At the very heart of the country lies everyone’s favorite destination for snow-covered luxury. For decades Vail has been the synonym for mountain chic and the 5-star resorts dotted around the village portray that flawlessly. From Alpine-inspired lodgings to modern interiors there is one thing that is common for all – sophistication where comfort and attention to detail are above everything else. Afternoons in Vail are all about socializing and swapping stories from the day in the shimmering snow. Consequently, all of the 5-star hotels boast impressive lounges, libraries, and dining areas with roaring fires and you don’t even notice hours passing by as you sip on the finest wines from across the world with newly-made acquaintances. Year-round heated outdoor pools will take care of those sore muscles as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. Here are our picks for the 5 best luxury hotels in Vail.
Named as one of the best hotels in Vail by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017, we really couldn’t agree more – The Sebastian is the place to be at when holidaying in Vail. The majestic hotel is impressive both inside and out, harmoniously using stone and wood elements in its exterior thus blending seamlessly into the Colorado landscape. The inside spaces exude comfort, inviting you to spend your evenings in absolute ease – deep in conversation or clutching a book in the luxe hotel library. The hardwood elements are softened by rich furnishings and plush velvet, and exquisite works of art are proudly displayed in all communal areas. Everything at The Sebastian feels perfectly in-line with the chic mountain resort lifestyle.
The mountain-view terrace at The Sebastian is without a doubt its crown jewel you can enjoy all year – with its heated pool, waterfall features, and adult-only hot tubs, it really is the perfect way to unwind after a day on the slopes. Indulge your senses with the finest drinks from the Frost Bar and enjoy Alpine-style cuisine – using locally-sourced and organic ingredients, of course – at Leonora. All rooms and suites at The Sebastian have been designed with the same attention to detail and whether you are staying in one of the rooms or residential suites with your whole family, you are guaranteed the utmost comfort making this your home away from home.
Part of the Marriott group, Hotel Talisa is an ultra-chic, modern, and upscale hotel infused with mountain resort sophistication. The ski-in/ski-out luxury resort is nestled amidst the most breathtaking Vail scenery, and the hotel has been designed to accentuate that fully. Enjoy striking views of snow-covered trees and hillside from the beautiful Fireside Lounge and its double-storey windows.
The remarkable interiors enjoy the perfect blend of contemporary luxury and mountain elegance. All rooms and suites are incredibly spacious and light, which really is paramount during the darker winter months. Furnishings in a beautifully muted yet deep color palette creates a sense of indulgence and comfort, and incredibly ample bathrooms with walk-in showers are some of the best we’ve seen in Vail. The hotel spa boasts 10 treatment rooms and numerous treatment options for the most relaxing experience after a long day on the slopes.
The Four Seasons is a staple wherever in the world you find yourself at, and Vail is no exception. Fully embracing the mountain look and feel, you can expect only the highest-quality service from room to slopes. 121 rooms and 24 suites are perfectly comfortable and luxe and even the smallest rooms measure around the 600-square foot mark. The communal areas are so inviting and cozy you will find yourself wanting to spend hours after a long day out socializing with friends and new acquaintances with a roaring fire and flickering flames in the background. While this isn’t a ski-in/ski-out hotel – it’s the Four Seasons and that says enough.
Oversized leather chairs, the most comfortable beds with crisp, white linens, spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and relaxing bathtubs – each room is designed to provide the highest level of comfort. The Western-infused interiors are classic and clean and perhaps a little more conservative than some of the more modern resorts in Vail. But we’re in the mountains, after all, and here it just works.
The Ritz-Carlton Club
Bavarian-style architecture meets traditional Western interiors in a mountain lodge style – this is The Ritz-Carlton Club in Vail. Five-star service from arrival and throughout your stay, while a dedicated concierge and ski valet anticipate your needs and prepare everything to ensure your time in Vail is spent with enjoyment and comfort. The family-friendly luxury resort has two, three, and four-bedroom residences with private balconies and elegant furnishings. The communal areas are smart, timeless, and relaxing. A year-round heated outdoor pool is perfectly inviting when you’ve made your way down from the snowy slopes, and The Lobby Lounge will comfort you with a much-needed post-ski meal and drink.
Sonnenalp is one of the few remaining large resorts in the country that is still family-owned and nowhere near succumbing to the pressures of corporate-owned resort chains. Grown from a modest lodge in the 60’s and with origins in early 20th-century Germany, the original vision to bring Old World hospitality and service to the United States has developed in one of the most beloved Vail resorts, filled with European luxury and charm. The family ownership factor can be felt in each detail and every space you enter – the attention to detail is superb and it’s not rare to see the owners in person checking that everything is up to standard while also exchanging stories with guests, many of whom have been visiting for decades.
Sonnenalp boasts an impressive number of 112 suites and 15 rooms – each perfectly cozy with chalet-style interiors. There are no cookie cutter furnishings here and everything has been custom-made in Bavaria to truly allow the Alpine spirit to infuse this hotel at the very heart of Vail. Each suite has a comfortable bedroom and the most charming of living rooms. Large bathrooms with heated floors are perfect for a long shower after a day on the slopes before you head down to King’s Club for an apres ski cocktail and dinner in the Swiss Chalet. The Faessler family-run property radiates warmth – both figuratively and literally.