Colorado may seem to have a fairly low key vibe when it comes to resorts, especially those associated with winter sports, but that hasn’t stopped the state being the location for three new exciting, luxury ski resorts.
W Aspen, Aspen
W Aspen is a place where worlds collide and as such is the perfect blend of the global jet set with the great and the good of Aspen’s high society and just a dash of the areas mining roots in the mix too. It boasts 88 chic guest rooms, luxurious suites and slope side residential units to choose from, there is even something called the Extreme Wow Suite complete with fire-pit, hot-tub and a DJ booth pre-loaded with a specially chosen playlist.
When you are looking for some social time there is the 39 Degrees Bar, a moody and tasteful velvet-infused cocktail den inspired by the areas red-light district of all things, but the sumptuous all-weather rooftop area is more in keeping with the reason most people come here. And talking of why most people are here, once you have dragged yourself away for the leisure and luxury, step outside and you will find yourself in the best ski-in/ski-out for miles around.
Well & Being, Vail
Well & Being is part of the Vail Marriott’s Mountain resort’s $31 million renovation and offers not only sumptuous spa treatments but makes for the perfect recovery hub for the dedicated mountain athlete. If the rigours of snow sport are starting to take their toll on you then this is the place to come to be pampered back into shape.
Recently opened, it offers the perfect reprieve via its many restorative treatments. Chose from a Himalayan salt therapy lounge, an outdoor whirlpool and all manner of wellness and recovery treatments. These spa-based procedures range from the expected Anti-Aging Oxygen facial to a unique Muscle Relief massage which uses a Hypervolt percussion gun—essentially a handheld, rubber-tipped jackhammer—for enhanced muscle recovery. Now that is a pretty serious approach to wellbeing!
Gravity Haus, Breckenridge
If you could imagine Soho House for mountain lovers then this is pretty much what you might picture in your mind. Gravity Haus is the focal point for a membership based community and the resort is made up of 60 rooms, a mountain side, Japanese inspired onsen, a gym – one which seems suited to its high level athlete clientele as well as the casual passing traveller – and alsovarious work spaces, restaurants and coffee bars.
Members enjoy exclusive, all year round access to the resorts facilities, social events and back-country activities and adventures. Gravity Haus is not just a ski-in/ski/out resort, it is one where ski valets and resort staff will take care of your every need.
A Room with A View…
One of the joys of travelling the world and staying in new and exotic places is the view. That simple pleasure of being able to look out of the window and rather than seeing the usual view, the one that confronts you most days back in the everyday world, instead being greeting by an altogether different picture. Of a different city. In a whole new country! But sometimes even the most exclusive hotels, whilst offering everything you could wish for in comfort and style, generally don’t offer you this basic delight. Take away the view and you could be anywhere in the world. But book a room at Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris on the iconic Champs-Elysées and you will find that the stay is worth the views alone.
They have recently unveiled four sumptuous apartment suites, all finished in the classic Haussmann style. These suites not only ooze Parisian elegance with their tasteful, timeless decor, spacious rooms and high ceilings, the apartments vast windows also boast unobstructed views of the Arc de Triomphe and The Eiffel Tower. How much more Parisian can you get?
The apartments typically boast 1,500 square feet of elegantly designed space, complete with a luxurious sitting room which in turn opens into the dining room. The look of the rooms is the work of French interior designer Jacques Garcia, the four spacious suites reflect the spirit of Gallic style with herringbone parquet flooring, large marble fireplaces and bathrooms and decorative fabrics and fittings. You don’t even have to give a second thought to any possible noise from the street below, that was taken into consideration when executing the massive redesign with sound-proofed windows made up of sheets of four times glazed glass. Even the busiest of Parisian nights below will pass you by in total silence.
And bookings of one of the four signature suites come with plenty of additional perks to make you feel right at home. These including complimentary roundtrip airport or train station transfer journeys, a spa treatment for each guest, dinner for two in the suite, or at either Fouquet’s Paris or at Le Joy restaurants and, of course, full access to the hotel’s spa, sprawling swimming pool and fitness center.
These luxury suites form part just the latest stage of the historic hotel’s two-year renovation. And in addition to its 81 refreshed and refurbished rooms and suites, the hotel has a private courtyard should you opt for outdoor dining and cocktails, and a rooftop lounge, La Marta which is rightfully very popular in good weather, not least for its relaxed ambiance and skyline views. Perhaps its homely feeling comes from the fact that Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s is the city’s last luxury hotel still in the hands of a genuine French family.