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I went to Snowmass, Colo., as most do, to be outside. In every season, a surfeit of sports awaits avid outdoorspeople, whether it’s hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, or skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing.
I had arrived at the end of June, summoned by the bright sunshine, too-blue skies and expansive green vistas. All systems were a go for round-the-clock nature communing.
So I was quite surprised when, upon entering my one-bedroom residential suite at Viceroy Snowmass, my first thought was, “I’m not leaving this room.”
The nearly floor-to-ceiling windows teased me with alluring mountain views, so I bounded onto the private balcony to get a better look and sip in some glorious mountain air before retreating inside to explore my 550-square-foot playroom.
While my stay was a solo one, Viceroy Snowmass’ sweet spot is catering to groups and families, and the hotel’s suites are equipped with everything needed to make a multiparty stay as uncomplicated as possible. My one-bedroom residence had a small kitchen with a minifridge, an electric burner, a microwave and a Nespresso machine, along with tableware, glassware, flatware and cooking tools. One-bedroom and higher room categories feature balconies and in-room washer/dryers (complete with detergent pods), and the living room couches pull out into full-size sleeper sofas.
Down to the smallest details, the property’s 163 accommodations are perfect for entertaining: A gas fireplace in the living room turns on with just a flick of a switch, and there are even multiple jacket hooks in the entryway. Although I didn’t make use of the two high-definition flat-screen televisions with DVD players in my suite, I was more than happy to have a dance party via the bedside digital audio player dock.
My oversize bathroom was noteworthy as well. Both the toilet and rain shower are separated by frosted glass from the rest of the bathroom, which features his-and-hers vanity sinks with black granite countertops and a deep soaking tub, as well as Neil George amenities. Along with warm lighting, controlled by a dimmer switch, the bathroom made my shower-and-skincare routine feel like a spa day. (All room categories, including the 63 studios, feature whirlpools and soaking tubs in the bathrooms.)
Enveloping guests in understated luxury is par for the course for Viceroy Snowmass, though. When I returned to my suite after dinner my first night, the humidifier I had seen in the closet was steaming for me in the bedroom. Wi-Fi access is complimentary for all guests, as is transportation to and from the airport. And when I had a problem with my washing machine late at night, a technician knocked on my door within 10 minutes of my call to the front desk.
But true bliss awaits at the 7,000-square-foot spa designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, the visionary behind many iconic luxury hotels and resorts. Before a treatment, guests can enter Zen mode with a dip in the mineral bath before moving on to the relaxation lounge. The handsome space is centered around an infinity waterfall that flows beneath an antler chandelier — one of the most unique and gorgeous pieces of decor I’ve seen in a while.
There are a range of services from which to choose, including rituals inspired by ancient Ute, Nordic and Asian ceremonies and cultures, along with traditional massage and beauty treatments. My Healer Massage — meant to restore physical, mental and emotional balance — was accented by a “scent journey,” where I was able to choose which Zents oil my spa therapist, Kim, would use during my 60-minute treatment.
Equilibrium restored, I headed to on-site Toro Kitchen & Lounge for dinner. The venue, formerly named Eight K, reopened late last year as part of the hotel’s recent $4 million remodel. The Pan-Latin restaurant from celebrity chef Richard Sandoval — who now has two Snowmass dining establishments (the other is casual Mexican spot Venga Venga, located in the Snowmass Village mall) — aims to source its meat, produce and vegetables from within 100 miles of the hotel.
And the quality is apparent in every dish: My dining partners and I started with the guacamole and Spanish octopus, which was grilled with a spicy rub and served with a cilantro puree and grilled lemon. The highlight of the experience was my main dish, the chipotle miso Alaskan black cod, served with dashi-braised Napa cabbage, pickled pearl onions and asparagus. To accent the indulgence, I chose one of Toro’s signature cocktails: its twist on an old-fashioned, made with with aged rum, two types of bitters and smoke. Paired with more of those incredible mountain views, my dining experience at Toro was a highlight of my week in Snowmass.
The property also has Cafe V, a new coffee shop serving grab-and-go beverages and bites starting at 6:30 a.m. daily. Clients can choose from items such as smoked salmon or prosciutto-mozzarella paninis, cookies, muffins, energy bars and more — but the real must-eat is a perfectly baked croissant from executive pastry chef Ronald Viloria. The superstar treat-creator joined the Viceroy team this May after a nearly seven-year stint with Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.
The food, service and amenities are obvious highlights of a stay at Viceroy Snowmass, but I found the property’s real standout to be its laid-back ambiance. The hotel manages to combine upscale offerings with a casual, welcoming vibe that many high-end properties often miss the mark on. There’s no fussiness here: It’s the kind of place you’re encouraged to come back to sweaty from a mountain-bike excursion or covered in dirt after horseback riding. And for any lover of the outdoors — especially those who prefer hiking boots over heels — that’s true luxury.
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