Mind and Body
A luxurious spa treatment is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical well-being.
Mud and Massage / Strata Integrated Wellness Spa
Wrapping yourself in a thick, comfy robe. Sipping ice water that is, literally, cool as a cucumber. Soothing music, soft voices, an experienced masseuse working out all the knots of tension hiding in your muscles. A facialist using top-quality cleansers and lotions. All of these are hallmarks of a truly decadent spa experience. And we are lucky, here in Colorado Springs, to have access to a selection of some of the best spas in the country.
One of the newer options is the Alluvia Spa and Wellness Retreat at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, which opened in 2015. The rustic atmosphere is characteristic of the Colorado setting with luxury couched amid elements of rock, stone, and wood. “I would call us comfortable and approachable although we still offer very high-end guest services and the treatments that we put on our menu,” says Spa Manager Katherine Bobbitt.
The spa recently introduced CBD treatments to its roster, and they have been very popular. Bobbitt says the spa uses a line called That’s Natural. “It’s really important that the collections and products that we source here are conscientiously produced and are all natural and therapeutic and potent,” she says. “So for our CBD line, it was important that it was very reputable.”
Another popular option is the Detox and Destress Skin Treatment, which Bobbitt describes as a “facial for the whole body.” It begins with a gentle glycolic and lactic acid peel followed by a light detoxifying thermal mud that actually comes from a volcano in Italy; products are from Comfort Zone. The 80-minute experience ends with a nourishing and firming body cream.
Of course, it’s not necessary to leave the city to find a quiet getaway. The MX Spa in the Mining Exchange hotel is right downtown. Spa Director Sophia Alberico says the luxurious ambiance and urban setting are some of the things that set it apart. She recommends the Mineral Glow Scrub & Thermal Muscle Wrap Experience. “In this service, every detail is thought of and the guest feels thoroughly pampered from head to toe,” says Alberico of the 75-minute (105 minutes with a full-body massage) treatment that features a creamy body scrub with moisturizing shea butter, an exfoliating blend of sugar and salt crystals, and a warming clay soufflé. “This service includes exfoliation, detoxification, and most importantly alleviates muscle tension.”
For a completely different vibe, try the Spa at the Broadmoor. “Our spa has a classic European feel,” says Spa, Salon & Fitness Director Cassie Hernandez, “with overstuffed chaise lounge chairs and fireplaces throughout. Our amenity area is aligned with a traditional European bathhouse.”
The Spa at the Broadmoor’s Signature Massage is offered at either 50 or 80 minutes. It starts with a calming and grounding breath followed by scalp-to-foot attention to each muscle. “We also do a really fun Ashiatsu massage,” says Hernandez, “which is done solely with the therapist using his or her bare feet and bars are attached to the ceiling for the therapist’s balance.”
Club membership is not required to partake of services at the Spa at Flying Horse, which is “very relaxing and pampering,” says Spa Supervisor Lindsay Carbonell. “Every room in our spa contains Himalayan salt lamps, and we have a beautiful water feature in our lounge, which provides a very tranquil setting.”
She adds, “One of our most unique treatments is our Mystic Inca treatment. This luxurious treatment purifies the skin with a purple corn full-body exfoliation, energizes the skin with Lucuma, a warming mud mask for the back, and then regenerates the skin with a Sacha Inchi body oil that is rich in vitamin E and omega-3 and nourishes with a hydrating quinoa cream.”
Carbonell says a spa appointment also grants you use of club amenities, such as the steam room and hot tub, and multiple visits in a year earn you a discount on future services.
Spa treatments are just part of the available experiences at the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa at Garden of the Gods, which goes beyond the typically perceived “spa” servings. The facility, perched atop a mesa overlooking the iconic red rock formations of the majestic Garden of the Gods Park, offers clients a combination of advanced clinical practices, naturopathy, nutrition, fitness, and other wellness services. Expert providers offer a fully integrative approach blending Eastern and Western medicine to whole life health that is multilayered and all-encompassing.
Several treatments embody this East-meets-West flair. The Pikes Peak Thai Oasis is a healing experience that combines a Royal Thai Massage with an organic herbal poultice, Thai stretching, and aromatherapy. The Aypa Energy Body Treatment is a mystical Andean Incan treatment using organic indigenous plants from Peru.
In a separate sanctuary room, the Pure Sense Soft Pack bed, developed by wellness pioneer Paul Haslauer, delivers a unique experience. One floats weightlessly, cocooned by body-temperature water yet remaining dry. The treatment boasts reduction of mental and physical stress, high absorption of treatment ingredients, and the benefits of many hours of sleep in only an hour.
Last but far from least, the SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs offers a healing and relaxing environment. Kat Tudor, the cofounder and creative director, says “perhaps most important is the spiritual vibe at SunWater as we are very connected to the indigenous ones who took care of the waters long before we were here.” She adds, “We asked permission from a Ute medicine woman to make them available to us.”
Tudor says, “Our water treatments, including the Aqua Cranial Sacral, offer a deep, deep release, especially if you are recovering from a head injury; it is profound work that helps the healing process. We also offer Water Yoga, Watsu, and more than a half dozen signature massages.”
From its setting in Manitou Springs, the spa has amazing views, including Pikes Peak, and eight heated mineral water soaking tubs, which offer healing properties and deep relaxation.
Whatever your preference or your individual needs, there’s a truly luxurious spa option for you.
Relaxation and Romance
Although you shouldn’t miss the Valentine’s Day specials at these spas, couples treatments are a great way to connect any time of year.
The Couples Wellness Spa Retreat includes discounted accommodations, a Rest & Relax Custom Couples Massage, champagne, a breakfast buffet, and more.
The Couples Retreat allows you to enjoy any of a variety of massages in a couples suite. Add a soothing soak in the VibrAcoustic Bubble Massage Chromatherapy Tub plus chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne.
The Spa at the Broadmoor
The Couples Massage Service offers a choice of Swedish, Signature, Prenatal, or Deep Tissue massage in the couples suite.
The Spa at Flying Horse
The Couples Celebration Package features 80 minutes of side-by-side massage with rose petals and candlelight to set the mood. Continue the experience with a 30-minute Aroma Soak in the dual hydro-thermal massage tub and an assorted cheese and fruit platter and wine or champagne to top off the experience.
Strata Integrated Wellness Spa
The VIP couples’ suite at Strata Integrated Wellness Spa creates a lasting memory with side-by-side treatments and complete pampering in total privacy. The suite features top-of-the-line massage tables, a private shower, and a private vanity for a quiet moment of bliss and rejuvenation.
Choose a traditional or specialty massage or opt for Couples Watsu Water Therapy, which combines elements of joint mobilization, shiatsu, stretching, and dance; Couples Aqua Cranial Therapy, which supports your body’s nervous system and alignment; or Couples Thai Yoga Therapy.