By Kaleigh Lawson, Alison Roth and Kristin Miller
It’s a new year! As you begin to tackle your goals and aspirations for 2014, consider scheduling a little “me time” at a spa. Finding a fabulous sanctuary to unwind and rejuvenate is not difficult in Colorado. From Denver and the foothills to our majestic mountains, check out DLM’s list of the 16 top spas across the Centennial state.
Rock Resorts Spa at The Arrabelle at Vail Square
970.754.7754 | arrabelle.com
Voted number 19 out of the top 270 spas in the world in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Reader’s Poll, this Rock Resorts Spa is a modern-meets-mountain refuge designed locally with warm colors and stylish stone and wood accents. “Every little detail, from décor to staffing, is well-planned and customized,” says Angie Brown, area spa director. “We want every guest to leave wow-ed.”
A staff favorite is the Fruit and Spice Body Peel and Wrap. This facial-for-your body includes a fragrant pumpkin peel, cinnamon vanilla brown sugar scrub and stimulating scalp massage, all using facial-quality products.
Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort
970.479.5942 | vailcascade.com
Aria Spa includes 14 treatment rooms, a couple’s suite, aromatherapy steam rooms, private indoor hot tubs and a heated outdoor saline pool and hot tub. Guests can sink into relaxation at The Sanctuary—a calming lounge with an earth-toned color palette, chaise lounges and a warm fireplace— and dine on healthy cuisine from Aria’s spa menu.
Aria offers the Lotus Wei Journey, designed to enhance a guest’s state of mind.Flower alchemist, Katie Hess, creates a plant-based product line called Lotus Wei.The essences are bio-energetic infusions of flowers that work with the body’s acupuncture meridian system to enhance clarity, peace and happiness. In this 50- or 80-minute massage, the therapist applies a mist, serum and elixir. Afterward, guests are given the elixir, serum or mist to take home and use five times a day.
970.479.5404 | sonnenalpspa.com
Visit this Bavarian-style spa along Gore Creek for its Relaxation Cove and grand fireplace alone and you will leave recharged and refreshed. But it doesn’t hurt to enjoy the heated indoor and outdoor whirlpools, Turkish steam rooms, Finnish sauna, oxygen bar and a treatment, of course.
The Acutonics Treatment, rooted in Oriental medicine, uses sound therapy combined with massage to align the mind, body and soul. Tuning forks create vibrations to take your treatment to the next level.
Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
970.748.7500 | allegriaspa.com
This 30,000-square-foot spa has 23 treatment rooms, a salon and a fitness center, but what’s most striking is the Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary (see the Must-Try Treatment). Allegria Spa was listed in Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas
Rather than a specific spa offering, you must experience the Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary pretreatment.
This self-guided water ritual is modeled after Roman baths. Enjoy the sanctuary in this order: jetted Thermae Pool; purifying Caldarium Mineral Pools; cooling Cascata Rainshower; wintergreen Caldarium Steam Room; and aromatic Tepidarium lounge.
Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton
970.748.6200 | ritzcarlton.com/bachelorgulch
While guests come for restoration, the 21,000-square-foot Bachelor Gulch Spa experienced its own renewal last fall. Recently reopened, the spa’s soothing aesthetic embraces natural, alpine elements. Ranked number one on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top Hotel Spas in the Continental U.S., the spa features 19 treatment rooms, a sta who cater to your every need and signature treatments.
Try the popular Deep Hydration Wrap, which combines hydrating honey and avocado, and Shea Butter Body Scrub. Created to remedy dry skin in our mountain climate, this signature 75-minute treatment is further enhanced with a Bachelor Gulch Signature Massage or Water Therapy of your choice.
Spa Anjali at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
970.790.3020 | spaanjali.com
Included in Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas 2013 (ranked eighth), Spa Anjali boasts natural décor and friendly, well-trained therapists. Guests can choose from three different “journeys,” Rocky Mountain, Alpen or Himalayan, with treatments
and ingredients inspired by each region.
The Kundalini Back Treatment, part of the Himalayan journey, uses chakra and sound healing to activate the Kundalini—dormant energy at the base of the spine—balancing and relaxing the nervous system. This divine treatment also includes a foot scrub, marma point therapy and heated poultices.
The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass
970.923.8000 | viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass
Designed by Jean Michel-Gathy, Viceroy Snowmass’s spa offers traditional treatments as well as rituals inspired by Ute, Nordic and Asian cultures. With low lighting, warm blankets and herbal teas, settle into the spa’s meditative relaxation lounge and enjoy the waterfall’s tranquil sounds.
The Misogi Purifying Detox Ritual is one of the most heavenly treatments I’ve experienced to date. Taking cues from Japanese culture’s water purification rituals, the 120-minute treatment involves a sea salt and lemongrass body scrub followed by a cool water rinse; a detoxifying Shea butter masque infused with Sake yeast, wasabi extract, seaweed and red pepper that envelopes your
body as a heated wrap; a second water rinse; and a warm oil massage combined with an application of hand-wrapped, herbal Thai compresses.
