10 of the most exciting new luxury hotel openings of 2018

The luxury travel industry is booming, with surveys suggesting that travellers are keen to explore more and willing to pay a little extra when indulging on their travel experiences. This growing demand is reflected by a number of exciting new luxury hotel openings across the globe. Here are just 10 of the many to look out for.

January to March

Hotel X, Toronto, Canada

One of the most anticipated openings in Toronto for 2018 is Hotel X Toronto (by Library Hotel Collection), bringing a cutting edge mix of luxury, hospitality, sports and entertainment to downtown Toronto in March of 2018 – what will be one of North America’s largest urban resorts. Located just a stone’s throw away from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and very close to the amphitheater, the property will be the only hotel on the historic grounds of Exhibition Place, overlooking the Lake Ontario waterfront. With three towers, the hotel will have 404 rooms including 39 suites and 2 penthouses with amazing lake views. Guests can take advantage of all-day dining restaurant and 24-hour room service.

The new Hotel X Toronto is more than just a hotel. The resort will have innovative offerings encompassing entertainment, athletics and dining. For the culinary minded, guests can check out the high-end dining concept Petros 82, a two level Mediterranean restaurant with seasonal patio, a=t three story SkyBar and Lounge, and a beer garden. If you’d like to break a sweat, find yourself in the spinning studio, one of the rooftop pools, golf simulator or on the squash and tennis courts. Vsitors will also find stadium style movie theaters, and elegant ballrooms and event spaces for sophisticated celebrations of all kinds. For the families who travel together, the property also features a 3,000 square foot Play Centre for children with trained babysitters for kids of all ages.The property is surrounded by Stanley Square with lush gardens and fountains to walk through or catch live outdoor events. Just down the road is the brand new outdoor community project, The Bentway, filled with amazing markets, chidlren’s programing and beautiful art projects as well as featuring an ice skating trail in the winter and an amphitheater to be completed this spring.

Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians broke ground on the tribe’s $300 million expansion in December 2015. The slightly longer than two-year project will be completed in March 2018, when the Pechanga tribe, elected officials, dignitaries, celebrities, and Pechanga Resort & Casino team members will celebrate the grand opening of this major milestone. The newly expanded property will make Pechanga the largest resort/casino property on the West Coast. It is comparable to Las Vegas’ style and experience, minus the hustle, bustle and crowds and expensive resort fees of the Strip. Pechanga Resort & Casino’s expansion includes a new, AAA Four Diamond, 568-room and suite hotel wing; a stand-alone luxury two-story spa and salon with 17 treatment rooms, a fitness center and hydrotherapy pool terrace; a 4.5-acre resort-style pool complex; two new restaurants; and an additional 67,000 square feet of event space. Economists from Beacon Economics estimate Pechanga’s expansion created a more than $550 million economic benefit to the region. The respected economics firm said the area’s local economy has benefited from the creation of an additional 560 jobs per year as a result of the Temecula resort/casino’s expanded operations. Perhaps one of the most exciting new luxury amenities is the 25,000-square foot day spa, which is the largest in the Temecula Valley. At two stories, Spa Pechanga features two hydrotherapy pools, 17 treatment rooms, a full-service nail, hair and makeup salon, a full suite of barbering services, a menu serving fresh herbal teas and juices, a fitness center with group or private fitness/wellness classes and its very own yoga instructor/wellness coach.

Another new luxury amenity is the high-end retail shops. Pechanga now offers three retail shops and one Swarovski boutique. Two of the retail spaces are high-end women’s boutiques featuring name-brand apparel, handbags, fine jewelry, home décor, watches, and much more from such brands as Versace, Frank Lyman, Burberry, Prada, Michael Kors, Dooney & Bourke, Gucci, and Waterford Crystal. The 4.5-acre pool complex, named “The Cove,” is nearly the size of four football fields and will open to guests on March 5 during the official Grand Opening. The pool area consists of five pools and four whirlpool spas, one with a natural rock waterfall feature. The center pool encompasses 7,600 square feet and features a swim-up bar with underwater seating and a Baja ledge for chaises and daybeds that skim the water. Another large pool at 2,400 square feet features a family friendly setting with two twisty waterslides that splash guests into a beach-entry pool. Next to the pool, kids can run through sprinkling water at the splash pad. A third pool is a 1,200-square foot VIP pool. Two smaller pools (520 and 650 square feet) offer more spots for guests to soak. Thirty-two comfortable cabanas will be available through the entire pool and spa complex. Encompassed within The Cove is a large grassy field available as an outdoor concert venue, a beautiful space for outdoor parties, and more. Within the new pool lagoon area, Pechanga also will open an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar serving a variety of appetizers, salads and choice sandwiches and burgers either in the restaurant or poolside. This will be Pechanga’s 13th property restaurant and its 20th restaurant or bar venue. After a trip to the spa, some boutique shopping and an afternoon at the pool with signature The Cove drinks featuring fresh fruit and locally grown ingredients, relax in one of Pechanga’s 1,090 rooms and suites. The expansion added an entirely new hotel wing, which doubled the size of the resort. While those rooms are brand new, the existing hotel wing has undergone an extensive renovation to its suites. Rooms are designed to be plush, contemporary, warm, and inviting. Along with those rooms and suites, Pechanga features luxurious spa suites and two palatial executive suites resembling Las Vegas’ presidential suites.

Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

The Sheldon Chalet is a true five star Alaskan wilderness experience. The longtime dream of Don and Roberta Sheldon, homesteaders who claimed the land in the mid-50s, this five bedroom property is nestled on five private acres within Denali National Park. Perfect for experiencing the northern lights, heli-skiing, snowshoeing and hosting feasts of the finest Alaskan seafood, this property is designed for ultimate seclusion. Perched 6,000 feet above the wilderness and overlooking some of the most dramatic vistas in the Alaska Range, it is only accessible by air from Anchorage or Talkeetna and is the only private land in the national park. JG Black Book will work with the property to increase travelers’ aspirations to explore the destination and ultimately raise the profile for the resort.

Located on five private acres, the Sheldon Chalet sleeps up to ten guests in five bedrooms featuring unique panoramas of the Alaska Range from every angle. The vision of Alaskan pioneers, Don and Roberta Sheldon, the Sheldon Chalet is a platform for the adventure of a lifetime and offers guests guides, gear, a chef and a concierge to experience this exclusive destination on the flanks of North America’s highest mountain. Robert Sheldon, his wife Marne and sister Kate have made the Sheldon family dream become a reality. Serving delicious Alaskan fare, Sheldon Chalet provides a crown-jewel Alaskan experience with activities including heli-picnics, guided glacier trekking, heli-skiing and aurora borealis viewing.

Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa, Pacific City, Oregon, USA

After two decades of planning and more than a year of construction, Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa in Pacific City, Oregon, opened its doors to guests in January 2018. The lodge celebrates hospitality, Oregon-style, offering visitors luxury amenities against the backdrop of Oregon’s beautiful North Coast. It’s the first property of its kind to open on the Oregon Coast in over a decade. The main lodge comprises of 33 king and two-queen rooms, and there are 18 adjacent cottages. The guestrooms are oceanfront, and have views of the Pacific Ocean and iconic Haystack Rock, with private balconies to get even closer to the sand, surf and fresh ocean air. All rooms have pillow-top mattresses and include an HD flat-screen TV, mini fridge, Bonavita brewing system with freshly-ground coffee, Smith tea and kettle, Bluetooth lantern speaker, in-room safe, in-room iPad, gas fireplace and custom bike and surfboard racks. Select rooms have cast-iron soaking tubs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily is Headlands’ restaurant and bar, Meridian. Customers can savor their food in the stylish oceanview dining room surrounded by exposed beams, Oregon hardwoods and sky-high windows. Meridian’s menu focuses on Northwest coastal cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the ocean, local purveyors and Headlands’ own Mary’s Herb Garden. A full vegan and vegetarian menu is also offered. An extensive wine list focuses on Oregon wines with featured selects from Washington and beyond. On tap are beers from Pelican Brewing Company, located just down the beach.

At Tidepools guests will find a full menu of spa treatments and an innovative indoor and outdoor wellness program. In the serene setting, guests can enjoy their treatments, steam room and an outdoor hot tub with ocean view and fireplace. The Tidepools wellness offerings include an airy fitness studio with free weights, treadmill, elliptical, Peloton bikes and Precor equipment. Complimentary exercise classes range from beach yoga to meditation to Pilates. Additionally, guests at Headlands can pursue unique outdoor adventures, organized through the Adventure Coach program. The on-staff Adventure Coaches are experts in everything North Coast. They are available to plan a personalized itinerary for any experience, from food, beer and wine to biking, hiking and crabbing, or any mix of activities a visitor could desire. At Headlands, visitors are invited to “Stay In” and immerse themselves in all the lodge has to offer, and “Head Out” to explore the rugged, breathtaking beauty of the Oregon Coast.

April to June

The Source Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA

Anticipation is building for The Source Hotel, Denver. In January, The New York Times’ Elaine Glusac named the forthcoming 100-room property as one of the new hotels to check out in 2018. Opening in May, The Source Hotel, Denver takes the luxury boutique hotel experience to the next level. A key ingredient is location. You’ll find The Source Hotel in what is perhaps The Mile High City’s most exciting neighborhood – the River North Art District (RiNo, for short). This formerly industrial part of Denver is just moments from downtown, and in recent years has seen an explosion of activity, including art studios, restaurants, creative businesses and craft beverage makers. The hotel’s sister property, The Source opened in 2013 and quickly became a must-visit RiNo destination for locals and visitors alike, offering a carefully curated collection of artisans and retailers. The Source Hotel will complement the adjacent market hall, showcasing independent local vendors and artisans, who will give guests a taste of Denver’s vibrant creative community. The lobby check in experience will be home to craft beer pioneer New Belgium Brewing Co.’s first Denver small-batch brewery, which will feature a 10-barrel system that produces a constantly rotating tap list (with an emphasis on sour, wild and experimental beers) for the Woods bar and restaurant. As if that’s not enough for beer lovers, the local favorite Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is right next-door at The Source, and the beloved Great Divide Brewing Co. is across the street. Woods is located on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, upon which guests will enjoy spectacular city and mountain views (stretching from 14,000-foot Pikes Peak to the south to Long’s Peak to the north), as well as a cantilevered pool and hot tub. The hotel is the RiNo neighborhood’s only high-rise structure – so its rooftop offers a whole new perspective on the Denver skyline and the Front Range panorama.

The Source Hotel, Denver’s look – the work of Stephen Dynia of Dynia Architects – is a powerful blend of historic and forward-thinking design, paying tribute to RiNo’s rich past. Dynia’s design complements the existing Source’s galvanized metal and brick with concrete and light birch, offset by touches of the brand’s signature – vivid blue represented in the neon market hall sign, custom wallpaper, and subtle details that reveal themselves as guests become immersed in the property. The hotel’s industrial sensibility is offset by warmth, with added touches of wood and other natural elements. The Source Hotel, Denver and The Source are not simply adjacent – an oasis-like courtyard, with a bridge that takes guests seamlessly from the hotel to the marketplace, links them. Overlooking the courtyard is another restaurant option at The Source Hotel, Denver: Smök, the brick and mortar opening of cult favorite BBQ concept helmed by acclaimed chef Bill Espiricueta. Hailing from The Source’s celebrated Acorn Restaurant and a protégé of Executive Chef Steve Redzikowski (the only James Beard-nominated chef from Colorado in 2017). In its guestrooms, The Source Hotel, Denver brings the outdoors in. Floor-to-ceiling windows deliver copious natural light and rooms feature raise-able garage doors so guests can enjoy Denver’s fresh mountain air and private views of the hopping RiNo scene. Further solidifying the hotel’s essential connection to its thriving neighborhood, the city of Denver has invested more than $29 million in the installation of new bike lanes, native landscaping, and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure on Brighton Boulevard, ensuring that eco-friendly human-powered transport in the area will flourish.

Monkey Island, Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire, UK

In May 2018, YTL Hotels’ newest UK property, Monkey Island Estate, will open in the historic village of Bray-on-Thames, Berkshire. The island has an intriguing history that dates back 800 years, and has been frequented by monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals. The restored Monkey Island Estate is set across seven acres and will consist of 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites, all designed by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design, who additionally worked on interior design projects for YTL Hotels’ first British property, The Gainsborough Bath Spa. The white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings make up the main areas of the hotel, surrounded by perfectly manicured gardens and beautiful views of the River Thames.

Monkey Island has a unique history, with early 18th century fishing retreats built by the Duke of Marlborough and famous monkey artworks, and also having been immortalized through a great work of early 20th century literature. Monkey Island has provided British hospitality for the last 180 years. Monkey Island will be the perfect countryside retreat for visitors from London and all around the world, for weekend trips, weddings, romantic escapes and more. The hotel is ideal for those wanting to take a foodie pilgrimage to Bray, a destination for culinary-enthusiasts that is the only village in the world that lays claim to two three Michelin-starred restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn by Alain Roux.

Vista Palazzo Lago di Como, Italy

Family-owned Italian hotel brand Lario Hotels is readying their latest project in the center of Lake Como, Italy. Vista Palazzo Lago di Como, set to open this coming June 2018, will be the fourth luxury property for the group in and around the lakeside celebrity hotspot and the only five-star to be open all year round. The new project, born our of a restored centuries’ old Palazzo, will boast 18 individually designed luxury suites, including a unique 60+ sq m Corner Suite complete with a private Turkish bath. As the name implies, Vista will offer guests unparalleled views of the lake, especially from the rooftop restaurant, bar and lounge. Guests don’t just have to admire the view from a distance. The hotel offers guests transport to Bellaggio by either seaplane or by Riva speedboat.

