A Closer Look at the Midwest's Sybaris Pool Suites

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Sybaris Pool Suites, which are couples-only hotel suites, are a five-location chain in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana that claim they are "devoted to luxury and sensuous pleasure." Some Sybaris suites feature a private heated pool, and others contain a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub big enough for two.

In operation for more than four decades, Sybaris Pool Suites are a popular anniversary and birthday getaway destination for couples.

The chain was named after an ancient Greek city in Southern Italy that dates back to 500 BCE. Ancient Sybaris was noted for its wealth and luxury, and inhabitants of Sybaris were known to be devoted to sensual pleasure. The phrase "a bed of roses" derives from the Sybaritic custom of filling the bed and pillows with rose petals before couples shared moments of intimacy.

Guest Rooms

The suites at Sybaris are designed to encourage intimacy. All have king-size beds, large mirrors, a water component (like a heated pool, whirlpool tub, or a waterfall), and most have a fireplace. Pools are meticulously cared for by trained technicians who pay close attention to pH balance and sanitation levels. Each suite is thoroughly inspected before a new guest's arrival.

Other standard amenities are what you would expect: premium TV, microwave, coffeemaker with coffee and tea, and a refrigerator. 


There is neither an in-house restaurant nor room service at Sybaris, so couples may want to bring along food to keep their energy up. Sybaris Pool Suites are located near major thoroughfares, so having food delivered is another option. You can use the in-room microwave to heat leftovers and the fridge to stash cold drinks.

Romance Packages

Two-night and three-night packages are available from Sybaris. Extras may include a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider with signature glasses. Other plush accessories include Sybaris bath wraps, robes, candles, and a rose-petal turndown.

According to the late Ken Knudson, co-founder of Sybaris with his wife:

"When you visit Sybaris, there is no sense of responsibility. You don’t have to worry about anything. There are no phones or other connections to the outside world. It’s just you and your significant other. It’s about understanding how important that other person is to you and a chance to say—I love you."

What Are Sybaris Memberships?

Sybaris Pool Suites operates as a private club, but you can join for an annual fee. The membership can be purchased with your first reservation. 

Who Might Want to Stay at Sybaris?

If you are one of those couples that never seem to find time to be together, lives in the Midwest, wants to spend a night or a couple of days of intimacy with no disturbances, then Sybaris Pool Suites is likely to suit you just fine. 


Spanning three states in the Midwest, each of the locations are within reach of the metro areas of Milwaukee, Chicago, and Indianapolis.

  • Mequon Sybaris Suites, Mequon, Wisconsin. Nearest big city: Milwaukee, a 30-minute drive.
  • Northbrook Sybaris Hotel, Northbrook, Illinois. Nearest big city: Chicago, under an hour's drive.
  • Sybaris Downers Grove, Downers Grove, Illinois. Nearest big city: Chicago, a 45-minute drive.
  • Sybaris Frankfort, Frankfort, Illinois. Nearest big city: Chicago, a 1-hour drive.
  • Sybaris Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana.
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