Friday, March 7, 2008

On Our Radar: Rocky Mountain High

After three great days of skiing Vail and Beaver Creek in 50 degree temperatures and the best snow conditions in 25 years, we were ready for some rest and recovery. Fortunately the day we took off was cold, grey and snowy.

We chose The Bachelor Gulch Spa, located in the heart of America's largest log cabin, also a luxurious Ritz Carlton mountain resort. The spa was warm and inviting, with wood, stone, and water elements that reflected the Rocky Mountains outside. The women's area was spacious and stocked full of amenities and products, no worries if you don't bring your own. It also boasts a hot tub, a cold plunge, a sauna, and a steam room, so you should go early and enjoy these prior to your treatment. The women's only relaxation lounge was peaceful and had plenty of comfortable seating. (We'll never forget a spa visit in Scottsdale where the men and women shared a small, crowded waiting room. Everyone had on the same robe and, let's just say, not only were the robes too small for the men, they didn't know how to sit in them either.) The rock grotto, which is co-ed, is another relaxation room with a large lazy river hot tub. It's a dramatic room that defines the style and feel of the spa (pictured above).

We had the Bachelor Gulch Signature Facial and Revital Eyes and Lip Relief, both of which did wonders for our wind and sun damaged faces. We especially appreciated that our aesthetician didn't pressure us to buy the products she used. Afterwards our fellow travelers commented on how healthy and glowing our complexions were.

The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch resort has all the extras you would expect including its own chairlift which also services the Beaver Creek and Arrowhead ski areas, Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant, the loan-a-lab program (where you can take the resident labrador, Bachelor, for a walk), and smores by the outside fire each evening.

For more information on the spa or the resort, visit the Ritz Carlton website.

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