From massages to facials to some of the best hydrotherapy for the skin, I’d like to share some of my favorite spas in the Vail Valley and treatments that act as a good antidote for winter skin woes.
Whether on a snowy Vail adventure or visiting during the summer to hike or fish, a spa day is an excellent way to unwind and treat yourself. I think that we all deserve a good day at the spa, and whenever I travel, I always research the best treatments I can find in the area. I’ve summarized my experiences at some of the best spas in Vail, Colorado, so that I can share my top Zen tips with you for your next mountain getaway. Here are my personal favorites:
Guests at this spa can use the steam rooms, saunas, hydromassage tubs, the exclusive indoor/outdoor pool, and the solarium. Plan to stay as long as possible in order to try out all of the incredible facilities hidden around this forest setting. My favorite treatments include the Sonnenalp Signature Massage, which you can schedule for 50 or 80 minutes. It’s exactly what you need to rid your body of travel stress or relax sore muscles after a long day on the slopes.
While I love massages, I never leave the Sonnenalp without getting their Signature Facial. In just 50 minutes, the therapist will undo months and months of dryness and dullness on your skin. Every time I go, the therapist analyses my skin and makes an action plan. My skin ends up looking fresh and renewed, and I love that I never feel pressured to buy a ton of products.
The outdoor pool and hydromassage tubs at the Four Seasons offer spectacular views of the slopes as the complex is perfectly located in the heart of the city. The spa has a relaxation center and a private, climate-controlled patio, with heated floors and a cozy chimney. You can order some health food while you relax, and after your treatment, you can continue to unwind with a glass of wine.
The spa also has a cold immersion bath, a water circuit, a sauna, hydromassage baths with waterfalls, a eucalyptus steam room, and a top-of-the-line gym. The decoration is inspired by nature, with lots of natural light and earth tones, and all of the treatments make use of organic ingredients.
My recommendation? Try the mountain-inspired massage using heated rocks from a local river and essential oils.
If you are looking for the fountain of youth, you should probably make a reservation at the RockResorts Spa at the Lodge at Vail because their Ultimate Facial ensures hydration, UV and environmental production, and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The process starts out with a HydraFacial, which is essentially an all-in-one cleansing, exfoliation, and hydradermabrasion ritual. Essentially, this means that your pores get cleaned and deeply moisturized at the same time. You’ll also get an infusion of Intraceuticals Oxygen to fill out and pull up your skin, softening the appearance of wrinkles. The final step of this “Ultimate” hydration experience is a microcurrent facelift from Nuface, in which skin cells are stimulated for a glowing look.
The Radiant Vitality facial at the Vail Athletic Club Spa combines medical-grade microdermoabrasion (which eliminates sun damage, dark spots, acne, and fine lines), an ultrasound treatment that gives you a lifting effect (without even one Botox needle), and a filling technique that treats your skin with a rich hydrating serum. I love leaving the mountains and coming back to the city with glowing skin!