For the unique design, Lario Hotels has called upon Italian designer Maurizio Maggi who places special attention on celebrating Italian excellence in design and decor. As such, Maggi has chosen to incorporate Dedar fabrics, prized marble and woods, and insists on only Italian craftsmanship throughout Situated in the heart of “downtown” Como, Vista is just a stone’s throw from the lakefront and Como’s top attractions.

July to September

Lanai Tower, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island, Florida, USA

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, a luxurious Florida resort located along the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on three miles of private, pristine white sand beach, underwent a three-phase, $320 million renovation project to enhance and refine every aspect of the property. The first and second phases are complete and the third phase is poised to be completed when the Balinese-inspired resort opens the doors of its lavish 94-room adult-exclusive Lanai Tower. Designed by a Florida-based design and architecture firm, Edge of Architecture, Inc., the new Lanai Tower is the pinnacle of luxury on Marco Island, boasting gorgeous and unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico and establishing a harmonious relationship between the building and its tropical environment – an experiential symbiosis of interior and exterior spaces. The tower features an exclusive rooftop pool, a deluxe gourmet rooftop restaurant, and a 12,000 square foot indoor entertainment center. With the addition of this upscale Lanai Tower, the JW Marriott Marco Island resort now offers its guests 100,000 square feet of innovative and flexible event space – fully equipped with cutting edge technology – and 810 magnificently appointed rooms and suites.

Beyond the new adult-exclusive Lanai Tower, the property boasts a range of signature culinary offerings as well as one of only three SPA by JW concept spas in the United States. Located on the northern end of the resort, SPA by JW gives guests a relaxing and personal spa experience with a range of renewing, calming, invigorating and indulgent treatments designed by world-renowned experts. The Balinese-style spa, with its elegant yet laid back setting, features a mineral tub overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, salon services and a Spa Shop. The resort also provides premium outdoor activities, including a guided Wave Runner Tour through the Ten Thousand Islands, a Sailing and Shelling Tour to uninhabited islands, world-class golf at the Rookery and Hammock Bay championship courses, and more. After partaking of exciting outdoor activities and sumptuous spa treatments, resort guests are invited to lounge on the sand in a private chickee hut or unwind in one of the secluded poolside cabanas. In the evenings, enjoy stunning views of Floridian sunsets during the nightly fire-dancer sunset celebrations at Quinn’s on the Beach before strolling over to the trendy Kane Tiki Bar & Grill for a cocktail — Kane has one of Marco Island’s most extensive collections of rums. Those seeking an elegant dining experience should reserve a table at ARIO, the property’s signature restaurant, and try the in-house dry aged steaks and chops or the exquisite local seafood – all beautifully prepared by Gerald Sombright, Chef de Cuisine and Season 14 Top Chef contestant. ARIO even boasts its very own dry-aging room and invites guests to the back of the house for viewings, giving them the opportunity to learn about the dry-aging process and make their dining experience both delectable and immersive.

Vista Collina Resort, Napa, California, USA

Vista Collina Resort is nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Napa Valley and will usher in a new way to discover California’s most celebrated Wine Country. With the resort’s thoughtful, Tuscan-style décor, tasting Village, artisanal market, and a spacious community lawn for picnicking and private concerts, Vista Collina isn’t simply a resort in Napa. It is Napa at its finest. The 145 guestrooms and suites offer a tranquil escape with Frette linens and robes, natural stone bathrooms, Fresh bath amenities and easy connectivity to WiFi and streaming services. 39 one-bedroom suites provide an even more luxurious experience with spacious living rooms, full kitchens equipped with the Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System, and dining areas. A separate king-bedded guestroom includes a private bathroom with deep soaking tub. The in-suite culinary experience in partnership with Hestan Cue allows guests to select the seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients they’d like, have it delivered to their door, then inside their suite, the Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System will help to bring their ingredients—and Napa Valley experience—to life in a delicious meal. All guestrooms and suites feature beautiful views of vineyard lined hillsides, making memorable moments from sunrise to sunset. Additional guest amenities include a sparkling new pool with full bar service, both fitness and movement studios, 24-hour in-room dining and a welcome bottle of wine for every guestroom. The resort is located in the shadow of Napa’s Grape Crusher Statue and just one hour from San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento. Its convenient location provides easy access to explore both Sonoma and the Napa Valley.

Located onsite, The Village at Vista Collina Resort curates the best of Napa into a unique Wine Country experience. The centerpiece of the Village will be its nine tasting rooms featuring boutique wineries from the Napa Valley, creating a convenient way to taste wines without getting in their car between tastings. Beyond the tasting rooms, The Village includes Fivetown Grocery, a market with farm-fresh, seasonal and local items for guests to enjoy with their favorite wines, while picnicking or in the comfort of their suite. Fivetown Grocery features a variety of fresh-made pastries, gourmet coffees, sandwiches with preservative-free meat smoked onsite, artisanal breads, and packaged pastas and sauces, all made from scratch in small batches by acclaimed chef, Vincent Lesage. The Food & Wine Center is a professional cooking school offering cooking classes for up to 20 or baking and wine tasting classes for up to 40, all led by a member of the resort’s executive culinary team. Outside, the 16,000 square foot Village Lawn is the perfect location for an afternoon picnic, wines by the bottle, concerts and other local events. The Village is a destination all its own. And with a robust, curated calendar that’s always changing, you’ll want to visit often to experience all the Napa Valley has to offer, all in one place.

October to December

Limelight Hotel, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA

Scheduled to open in November 2018, the Limelight Hotel Snowmass is located in the heart of Snowmass Village and at the bottom of Snowmass Ski Area — the resort’s epicenter. The front door is just steps away from two lifts that serve the mountain, the Elk Camp Gondola and the Village Express Chairlift, ensuring year round access to skiing and snowboarding, on-mountain dining, an alpine coaster that shushes you down through the woods, and a host of summer activities in The Lost Forest located at the top of the gondola. The hotel features a five-story climbing wall in the lobby and an ice skating rink and summer events lawn just outside — all of which is open to the public. Many longtime community members and visitors envision the ice rink/events lawn will become the town square for Snowmass Village. The lobby is designed to be a community living room, with food and beverage service and live music that is open guests and residents alike. The hotel will have 99 rooms and 11 luxury two- and three-bedroom condominiums, ranging in size from 1,367 square feet to 2,627 square feet. The condominiums have lofty, open floor plans with large windows that highlight the most impressive design detail of all — views of the peaks of the surrounding Rocky Mountains. The condominiums are also designed so that bedrooms can be locked off, allowing owners to participate — if they choose — in the hotel’s rental management program. Condominium owners will have privileges at the exclusive Snowmass Mountain Club, which will also be located in the Limelight Hotel Snowmass. Club members will have access to parking, a lounge, lockers and member services at the base of the ski area. The Limelight Hotel Snowmass is the third Limelight Hotel, with the other two located in Aspen and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Limelight Hotel Snowmass is part of the Snowmass Base Village project, a $600 million, 10-building development that is currently being constructed by Vail-based East West Partners in partnership with the Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners. The development includes residential, commercial, hospitality and public amenities that will be built over the next 10 years. Three buildings, including the Limelight Hotel Snowmass, are currently under construction and two more are slated to begin construction in early 2018. Snowmass Base Village and the Limelight Hotel Snowmass are located in Snowmass Village, Colo., a 50-year-old community that opened for business in 1967, the same year that the ski lifts went into operation at Snowmass Ski Area. Snowmass Village is a tranquil community located just seven miles from Aspen, Colo., surrounded by some of the most beautiful peaks in the central Rocky Mountains. In the summer it is a destination for hikers, mountain bikers, fly fishers, kayakers and rafters, horseback riders, hot air balloon aficionados and music lovers who can attend free weekly concerts on the hill and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival which draws some of the biggest acts in the country. In the winter, Snowmass Village is the base of Snowmass Ski Area, one of the largest and most family-friendly resorts in North America. With skiing and snowboarding on one of the largest and most highly regarded mountains in North America, it includes expert runs, long blue groomers and multiple beginner areas, boasting vast terrain for every ability, an abundance of deep snow and one of the longest vertical descents (1,343m or 4,406 ft.) of any ski resort in North America.

