West Wing, your dreamy, four-bedroom penthouse high above the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, still has the Steinway piano Justin Timberlake requested during his stay. You’re met there by your experience curator, chef-prepared hors d’oeuvres, and a fully stocked bar. In the morning you’ll don boots and skis and head for the slopes. Evenings, you and your crew will stay in for massages and chef-prepared dinners. Rates: $2,500 to $10,000 nightly.
This is luxury travel in today’s world. “There’s definitely a shift to affluent individuals, especially multi-generational families, booking private accommodations rather than typical hotels and full-service resorts,” says Christa Weaving, vice president of marketing for Denver luxury travel provider Cuvée. “They are looking for total privacy.”
They also want experiences, and that’s Cuvée’s specialty. Curators—think “concierge”— handle everything, and if you can afford to rent one of their Colorado villas, you can check in tomorrow.
Cuvée’s most popular Colorado destination is Vail. But there are other vendors and other mountain towns. Here’s our curated list of special homes you can rent for a few nights or weeks.
When ski season overruns our charming mountain towns, it’s sometimes nice to get away from your getaway. How about 83 stunning acres at Aspen’s McLain Flats, wrapped by the Roaring Fork River and Rio Grande Trail? The 12,000-square-feet accommodations include a fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, home theater, office, arcade, and gym. Guests can revel in the glorious great outdoors with the year-round heated pool and hot tub, and a large fire pit. The proximity to chairlifts and après ski (three minutes’ drive to the resort and nine to the town) offers guests the best of both worlds. Starting at $7,500/night on Luxury Retreats.
Red Mountain Estate
Exchange your usual cozy lodge for this modern-chic six-bedroom home near Aspen. In contemporary style, white interiors with splashes of bright colors and patterns make this property feel ultramodern, while exposed timber columns and beams say “mountain.” Amenities include jetted baths with unforgettable views through picture windows and a spacious outdoor hot tub for winding down after a day on the slopes. Starting at $15,000/night on Luxury Retreats.
In one of the most coveted vacation spots in the world, the Avanti Chalet stands out. The seven-bedroom, Austrian-inspired estate was built in the 1960s for the first mayor of Vail, Charles Kindel, but has since been redesigned. The private home offers any amenity guests can think of, and the location puts guests just steps away from the nearest chairlifts and restaurants. Starting at $3,800/night on Cuvée.
Escape to Italian-countryside- inspired bliss at a villa in Edwards whose name means “The Farm,” which overlooks 220 stunning private acres of Vail Valley. Ornate stone walls, exposed wood beams, and elaborate details inside create an authentic Tuscan feel as soon as guests walk through the door. Not Italian enough? How about a homemade pizza from the wood-burning pizza oven? Il Podere further dazzles guests with an indoor basketball court, theater, and sauna. Starting at $2,500/night on Luxury Retreats.
Strawberry Park 313
From the outside, this classic log lodge exudes cozy comfort, but charming details inside take the mountainous feel to new heights. The interior features whimsical woodwork, rare Western artwork, and memorabilia around every corner. The attention to detail that went into crafting the six-bedroom home is obvious in the stonework in the hearth room, rock-encased tubs, custom cowboy bar, and teepee-themed fire pit outside. Starting at $4,000/night on Airbnb.
With a cozy lodge interior and smart-home technology, this opulent, ski-in/ski-out Telluride Ski Resort mansion possesses a commanding view of the San Sophia Ridgeline. Don’t return from the slopes too pooped to enjoy your not-so-humble abode: It also has an indoor bowling alley, movie theater, sauna, hot tub, arcade, billiard table, exercise room, and more. Starting at $6,742/night on Telluride Rentals.
Broadmoor Estate House
Travel back in time—without giving up your streaming video—with a stay in this historic estate just steps from one of Colorado’s most iconic resorts. Designed by esteemed architect Thomas MacLaren in the 1920s and expanded in the 1930s, the five-bedroom house boasts 12,000 exquisite square feet, replete with original woodwork and art. Entertain guests in the lavish 60-seat grand parlor, cook for family in the gourmet kitchen, or enjoy Colorado’s fresh air with a game of croquet on the spacious, lush lawn. Price on request, Cuvée.
Skip the I-70 traffic and head north to Falconhead Grande, where two private homes are strategically perched to frame sweeping views of the ski area. The lodge has 10 bedrooms and can accommodate large parties while still maintaining privacy. More than 14,000 square feet of open-plan design offer space to share stories around the fireplace, chat over meals cooked in a professionally equipped kitchen, play pool in the rec room, or chill in the hot tubs. Starting at $2,830/ night on VRBO.