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

Close to Home
When you need a pampering sesh pronto—as in, after work—these six spas are our go-tos in central Denver. —Lindsey B. Koehler

1/ Woodhouse Day Spa

941 E. 17th Ave., 303-813-8488, denver.woodhousespas.com

Ambience: The three-story, historic home-turned-spa in Uptown has a light vibe that's not too sickly sweet.

Try: The Organic Sugar Scrub pedicure ($60). 

Zen Factor (out of 10): 7

2/ Spa Universaire

475 W. 12th Ave., 303-629-9070, spauniversaire.com

Ambience: Spa U’s 3,100 square feet of space aren’t flashy or over-the-top, but its treatments are always spot-on.

Try: The integrative massage ($80). 

Zen Factor: 6

3/ The Spa at the Brown Palace 

321 17th St., 303-312-8940, brownpalacespa.com

Ambience: Much like the storied hotel itself, the two-floor spa has elegant detailing and feels just a bit more special than your average day spa.

Try: The Brown Palace Signature Wrap ($165). 

Zen Factor: 7 

4/ The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver

1881 Curtis St., 303-312-3800, ritzcarlton.com

Ambience: Neutral tones, dark woods, and clean lines complement a menu that draws heavily from nature.

Try: The Aspen Leaf Renewal Facial ($104–$130). 

Zen Factor: 8

 5/ Indulgences Day Spa

3456 W. 32nd Ave., 303-561-0566, indulgencesdayspa.com

Ambience: Squeezed into a funky little Victorian in Highlands Square, Indulgences is a no-frills spot to visit for your everyday spa-ing needs.

Try: A bikini wax ($25–$55). 

Zen Factor: 5 

6/ The Four Seasons Hotel Denver Spa

1111 14th St., 303-389-3020, fourseasons.com/denver/spa

Ambience: The definition of luxury with every perk you could want. 

Try: The Rocky Mountain hot stone massage ($125). 

Zen Factor: 9