970.920.3300 | stregisaspen.com
Remède Spa has your relaxation and luxury in mind. Winner of the Spafinder Wellness 365 Reader’s Choice Award, the spa welcomes guests with an oxygen lounge, steam caves and more.
The Farm-to-Massage-Table turns the popular farm-to-table concept into a unique spa experience. Enjoy both a scrub and massage using local ingredients, and then enjoy those same ingredients in small bites post-treatment. Each edible is
inspired by your favorite scents and tastes used in the scrub and massage, which you choose before your treatment. We love the Oatmeal Milk & Honey served as a baked miniature oatmeal cake topped with organic, local honey and butter. For something
sweet try the Coconut-Mango, coconut-poached lobster topped with mango espuma.
The Spa at Hotel Madeline
970.369.8961 | hotelmadelinetelluride.com
The Spa at Hotel Madeline is a refreshing, nature-inspired oasis. Treatments are influenced by the hotel’s high alpine environment, and additional fitness and pool facilities can be used by spa guests as well. Sink into bliss with coffee, tea and snacks in the plush lounge before your scheduled treatment.
With the Intraceutials Rejuvenate Treatment, spend 60 minutes experiencing cool oxygen applied to your face paired with a special serum that instantly hydrates your skin, reducing the appearance of lines. If you are feeling extreme winter dryness, this
treatment will bring your skin back to its normal state of hydration and take off some years as well.
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The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver
303.312.3830 | ritzcarlton.com/denver
The spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver quiets your senses in a space that shouts bliss. Further the serenity and enjoy the steam room, massaging hot tub and calming atmosphere of the lounge room.
Try the 75-minute Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew Massage for relaxation with a twist. Experience an exfoliating malt scrub, a brew painted on your skin and a beer scalp massage. Next, moisturizing foam from Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Yeti Imperial Stout is massaged into your skin. Then sip a beer in the relaxation lounge to complete your ale experience.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Denver
303.389.3020 | fourseasons.com/denver
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Denver is a favorite Mile High spa setting with sleek, modern wood and stone finishes, as well as an inviting hot tub and eucalyptus-scented steam room. “The spa now has Intraceuticals for oxygen facials,” says Spa Director, Candis Ayers. “And we just opened our new salon, a blow dry bar, which is great for bridal parties, girls’ nights and residents.”
Massage enthusiasts love the Four Seasons Signature Four Handed Massage. Two therapists use choreographed, rhythmic strokes to coax your body into a deeply relaxed state.
The Spa at The Brown Palace
303.312.8940 | brownpalace.com
With classic Victorian elegance, The Spa at The Brown Palace is a historic, decadent location. Colorado influences are reflected in many of the spa’s custom treatments, as well as body soaks, which draw from the natural artesian well located 750 feet below the hotel.
Begin with the Brown Sugar Scrub, which is a blend of sugar and essential oils that exfoliates and balances skin, and then end with the Colorado River Stone Massage, which utilizes warm and cool polished river rocks to gently stroke away stress.
The Spa at The Inverness
303.397.7808 | invernessspa.com
Conveniently located in south Denver, The Spa at The Inverness exudes luxury. Voted best spa by several media outlets, the spa is a natural setting to give you the most relaxing experience available.
The NuFace Facial is a popular choice for those seeking relaxation and anti-aging properties. The current-based treatment removes fine lines and wrinkles and evens skin tone after just one treatment.
The Spa at The Broadmoor
719.577.5770 | broadmoor.com
This award-winning spa, located inside one of Colorado’s most iconic hotels, has expansive relaxation lounges for both men and women, including steam rooms, saunas, soaking tubs, a fireside lounge and a sitting room with panoramic views of the property and Pike’s Peak foothills.
Try the Wine Down specialty treatment package, which includes a 30-minute Chardonnay Sugar Scrub, 50-minute Swedish Massage with Olavie Wine Therapy Oil, Spa Manicure and Signature Pedicure. The wine therapy’s antioxidants are hydrating and anti-aging.
Spa at St Julien
720.406.8218 | stjulien.com
In the heart of picturesque Boulder, the Spa at St Julien has an inviting, airy atmosphere with a lap pool, steam room, relaxation lounge and a patio with mountain views. The Spa incorporates fresh herbs from the on-site garden, and many of the treatments are inspired by Boulder’s beauty and local flora.
Melt away anxiety with the Elements of Purification, a body scrub and wrap duo with the scents of chocolate, juniper, pine and lime. While “detoxing” in the wrap, enjoy a scalp and face massage with lime-infused oil.
TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon
303.670.4444 | tallgrassspa.com
Nature-lovers feel at home at TallGrass, located down a winding mountain road 40 minutes west of the city, tucked into a valley with stunning views of Mt. Evans. “Before their treatments, guests love relaxing in the great room with a patio, garden and rock wall, and watching deer and elk,” says owner, Gail Ridings. This mountain lodge is just far enough away to transport you to a place of renewal.
The signature SweetGrass Massage incorporates your choice of a lemongrass or pine scent into your customized full-body massage, along with an Aveda Comforting Tea eye compress, hands and feet reflexology and a scalp massage. The kicker: Tones from a Tibetan singing bowl lull you in and out of your 80 minutes of bliss.