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.
Atmosphere Spa • Telluride
Go here for: A convenient and charming après-ski experience. Although it’s located inside the Camel’s Garden Hotel at the base of the gondola, this intimate spa looks more like the interior of a pleasant home than a facility you’d find attached to a major hotel. With its bamboo hardwood floors, muted color scheme, and modern lounge furniture, the space is appealing but not overwhelming—someplace you could pop into for a quick treatment before or after you hit the slopes, depending on your needs.
Get pampered with: The Holistic Green Coffee Wrap ($175). If you’ve ever been on vacation and woken up feeling a bit lethargic from all the fun, you know how nice it is to shake off the cobwebs. If you happen to be in Telluride, this wrap is your answer. The green coffee detoxifies, hydrates, and energizes you before Telluride’s only Vichy shower (a multi-headed shower that sprays warm water over you while you remain on the treatment table) washes away the vestiges of your wrap. The finishing aromatherapy massage will leave you ready to take on the world—or at least the rest of your vacation—again.
The little things: On a recent visit, a platter of cookies beckoned from the mani-pedi room, giving the entire spa an inviting, friendly vibe that was hard to resist. Sweets while our toes get the royal treatment? Yes, please.
Bonus: Renting a condo in Telluride? Can’t make it to the spa? Worry not—an Atmosphere therapist will come to your room. Just tack on a $25 travel fee per trip, and you can bliss out with a Swedish, deep tissue, or aromatherapy massage in the privacy of your own digs.
Schedule it: 970-728-0630, telluridespa.com