The 3 Best Spa Resorts in Boulder


Boulder’s day spa scene is strong. The list is long and legit.

But for a wellness hotspot, Boulder doesn’t have a long list of spa resorts. Luckily, the few that it does have are quality enough to carry the demand alone.

Here are Boulder’s top three places where you can stay and also take care of your mind, body, and spirit, spa style.

1. Spa at St. Julien

The Spa at St. Julien has no contest when it comes to Boulder’s best in-hotel spa. It boasts some of the city’s most knowledgeable spa experts and awards to match.

The 10,000-square-foot Spa at St. Julien is located right in downtown in the luxurious St. Julien Hotel. It’s a full-service spa, which means it not only offers body and skin treatments, like massage and facials, but also hair and nails.

Fall in love with one of the products? Check for it in the boutique, where you can stock up on high-quality, locally made skin care products, like one of our favorites: Zents.

Spa treatments here are handcrafted and personalized. Some products are even made right on site out of herbs from the St. Julien’s garden.

Check the menu for signature treatments including some fun, only-in-Boulder options that may include the Pampered Vegan treatment, a vegan body scrub, with 100 percent organic sunflower oil and finely ground sugar; a massage with a custom essential oil blend; and a scalp massage with wild lime and avocado oil.

You may also find the Boulder Rebuilder Massage, designed to relax muscles used while mountain biking; the Back In The Saddle Tune-Up, another massage specifically for cyclists and athletes that incorporates arnica oil to speed up recovery; and the Mountain Mojito treatment, which incorporates a scrub made of mint from the garden, turbinado sugar, and lime. After the scrub and an aromatherapy massage, guests wrap up with a mojito (or lemonade, if you don’t want the alcohol).

The Boulder Re-Builder is another arnica-centric spa treatment, created to ease sore, bruised muscles that are a common part of the Boulder lifestyle.

Included in your stay at the hotel: a pass to the fitness center, with an indoor pool and inspiring views of the mountains to help you push past that high-altitude fitness plateau.

The St. Julien Hotel is an AAA, Four-Diamond hotel and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star winner.

St Julien Spa.
St Julien Spa. Photo by Custom Creations

2. Marianna’s L’Esthetique Medi Spa

Marianna’s is not technically part of a spa resort, but it partners with the Hotel Boulderado to offer hotel guests special spa deals, like 10 percent off all regular menu services. It is the official spa of the Boulderado. 

Marianna’s also offers exclusive services for Boulderado guests (with a room key), like a 90-minute Signature Massage for $135 (instead of $155); a High Altitude Super-Hydration Facial for an hour and 15 minutes for $109 (instead of $125); and more. The hydrating facial is especially useful amid Colorado’s dry and thin air. This treatment will replenish your skin with vitamins, collagen, sea plant extracts and hyaluronic acid.

The Mokara Spa is located inside the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, just outside of Boulder’s city limits. So this isn’t truly a Boulder spa resort, but it’s close enough to warrant a nod.

The full-service spa allows guests to relax and recover after their active Colorado adventures. Treatments are personalized and include everything from massages to manis to facials. After your treatment, retreat to the outdoor Jacuzzi or take a dip in one of two pools.

Looking for inspiration? Try a signature Mokara facial, which is customized just for your skin. It starts with an analysis of your skin, followed by cleansing, exfoliation, steam, massage and a face mask.

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