Montana and Vermont are also favorites with winter tourists. Those who enjoy being pampered while rubbing elbows with celebrities will choose the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana, the perfect place to unwind and recharge the body while taking advantage of the 2,200 skiable acres (the property is much larger), where only members and their guests are admitted. It also offers private residences built to order, or duplex or triplex with spectacular views, many with ski access from the residence. Yellowstone Club is ideal if you want to disconnect and train in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The spa offers yoga and other treatments that will undoubtedly set the mood for a shopping spree in the exclusive boutiques or traditional Montana cuisine at one of the Club’s restaurants.
Canada has a reputation for having some of the best slopes in North America. At Bighorn Revelstoke in British Columbia, the most exquisite and delicate service is paired with a personal chef and private yoga instructor. The spa offers relaxing facial and body treatments, including their famous aromatherapy massages. The pool, overlooking the Columbia Valley, frames this magnificent villa that takes luxury to a new level, surrounded by great powder, snow covered peaks and nearby glaciers.
Those who prefer traveling to Europe may consider the wonderful ski resorts in France, Italy, Spain, Austria or Switzerland. In exclusive Gstaad, Switzerland, they’ll find the Six Senses Spa at the Alpina Gstaad Hotel, a member of the Six Senses brand of resorts and spas. The one in Gstaad combines the most exclusive treatments with personalized service within the most luxurious atmosphere at the heart of the Alps. The 21,500 square foot spa offers Ayurveda and other Asian therapies, along with soothing pools and relaxing waterbeds, treatments that relax the mind and help release the toxins caused by stress. The five-star Six Senses just opened for business this season, but their full-body Moroccan clay mask is already a favorite of European aristocrats and celebrities like Valentino, who come to Gstaad for the season but also to enjoy the select menu at Megu, the hotel’s restaurant.
Six Senses Spa.
But if instead of the Alps or the Rockies, you prefer the Andes, Chile and Argentina offer many attractive options for a winter escape. The Singular Patagonia Hotel in Chile has reserved more than 3,000 square feet of luxurious real estate for its Wellness Spa, devoted exclusively to therapeutic treatments, pools, and saunas. Using water from the glaciers and local fruits and herbs, the treatments turn into truly idyllic experiences amid breathtakingly beautiful mountains. The Singular Experience combines herbal baths, personalized facials and intense massages with lavender, chamomile, orange, eucalyptus and other essential oils and lasts three hours.
The Singular Experience.
All these resorts and spas are a perfect excuse for a winter escapade that will transform the cold season into an absolutely fabulous adventure. ■