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 Lodge & Spa at Cordillera • Edwards

Go here for: A true escape from the daily grind. The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera perches on a high bluff and overlooks the Vail Valley and Sawatch Range, a few miles up a winding mountain road off U.S. 6 in Edwards. The property mimics a Belgian chateau with its cozy European aesthetic, but it’s the forget-your-worries-because-you’re-on-top-of-the-world feeling that makes the lodge so compelling. The unparalleled views from the spa’s outdoor spaces aren’t bad either. The stately elegance of the spa’s interior evokes an exclusive country club vibe, with rich brown leathers, low lighting, and an overstuffed-chair-by-the-fireplace ambience.

Get pampered with: The Honey-Lavender Milk Hand & Foot Renewal ($70/manicure, $90/pedicure). It doesn’t much matter what you treat yourself with at this mountaintop oasis—everything on the spa menu is divine—but if you’re booking on a warm-weather day, go with some sort of nail therapy so you’ll have an excuse to wander from the cushy mani-pedi chairs out onto the stone patio, where you can kick back at a quaint wrought-iron table with a beverage and let the mountain breeze dry your nails.

Biggest draw: The breathtaking setting. The patio—complete with outdoor pool and hot tub—offers expansive mountainscape views of peaks and valleys dotted with magnificent homes below. You’ll feel like you’ve landed somewhere in the bucolic countryside of the Swiss Alps instead of a few minutes from the I-70 corridor.

Schedule it: 970-569-6359, cordilleralodge.com/spa