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Top 5 luxury ski destinations in the USA

A country where mountains are impressively huge, snowfall is pristine and champagne powder is de rigueur: the USA certainly has sublime ski territory. We’ve chosen our favourite spots for a truly indulgent trip to the slopes.

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen has four spectacular mountains to choose from: Snowmass – home to the largest lift-served vertical descent in North America – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. The latter has two exciting terrain parks (the Winter X Games are hosted here), and incredible glade skiing.


Wide, mostly pedestrianised streets and restored Victorian buildings give Aspen a quaint feel. Hotel St Regis is a glamorous spot to hang up your skis, with its roaring fires, crystal chandeliers and antique decor. The Presidential Suite even includes a baby grand piano, an imposing marble fireplace and butler service. In the evening, step into the spa for a customised facial, wrap or massage, or sample a Bloody Mary made with local vodka. The menu at the Chef’s Club restaurant features 20 signature dishes produced by 20 top chefs.

Park City, Utah

Park City was once a silver mining town – now it’s a pretty resort and the largest in the USA. There’s a range of wide, easy blues, large bowls and, for those seeking a challenge, you’ll find a number of short, sharp blacks and a proliferation of couloirs, cliffs and plunges.

Park City

The ski-in ski-out Waldorf Astoria is an elegant spot to rest your head. Relax post-ski in the heated outdoor pool, or visit the spa, hot tub and sauna. Spacious suites with up to three bedrooms cater for larger groups, and each commands a spectacular view. While away the evenings at Powder restaurant with a seafood tower to share, glazed pork belly or crab-crusted moonfish. Off-slope, experience the magic of a horse-drawn sleigh or try husky sledding or snowshoeing.

Vail, Colorado

With more than 370 inches of snow a year and 5,289 skiable acres, not to mention spectacular views of of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch mountain ranges, skiing at Vail is a once-in-a- lifetime experience. The alpine-inspired Vail Village is rather special too, with its peaceful ambience, cosily heated streets and sparkling lights.


The charming Arrabelle Hotel prides itself on giving guests a truly luxury experience. Besides the fitness area and spa, concierge service and lavish pet accommodations, they also offer a GoPro to each guest so you can fully capture your experience. After you’ve indulged in a sunset view from the rooftop hot tub, head down to Tavern on the Square for coffee-cured Elk loin, with Bourbon peach trifle to finish.

Heavenly, California

Heavenly has more than earned its name, with its thrilling slopes and varied terrain: there are 34 miles of wide-open cruisers, 1,600 foot plunges and double-black diamond canyons to keep you on your toes. At the end of a day’s downhill fun, swap your skis for some skates and experience the romantic atmosphere and music at the open-air skating rink in town.


Afterwards, make your way to Hotel Montbleu, a hotel so committed to relaxing that they have an on-site spa and salon. Book a couple’s massage, a manicure or simply flit between the sauna and steam room. Start the evening at Ciera restaurant with a Chateaubriand steak for two, or head to Fortune and dip into the extensive sushi menu. The hotel has its own nightclub and casino as well, so if you’re looking for a Vegas-worthy experience, you’ve found the prime location.

Steamboat, Colorado

The home of champagne powder, the Steamboat ski area is the perfect choice for beginners, with gentle green trails up to 3,000 metres high and the opportunity to take private family lessons to make memories together. There are plenty of places to go off-piste too: experience the one-of-kind thrill of night skiing, or try the double-black diamond trails on Big Mountain.


When you hang up your skis, make your way to the nearby Saddleback Ranch to be whisked off for a horse-drawn sleigh ride, followed by warming apple cider and a four-course dinner in a traditional lodge. Alternatively, take an afternoon off from ski lessons and head to Strawberry Park Hot Springs to relax in therapeutic thermal pools and admire the mountain scenery. The luxury Steamboat Grand hotel is a wonderful place to rest those tired muscles. It has a swimming pool and spa facilities, as well as a luxurious whirlpool tub for two in every Deluxe King Room.

Craig Burton is Managing Director of Ski Solutions.

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5 of the best luxury ski resorts for families

Skiing is a treasured family past time for many. Old or young, family members of all ages and abilities can enjoy the fun and beauty of snow-capped mountains across the globe. Whether your favorite part of the vacation is hitting the slopes, taking in the breathtaking views, or sipping hot chocolate in the lodge, these luxury ski resorts have something for everyone. And the adventure in and around these amazing accommodations isn’t limited to just skiing. Many of these resorts offer year-round fun for parents and children alike. Let’s explore some of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts that accommodate families of every size and ability.

1. The Arrabelle at Vail Square, Colorado, USA

When you think of skiing does Colorado come to mind? With over 150 ski resorts calling Colorado home at one time or another, it’s no surprise that one of the country’s most luxurious resorts is located in this Rocky Mountain region.

If you’re an avid skier looking for a challenge, then visiting Vail should be on your bucket list. With over 5,200 acres of ski and snowboard terrain and seven Black Bowls, the area is every ski enthusiast’s dream. If you’re looking to take a break from the slopes, there’s plenty to do in the local area.

Finding things to entertain the kids won’t be any trouble at all. Vail experiences over 300 days of sunshine each year, meaning there’s an abundance of outdoor activities for the whole family. The summer months provide warmth and the opportunity for an array of sports from golfing and fishing to hot air balloon rides! If shopping is your pleasure, visit Vail Square where you’ll find galleries, boutiques, hot chocolate, and an outdoor ice rink.

After a full day of shopping or skiing, parents can relax at either the Arrabelle Spa or the Lodge at Vail Spa. Both offer treatments using only organic ingredients.

2. Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland

If you’re looking to travel during your family ski excursion, what better place to visit than Switzerland. With expansive mountains and gorgeous landscapes, this region is home to some of the most luxurious ski resorts in the world. And Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz is one of its finest.

The building itself is beyond anything you’ve ever seen. The history of the palace dates back to 1896 and it’s visible throughout. With suites offering both mountain and lake views, guests can choose between several double room options. Enjoy afternoon tea or a decadent dinner at the hotel’s Grand Hall or the Full House. Dining with the whole family? Chesa Veglia has something for everyone.

