Destination Spa Guide

Even if you’ve just driven up the hill for a quick weekend away from Denver, there’s something about visiting a spa on vacation that seems especially indulgent. We scouted out a range of high-country spas—you know, for some extra encouragement to schedule that appointment you were already dreaming about. Plus, we revisit some tried-and-true urban favorites, scope out spas with a twist, and give you the 411 on spa etiquette. Go ahead. Get pampered. You deserve it.

November 2012

Allegría Spa • Beaver Creek

Go here for: A decadent nature-inspired sanctuary. The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek underwent a $20 million renovation in 2006, which included doubling the spa’s size to a two-story, 30,000-square-foot haven of tranquility made for an après-ski visit. The 23 treatment rooms include three couples’ suites, and the open, loftlike lobby, fitness center, salon, and luxurious locker rooms are airy and inviting.

Get pampered with: The Ginger Peach Cure ($275). It’s not easy on the wallet, but this signature treatment will dissolve your worries like nothing else you can think of—because everything you can think of is included in this sumptuous deluge of the senses. From start to finish of this hour-and-40-minute therapy, you’ll feel alternately invigorated, rejuvenated, and utterly relaxed as your therapist tends to skin needs you never knew you had. The methodology: scrub to buff your skin; Swiss shower rinse (like surround-sound, but with shower spray); full-body massage; warm body wrap; tension-relieving neck and scalp massage. The ingredients: Fresh ground ginger, orange peel, raw sugar, honey, jojoba, and ginger butter give your body a boost while the accompanying exotic scents melt away your stress. 

Standout amenity: Allegría’s five-step hydrotherapy regimen is modeled on ancient Roman baths—but there’s nothing ancient about the soothing mineral pools and scented steam rooms, which you can enjoy at your leisure (allow at least an hour) before or after your treatment. Alternating between hot and cold temperatures to invigorate and relax your muscles before massage, the self-guided progression through the Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary will take you from the coed jetted thermae pool with cascading mini-waterfalls—which raises your core temperature to increase circulation and metabolism—to the gender-specific caldarium mineral pools (for energizing) to a cooling rain shower (for body temp transition). Then, step into the caldarium steam room, where an ethereal lighting effect and wintergreen scented steam will wipe out lingering stress and recharge your senses. Wrap up with a nap in the lavender-scented tepidarium, where you can decompress in the contoured heated chaise lounges.

Smart deal: A $55 day pass will grant you access to the full spectrum of Aqua Sanitas (plus facilities and a group fitness class) without booking a treatment. Staying nearby for the week? $150 gets you a weeklong pass and three fitness classes. 

Schedule it: 970-748-7500, allegriaspa.com