Mountain Mindfulness: Find Year-Round Bliss on a Rocky Mountain Spa RetreatBy Abbie Mood
Most of the time, mountain towns are associated with outdoor adventures like skiing and hiking. But they’re also perfect places for a weekend of pampering. The best part? You won’t have to sacrifice luxury just because you’re in a small town.
Here are seven of our favorite resort spas in the West that offer blissful experiences in gorgeous mountain settings — any time of year. For maximum relaxation, remember to check for any local restrictions or closures before you arrive.
Steam Caves, a Waterfall and an On-Property Pup in Aspen
The St. Regis Aspen Resort has everything you could imagine when it comes to the perfect wellness retreat.
Nestled at the foot of Aspen Mountain, close to downtown, the resort is home to one of the 100 best restaurants in the country (according to Time magazine), and the Remède Spa offers an oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs and a beautiful waterfall. This cozy sanctuary was even named the number one hotel spa in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2014.
If you run into a Bernese mountain dog during your stay, that’s Kitty Jacob Astor II, the first-ever property dog. He is named after St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV’s dog.
Feel Pampered with an In-Room Massage in Mammoth
Situated on the edge of Mammoth Village just steps from the Village Gondola Station, The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth, is a wonderful home base for a wellness vacation. Offering access to tons of hiking trails and one of the longest ski seasons in North America, the resort is just one mile away from two great spas. If you’d prefer to stay put, the concierge can arrange for an in-suite massage from a local masseuse. A heated outdoor pool and hot tubs mean you can take a soothing dip any time of year.
Check in for Superior Service and Pampering in Deer Valley
For the ultimate luxury experience, look no further than The St. Regis Deer Valley. The AAA Five Diamond resort offers exclusive ski-in/ski-out privileges to Deer Valley Resort and is known for its superior guest service. And when it comes to relaxation, you’ll have plenty of options.
Relax in the outdoor heated pool with views of pine-covered hillsides or head inside to the 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa. From the reflecting pool to the grand spiral staircase that leads to the treatment rooms, the atmosphere fosters a sense of tranquility from the moment you walk through the door. Try the Deep Sleep Journey for the best night’s sleep of your life or the Diamond Rose Ritual for an exfoliation that includes actual diamond dust.
Seek Out the “Divine” in Vail
Sitting on the Eagle River with direct access to the Riverfront Express Gondola, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley is home to the 24,000-square-foot Spa Anjali. The spa has been listed in the Top 25 U.S. Spas by Conde Nast Traveler, was named a Favorite Green Spa by American Spa Magazine, and was also named a Top Green Spa by Organic Spa Magazine.
Anjali — which means “divine offering” in Sanskrit — offers three unique and distinct experiences that draw from three mountain regions around the world. An Aroma Journey Massage brings in remedies from the Alps, while a Himalayan Abhyanga Massage and Shirodhara uses ancient techniques. Or book a Ponderosa Pine Therapy session inspired by the flora of the Rocky Mountains.
Go for the Gold and Get Château-Chic in Vail
If you’ve always wanted to stay in a European château, Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is the place for you. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Golden Leaf Spa offers nine different massage options, 10 types of facials and nail services for men and women, all inspired by nature.
If your skin is feeling dry from the altitude, try a hydrating shea butter wrap, or lift your spirits with a lemongrass massage. Book a package for a full day of pampering and relaxation.
Elevate Your Couples Massage with a Copper Tub Experience in Tahoe
The first and only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has a prime location mid-mountain and a 17,000-square-foot, slope-side spa.
Book a seasonal treatment like a warming winter scrub with coffee, almond oil and warming essential oils, or stop by the on-site dry-heat lodge or eucalyptus steam room. Add the Copper Tub Experience to any couples massage for an indulgent experience for two in a private tub.
Reach Peak Serenity Near Vail
Less than a 20-minute drive from Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Bachelor Gulch. Situated on the edge of the wilderness on Beaver Creek Mountain, the resort’s spa is outfitted with 19 treatment rooms, rock-lined grottos, steam rooms and saunas — all of which set the stage for an inspirational journey.
Get close to the region’s natural elements with a Miner’s Mineral Mud Wrap, which utilizes activated charcoal mud foraged from the depths of Colorado’s mines and is renowned for its powerful detoxifying properties. Or treat yourself to a River Stone Massage — a therapeutic and rejuvenating experience designed to soothe aching muscles and aid in relaxation.