Sometimes buildings need a major facelift before they continue to host guests for a rejuvenating experience, and the Spa at Keystone Lodge underwent just that — and in a green way.
The multimillion renovations showed its fresh face at a recent opening, after months of construction, which involved gutting and redoing the entire area, plus adding approximately 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, doubling its size.
Michael Simmons, the spa director, began running what he called an “antiquated and old” spa in July. He helped with some of the new design aspects, which include men’s and women’s locker rooms (before only a women’s room existed), a couples’ suite and a 600 to 700 square foot relaxation room with a fireplace. The spa also has a nail salon for the first time, and it will have a spa concierge, who escorts guests throughout their day so they don’t have to worry about the time.
“It has a double tag line — nurture and nature of the earth,” Simmons said. “It has a lot of natural stone and wood — we’re sticking with the naturalness of Colorado and going very green.”
“We’re using and reusing anything we can,” he said. “I’m really proud to be part of an organization that is on the forefront.”
Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts, stressed the importance of going green, saying the company believes it’s not only the right thing to do, but also represents where the entire travel industry will be heading in the next several years.
Look and feel
Alder wood and soft earth tones make the spa’s atmosphere relaxing and serene. “It integrates the look and feel of the lodge, yet gives a contemporary look,” Simmons said.
Sneak peek at a few treatment highlights:
• Lí Tay — an Australian aboriginal ritualistic journey that takes you on a three hour trip to la-la land, filled with scents and textures, said spa director Michael Simmons.
• Vichy room — a wet room with a table and five shower heads that Target the chakras while a therapist works on the guest.
• Inara — Originates in Brazil and is one of the most amazing lines for leaving skin as soft as it can be, Simmons said.
• Suite Surrender — A couples’ massage, complete with a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy tub that uses chromotherapy (color therapy) and air bubbles to relax couples, along with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.