A spa visit is a good idea any time of the year. But a day of pampering is extra special in the winter when you can let hot stones melt away knots, slink into steamy, mineral-rich waters, or simply enjoy heat settings on a massage table that warm you to the core while you get a deep-tissue treatment. Plus, many relaxation rooms come with fireplaces and hot tea to sip while you await your treatment.
In addition to a number of posh spas in luxury hotels, Colorado has several unique offerings including treatments offered in hot springs pools and a Denver spot that combines two of Coloradans’ favorite things: wellness and beer.
Ready to make a day out of relaxing? Here are six outstanding spas in Colorado that are worth a visit this winter.
Exhale Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
No passport needed; no time machine required. The 30,000-square foot, two-story Exhale Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek features an Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary that’s modeled after ancient Roman bath houses. Popular treatments include a ginger peach scrub and massage, foot and calf massages for skiers, and brightening facials. Before or after your treatment, enjoy the five-step ritual that alternates between warm and cold experiences, and includes magnesium soaking pools. The absolute best place to take a nap is on the relaxation chairs that contour with your body and are heated. The spa’s private couple’s suite comes with a fireplace. 136 E. Thomas Place, Beaver Creek; exhalespa.com/co/beaver-creek
The Spa at Four Seasons Vail
Need to break up your next ski trip with some R&R? Click out of your ski boots and head to The Spa at Four Seasons Vail, which pampers powderhounds with treatments like warm stone massages targeting achy feet and tired legs or an Oxygen Rejuvenation Facial to soothe wind-whipped, sun-kissed skin. If you’re traveling with friends or family members who are from sea level, sign them up for a High Altitude Adjustment Massage that addresses headaches and fatigue with pressure point techniques. One of the most decadent treatments is inspired by a classic summertime treat: The S’mores Facial incorporates coco enzymes from Hershey’s chocolate plus a marshmallow whip hydrating mask. Get to your appointment early or linger afterward to enjoy all of the amenities, like a cozy relaxation area with a fireplace and an indoor hot tub with a soothing waterfall feature. 1 Vail Road, Vail; fourseasons.com/vail/spa/
Spa & Salon at St Julien in Boulder
If you’re ever in need of a mid-winter pick-me-up, a spa day close to home at St Julien will do just the trick. Start with brunch, like an acai bowl or croissant beignets served at Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro before making your way to the spa. One-of-a-kind services include the Gemstone Chakra Balancing Treatment that incorporates gemstones like agate, believed to open the third eye, and red jasper, used for grounding through the root chakra. To really go all out, book the Day of Decadence, which is five hours of spa bliss that includes a scrub, full-body massage, facial, pedicure and a shampoo and style. The over-the-top spa package also comes with a charcuterie board and champagne. St Julien spa guests have access to a sun-lit heated indoor pool and a spacious hot tub. 900 Walnut St., Boulder; stjulien.com
Oakwell Beer Spa in Denver
You may have had a “shower beer” before. But have you ever had a bath beer in a beer bath? Make this riddle a reality at Oakwell Beer Spa in Denver (formerly The Beer Spa) where you can pour yourself a local craft beer from the tap wall, and the brew will stay icy cold in an insulated mug when you slip away into your private beer therapy room that’s outfitted with an infrared sauna, rainfall shower, and, of course, the beer bath. The warm tub bubbles and a tea bag inside it contains hops, malted barley, and an antioxidant-rich herbal blend that changes each month. The Oakwell spa team recommends starting your Beer Therapy Circuit with a 20-minute infrared sauna session to help you sweat out toxins and open up your pores before slinking into the beer bath for a relaxing soak. After the 90-minute experience in the beer therapy room, you can add on a head-to-toe massage in a zero-gravity chair and shop for beer bath products like an IPA soap bar or an herbal beer bath tea that you can drop into your tub at home. 3004 N. Downing St., Denver; oakwell.com
The Spa at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs
The Spa at The Broadmoor has everything you need for a winter warm-up, including a eucalyptus-infused steam room, a Himalayan salt dry sauna and a Fireplace Lounge that has a comfy-cozy cabin feel. In addition to massages and facials, the Broadmoor offers some splurge-worthy package. The Queen Bee comes with a honey wrap and an agave nectar massage, complete with the aroma of cinnamon and sweet cloves, and also includes a manicure and pedicure. Worth noting: Spa appointments are only available to overnight guests and Golf Club members. 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs; broadmoor.com/activities/spa
The Springs Resort, Pagosa Springs
Double down on relaxation at The Springs Resort, Pagosa Springs, where the most unique massage takes place in one of the resort’s mineral pools. During the 50-minute Aqua Massage, you’ll strap on leg floats to help keep you buoyant while you bliss out in the healing waters. A massage therapist is in the water with you, moving you through the 98 degree water while simultaneously giving you a gentle massage. Other treatments at the resort’s spa include a Pagosa Stone massage with warmed stones that have been smoothed over by the San Juan River. The Magnesium Muscle Melt is all about magnesium, one of the 13 minerals in Pagosa’s geothermal waters. Spend the night and enjoy 24/7 access to the two dozen pools (how’s a midnight soak sound?) plus you’ll have access to wellness programs like in-water yoga and gratitude meditations. 323 Hot Springs Blvd, Pagosa Springs; pagosahotsprings.com