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.
Five treatments with a little extra “spirit.”
For… the beer buff
Try the… Mile High Malt Scrub & Microbrew Massage ($200) through November, the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver; ritzcarlton.com
Because… you get a Great Divide brew to drink before and after your scrub of malt and rice ale, a mask infused with stout, and a massage using the foam of the Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout.
For… the wino
Try the… Vin Chaud Indulgence ($295), the RockResorts Spa at the Arrabelle, Vail; arrabelle.rockresorts.com/spa/index.asp
Because… a vino-therapy massage with wine extracts and Pinot Noir body cream and a mini-facial with scents of the vineyard will satisfy your grape craving, as will the complimentary glass of wine.
For… the bourbon taster
Try the… Bourbon Bubbler Scrub ($70), Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash; devilsthumbranch.com
Because… this brown sugar and bourbon combo buffs up your skin and evokes gingersnap and pecan aromas before a dose of bourbon and rice bran oil finish off your glow.
For… the bubbly drinker
Try the… Champagne DiVine Wrap ($135), Keystone Spa, Keystone; keystoneresort.com
Because… therapists will soften up your exterior with a champagne sugar scrub followed by an herbal cellulite mask; it’ll end with a deep-tissue massage with mimosa body lotion for a "sparkling" finish.
For… the whiskey connoisseur
Try the… Men’s Facial ($100), Alpine Spa and Salon, Breckenridge; alpinespaandsalon.com
Because… even guys need to brighten up their looks sometimes, and a relaxing and aromatic string of facial massages using a blend of Scotch whiskey malt extracts and essential oils seems like a good way to go.