6 Pieces to the Perfect Mother's Day — Luxury Travel Style

Spoil yo' mama at the Ritz

Club Lounge in Ritz-Carlton, Denver

The Ritz-Carlton in Denver offers a kids’ spa program. So you can celebrate with a day at the spa, sitting next to your biggest fan.

The youth offerings are among a long list of spa features at this Denver luxury icon.

In the past few years, the Ritz renovated the entire spa, added another Ritz-exclusive gym on site and polished up the guest rooms. Elway’s, the famous on-site steakhouse, also got a shiny new look. 

It all adds up to the perfect Mother’s Day, a great Mother’s Day gift or just a lovely excursion in the most up-and-coming part of downtown.

Here are the six pieces to putting together a perfect day of pampering at the Ritz-Carlton Denver, and some inside tips to help you get the most out of your experience. 

1. For Mother’s Day

What you’ll experience: The Ritz organizes an annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the hotel, complete with flower bouquet making, portraits, balloon art and an elaborate brunch buffet (with carving stations, cheese and charcuterie displays, a raw bar and more) in the ballroom.

What makes it special: The Build Your Own Bouquet flower experience on the plaza level is a tradition that many moms look forward to.

Try this: For dessert, pick from French macaroons to a salted caramel banana tart to (wait for it) mini chocolate ding dongs.

Inside tip: Call 303-312-3133 to make a reservation and get more info on tickets.

2. The kids' program

What you’ll experience: A full menu of spa treatments specially created for kids, such as a honey lavender mani-pedi. Pre-teens and teens can even get facials. All kids can get their hair styled on site, too. Stretch out on comfortable white recliners next to your mini and enjoy getting pampered.

What makes it special: The Ritz spa is well known as one of the best in Denver and it boasts many awards, making it a great place for spa newbies, but also spa lovers with the highest of standards.

Try this: See if you can order chocolates from Elway’s restaurant to indulge in while you soak your toes. Consider getting matching manis for Mother’s Day.

Inside tip: Kids can’t use the locker rooms, whirlpool or sauna, so you don’t need to arrive as early as you would for an adult-only spa treatment. This keeps the locker rooms peaceful for other guests.

3. The spa

What you’ll experience: A nicely renovated spa with access to a nearby fitness center with fitness classes, as well as a Ritz-only fitness center. In this gym, guests can strength-train and work out on treadmills or ellipticals with built-in TVs, using complementary earphones and sipping on chilled bottled water.

What makes it special: The spa is a full-service Forbes Four-Star Spa. It claims to be the first spa in Denver to offer beer-infused spa treatments. It also claims to be the only spa in downtown with a vichy shower, which is like a waterfall treatment.

Try this: Arrive early to take a dip in the whirlpool and spend time in the steam room, which is great to combat Colorado’s dry air. If you miss Mother’s Day at the spa, head over for a Martinis & Massage Monday, where you get a free martini and 20 percent off a massage.

Inside tip: Spa guests get free valet parking. This is invaluable in this part of town.

4. The suites

What you’ll experience: If you’ve stayed in Denver’s Ritz before, prepare for a new experience. In place of the redder tones, rooms have been renovated with cool blues and grays. Other features: 400-thread-count Frette linens, a featherbed down comforter, NFL Network in all rooms and 47-inch Smart high-def TVs. Forty-seven of the Ritz’s 202 rooms are suites, which is a pretty big percentage, compared with other hotels. Suites here start around 1,000 square feet and go up.

What makes it special: The Ritz-Carlton in Denver is a six-time recipient of the coveted AAA Five-Diamond award, the longest running in the Mile High City, and is ranked Four-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide.

Try this: Get a suite on the club level and at the end of the hallway, with an entire wall of windows that make you feel like you’re sleeping on an actual cloud.

Inside tip: You can get turndown service twice daily. 

5. The club level

What you’ll experience: This is like a luxury hotel within a luxury hotel. The ultra Ritz-Carlton. Guests who are in the know can pay a premium (usually around $100-$150 a person) to get access to this special level (the 12th floor), where incredible food and drinks are served all day, complementary to those with access.

That means Americanos and bloody Marys for breakfast and wine and cocktails for dinner, and everything in between. Although you won’t get full plates of food here, the offerings are robust and tasty, so you could totally skip dinner and graze here all evening.

This, plus dessert and drinks, no taxis or covers, no lines and long waits, will quickly reveal to you that the club level premium may not actually be a luxury, but the smart and financially savvy way to go.

What makes it special: In addition to the selection, you get to dine with some of the best views in the city. The club level’s windows wind around the dining area with a view across the whole city. The club even has TVs, games, a candy bar and cookies (including gluten-free). Did we mention this level offers the Sunday Ticket?  

Try this: Arrive at the tail end of dinnertime bites and stay long enough for dessert. If you’re lucky, look for mini cheesecake bites accented by a tiny little plastic tube. It’s filled with an unbelievable lemon liquid that you’re supposed to squeeze into your mouth upon finishing your cheesecake. It takes something already as perfect as cheesecake to a new level.

Inside tip: It’s polite to still tip, even though the club level is all-inclusive. The high level of service this level is known for will make it hard for you to forget.

6. Elway’s

What you’ll experience: Elway’s, named after the legendary Denver Bronco’s quarterback, is one of Colorado’s favorite places to get USDA prime steaks.

What makes it special: With a butcher on site, all meat is cut here, so you can often find some unique cuts, like a bone-in ribeye. You can also often spot celebrities dining here. 

Try this: Although Elway’s is known for its dinner, brunch is legit here, too. Try the chicken fried steak burrito, made with prime tenderloin and green chili sausage gravy, or the Eggs Acapulco, which is
Elway’s version of a breakfast burrito with green chili and topped with guac. Or, in true Elway’s style, opt for steak and eggs — with a 7-ounce tenderloin. 

Inside tip: Valet is free for people dining here. Order an Elway’s Steak Seasoning to bring home. It’s a secret blend of 38 spices.

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