Anyone who has watched the HBO hit series WestWorld now knows that Utah is stunningly beautiful. That's the reason Utah has so many excellent spas, especially for people who love the great outdoors and hiking, biking, horseback riding and skiing. There's lots of public land -- 65% of the state is federally owned. And if you love to ski, head up north to Park City, Deer Valley and Sundance. This list of the best spas in Utah includes two destination spas as well as luxury hotels and resort spas.
Starting in the southwestern corner of the state, just two hours from Las Vegas, Nevada, Red Mountain Resort & Spa is known for its a stellar hiking program. Every morning three groups of hikers head out, grouped by speed and difficulty, with a guide to match the fastest and slowest guest in each group, so everyone is happy. Usually you drive to a nearby hiking spot, but Red Mountain also runs special excursions to the awe-inspiring Zion National Park, just an hour away and well worth the trip.
Red Mountain is a wellness spa and range of services includes nutritional counseling, cardiovascular metabolic analysis, acupuncture, chiropractic, hypnosis, and energy reading. It has great spa cuisine and good wine to go with it.
Best of all, the prices are down to earth: The Red Mountain Essential nightly rate starts around $300, and that includes meals, hikes, and exercise classes. 1275 East Red Mountain Circle, Ivins, Utah. Tel. 877-246-4453. Type: Destination spa:
Right on the edge of both town and public lands, Green Valley Spa is also known for its daily morning hikes, with two levels of group hiking or the option of a private guide. Green Valley has has three-day tennis camps, and a Red Rock Golf Center offers video/computer analysis to help golfers take their game to the next level.
It has also expanded its wellness packages to include bioidentical hormone balancing, weight-loss, stress-relief, and reawakening the senses. It's close in price to nearby Red Mountain, but you can use it as a destination spa, with all meals and classes or you can stay overnight and go a la carte. Contact: 1871 West Canyon View Drive, Tel 800-237-1068.
This is the place to come to explore the landscape WestWorld, which was filmed nearby in Castle Valley. Arches National Park is one the most beautiful and dramatic places on earth, with 2,000 natural sandstone arches sculpted by the forces of nature. And just a half-hour from the park entrance, right on the Colorado River, is the rustic luxury of Sorrel River Ranch on 160 acres surrounded by untouched, pristine federal lands. All 55 rooms and suites offer views either of the beautiful mountain rust-red sandstone mountain or the Colorado River.
Most guests stay here for three to four days and use it as a base to explore Arches and the other nearby national park, Canyonlands. The resort specializes in planning activities, and has its own Adventure Concierge to help you arrange horseback rides, hikes, national park excursions, mountain biking (Moab is famous for this), even hot air balloon rides and skydiving.
To calm down, the spa offers six kinds of massage in a very pared down menu. Daily amenities include a yoga class from late spring to autumn, walking meditation and tours of the 1.5 acres of organic garden, which supplies the produce for the River Grill Restaurant. Room rates start at $389 in low season (winter) and $529 in high season. Contact: 877-317-8244 or 435-259-4642.
This ultra-expensive, small, modernist resort on 600 acres near the Arizona border and Lake Powell for 1%-ers who wwant to get away from it all. Amangiri is built in front of a cliff, so that its 34 luxury suites blend seamlessly into the landscape. The 25,000 square-foot spa is stunning, with a stone-lined step pool offering magnificent desert views and reflects the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water.
No request is too small, too outlandish -- hot air balloon rides at dawn, horseback riding through the canyons, tours with geologists or archeologists. Experiences range from tours with Navajo guides at slot canyons and Monument Valley to storytelling and ritual dances.
Dining is a big part of the experience here, and tables look out through floor-to-ceiling windows over the ever-changing colours of the desert. Aman destinations are renowned for space and privacy and most are in Asia. There are only two in the United States: Amangiri in Utah and Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rates start at $1,400 in low season (winter) and $2,000 in high season. 1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, Utah. 435-675-3999. Type: Luxury hotel spa.
Sundance Mountain Resort is the quieter alternative to the big ski resorts of nearby Park City. Robert Redford built this environmentally sensitive resort, and started a famous film festival that means, at least ten nights a year, you can't book a room.
Set on 5,000 acres at the base of Mt. Timpanagos, the resort is a grouping of picture-perfect cabins set among old growth pines. It's a year-round resort, though demand is highest during ski season. The property has three lifts and a network of trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Spa at Sundance is inspired by the Sioux concept of Hocoka -- restoring your peaceful inner balance -- and has natural treatments such as the honey and cornmeal body wrap. Lodging guests enjoy daily complimentary Sundance yoga and meditation classes.
One of the special aspect of Sundance Mountain Resort is the Art Studio, where you can spend two hours in workshop on jewelry making, wheel-thrown pottery, watercolor, acrylic or oil painting, printmaking, photography or drawing. All the workshops and classes are open to both resort guests and day visitors. Type: resort spa. Contact: 801-225- 4107
Named after Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal skier Stein Eriksen and nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, Stein Eriksen Lodge is a European getaway in the heart of Park City. Guests enjoy ski-in/ski-out access, and a 23,000-square foot with over 16 treatment rooms, including two couple’s treatment rooms with private showers, tubs, and relaxation suite with a fireplace.
Separate relaxation rooms for men and women include access to a sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge. Additional specialty rooms include two Vichy wet treatment rooms, manicure/pedicure stations and separate salon for hair and makeup. There are complimentary fitness class, including yoga, cardio and toning, for guests. 7700 Stein Way, Park City, Utah. Tel. 435-649-3700 or 800-453-1302. Type: resort spa.
This high-end, American craftsman-style ski-in/ski-out resort is 3.8 miles from the center of Park City. One, two and three-bedroom suites offer separate living areas and some have full kitchens and dining rooms. Spa Montage built its reputation in California on excellence in treatment design and therapist training, and brought their same high standards here.
Spa Montage’s fitness facilities offer cardiovascular and strength-training options, exercise classes, postural assessment and advanced nutritional guidance and individual wellness assessments, training and counseling.
The 35,000 square-foot spa has beautifully appointed treatment rooms, an indoor mosaic lap pool with breathtaking views, and his and hers relaxation rooms warmed by the crackling fire. It delivers tranquility in many forms – a rejuvenating treatment, a stress-melting soak in an outdoor hot tub, a Vichy shower, a deep-tissue massage or perhaps Montage’s signature Elements of Wellness retreat, in which a selection of spa services are customized exclusively for you. Type: resort spa. Contact: 435-604-1400