Colorado-inspired bliss in Vail
13 Treatment Rooms
While skiing remains one of the hottest reasons to visit Vail, what you can do après-ski also proves popular. One such activity is relaxing in a hot tub or spa to work out all those sore and tired muscles. In these parts, one of the best places to do that is at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail.
From the lounge to the treatment spaces to the locker rooms, the whole spa has been designed to mimic Colorado's natural surroundings. And with stone walls, a beige and brown color motif and warm, natural light, it's easy to get into the mountain spirit. This becomes especially true when you sink into one of the two the outdoor hot tubs or take a dip in the heated pool, all which look out toward the peaks and are surrounded by aspens, seasonal flowers and the sky.
One also gets a sense of nature when curled up by the grand stone fireplace with a cup of herbal tea in hand, especially after indulging in one of the superb services the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa offers.
Book a locally themed treatment that not only relaxes and revitalizes, but also speaks to the spa's surroundings. For example, the Spirit of the Rockies involves a face and body mask of clay, corn and balsam fir, and then incorporates massage with a warmed river stone. Another special Vail treatment is the Alpine Rejuvenation, which takes the scent of evergreen trees to enhance an earthen mask, exfoliation and massage. The Alpine Quench Facial helps you hydrate in the arid climate and calm down any wind burn you might have from racing down the slopes.
One unique aspect to the Vail spa comes in the form of booze, that is, beer and bourbon used in services. Turns out, the hops that make beer tasty prove great for skin care, too, which is why Four Seasons offers brew and renew packages. Using the local Crazy Mountain Brewery's suds, the service lets you sip a lager while getting a luxurious foot soak and scrub scented with hops. Or try the hot beer can massage, which feels like warm wax is being spread all over your body in the most agreeable way.
The aforementioned bourbon is part of the men's spa options. Each treatment comes with a glass of barrel-aged 10th Mountain Whiskey to help you unwind even before the technician begins working on your muscles. With the Bourbon Cowboy, you’ll get a bourbon bubbler scrub and then a hot bath followed by an agave nectar massage. The other service in this line is the men's pedicure, which features a glass of bourbon, a GuacStar avocado hydration mask for your feet and bowl of guacamole for you to nibble one while it all happens.
After any treatment, you are invited to enjoy the amenities of the luxury spa as well. This includes a long indoor hot tub with soothing waterfall features, sauna and steam room. The Four Seasons also provides rain shower heads in the bathing area, large vanity mirrors and so many plush towels you may forget to don your equally soft robe.
While any guest of Four Seasons Resort Vail can enjoy the outdoor pools and gym, the spa area remains tranquil and is only open to those who have booked a service, something you definitely want to do while visiting Vail, even if you never get into a pair of skies.