In the last few years, Denver has upped its luxe factor in terms of five star hotel offerings, spas and top-notch restaurants. During a recent quick trip to the city I had the opportunity to go five stars in the Mile High City to check out how the Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons are adding to the city’s luxury map.
Four Seasons Denver
The Four Seasons is making a splash with its new over-the-top spa membership called LXX. LXX is the Roman numeral for 70, as in this membership is going to set you back $70K per year! What do you get for all that? Well, how about unlimited spa treatments, personal training, hairstyling, nail treatments and unrestricted access to the heated rooftop pool. Once I read what was included in the price, the sticker shock went away. Consider the Evergreen massage I enjoyed when I was at the spa. This signature service uses heated energy healing sticks and evergreen oils in a deep tissue massage. If I were to get this 80-minute treatment everyday for a year it would cost $82,000. And lest you wonder, if I was a member of the LXX club I would be getting a massage as many times a week as my schedule allows! Not to mention I’d give up my pricey gym membership and have much better nails than I currently do. $70,000 is starting to seem like a bargain.
And after all that pampering, I’d follow it up with dinner at Edge. With a focus on seasonal Colorado cuisine and an extensive wine list it’s one of the top tables in town. The chef just launched the fall menu when I was there and the spiced squash soup was like an amuse bouche of Thanksgiving goodness. As a pescatarian in a steakhouse, I tried the steelhead trout with organic beets for the main course and shared organic king trumpet mushrooms, a side of umami magic, with my dinner date. I still have dreams of the Wolfskill wine we paired with the meal.
Ritz Carlton Denver
It’s ironic that the pescatarian hit another steakhouse, but Elway’s in the Ritz Carlton Denver wasn’t to be missed. A friend had told me it was the best steak of her life, so I figured if the chef could grill a cow, he could grill a fish.
The chef didn’t disappoint. The meal was a study in doing the classics well from jumbo shrimp cocktail, to the signature Elway’s salmon with roasted baby shrimp and lump crab.
While the Spa-lidays spa offer isn’t as epic as the Four Seasons, it’s a perfect holiday me-time escape. The December promotion starts with a hot cup of apple cider or chilled bubbly before you enjoy three hours of head-to-toe pampering to help you recover from holiday shopping or the in-laws! You’ll enjoy a 50-minute Rosemary Relaxation Massage, 50-minute Chocolate Mousse Hydration Facial and 50-minute Candy Cane Champagne Pedicure