By ALEXANDRA NEWMAN
Indian Oak Inn and The Waterbird are familiar Chesterton landmarks, but many
are not aware of the impressive changes that have occurred here.
Waterbird Lakeside Inn and Spa, is the multi-million dollar “West Wing” of
what once was all Indian Oak Inn Resort. (The “southeast wing” is now a Best
“We sold the 60 rooms (on the southeast) so that we could afford to create
this,” said Robin Chubb, general manager of the Waterbird Lakeside Inn and
The entrance to Waterbird Lakeside Inn and Spa, is small, but dramatic, with
a light-oak staircase, with railings designed with unusual, wrought-iron
spindles, that curves up toward the second floor relaxing area. The expanse
is open on one side, with a wall of windows on the other side facing the
lake. A fireplace is located in a corner, so as not to obstruct the outdoor
view. On this day, the lake is partially frozen, so the fireplace comfy
chairs and sofas make one appreciate the wintery scene outside, while being
toasty warm inside.
“All of our rooms have a view of the lake,” Robin continued, as she relaxed
in one of the overstuffed leather chairs in this generous room with a
There is a second relaxation room on the first floor, where clients are led
to wait to be called upon for their appointments. Unlike typical waiting
rooms, this one has comfortable lounge chairs, a view of the lake and a
“cozy” atmosphere. There are a total of 11 spa treatment rooms.
Entry to the pedicure/manicure room is off this room, as is the hair salon.
Down the hall are a couple of massage therapy rooms, luxurious and
comfortable. Massage therapy offerings include Swedish, deep tissue and hot
stone. Clients also can choose to have dual massages.
“Dual massages are very popular,” said
Elizabeth Cooper, a physical therapist
who has been a massage therapist for four years.
Clients also have seven choices for the types of facials offered and six
choices for types of body treatments. Eminence, handmade organic skin care of
Hungary, is the preferred product used at this spa.
“The product is so pure you can eat it,” Robin said. The Chocolate Mousse
Hydration Masque makes one keep wanting to sample it,” she said.
Also on the first floor, is the pool room. A brick fireplace is in a corner
and two pools, one a whirlpool and the other a plunge pool take center focus.
The plunge pool is small, but a swimmer can exhaust himself swimming against
the current in the plunge pool. Also, clients can opt for a sauna, which is
located off of the pool area and a sundeck.
“We have a lot of people who come here for a weekend retreat,” Robin
explained, adding that the spa and rooms are for adults only.
The staff includes five massage therapists, three estheticians, two nail
technicians and one hair stylist.
There are 20 lakeview rooms, whirlpool and fireplace specialty rooms with DH
LCD televisions and DVD players, all with private balconies and WiFi Internet
access, CD clock radios and complimentary breakfast.
“We have all new bedding. Sheets are premium 800- thread count, made of
Egyptian cotton,” she said.
Meeting rooms are available as are banquet facilities. The Waterbird banquet
facility also has been remodeled.
Meals and refreshments are custom designed including full meal packages,
gourmet dinners, casual lunches and refreshments including full bar service.
“What makes us unique is we are able to accommodate two to fifty guests at a
time. We have a pool, relaxation areas, catered lunch time and internet
available. What makes us different is Spa guests have full use of the
facility. We have showers and changing rooms and robes are provided. Guests
can pre-order lunch. They can have five hours of solid therapy and can stay
overnight,” Robin said.
WaterBird Lakeside Spa is located at 556 Indian Boundary Rd. Spa hours are
Sunday and Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
It is recommended Spa services be scheduled several weeks in advance.
For more information, call 928-1501 or visit