This is our second summer spending our family vacation at the Abbey. This year in addition to my children and their spouses, we brought my Mom along. My parents enjoyed the Abbey for years when I was younger. My Dad passed away last year so wanted to bring my Mom back as we were vacationing over Father's Day and my Dad's birthday, our first year without him. She also enjoyed revisiting a place she loved and for years she told me, "You should go to the Abbey! You'll love it!" She was right. I am so happy we discovered this beautiful resort!
We rented 2 villas, one facing the harbor which we have enjoyed several times and another a short walk away. We stayed Sunday to Saturday June 16 - 22. The 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each provided plenty of space for our 10 family members including a 2 year old and 6 year old. The bathrooms in our harbor view villa were wonderful before, but have been beautifully updated.
My 6 year old grandson remembered everything from last year and couldn't wait to get to the arcade and board games. Last year it was Battleship he wanted to play over and over. This year Sorry and Chess as well as Trouble were his favorites. There are so many activities, there is really no reason to leave the resort once you arrive. One of the children's activities was a Scavenger Hunt which my grandson and I enjoyed. It required searching throughout the resort allowing us to enjoy every area of The Abbey.
The only time we left the resort was to walk to the beautiful beach which is included when you are guests of the Abbey. This is a very family friendly resort. Outdoor games are available all day, smores by a bonfire on Monday and Wednesday were also enjoyed by our family. We love Cafe Latte and spent a couple mornings enjoying coffee for us, hot chocolate for the boys and delicious scones. Our villas were so beautiful and comfortable. I can't say enough about the housekeeping staff. We were fortunate to have Marilu who graciously cleaned around our 2 yr. old grandson's nap schedule. She was absolutely wonderful and did a fantastic job keeping our villas well stocked with towels, soaps, etc. not to mention spotlessly clean every morning.
We also enjoyed the Avani spa which is really something everyone should experience when staying at the Abbey. The pool is beautiful and relaxing. Cucumber water as well as juices and coffee/tea are available. My Mom, daughters and I enjoyed a delicious snack from the Waterfront restaurant delivered promptly poolside. Panini sandwich, cheese plate and fruit plate were delicious and enjoyed by all of us as we lounged by the pool.
Our beautiful harbor view patio was wonderful for watching boats leaving the harbor, seeing families walking their dogs and enjoying the families of geese and ducks swimming by and walking to the small sand beach near our villa. On Friday night we enjoyed the Waterfront's delicious all you can eat Fish Fry on our patio. We decided to order our meals to enjoy on the patio as it was our last night in the villa. The walleye and cod were exceptional!
Friday we enjoyed the condo pool near our 2nd villa and the beach before the rain/storms arrived. The resort had many rainy day activities to choose from - the board games were very busy. It was wonderful seeing so many families enjoying them. There were also movies playing with free popcorn. Even though the resort appeared full with conference attendees as well as a wedding which we were able to witness near the beautiful gazebo, our villa was peaceful and quiet. Everyone was friendly - whether staff or fellow vacationers. We were also able to meet one of the villa owners who brought a new grill for our family to use if needed.
A trip to the Abbey is not complete without seeing Jose who feels like an old friend. He is the employee who nearly 2 years ago took my husband and I around the resort showing us villas when we decided the Abbey was where we wanted to spend our family vacations after many years of staying at another hotel in downtown Lake Geneva. Sarah graciously arranges our accommodations and could not be kinder or more patient as she always answers my many emails promptly. John, the manager of the Avani Spa is also a wonderful representative of the Abbey. Katie and Stephanie at the front desk were warm and friendly upon our arrival and again at check out. Every employee is truly exceptional at the Abbey. The grounds are so beautiful and well maintained.
We have stayed at the Abbey in the summer, fall and winter. We have driven up for the day in the Spring. It is always beautiful and welcoming. This is a place we will return to over and over. We love everything about the Abbey.