While you and your partner hit the slopes or enjoy some local shopping, Badrutt’s Palace will keep your little ones safe and entertained. The activities and opportunities available for children at the palace are endless. The Kids’ Club Palazzino is designed for children ages 3 to 12. Kids can will love playing in the outdoor area, tennis courts, swings, sandpit, and ice skating rink.

Organized activities include horse carriage rides, trips to the fire department or airport, bike tours, cooking and baking lessons, crafts, dancing, and gymnastics – among many more! The last thing your kids will be is bored at Badrutt’s Palace. The highlight of your child’s trip might be the Kids’ Disco party held in the classic King’s Club. Happy kids make for happy and relaxed parents.

3. Beaver Creek Lodge, Minnesota, USA

Located in picturesque Beaver Creek Minnesota, the Beaver Creek Lodge has been voted one of the top 40 resorts in the West. And once you pass through the entrance and discover everything this luxurious lodge has to offer, the reasons are clear.

With suites that offer both a bedroom and living area, families will have plenty of room and space to relax and unwind after a long day of outdoor fun. The kids can warm-up by the suite’s fireplace while mom and dad prepare snacks and even dinner in the suites’ kitchenette. Don’t feel like cooking? No problem. Experience a revolutionary experience at the Beaver Lodge Revolution restaurant that offers a variety of meats, flatbreads, and homemade sauces.

Activities at the lodge are abundant. Winter sports include skiing (of course), snowmobiling, ice skating, and dog sledding. Traveling to Beaver Creek in the summer months? You’ll be pleased to know warm weather activities range from horseback riding and fishing to river tubing and kayaking. If relaxing is your top priority, Beaver Creek has you covered with a spa, art galleries, and shopping.

Kids will love the indoor pool, hot air balloon rides, and 18-hole mini-golf. Traveling with an infant? Beaver Creek Lodge provides cribs and Pack-n-Plays upon request and free of charge.

4. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

With ten provinces, three territories and major cities like Vancouver and Toronto, Canada is a mecca for diversity and vacation destinations. The Fairmont Chateau, surrounded by the Victoria Glacier and picturesque Lake Louise, offers visitors breathtaking views and equally luxurious accommodations.

Located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, the Fairmont Chateau has 552 rooms including suites, guestrooms, and specialty rooms. When traveling with family, the Fairmont offers activities and events for adults and children alike. If you’re visiting the area during the Christmas holiday, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, Santa’s Christmas workshop and gingerbread house decorating.

Like any luxury ski resort worth visiting, the Fairmont Chateau offers a world-class spa for adults. Couples can enjoy a body scrub, massages, facials, and over 20 other treatments in this oasis of relaxation. While mom and dad are unwinding, the kids can choose from a variety of awesome programs.

For children ages 8 and up, the Mountain Adventure Program includes hiking and canoeing in the summer months and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the snow. If you’re traveling with younger kids, the Kid’s Camp accommodates children starting at age 5.campoutsl enjoy campouts, pajama parties, scavenger hunts, and creating stuffed animals among countless other outdoor adventures. Babysitting is also available for children of all ages.

5. L’Apogee Courchevel, Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France

We end our journey in France. The L’Apogée Courchevel is not only aesthetically beautiful but offers visitors a unique and unforgettable experience. With its ski-in and ski-out ramp, guests can easily access the wide-range of accommodations and activities from boutiques and shops to the resort’s fitness center and spa.

Traveling in style with kids has never been easier. This beautiful resort offers large, interconnecting rooms with upwards of 5 bedrooms to accommodate families of any size. Parents can utilize the penthouse for seclusion.

The L’Apogée kids’ club ambassadors take pride in offering your children an amazing experience during their visit. With a variety of VIP 1850 options, kids young and old will engage in age-appropriate activities and adventures. The Mini-VIP 1850 is an oasis for youngsters where ambassadors will entertain and supervise while also helping children make chocolates, perfume, and even jewelry. Kids will delight in play time in the snow and tasty snacks made from fresh, local produce.

Older children will love the Freestyle 1850. Here, teens can listen to music, use the internet, play video and computer games, and participate in dance parties. This club is designed for kids ages 11 to 15. Movie nights are made available, as well as table tennis. All children will love hitting the slopes for dog sled rides and skiing. Parents can have their own fun outdoors or in the resort’s luxurious spa. This French getaway is fun for the whole family.

Skiing will never be the same

Now that you know about these luxurious ski resorts that span four countries, you can plan an unforgettable and enjoyable excursion for the whole family. Whether all members love the slopes or only some, these resorts offer adventure and entertainment that will create a once and a lifetime experience for all.

April Sutphen is the Creator and Editor of Honest Mom.

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10 Luxury Ski House Rentals Around The Globe You Need To Book


Planning your next ski getaway? Whether you’re an avid skier or you prefer the après-ski lifestyle, a luxe hot tub is the perfect amenity for every mountain vacation. To make planning easy, FlipKey has rounded up nine chalets in top ski destinations around the world with stunning hot tubs. From a hot tub in a French cave to one set outside a 16,000 square foot castle in Park City, these relaxing spots are perfect for your next group ski trip.

Lake Vista | Jackson Hole, Wyoming


5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 11

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Soak in the hot tub under the stars at this stunning Jackson Hole home. With mountain and lake views, Lake Vista is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Inside, guests will find multiple fireplaces, including fireplaces in the master suites, game room, theater room, gym and wine cellar. Glass walls and massive picture windows throughout the house allow for plenty of sunlight during the day, and spectacular views around the clock.

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Top of the Line 6 Bedroom | Vail, Colorado


6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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This Vail home is the definition of mountain luxury, located at the top of Forest Road for some of the best views of Vail Valley. Guests will love the A-lister experience, including an elevator and 20-foot windows for plenty of sunlight and stunning sunset views. Relax in the state-of-the-art media room, or arrange for a massage with the professional massage table inside. Outside, the driveway and patio are heated, so no need to worry about ice and snow removal, and the hot tub and outdoor sound system are both operated by a touch screen for easy adjustments. The home offers ski-in/ski-out access to the Born Free catwalk, and features personal ski lockers and glove and boot warmers for the ultimate ski experience.

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Mont Tremblant Chalet | Mont Tremblant, Quebec


6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 15

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Enjoy all of Mont Tremblant’s charm from this luxury waterfront cottage. Guests will love the home’s rustic architecture, stunning views, beach access and relaxing atmosphere. After a long day of skiing, settle into the hot tub with breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and valley. While Mont Tremblant is best-known for its skiing, this home is a favorite year-round. Head out for a hike in the spring, hit the beach in the summer, or watch the leaves change from the hot tub in the fall.

