Abbey’s at The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa

How should I celebrate my son starting kindergarten? I knew I wanted to go away, but not too far from home. I didn’t want us to be in a big city, and I wanted to make sure we could spend quality time together without a lot of distractions. The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa was exactly what I was looking for.

When we arrived in Fontana, Wisconsin we were immediately welcomed by the wonderful sight of The Abbey Resort. Located on Lake Geneva, the view was spectacular with boats docked and on the lake. When we pulled up to the main entrance, we were greeted by a valet. At no charge, they will park a car and take bags to the room. This allows a stress-free check in and tour of the resort.

When we arrived at the front desk, the staff was welcoming and very informative. They provided us with an itinerary of events happening during our stay. On the night we stayed, they had two movies and a bonfire for us to enjoy.

Tanyatries FYI: before you leave home download their app. I found this super helpful and it kept my hands free.

Once we opened the door to our room, my son and I couldn’t stop saying, “wow!”. The room was very spacious. It was also very quiet; we could not hear the outside or anything next door to us. Our bathroom had double sinks, and a rain shower head with a deep tub.

Our room was on the first floor and featured a patio with a sliding door. We happened to be located right by two pools: the adults only and family friendly.  Second floor rooms offer a balcony.

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Tanyatries FYI: keep your phone away from your room key. It will disrupt the magnet key preventing it from opening your door.

After we unpacked, we were hungry and wanted to explore. The Abbey offers several distinct types of dining experiences. There is a Bar West which is a sports bar, 240 an upscale restaurant and The Waterfront which is a family friendly restaurant.

I decided that Waterfront was perfect for a mother and son date night. When we arrived, we were greeted by friendly staff who sat us right away. Waterfront has a relaxing view of the lake and the boats. Their menu was full of great options for any appetite. We shared their cheese curds appetizer.  I decided to have their smoked BBQ chicken quesadillas and my son had the chicken tenders and fries. It was delicious.

Tanyatries FYI:  Waterfront has their own pit masters on site.

After dinner, we decided to make smores on the bonfire. There was a staff member there to hand us our skewers; after we were done roasting our marshmallows we went back in and assembled them. If you need assistance they are more than happy to help!
After we ate our smores, we headed back to our room to wind down. We got into our pajamas, relaxed on our comfy bed and watched TV on our big flat screen. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful day spent enjoying the resort.

Tanyatries FYI: You can download an app that will allow you to use your phone as a remote.

The next morning, we woke up and enjoyed a light breakfast at Café Latte. They proudly serve Starbucks coffee which was a wonderful plus in my book! My son had a chocolate muffin and a vanilla steamer. After our breakfast, we did some more exploring. We were early risers, up and moving by 6 AM. This allowed us to walk on the pier, see some of the boats and enjoy the wonderful grounds. The grass was lush and green, and the view of Lake Geneva was outstanding.

After we were done exploring the outside, we went inside and decided to go to the activity center. There we rented a bike and my son attempted to try to ride without training wheels. We didn’t get a chance to leave the parking lot, but if you have an experienced biker you are able to take the bike out on the trails and explore. There is no charge for the bike and it is a great activity if you are into exploring.

Tanyatries FYI: they do not offer bikes with training wheels. If you do not have an experienced biker, you may want to bring their bike.


After our biking adventure, we decided it was time to walk around some more and take in all the beautiful scenery. The Abbey allows you to pick what type of stay you would like. If you want to be more action and adventure, you can do that by renting a boat or taking their complimentary shuttle to downtown Lake Geneva.  They even offer guided hikes. If you want a relaxing time, you can take it easy lounging near the pool or by heading to the Spa for some pampering. For the type of trip, we planned, going to the pool was just the thing.

The family pool has three options to choose from. If you have a non-experienced swimmer there is a shallow pool where you could go under a mushroom waterfall, or squirt from their stationary guns. They even have a baby slide. If you want to just sit and relax, there is a hot tub. If you have a more experienced swimmer there is a deep pool that offers basketball hoops, volleyball net, and slides.

Tanyatries FYI: No need to bring pool toys. They provide balls to play in the pool.

If you are looking for a quick getaway that can be relaxing and stress free I highly recommend The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa. I am so glad I had this time with my son.

Tanyatries souvenirs:

  • If you are travelling with a large group, they do offer suites where there are two rooms adjoining
  • If you have a boat you can bring it with you. Slips are available for rent during your stay.
  • If you want to have more of a home feel, rent a villa. They are all privately owned and managed by The Abbey staff. They each have different layouts and décor. They include full kitchens and washer and dryers. Villas require a minimum stay of 3 nights

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