From atop the mountain to the bubbling hot springs, here are our five favorite romantic places to stay in Colorado. Sweep your partner off his or her feet with these hotels so sexy you won't even want to leave your room.
The Broadmoor's Cloud Camp
Colorado Springs' Broadmoor hotel may get a lot of attention for its swan-filled lake, charming bridge and elegantly appointed rooms. And no doubt, Broadmoor beautifully blends sexy with luxurious. Just strolling around that lake at sunset is enough to make your heart flutter.
But the smaller, private Cloud Camp perched 3,000 feet above the Broadmoor has love on lock. Stay in a luxurious, private cabin on the mountain overlooking Colorado Springs. Dine in the rustic yet sophisticated hall, with a meal prepared by a private chef. All beverages and food included.
After your fireside meal, retreat to one of the private, wooden hot tubs tucked in the middle of the woods. A hand-held stroll along the forest path to a bubbling tub overlooking the city's lights will set the perfect mood. Take it to the next level and request a night's stay in the old firehouse on the tip-top of the mountain. There's no better view — maybe anywhere in the state.
The Oxford Hotel
One of the most historic hotels in Denver, the Oxford Hotel, is cozy and sultry, perfect for a time-traveling escape within the bustling city. The lush lobby sets the scene for the guest rooms, which seamlessly bring antique charm into comfort. Grab a cocktail in the red-illuminated Cruise Room on the main floor, and book a couple's massage in the on-site spa. Another especially lovely treatment is a milk bath in a clawfoot tub.
This part of downtown feels like it's a snapshot of another time period. Prepare to fall in love, not just with each other but also with the city.
The Oxford is a short walk to the historic Union Station, too, which houses some great bars, restaurants and shops, not to mention vintage train benches and decor worthy of a couple's photo shoot.
If you're itching to journey overseas but don't have the time or resources, pop into the Sonnenalp right in the heart of downtown Vail and you'll feel like you've been transported to the Alps.
The rooms here are Euro-sexy, with dark, thick, exposed beams and spacious, mirror-lined bathrooms. The spa is one of the best in Vail Valley, with a beautiful indoor-outdoor pool, fresh spa water and tea easily accessible and multiple hot tubs, both inside and out. Sit in the bubbling, warm water with a cup of tea while snowflakes drift around you.
The Sonnenalp truly feels like it was plucked out of Germany or Switzerland, down to the wall hangings and bedding. It's ideal for the couple who craves an overseas adventure without leaving the state.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort is where to go to spoil your loved one. Rooms are sleek and contemporary and appointed with a personal butler to handle your ironing and unpacking. Order a signature bloody Mary bar to be delivered to your room and mix and match your drinks while in bed, with oversized windows overlooking the city.
In warmer weather, request a handmade picnic basket to go and go for a stroll along the river or through the John Denver memorial gardens. Then grab a drink downtown and wander past the shops on the cobblestone walking mall.
If a romantic ski vacation in the winter is what you seek, St. Regis is located just steps from Aspen's famous ski slopes.
For dinner, award-winning Trecento Quindici simply can't be beat. Food is mouthwatering and service is impressive; you can even expect a "crumber" to keep the crumbs from building up on the white tablecloths. The food here is exquisite. It's contemporary, handmade Italian (can you say "Lady and the Tramp?"). Dine in tall, dramatic chairs and feel like royalty.
End your day at the Remede Aspen Spa, in the stone grotto with waterfalls you can sit under. Request a glass of champagne and book a couple's treatment.
The Springs Resort and Spa
There's something about water that's perfect for a romantic excursion, and the Springs Resort and Spa in Pagosa Springs centers around water. Unwind in its many natural hot springs of varying temps, including adult-only ones and small, private baths.
Our favorite is the hot springs located on the other side of a narrow bridge over water, tucked under the shelf of a rocky wall. Alcohol is sold here, so you can let the mineral waters wash your aches and cares away, while toasting to a beautiful night to come.
Watch the roaring river (or frozen, depending on the time of year) that edges the hot springs spa. Retreat to the eco-friendly resort, which offers a variety of different styles of rooms, including romantic suites with luxurious bedding and a rain shower, just a few steps away from the hot springs.