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Chalet Devlin | Lech, Austria



5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 14

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Chalet Devlin in Lech, Austria offers a premier chalet experience in a world class ski destination. The home can sleep 10 adults and 4 children over four luxurious floors. The house is ski in/ski out above the Schlosskopf lift, and offers easy access to the exclusive enclave of Oberlech. The elevated location offers unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains, which guests can enjoy from the cozy outdoor hottub. In addition to the spectacular location and beautiful outdoor space, the home includes a cinema room, wine cave, sauna, hammam, fitness area, bar, library, ski room, dining room, luxe sitting area, and fully-equipped kitchen.

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Cascade Ridge | Big Sky, Montana


4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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Plan your Big Sky escape in style at this striking private home, which includes access to the resort’s fully staffed private lodge with ski-in/ski-out access. The lodge offers equipment lockers and glove and boot dryers, so guests can leave their gear and relax at home. After a long day of skiing, relax in the indoor-outdoor pool or the luxe hot tub at this hilltop escape. The location allows guests to enjoy views of three different mountain ranges in the Big Sky valley. Love your ski trip? Return in the summer for plenty more outdoor activities, like mountain biking and hiking, and enjoy the proximity to Yellowstone National Park, which is under an hour away.

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Chalet Valentina | Zermatt, Switzerland


5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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Contemporary isn’t usually the first adjective to come to mind when you think of chalets—but it will be after a stay at Chalet Valentina. Designed by acclaimed Swiss designer and architect Heinz Julen, this cutting edge home will make you rethink chalets with its use of clear glass walls, a glass-enclosed hot tub with spectacular views, and custom made furnishings. The most amazing feature? A unique architectural system in the open plan dining room allows guests to raise the table up to the ceiling to create more space for pre-dinner drinks or dancing! Guests will also have access to a professional chef, concierge, ski instructor, and hosting staff during their stay.

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Chalet Anchorage | Courchevel, France


5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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For an authentic Alpine experience, head to Chalet Anchorage in Courchevel. Guests are greeted with champagne and fresh flowers, and will immediately feel welcome and cozy in the great room, made from old wood and local materials, and centered around a corner fireplace. The most picturesuqe area of the home, however, is the wellness area in the lower level, with a stone plunge pool, shower, hammam, and sauna. Added bonus: if your group is larger than ten, consider booking its companion chalet, Chalet Alaska, for additional space.

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The Villa | Whistler, British Columbia


6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, sleeps 15

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Whistler is consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America, making it the perfect place for your next ski getaway. The Villa is perched on the side of Whistler Mountain with ski-in/ski-out access, and offers unparalleled southwest views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The Villa offers guests a top notch experience, with a billiards room, steam room, exercise space, indoor resistance pool with waterfall, in-floor heating, and of course an outdoor hot tub with mountain views.

This contemporary, single floor home was remodeled in 2014, and offers the perfect homebase for an Aspen getaway. The home’s original wood-burning fireplaces are perfect for après-ski plans, and floor-to-ceiling windows make it easy to enjoy 180-degree mountain views of Aspen and Snowmass. The living, dining and kitchen areas are open plan, and extend out onto a private patio that runs the length of the home. Outside, guests will find a built-in barbeque, fire pit and a private hot tub, perfect for soaking in the beautiful surroundings.

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Park City Castle | Park City, Utah


6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, sleeps 22

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This rental is truly fit for royalty. Styled as a grand chateau and set in a gated community, guests will be greeted by a luxe porte cochere and an arched entry hall with carved limestone fireplace and marble floors. The home sits on 5.8 acres and offers ski-in, ski-out access to the Quicksilver Gondola, six bedrooms, and 16,000 square feet of space that sleeps up to 22 guests. The home features about every amenity guests could imagine (pool table, steam shower, wine room, fireplace, boot warmers, three laundry rooms, fully-equipped kitchen plus prep kitchen, library, media room) but after long days of skiing, the luxe private hot tub on the home’s lower deck will be the most appealing.

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Ski the Summit: the top 5

New flights into the mile-high city of Denver have made access into the snow-sure Colorado resorts easier than ever and from Denver the only way is up and along the I-70 to the aptly named Summit County comprising no less than 12 ski resorts.  At 2,926 metres, Breckenridge is the highest ski resort village: nearby […]

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Denver’s Dining Scene Takes Off | Best Restaurants in Denver

Barrel-aged cocktails are gimmicky already, so the bar jacks up the gimmick, mixing genever and Szechuan peppercorns into a cask “old fashioned.” It’s a neo-“Mad Men” precursor to a meal served on retro dinnerware. Housemade charcuterie arrives on a midcentury-style wooden platter. A warm spinach, artichoke and goat cheese dip is a throwback blast to scoop up with warm chips.

Yellow-glazed plates that look like they came from Russell Wright’s studio hold a kale, cabbage, radicchio and sunflower seed salad — serious roughage to balance the steak. Happily, Guard grills a 4-ounce strip. Just the right size to save room for other dishes, it’s glossed in veal demi-glace and clarified butter. Wet-aged and juicy but with a mineral char, it’s a grown-up hunk of beef, though the curly noodles in the truffle mac ’n’ cheese take you back to childhood.

So, too, does dessert. The G&G Bar, a hazelnut-chocolate log covered with caramel gelée could come in a Willy Wonka wrapper. It’s brought by good-humored servers who oversee the meal like the coolest of parents. $130 plus drinks.

Guard and Grace
1801 California Street. Tel. (303) 293-8500


Even on a Monday night with the Broncos playing at home, Jennifer Jasinski’s flagship Mediterranean on Larimer Square is jumping. Cooks juggle pans in the exhibition kitchen. Servers hurry about, delivering bread — goat cheese–rosemary, lavender-sourdough, raisin-oat, onion — and chatting to customers about Spanish wines.

Let them talk you into something. The suggested 2003 Viña Tondonia White Reserva has the apple-snap finish of cider but with a richness that meets the robust food. Jasinski has a way with pastas — even ones that taste like Spain. Saffron capellini nests squid and prawns in a nage infused with Calabrian chiles. White truffle brodo is hard to upstage, but artichoke takes its best shot, coming braised, crisped and puréed inside tortelloni in that aromatic broth.

The kitchen parses cucumber, too. A salad of raw and pickled heirlooms, cucumber flower, fennel and apples sit in cucumber-green apple water, tasting like a bracing riff on gazpacho. As for big plates, Jasinski’s juicy free-range chicken drips with tarragon-brandy jus booming with caramelly, aniselike flavor.

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Top 5 hidden gem ski resorts in the world

What could be more luxurious than having your own slice of ski heaven? Quiet slopes are just as important as perfect powder and first-class services, which is why we’ve put together our top five secret ski destinations in the world.

Pila, Italy

Pila has the sought-after combination of being both lively and intimate: its small size means that it attracts relatively low numbers of visitors, but it also has several excellent restaurants and bars. The setting is impressive, and skiers will be treated to views of the imposing Mont Blanc and Matterhorn mountains.

Pila Italy

The resort is blessed with exceptional snowfall, and state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment ensures that the powder is always fresh. There is rarely a queue at the lifts so you can get to the tree-lined runs and high-altitude slopes without delay.

