A visit to the spa can be an important part of maintaining your overall health, especially if you're planning a wellness getaway to Colorado. You'll be happy to find that the state is home to some very reputable spas with unique treatments designed to reduce stress and improve circulation, among other health benefits. Here's where to go for the best experience at one of Colorado's nine most luxurious spas.
The upscale ski town of Vail is a great wellness destination and home to one of Colorado’s top spas: the Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.
The Four Seasons’ outdoor pool and hot tubs provide dramatic views of the ski slopes and the resort is ideally located right in the heart of town. The spa itself has a co-ed relaxation lounge and a private patio with a heated floor and cozy fireplace. You can have healthy food delivered right to your chair while you relax post-treatment with a glass of wine.
The spa also has cool plunge pools, a water circuit, dry sauna, a grotto-style hot tub complete with waterfalls, a eucalyptus steam room, and a top-of-the-line fitness center. The decor is inspired by nature, with natural light and earth tones, and treatments use organic ingredients.
Try this: For a mountain-inspired treatment, try the Vail River Stone Massage, a hot stone massage accentuated by evergreen essential oils.
If you want the best spa in Denver, head to the Ritz-Carlton Spa. The recently renovated spa includes a private gym, whirlpool, and steam room, which is a great way to counteract Colorado's dry air. The spa also has a vichy shower, a sort of table waterfall that can be incorporated into treatments.
Try this: A couple’s massage is a romantic way to celebrate any special occasion. Upon request, staff will even scatter rose petals or set up champagne and strawberries in your massage room. The treatment ends with a meal delivered to the spa, which you can enjoy together in your bathrobes.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is also worth highlighting for its impressive spa. The hotel features lovely outdoor pools and jacuzzis, but the 21,000-square-foot spa inside really steals the scene. You can relax in a dim, co-ed grotto, where hot tubs are surrounded by a dramatic cave of rocks. The men’s and women’s locker rooms have smaller grottos, part of a grotto hydrotherapy circuit, complete with a cold plunge pool, eucalyptus essential oil steam room, toasty whirlpool, and shower.
Try this: The Black Diamond Facial uses diamond-infused serums to reduce the appearance of aging and revitalize your skin.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is well-known as one of the state’s most luxurious hotels to stay. The spa includes dry saunas, steam rooms, aromatherapy rooms, and fireplace lounges, as well as a co-ed relaxation room with views of the golf course. After your treatment, go golfing or explore Seven Falls, a beautiful waterfall owned by the Broadmoor.
Try this: The Wine Down treatment utilizes chardonnay’s grapeseed extract, which contains antioxidants. The treatment is hydrating and claims to also be anti-aging. Try a Chardonnay sugar scrub and then a massage with wine therapy oil.
The St. Julien in Boulder is a 10,000-square-foot spa that offers a full-service menu, featuring some of the best nail services in the state. The spa was recently renovated, so it feels fresh and modern and the St. Julien pool and hot tub feature dramatic views of the Flatiron Mountains.
Everything at the spa is personalized, from the fully customizable and one-of-a-kind spa treatments to the products that are made using herbs from the hotel's own garden.
Try this: The Pampered Vegan Treatment involves a vegan body scrub (using pure organic sunflower oil and fine sugar), followed by an essential oil body and scalp massage with wild lime and avocado oil.
The Spa Anjali at the Westin in Avon, near the ski town of Beaver Creek, has earned an international reputation for being one of the best spas in the world. The decor here is inspired by nature, with reclaimed wood and tree branch light fixtures. Even the fitness center, with its oversized windows, brings the inspiration of the outdoors inside. Before your treatment, you can relax in the infinity hot tubs overlooking the river.
Try this: For something unique, book a Chakra Blessing. This spa offers three different “journeys” to choose from, with different treatments and intentions. The Rocky Mountain Journey, for example, incorporates Ponderosa Pine Therapy, which uses ancient Native American remedies and includes deep tissue massage and light stretching, with a heated poultice filled with sage, pine, and lavender.
The historic Brown Palace in downtown Denver is a favorite luxury getaway, especially for people who appreciate architecture, tea, and elegant Victorian influences. The Spa at the Brown Palace, full of personality and known for excellent service, is easy to find, right off the hotel lobby, where you can often see people sipping high tea and champagne. The spa has relaxation rooms and a eucalyptus aromatherapy steam room.
Try this: A couple’s mani-pedi makes for a fun date. After enjoying a champagne brunch and afternoon tea, you'll head to the spa for a foot soak and scrub while sitting in massage chairs. Then, you'll have heat therapy and exfoliating scrubs to leave your hands and feet feeling nice and smooth.
If you’re a spa lover, put this on the top of your list. The Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is one of the best in the world. The spa’s water circuit, Aqua Sanitas, is hydrotherapy at its best, with multiple pools, a Caldarium steam room, a Cascata hurricane shower, and an essential oil-infused relaxation room modeled after ancient Roman baths called a Tepidarium, which features unique heated stone loungers. Aqua Sanitas is free with your service, even though it, alone, outshines many spas best treatments.
Try this: The Colorado Wild Rose Cure signature treatment involves warm rose compresses, a rose shea butter and wildflower body scrub, a lavender bath, a rose-geranium body butter massage, a body wrap, and a scalp massage.
Head here for the ultimate wellness getaway. The Garden of the Gods Club and Resort has it all, including a golf course, pool, and, of course, easy access to the popular Garden of the Gods rock formations. The full-service spa features everything from an herbal sauna and steam room to Italian pedicure chairs and showers inspired by ancient Roman Salude per Aqua.
Try this: The Haslauer Pure Sense Soft Pack Bed is one of the most interesting treatments around. One hour in the Austrian weightless environment bed is said to provide the same benefits as one full night of sleep. Float on this table while you receive the Cleopatra Milk & Honey Float and a scalp and facial massage, all while wrapped in a cocoon.