The $160-million Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, the Colorado Rockies’
first luxury resort hotel to open in 10 years, opens Nov. 21 in the
Vail Valley. The 237-room property, nestled in an upscale mountain
community, is the only hotel in Bachelor Gulch, and it promises to
offer plenty of intimacy and exclusivity. In fact, it will even
have ski-in, ski-out access to 1,625 acres of terrain in Beaver
Creek and Arrowhead via its own ski lift.
Unlike many of the earlier Ritz-Carlton hotels, its architecture
and interior design reflects its setting in the mountains, using
indigenous materials such as logs and stone.
Guest rooms offer marble baths, terry-cloth robes, televisions,
DVD players and high-speed Internet access. Most provide mountain
views, and 77 feature balconies.
A 21,000-square-foot spa includes 19 treatment rooms, men’s and
women’s lounges, a coed rock grotto relaxation area, a sauna, a
steam room, whirlpool tubs, an outdoor heated pool, cardiovascular
equipment and an aerobics room. Other hotel amenities include
40,000 square feet of meeting space, a Ritz Kids children’s center,
three restaurants and three cocktail lounges.
Besides skiing and snowboarding via the Bachelor Gulch Express
high-speed quad lift, resort guests have access to the new Red Sky
Golf Course, which will offer two 18-hole, championship courses
when it opens next summer.
Nightly rates start at $350 for guest rooms and $750 for
Web site: www.ritzcarlton.com.