While my trip to Vail was supposed to be a vacation, I just couldn’t keep myself from touring Virtuoso partner properties. Since I’ve been in the travel industry, I’ve heard about the famed Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch as a favorite among agents. At first, I had no idea what a Bachelor Gulch was, but when I realized it was a town just a short distance from Beaver Creek, I knew I had to check it out for myself.
Bachelor Gulch & Beaver Creek are about a 20 minute trip from Vail (or $50 cab ride, so I’d advise renting a car if you’re in the area and want to travel between the two areas). The Ritz is located in the pristine area of Bachelor Gulch, surrounded by private homes, and Beaver Creek is right up the hill – a complimentary shuttle runs between the areas to take guests into BC, which is a little village with plenty of shopping and dining options.
For families and ski-enthusiasts, as well as those who want more of a classic lodge feel to their Colorado ski vacation, the Ritz Bachelor Gulch is a perfect fit. It reminded me so much of Reynolds Plantation, mainly because of the atmosphere and sense of place. When I made this remark to Giles, one of the wonderful reps who showed me around the property, he mentioned the similarities between the two properties – they were both built in the same year with a focus on that sense of place, a relatively new concept at the time for the Ritz Carlton brand at the time.
Lately, however, the brand is focusing on providing that sense of place for all of its new properties (like the brand new Ritz Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico, which just opened in December 2012). It’s so important for luxury properties to capture the essence of the surrounding area without sacrificing the high level of service and accommodations that their clients are accustomed to, and the Ritz Bachelor Gulch is a prime example of how to do this incredibly well.
The property is massive, with all of the qualities one would want in a ski lodge: ski-in ski-out access, on-site rentals, heated pool and immaculate spa, a room dedicated to warming the inside of your ski boots…WHAT?! Yes. You heard me. This is what I mean by not sacrificing what they’re known for – Ritz Carlton’s are always one step ahead of their guests in anticipating needs.
After a long day of skiing, snow in your boots, wouldn’t it be nice to have them warmed up for you upon entering into the hotel? You got it. Maybe you needed to rent some equipment? Rest assured that everything available to rent is brand new, the equipment is changed out once a year. Perhaps you want a break that both you and your children will enjoy? Leave the kids with the Ski Nanny while you and your spouse hit the slopes for a couple of hours. Tired after a long day of skiing? In the near future, the Ritz will be providing an oxygen bar as part of their aprés ski services, which currently include live music, fire pits, and roasted chestnuts.
The advice given to me by one of the ski instructors is that the best way to learn and enjoy skiing is one day one, one day off. For your days off, the Ritz’s spa is a picturesque place to spend some down time. All guests over 18 can enjoy access to the spa facilities regardless of whether they’ll be receiving a treatment (but, of course, you’ll want to get a treatment while there…since you’ll have a $100 Resort Credit if you book through me ;). One really cool feature to the spa is the grotto, an indoor hot tub that’s perfect for relaxing tired muscles. On Friday nights, when the spa is closed, the grotto is opened to kids on property for the kind of pool party kids have always dreamed of: inside of a cave, complete with waterfalls.
While you’re dreaming of snuggling up to your honey on Valentine’s Day tomorrow, think about how romantic it would be to snuggle up next to one another by the many fireplaces of the Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Book through me and receive daily breakfast, a complimentary upgrade if available, and a $100 resort credit! Fill out our Request a Trip for more information!