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.
Elevation Spa • Mt. Crested Butte
Go here for: A mid-ski respite from the cold right off the slopes. Enjoy expansive views of Crested Butte as you check into the 11,000-square-foot spa and fitness center in the Elevation Hotel, and the usual amenities—robe, spa sandals, lockers—will help you cozy up before your appointment. With nine updated and tech-savvy treatment rooms, three tranquility lounges, and ski-in/ski-out access, this is a break worth taking.
Get pampered with: The Aroma Massage ($125). This 50-minute aromatherapy massage (choose from scents that are uplifting, detoxifying, muscle recharging, or anti-stress) offers long soothing strokes and just enough time to sink into the table, which is pleasantly heated to take the chill out of your bones. Tip: Don’t skip the showers; the rain-style showerheads offer additional rejuvenation that will tempt you to rinse for an hour.
Standout amenity: Two “wet rooms” are equipped for hydrotherapy, or water-focused services such as seaweed wraps and body polishes that require rinsing.
Guest perk: If you’re staying at the Elevation Hotel, treat yourself to an “outcall massage” and choose from a menu of massages to be executed right in your room.
Schedule it: 970-251-3500, elevationspa.com