The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch
Perched atop a sloping hillside above the town of Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hotel melds luxury accommodations with the majestic spirit of the Rocky Mountains.
Opened in 2002 with 180 rooms, The Ritz is nestled into Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain.
Upon arriving, guests can cast off the winter chill in front of the lobby fireplace. The Great Room offers a cozy area to enjoy a lodge-style living room, while the Buffalo Bar and celebrated Spago restaurant are mere steps away. Guests should be sure to say hello to Bachelor, the resident Loan-a-Lab and Very Important Pooch (VIP) next to the concierge desk.
The Ritz is no stranger to luxury resort living. Five-piece baths in every room accompany residential furnishings and signature Ritz-Carlton robes. Suites also include fireplaces to enjoy with either slope or valley views. Only 90 minutes west of Denver on Interstate 70, the hotel will appeal to locals and visitors alike.
A ski-in-ski-out property, The Ritz provides a ski valet to have boots pre-warmed and skis prepped and ready to go, and has its own ski lift steps from the patio. Après ski, visitors can enjoy a fire pit, gourmet s’mores, the patio at Spago, a dip in the outdoor pool, or one of three outdoor Jacuzzis nestled in the aspen groves.
The nearby 7 Deli is a ski-in lunch grab-and-go option as well. Piping hot Peet’s Coffee and lunch options recharge weary skiers while enjoying the Ritz property.
The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is unique, offering a subterranean co-ed grotto complete with lounge chairs, heated pool and water feature. Locker rooms include a steam room, sauna, cold plunge and hot tub. Large lounge areas complete with fireplaces, fresh fruit and tea selections accompany men’s and women’s grooming areas, 82 lockers and four personal showers. For those traveling from lower elevations, an oxygen bar is also available.
A full-service fitness facility has both mountain and valley views and is available for guests to use 24/7. A nutritionist and personal trainer are on staff, and guests can use a movement studio and juice bar, along with the high-end workout equipment.
Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant has gained acclaim with its creative décor, including cow-hide bar stools, Italian marble and recycled wine barrel flooring, and leather wall panels. The art work of nature photographer John Fielder graces the walls.
The award-winning food doesn’t hurt, either. From ahi tuna cones, to Hong Kong-style dishes and Colorado lamb chops, Spago has a well-deserved reputation for exceptional food. Whether winding down from a day on the slopes or arranging for a romantic dinner, Spago is a wise choice for those visiting the Vail Valley.
If You Go
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
0130 Daybreak Ridge, P.O. Box 9190
Avon, Colorado 81620