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

The Rock Resorts Spa at Arrabelle • Vail

Go here for: Natural elegance. Completed in 2008, the Arrabelle complex at Vail Square is part of the RockResorts luxury vacation brand—and the spa is perhaps the best example of the high-end, yet approachable mountain vibe the Arrabelle aims for. The light stone tiling and wood finishes are calming, and the neutral tones feel in sync with the high-country scenery. The spacious locker rooms (plush robes and slippers await in your locker) are decked out with steam rooms, saunas, and all the extras you could ask for. But the most alluring part is the generously sized (gender-specific) whirlpool lounge; the women’s pool is shrouded in sheer floor-to-ceiling curtains that give the whole area a sanctuary-within-a-sanctuary feel. We recommend taking a soak and stretching out on a chaise lounge after your appointment to induce that I-could-so-fall-asleep-right-now sensation.

Get pampered with: The Gemstone Fusion Aromatherapy Massage ($235). One-up your usual Swedish rubdown with this soothing 80-minute treatment, which aims to realign your body’s energy and balance. Your therapist will rub a variety of gemstones and herbal oils over your skin to elicit a calming effect. The gemstones are a pleasant contrast to the therapist’s muscle-work and stimulate your body’s flow in a different way than traditional massage.

The little things: We love personal lockers at any spa, but carrying your key around the spa—especially if your robe doesn’t have pockets? Mildly annoying. That’s why we were thrilled to find digital key codes on the lockers here. Nothing to keep track of when you’re drifting from the whirlpool to the massage table to the steam room.

Above and beyond: After your treatment, your therapist will drop you in the relaxation room and hand you a dish of coconut sorbet to enjoy while you relish your last few minutes of robe-cloaked bliss. It’s a thoughtful, refreshing interlude before you re-enter the real world. 

Schedule it: 970-754-7754, arrabelle.rockresorts.com/spa/index.asp