On a recent trip to the gorgeous Vail Valley, I had the pleasure of experiencing the royal treatment at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa (PHBC). In addition to top-notch accommodations, the resort also treated my group to fine dining, impeccable spa treatments at Allegria Spa, skiing at Beaver Creek, and après drinks and s’mores (with flavored gourmet marshmallows) on the expansive patio. To top it all off, Aspen-based Obermeyer provided stylish gear to ensure we all looked great on the slopes.
You’ll know you’ve arrived upon entering the immaculate lobby at PHBC. This 190-room, chateau-style ski-in/ski-out property is located at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain – one of Colorado’s most cherished mountain resorts – offering warm and gracious accommodations. Rooms include ultra-soft linens, down duvets and pillow-top mattresses that provide a luxurious night’s sleep after a day on the slopes. In addition, you’ll also find granite and marble bathrooms, iHome docking stations, LCD TVs, complimentary Internet access, plush robes and humidifiers – everything you need to feel right at home.
And when it comes to dining, the culinary offerings at PHBC can’t be beat. Executive Chef, Christian Apetz, thoughtfully creates the menus to highlight the best in locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients. Dining options include: fine dining at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill for breakfast, lunch, après and dinner (be sure to try the Espresso Chili Crusted Filet of Beef); casual dining at McCoy’s at the base of Centennial Lift (winter only); and the Café at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for healthy grab-and-go options.
Meanwhile, the resort’s Allegria Spa is just the fix for some needed R&R. Be sure to arrive early to experience the Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary – a hydrotherapy haven modeled after ancient Roman baths. This ultra-luxury, 30,000-square-foot spa features 23 treatment rooms, three couple’s suites, a fitness center, and hair and nail salon. Treatments include Thai massage, body scrubs, Reflexology, hot oil wraps, Shiatsu and fusion treatments to name a few. I highly recommend you try the Javanese Lulur body treatment for nearly two hours of utter bliss. This royal experience consists of a purifying scrub made from rice, jasmine, tumeric and spices; followed by a nourishing honey-yogurt application, a soak in a hot bath with jasmine and frangipani; concluding with a rich jasmine shea butter massage.
Of course, skiing is a favorite activity at Beaver Creek. And closing day isn’t until April 15, so there’s still time to get in a few extra runs. During this trip, Obermeyer provided my group with the gear we needed to be comfortable as well as fashionable. The Eden Jacket in Black Denim ($250 at Ski Pro) has a banded bottom, removable faux fur hood, pinstripe fabric and plenty of pockets. The Delia Pant in Poppy ($170 at Eskimo Ski & Board Shop) features denim-style pockets and seaming, bias fabric details and exposed zippers for a hip and fresh look. A Bern helmet and Gordini goggles completed the outfit.
If you plan to visit during the spring or summer, PHBC also offers a ton of packages, amenities and programs – running from May through September – that’ll keep you busy and having fun. For example, guests can work their way up to hiking one of Colorado’s 14’ers with the Summit @ The Park Hiking Package. It includes five nights of lodging, three days of guided hikes (two local hikes and one 14’er), equipment rental, three gourmet lunches, two spa treatments and more. The package starts at $1,900 per person based on double occupancy.
Another great package, Passport to Fun @ The Park, includes a half-day family rafting trip, half-day bike rentals, three nights of lodging, Après S’Mores Happy Hour each evening, and milk and cookies upon arrival. Rates for two adults and two children start at $279 per person, per night.
Of course, these example offerings are only skimming the surface of the many things to do at PHBC, so be sure to check beavercreek.hyatt.com for more information. Regardless of when you plan your trip, you’ll have a fabulous time that you won’t soon forget.
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