Ski Valets Part of the Package at These Luxury Resorts
SAN DIEGO ( MainStreet) Ski season may be nearly over, but the competition among the country's most luxurious ski resorts remains as hot as ever.
A survey by ElegantRooms.com lists The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, in Colorado, as the most expensive ski resort in the United States. The cost to stay at the hotel is about $1,179 a night. But only about $5 behind Bachelor Gulch is Utah's St. Regis Deer Valley. The No. 2 most expensive ski resort in the country charges an average $1,174 a night. Aspen, Colo.'s Little Nell rounds out the top three with an average overnight rate of $1,047.
The rankings are based on a comparison of hotel room rates among all luxury hotels inside U.S. ski resorts. The survey was conducted during February and March.
Nine of the 10 most expensive hotels on the list are in either Colorado or Utah. The exception, the Amangani, is in Wyoming near the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. A stay in a standard double room there costs $1,040 per night.
The top two ski resorts in the country are truly luxurious properties.
A Forbes four-star rated resort, Bachelor Gulch is a fully ski-in, ski-out property on Beaver Creek Mountain that just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. The new look ins inspired by the great mountain lodges of the National Park System in the Western United States, with rustic lodge pole pine beams and stone fireplaces.
"It's like a big log cabin built down the side of a mountain," says Steven Holt, market director of public relations for Bachelor Gulch. "This property took The Ritz-Carlton brand through an evolution. There was a time when luxury was defined as properties looking the same with chandeliers and all that. This property created the mystique of a unique, destination relevant experience. There is a luxury, log cabin feel at Bachelor Gulch."
All 180 guest rooms at the property were included in the renovation, as were the hotel's public spaces and spa.
"The guest rooms are beautiful," Holt says. "Most have fireplaces and great woodwork as well. They all have new carpet, and there's a new color palette lightening the rooms up."
Bachelor Gulch is home to a spa Travel + Leisure named Best Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. last year. The 21,000-square-foot spa includes 19 treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure salon and men's and women's saunas.
Spago by Wolfgang Puck, one of the only Colorado outposts of the famed Beverly Hills restaurant, is also at Bachelor Gulch.
The St. Regis Deer Valley, meanwhile, is home away from home for celebrities and the entertainment industry when they want to go skiing or attend the Sundance Film Festival.