Unveiled: Previewing the New Four Seasons Resort Vail

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    High in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Vail invites year-round outdoor pursuits from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and golfing, plus offers lively nightlife, great food and boutique shopping. Life in Vail centres in Vail Village, and beginning this winter, Four Seasons Resort Vail will be at the heart of it all.Located in the European-style alpine community of Vail Village, the new Resort’s contemporary American West style is marked by a distinctive roofline and numerous balconies opening to the great outdoors. Guests are just steps from Vail Village’s many chic shops, chef-owned restaurants, bars, arts festivals, events, and most importantly, the slopes.

    At Four Seasons Resort Vail, every detail is anticipated so that winter sports lovers can maximise their enjoyment of North America’s largest ski resort destination, which includes 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares) of skiable terrain. The experience begins in the Resort’s boot fitting area, located in the Lobby, where skilled professionals stand ready to serve the novice to the most accomplished, and continues at the slopeside Ski Concierge, more than the typical ski valet.

    Back at the Resort, the spa provides restorative treatments for bodies stretched by physical activity and skin challenged by high altitude conditions, while natural, locally sourced ingredients pamper in massages, facials and more. Romantic couples’ suites with whirlpools and fireplaces offer private retreats.

    Another way to relax while continuing to take in the great outdoors: the Resort’s outdoor pool. Heated year-round and free of harsh chemicals (it’s a saline pool), it’s a great place to soothe tired muscles, or cuddle up in deck chairs by the large stone fireplace while enjoying Four Seasons signature Haut Chocolate.

    Inside the Resort, another massive fireplace commands attention in the lodge lobby and Fireside Bar and Lounge, the perfect place for après-ski drinks. Featuring a full selection of martinis and cocktails, the Bar will specialise in Latin American classics such as the caipirinha, pisco sour, mojito and Cuba libre. Hot and cold tapas and sushi accompany the evening.

    Lodge accommodations are also inspired by the great outdoors. Every one of the 121 suites and rooms has its own easy-to-light gas fireplace for cosy evenings, and offers innovative options for connecting rooms and suites. This means that parties from two to sixteen can easily customise combinations of living and sleeping areas.

    Four Seasons Resort Vail also includes property investment opportunities with 19 Residence Club fractional ownership condominiums and 16 Private Residence whole ownership residences for those who want to visit Vail more often. Residences range from beautifully appointed one- to five-bedroom homes between 1,638–5,673 square feet (152–527 square metres), and include access to all the signature services of the Resort.

    Daniel Fountain / 17.09.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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