Rusutsu, Japan

With just a handful of hotels, Rusutsu is more peaceful than its well-known neighbour Niseko. Frequently, there are no lift queues, and early risers will be treated to the luxury of being the first to tear up the resort’s 42km of scenic trails. The powder in this region is renowned worldwide, and for good reason – on average,12–14 metres of snowfall per season. For a secluded adventure, experienced skiers can try out Japan’s only heli-ski tour.

Rusutu Japan

Accommodation here is suitably elegant – the lavish five-star Westin Rusutsu Resort was voted the world’s best new ski hotel in 2016 and has spacious duplex suites, thermal hot springs and striking mountain views.

Marmot Basin, Canada

Located in the Rocky Mountains, Marmot Basin delivers quintessentially Canadian laid-back luxury. Quieter than the more famous Banff, this resort is the locals’ best-kept secret. 1,675 acres of varied terrain provide meticulously maintained tree-lined trails, as well as powder bowls that are perfect for adventurous skiers and snowboarders. A state-of-the-art grooming fleet keeps the pistes in top condition at all times.

Marmot Basin Alberta

For après-ski, head to the superb Tekarra restaurant in the nearby town of Jasper, where you can experience locally sourced ingredients with an upscale twist – try elk loin in maple bourbon mustard or Arctic char with coconut quinoa and ginger cream sauce.

Warth-Schröcken, Austria

Warth-Schröcken is a small, sleepy village that belies its reputation as the snowiest destination in the Alps. Wake up early and, as you glide down silent, tree-lined slopes, savour being the first person to disturb last’s night’s powder. Now connected to the largest ski area in Austria, Ski Arlberg, Warth-Schröcken’s enviable snow record is now complemented by a near endless supply of slopes across five charming Tyrolean resorts.

Warth Austria

Average snowfall here hits 11 metres each season – more than world-renowned Val d’Isère. For a unique experience, head to the Warth Ski School, which has an imaginative range of off-piste guided excursions. Relax at Hotel Walserburg’s delightful spa which provides a variety of treatments that are perfect for rejuvenating sore limbs. If you want to brave the cold, (then warm up again) head out to the outdoor sauna, situated in its very own log cabin.

Arapahoe Basin, USA

Located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Arapahoe Basin is known for its extended ski run that goes until mid-July. This resort is a haven for skiers looking for a challenge, with 45% of its 132 trails falling into the ‘very difficult’ camp. This means that its 1,428-acre terrain tends to be quiet, with beginners going elsewhere.

Aprahoe Basin Colorado

Arapahoe Basin is also known for its exclusive Moonlight Dinner series, which takes place annually at the Black Mountain Lodge. Guests are treated to international cuisine and live music, before taking the Black Mountain Express back to their hotel, guided by the full moon.

Craig Burton is Managing Director of Ski Solutions.

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The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

Cigar smoking as a pastime is gaining popularity compared to five years ago. The reasons are simple – a pleasant experience generally with good friends in a relaxed atmosphere with an adult beverage. And, it is an activity that cigar smokers enjoy while traveling.

With over 2200 in attendance, The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival held the 3rd weekend in August proves cigar lovers will go far and wide to find the next best smoke. The festival takes over the outside grounds and pool by the convention center of the Omni Interlocken Resort near Denver. Now in its’ 8th year, the festival attracts participants from all 50 states in the U.S. and 16 countries. It always starts with a big cigar party the night before, then the all day festival the following day. Attendees can choose from general admission all the way up to an exclusive VIP area with its’ own seating, food, and bar. And, each level of the ticket comes with a certain number of premium cigars and related goodies.

The real draw of the festival is not the big cigar names, but rather the cigars and spirits which are trying to gain notoriety with their new smokes and libations. Stopping by each of the 113 booths and vendors takes lots of sampling time, hence the all day affair.

Squeal Spiced Black Rum

Squeal Spiced Black Rum really is a bit different than other rums, with a lower sugar taste/content, but balanced by a hint of peach and vanilla. And, it’s not just a trend; they have won numerous gold medals in the craft spirits division over the last two years.

Island Jim Cigars

Part of what makes a fun cigar is how the cigar is wrapped and packaged. Oozing with fun, Island Jim cigars is primarily a medium, Nicaraguan tobacco with a really zippy package. Their Leaf by Esteban is a great smoke with a unique tobacco leaf wrapper and presentation. The perfect gift for yourself?

Foundation Cigar Company

Sometimes in cigars, taking a superior tobacco and giving just a little more attention to manufacturing and the wrapper, the cigar is a hit. The Foundation Cigar Company takes tobacco from their 50-acre property in Windsor, Connecticut then sees the process from start to finish. They have popped the top on highly regarded sticks with their hand-made Wiseman and Tabernacle cigars.

Odyssey Beerwerks & Tap Room

A good cigar is optimized with a good libation. The Odyssey Beerwerks and Tap Room in Arvada, Colorado took that German tradition in beer making and gave it a mile-high kick in the hops. For a classic, the Heliocentric Hefeweizen is a good everyday brew, while the Psycho Penguin is a robust porter that exudes malt and vanilla.

Casa Turrent

Mexico has some pretty good tobacco, and one of the largest operations is Casa Turrent, started in 1880. Known for high-end cigars at a moderate price, their 1901 cigar was #12 in the top 25 cigars this last year.

Xikar Accessories & Lighters

If you are going to smoke them, you have to light them. Xikar, the undisputed leader in lighter technology, unveiled two new products at the RMCF. The first was high-performance butane designed to give all butane lighters a hot kick, especially at altitude. Their newest lighter, the HP4 Pocket Quad, takes four flames and concentrates them at a single point for ease of lighting any cigar in just about any condition. Oh yeah, it comes in a bevy of colors sure to please any car enthusiast with the standout Daytona Red.

Yayabo Cigars

Yayabo Cigars is a boutique brand, which directly translates into we don’t make everything, but whatever we make is guaranteed to be darn good. Their newest cigar is the Admiral, with the blend incorporating binder and filler tobacco harvested directly from farmland owned by Yayabo Cigars and aged for four years before being rolled. You get the feeling that each cigar has a passionate story as its’ inspiration with Yayabo.

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5 Colorado Springs luxury experiences you won’t want to miss

Famous for Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs offers pleasing and plentiful attractions for all ages. With an elevation of about 6,000 ft (Pikes Peak is over 14,000), the city rests in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Founded in 1870, Colorado Springs became a hot tourist destination famed for what was thought to be healing natural springs. During 1859-61, the city boomed with about 100,000 people taking part in the Colorado Gold Rush aka Pikes Peak Gold Rush.

Today, the city is home to an Olympic Training Center, highly secured military sites including NORAD, a rodeo, and a thriving performing arts scene. Nature is a huge draw, and you can reliably enjoy outdoor recreation year round. Or you can opt for a more urban experience downtown, or check out Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Here are five wonderful and luxurious experiences to help you embrace the spirit of the location.

Garden of the Gods Club & Resort

Garden of the Gods Club & Resort is situated across from the iconic landmarks Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Park providing front row seats to magnificent views. This is a place to completely unwind and replenish while basking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The ambiance of this resort perfectly combines the rustic vibe of the wild west with luxurious elegance. Rooms are huge with gas fireplaces, posh furnishings and spacious balconies facing the Garden of the Gods.

