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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 Spa at Viceroy Snowmass • Snowmass

Go here for: A luxury experience steeped in Ute Indian tradition. From the rich earth tones and soothing water features to the candlelit ambience and your choice of background music, much of this spa is rooted in Ute philosophy—an homage to a simple, reverent way of life devoted to spiritual awakening. The 7,000-square-foot space opened with the Viceroy in 2009 and has been lulling its typically on-the-go clients into a state of blissful hibernation ever since. Just sitting in the relaxation lounge—a room of browns, golds, and beiges with slate-colored stone accents, flowing drapes, a dramatic antler chandelier, and a soothing water feature—is like being dreamily suspended between the Ute world of natural harmony and a modern vision of crisp elegance. 

Get pampered with: The Ute Sun Dance Ritual ($340). Yes, this signature two-hour service will set you back more than three bills, but what you get in return is an ultimate body-and-soul transformation. The spa refers to it as a “treatment interpretation” of one of the Utes’ oldest and most important ceremonies, meant to breathe new life into the body. You’ll start with a hot salt soak (purifying), followed by a red clay body mask (detoxifying), hot oil scalp treatment (de-stressing), shea butter full-body massage (nourishing), and additional hand and foot treatments (these just feel really good). Listen for traditional Ute Sun Dance music throughout your experience.

The little things: The staff wants each client to experience a journey, and thoughtful extra touches along the way help usher you along. After a complimentary antioxidant-rich blueberry elixir shot upon arrival, you’ll enjoy an aromatic hand/neck towel—steaming or chilled, depending on the weather—a taste of bubbly on the house, and a foot cleanse in a copper basin before your treatment. Each service is accompanied by a free-of-charge aromatherapy upgrade with your choice of scent, a handpicked tea pairing, and green-tea-infused dark chocolate. You’ll also leave your treatment with a randomly selected “inspiration stone” imprinted with a single impactful word (such as “gratitude” or “create” or “transform”) to symbolize the completion of your journey.

Schedule it: 970-923-8007, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass

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