SIMPLY THE BEST This was our second extended stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch. The first was when the new General Manager, Abdullah Vural, first arrived. We had a wonderful experience: my review can be found on TripAdvisor. We recently returned, two years later, and the difference is astounding. There is improvement in every detail in the entire property...even in areas that were already leading-edge and "best of class" for a five star luxury hotel.
If you do not want to read all the details of this review, here's the bottom line: the Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch is by far the #1 Luxury Resort in Colorado/Wyoming/New Mexico (and we were recently guests at the main competition in Jackson Hole). If you have the opportunity, stay there, eat there, use the spa services, and experience service and excellence at its best.
Now for the details:
The hotel property has recently been updated. Gone are the dreary dark wood and "cowboy western" theme. The only reminder of that decor is that the doormen and valet staff still wear cowboy hats. The entire property is now a chic pallet of mountain colors: sage greens, eggshell whites, greyed blues, silver, pewter, etc. Aspen tree limbs and trunks are frequently used in the decor. Everything is fresh and beautiful. Carpeting includes a sand color with white, that looks like pebbles. The sheets are cloud white soft cotton and have a very subtle woven stripe pattern. The rooms have a finish similar to Venetian plaster and are done in soothing sophisticated colors. Even the bathrooms have been improved with lighted make up mirrors that work much better than those in the past. The amenities in the bath are by Asprey, the London Bond Street jeweler, and they smell lovely.
The food is greatly improved. Now, the salads taste as if the ingredients were freshly picked. I discovered that the wealth of interesting and delicious fresh vegetables was due, in part, to an arrangement the hotel has with local growers. There is a great emphasis on locally grown produce, and it is evident in the appealing and delicious food served. I ate some of the most surprisingly wonderful food: it was a real treat and "adventure" to taste what the chefs would prepare. I now have a new favorite chocolate dessert (an oreo cookie sort of crust filled with a creamy vanilla-ish pudding and topped with caramel...I do not do it justice in this description). When I bit into it, I thought I was going to pass out because it was SO GOOD. Also the baby rack of lamb was outstanding, and every side dish was a wonderful combination of things I would never think of.
The room service menu is expanded. We used it a lot and everything was perfect! If you take your dog, they have a special section of doggie dishes you can order.
The spa services have been expanded and upgraded. My all time favorite is now the "Mountain Morning" package (I did it three times!). In the non-snow months, it starts with a 1 1/2 hour hike in the mountains. At the end of the hike, your hiking guide takes you to a rather remote and beautiful cabin in the mountain where a yoga teacher awaits. The one hour yoga session is held on the deck of the cabin, with nothing but the rustle of the aspen trees and hummingbirds to bother your concentration. After the yoga (which is catered to your level and ability), a massage table is set up on the deck for a one hour massage. All this is followed by a hike back to the hotel spa and 20 min. of oxygen (optional). This is the perfect way to spend about 4 hours! In the snow weather, the hike is replaced with snow shoes and the yoga and massage are in the spa. FANTASTIC. Book it when you make your reservation.
How the service could possibly have been improved was something I could not imagine, but it was. It felt as if EVERY employee at the resort was (1) proud to be working for the hotel, (2) knowledgeable about their particular job, and, (3) sincerely interested in making the guest experience as good as it could possibly be. All the staff appeared to genuinely enjoy being there, doing their jobs, and helping me: this is very difficult to fake for eleven days and nights in a row! It worked. We had an extraordinary time.
We will return next summer and recommend the hotel to all our friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A year-round mountain resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch combines the comfort of Colorado luxury hotel with the finest outdoor adventures. Located on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers an unforgettable escape in the heart of the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch Hotel Beaver Creek
- Beaver Creek Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Avon
- Ritz-Carlton Avon
- Avon Ritz-Carlton
- Ritz Carlton Beaver Creek