After the ski lifts close for the season, and mountain resort towns enjoy a break from most visitors before the summer crowds descend, you’ll typically find great discounts on treatments at local hotel and day spas. This spring, consider checking out some of my Colorado favorites:
This spa at the slopeside Viceroy Snowmass earns high marks for its incredibly soothing relaxation lounge. Two gurgling water features, an impressive antler chandelier (dimly lit), comfortable chaise lounges, chenille blankets and a complimentary foot bath all set the scene for pure bliss. The last time I visited, I was offered a welcome glass of champagne and raspberry chocolate, too. (What else does a girl need?) My only caveat for this spa – which offers a host of treatments based on Ute Indian, Nordic and Asian rituals – is that the women’s locker room only has one shower. (I don’t love having to wait to rinse off after soaking in the hot tub.)
The St. Regis Aspen’s Remede Spa also has some fabulous amenities and relaxation areas – in particular, a co-ed soaking pool with waterfall. In the women’s locker room, there’s a steam “cave,” cool multi-jet shower and hot tub. The locker room itself is huge, with plenty of elbow room for multiple female guests. Small touches – such as heated massage tables and heated rods on which to hang your robe during your treatment – are worth noting. Take time to kick back in the oxygen lounge, where you’re offered complimentary oxygen after your treatment – particularly helpful if you’re visiting the mountains from sea level.
Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Springs
It’s no wonder the Spa of the Rockies focuses on hydrotherapy and healing mineral-based treatments – it’s located adjacent in the historic bathhouse at the Glenwood Hot Springs, whose pool is the largest outdoor mineral springs pool in the world! The relaxation room at the spa actually faces the pool – you can see swimming guests, but they can’t see you, as you nibble on dried fruit and sip herbal tea. I love the private, claw-footed soaking tubs, where you can enjoy a soothing mineral bath. A favorite treatment is the Mineral Massage, where a gel with 34 minerals is massaged in the skin, accompanied by moist heat therapy for back and shoulders.
The Spa at the Peaks, Telluride
The expansive 42,000-square-foot Spa at The Peaks Resort is a vast playground for spa enthusiasts. Plan to spend at least a few hours at the spa, in addition to your treatment time, to experience multiple dry saunas, Roman Tubs, Jacuzzis and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms – both gender specific and co-ed. Work out with a lap swim in one of two pools, or check out the state-of-the-art equipment in the fitness center. Relax in either the Meditation Lounge or the Oxygen Inhalation Room (oxygen costs extra). If it’s lunchtime and you can’t bear to leave, order a light meal off the spa menu.