Views are front and center from all over the property, but perhaps the best place to enjoy the surroundings is from the infinity edge swimming pool which frames the scenery. Dining options also showcase the views, and you can enjoy a formal dinner in the Grand View Dining Room, or something a little more casual at The Rocks, which has a patio with fire pits. Breakfast on your private balcony is encouraged via in-room dining and don’t be surprised if one of the deer who live at the resort strolls right past you while you’re sipping morning tea.

This property doubles as a private country club and golf resort with a 27-hole golf course, and family recreation center with tennis courts and pool.

A stay at the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort is really not complete without visiting their exceptional Spa and Wellness Center. Unique amenities like a Himalayan Salt Room, and weightless water-filled treatment tables make this an extra special spa, while the Wellness Center provides medical treatments and healing energy work. This whole resort radiates relaxing, calm, healthful vibes and it’s a wonderful place for rejuvenation.

Adventures Out West Jeep Tour

A private Jeep tour with Adventures out West is a great way to get an orientation of the area. Local guides are full of knowledge about the geological and historical significance of the area. The Garden of the Gods/Foothills tour includes a comprehensive drive through Garden of the Gods Park to see landmarks like Kissing Camels Rock and Glen Eyrie Castle. It’s a great thing to do if you have limited time, that way you won’t miss key sights.

This tour also includes a cruise through quirky Manitou Springs and a stop at one of the springs to taste the water. Riding around in an open-air jeep, besides being a thrill, offers unobstructed views of some of the very landscapes that inspired the famous song, “America the Beautiful.”

Cheyenne Mountain Resort

For family travel, it’s hard to beat Cheyenne Mountain Resort. This huge resort with a lodge atmosphere provides non-stop activities for all age groups and is especially ideal for tweens and teenagers. A 35-acre lake stocked with canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and other toys, volley ball and basketball courts, two family friendly pools, tennis courts and a fitness center should keep kids busy during the day while Gourmet S’mores Night and “Dive-In” movies will occupy them at night.

Meanwhile, adults can head for Alluvia Spa which features organic body care, lounge at the adult pool, enjoy the 18-hole championship golf course or a drink at the Pineview Grille overlooking the fairways. During the evening, you can relax by a glowing fire pit in a rocking chair facing the Rocky Mountains.

Dining options are excellent. The large Mountain View Restaurant offers an abundant Sunday Champagne Brunch, or you can dine at the more cozy Elevations Lounge, which also has outdoor seating with fire pits. The later has an exciting menu including intriguing regional dishes like Rattlesnake, Wild Boar, Elk, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. They also have excellent vegetarian options and a S’Mores dessert served in a cast iron skillet that should not be missed.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort is a AAA Four Diamond property that is in a convenient location for exploring local sights like Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and The Broadmoor.

The Penrose Room

The Penrose Room is the only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Restaurant in Colorado. Situated on the top floor of the south building at the iconic Broadmoor Hotel, this is the place to have a formal, several-course meal. The Penrose Room has some of the best panoramic views in town including the Rocky Mountains, Cheyenne Lake and sparkling city lights. A seasonal menu is ever changing and comprised of the best available ingredients and wine pairings. The immaculate palatial grounds are ideal for strolling before or after dinner.

Wyndham Mining Exchange

Formerly the stock exchange for miners and tycoons to trade gold, the Wyndham Mining Exchange is an historical landmark brimming with character. This Wyndham Grand Hotel is in a great downtown location, within walking distance to restaurants, pubs and shops. Arched windows, exposed brick, a huge granite fireplace in the lobby, and actual vault doors on every floor showcase this beautiful boutique hotel’s rich history.

The Mining Exchange has an excellent New Orleans themed restaurant called Springs Orleans with a Cajun and Creole menu that includes Fried Alligator, Blackened Shrimp, and Beignets for dessert. They also have a fabulous Happy Hour and seating in a cozy courtyard with bistro lights.

If you stay at the Mining Exchange, you have to go to the spa. MX Spa is an award winning spa where you can have the unique experience of a gold-infused treatment in an actual gold vault.

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Ride the open roads of the US and Canada

What better way to explore the open roads of the US and Canada than on a motor bike? Imagine the curves in the Rocky Mountains, the long straight sections of Route 66, or biking the Big Sur on the Californian Coast.

There are three ways to organise this.

You can rent a motorcycle and head off on your own from any number of locations around America and a few in Canada.  The range of bikes on offer is extraordinary; EagleRider offer 182 different motorcycles ranging from classic Harleys to trikes and Slingshots.

You can follow a pre-planned route with all your accommodation arranged in advance for you.  Self-drive tour packages include a late model motorcycle, hotel accommodations, a day-by-day itinerary with driving directions. Set routes have been carefully planned to guide you along the most scenic and attractive roads in the area or you can plan your own and still have the reassurance of a bed at the end of the day.

The third, and the most popular, is to join a guided tour.  These are great in that, not only are you riding with like minded people, but you will have the security of knowing that should there be a problem, your guide will sort it out for you; they will also sort out all the logistics leaving you free to enjoy yourself! Some hidden roads are easy to miss if you are riding on your own. On a guided tour, your guide will make sure to lead you along all the best riding stretches and also on certain tours like Route 66, uniquely you also have access to gated roads. There is a vast choice of routes both long and short, taking in all the must-visit places in America. Aside from the obvious Route 66, there is a 15 night holiday exploring the Wild West starting in Los Angeles and going inland as far as Monument Valley seeing the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite and San Francisco. You can go from coast to coast in 16 nights, enjoy a short on/off road adventure around Baja California, or perhaps my favourite:  riding from Seattle up into the Canadian Rockies (Banff and Jasper) and then following the Continental Divide all the way south through Glacier National Park and Yellowstone finishing in Colorado.

Harley-Davidson’s big 115th Anniversary is all planned for August 29 – September 2, 2018 in Milwaukee. The event is a call to all motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world to join in the grand, citywide celebration. The party is not just about a landmark anniversary of a brand that began in a wooden shed over 100 years but a chance for a great party attended by tens of thousands of motorcyclists.  Judging by past events, there will be headliner music, racing, foods from around the world, museum tours, custom bike shows, marriage ceremony packages, bike parade (which drew 6,000 motorcyclists for the 110th), probably dancing and extreme camaraderie.  The line-up has yet to be announced but at the 110th Anniversary the likes of Kid Rock, Aerosmith, ZZ Top and the Blue Oyster Cult were a few of the 28 headliner acts and 60 bands.

To make the party even more special, EagleRider, the exclusive US provider of rental and tours for Harley-Davidson, have put together four amazing trips riding through some of the most iconic motorcycling destinations in the world, culminating in Milwaukee in time for the party. There will be plenty of celebrations along the way as  each city along the route where there is a Harley-Davidson dealership is celebrating. The routes start in Portland, Maine, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and San Diego.

Sandra Potter is Founder of Frontier Travel.

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