Published May 16, 2018
Luxury takes many forms: stately historic estates, soaring modern structures and small mountaintop retreats. And luxury means different things to different people. Luxury can mean a chance to get away from it all at a secluded ranch or a chance to revel in it all at an action-packed resort.
Whether it’s private butler service, a private casino or a private beach, the finest dining in the world, the haute couture of interior design or one-in-a-lifetime activities, luxury seekers choose these luxury hotels because they offer unparalleled amenities, activities and service.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
At the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, guests can stay in the main hotel, at a retreat ranch, at a mountaintop lodge or in a restored 1930 estate house. But no matter where guests stay, each of the resort’s 784 guest rooms promises luxury.
The Broadmoor will celebrate its centennial in June. The lobby of the original hotel building, which hadn’t really changed since the hotel opened in 1918, just underwent a facelift. The project retained all the historic features, including the original marble staircase, while opening up the space, relocating a cafe to the lobby and creating new sitting areas with fireplaces. The property also just wrapped up a refresh of the main hotel’s guest rooms.
Groups can get away from it all and still get all the luxury at the Broadmoor’s wilderness properties. The Ranch at Emerald Valley sleeps 32 people in 13 cabins with gas fireplaces; it also has a three-bedroom cabin with a gourmet kitchen. The ranch offers horseback riding, fly-fishing and mountain biking and comes with a Broadmoor chef, who prepares all the meals in the main lodge, which also has a deck overlooking two lakes.
“Two days up there is like a week’s vacation,” said Allison Scott, director of communications for the Broadmoor.
Cloud Camp sits 3,000 feet above the Broadmoor near the top of Cheyenne Mountain, where the views “are spectacular, and Pikes Peak is right in your face,” she said. The 8,000-square-foot main lodge has a two-story hall that invokes the rustic elegance of a 1920s national park lodge. Cloud Camp sleeps 60 people in lodge rooms and guest cabins. After a day of hiking, guests can soak in two hot tubs and soak up the views.
Groups can hike or zip line to Seven Falls waterfall, take a falconry workshop or a fly-fishing class, or play a round on the resort’s two golf courses. The Pikes Peak Cog Railway, however, is closed for 2018 as the resort evaluates the future of the 126-year-old attraction.