an indoor waterpark.
I had to a chance to stay at Kalahari Resort and Waterpark during their grand opening festivities and was impressed by it’s size, great attention to detail and overall fun atmosphere. It holds a majestic energy that’s not overwhelming and has the essence of a far away place.
Africa in the Poconos?
Just let a few live monkeys run-a-muck in the lobby and I’m pretty sure you will think you’re in Africa. Kalahari Resort’s attention to detail is like no other. The family-owned brand was concocted after an amazing trip to the country, so everything from wall art, bedding, statues, pillars, and tables are from Africa or African inspired. The theme starts from the outside and continues into the rooms. Lobby floors are embellished with colorful birds and elephants, the check-in area is adorned with large African totem poles and the hallways had bright, lively framed art made from yarn.
My room was large and could have easily slept eight people. It included two bathrooms, a fireplace, patio and refrigerator.
Cable television included every channel one would get at home, including plenty of channels for children and teenagers. Towels were plush and plentiful and the beds were comfortable and soft.
Kalahari offers regular rooms with one bed, as well as three bedroom/three bath penthouse suites, with a dining room and jacuzzi tub. Many of the rooms are set up like an apartment for the comfort of a family or if you’re traveling with multiple families.
Relaxing Must Include Good Food
Kalahari offers lots of food options. There’s three main restaurants:
- Brandberg (upscale gastropub)
- Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet (casual buffet)
- Ivory Coast (casual dining)
During my stay I ate at Brandberg and Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast has tasty breakfast options like eggs, waffles and pancakes, but I settled with the crab cake benedict, which was yummy. Brandberg was an awesome place to eat lunch and dinner. I enjoyed the ahi tuna melt and their beer-brined wings were the best chicken wings I’ve ever ate. Brandberg also has a very creative cocktail menu and extensive wine list.
There’s quick eating options throughout the resort, including in the waterpark area. Java Manjaro is the place to go for a cup of African bean joe, smoothies, salads, sandwiches and pastry, while The Last Bite has candy and ice-cream made fresh daily.
All restaurants have vegan options and have no dress code.
I Came. I Saw. I Spa.
Spa Kalahari is a oasis away from the waterpark chaos. The spacious spa has a full salon with a separate private pedicure room. The gift shop has many great spa gifts like Jane Irredale cosmetics, robes and Clairisonic devices. The actual spa has enough treatment rooms to have a fun bachelorette spa party.
At Spa Kalahari there’s a full locker room, a sexy relaxation room with two fireplaces to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or snack between services, and a Hydro Oasis. The Hydro Oasis is decked out with a steam room, sauna, a hot tub that seats 32 people, touch screen showers, seating area and a balcony.
I received the Lavender Tranquility treatment and a bikini wax during my visit and afterwards I spent a little time in the Hydro Oasis.
My Lavender Tranquility treatment was a magical body treatment which started out with a lavender body scrub and finished with a massage. John took time with my scrub (which my body really needed) and massaged every kink out of my neck and back. I felt spectacular afterwards, extremely relaxed and my skin was soft and smooth.
My wax by Diane wasn’t so seamless. I have to admit that it was one of the worse bikini waxes I’ve ever experienced. Lots of hair was left behind, which she offered to tweeze, but that sounded just too painful after just getting waxed. Yikes. I was heading to Miami 48 hours after the wax and was forced to shave the remainder.
While You Spa, Let The Kids Play
While you’re relaxing in the sauna and sipping a glass of wine, your children can be having the time of their lives at the waterpark and game room. Kalahari waterpark is gigantic and has twisting slides, a lazy river, waterfalls and a wave pool for surfing. There’s even a separate water area for the little ones to play. Families can rent a cabana in the waterpark area to lounge, change, and eat and there’s regular seating and tables around the entire park. There’s an adult hot tub with a cocktail bar and a pool with basketball courts. When finished, Kalahari Waterpark will be the biggest waterpark in the U.S.
If your kids get tired of the waterpark, they can hangout in the game room. With a bowling alley, miniature golf, 5-D theater ride, and plenty of gaming machines, kids will be entertained for hours and hours. There’s also daily activities like tie-dying, finger painting and craft classes.
The best thing about Kalahari Spa resort and Waterpark is that it’s close to the city. It’s so close that a family could go for a day trip if they wanted or for the long Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed the fact that there was no real reason to leave the building. Everything I needed was under one roof.
Even though my wax was a complete fail, my overall spa experience was great and most importantly, very relaxing. I could of stayed in the hot tub all day and I truly enjoyed my treatment by John. He was professional and with 10 years in the industry under his belt, he knows what he’s doing.
The spa and salon is perfect for a girl’s weekend or to spend time with mom or your daughter. They will be adding “mommy and me” services soon. To add to your wellness weekend there’s a full gym with trainer, so you don’t have to miss out on any of your normal workout routine.
Kalahari is well worth your time and money. It’s fun, vibrant and easy. Everyone at the resort is friendly and helpful.
Note: This resort is new and just opened, so take that mind. Lines are a bit long, little hiccups like computer system glitches and keys not working may happen. Views from patios or balconies may not be great because they’re still building and the outdoor pool wasn’t open when I was there.
All and all, grab the family and their bathing suits and check out Kalahari Resort. I promise everyone will leave with a smile.
To learn about Kalahari Resort go to www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania.