Nestled next to the Eagle River near the base of Beavercreek Mountain, the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has it all fabulous food, an amazing spa, stunning views, and outdoor activities. Located in Avon, Co. it’s a short drive to the world-class shopping and dining in Beavercreek and Vail.
Opened in 2008, Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has garnered many awards and accolades, including Cond© Nast Traveler’s #2 Western Resort for 2013, Cond© Nast Traveler’s “Hot List 2009” (one of the 140 hottest new resorts worldwide), and is ranked 2nd in the “10 Best Snow Resorts for Families 2010” by Parents magazine. Additionally, the Westin Riverfront is Colorado’s first Silver LEED-certified hotel!
My hubby and I arrived at the tail-end of summer to get out of the last-of-summer heat and take in Colorado’s cool weather and dramatic scenery. While we were checking in I took in the glorious views from the stylish lobby, and couldn’t wait to get out in the mountain air and do mountain things!
Outdoor Activities: After checking in and exploring the resort, we hiked the Eagle River on the lovely hiking / biking / jogging trail, which connects to a network of other area trails and is easily accessed from the property. Bikes are also available for rent at the resort. After our hike, we relaxed in one of the 3 unique infinity-edged, mountain-view hot-tubs to relieve our tired muscles before heading out to dinner.
Magnificent Maya. Hungry after our outdoor activities, we headed down to Maya, Chef Richard Sandoval’s outstanding modern Mexican eatery and tequileria. This location is is the third Maya the other 2 are in Dubai and Manhattan.
Do not miss this place! The food, tequilas, service, views and atmosphere are fantastic.
Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the flavor variations of the over-100 types of tequila they serve. We ended up deciding our favorite was Kah’s Reposado a 110-proof tequila, aged ten months in oak casks with its subtle caramel flavor.
We ordered the roasted corn soup and the tortilla soup, (both delicious!) then we tucked into our entrees. It was a meal to remember! The wonderfully complex chicken mole (served with carmelized plantains, beans and rice with 3 types of mole sauce from which to choose) and the incredible “slow-roasted pork carnitas” (pork tenderloin and pork shoulder with avocado pur¨e, served with a red onion-mandarin salsa) were absolute perfection. We followed it up with the tres leches cake with cinnamon whipped cream.
Ahhhh, Spa. The next morning, it was time for spa treatments at the gorgeous and serene Spa Anjali, (named the #4 Resort Spa in the U.S. for 2012 by the readers of Cond© Nast Traveler and one of the top 25 Spas in the World by Conde’ Nast.)
First of all, WOW. Just wow. This spa is truly amazing. The Sanskrit word “Anjali” means “divine offering”, and it lives up to its name!
Spa Anjali offers 3 distinct journeys, or themes: the Rocky Mountains, Alps or Himalayas, each providing healing benefits. I chose the Rocky Mountain Journey path. (Because, “when in Rome” )
My first treatment, the Wildflower Polish, is a body treatment consisting of a body scrub with local dried-and-pulverized herbs, flowers and plants
I was skeptical but I have been converted! The wildflower concoction was perfectly “scrub-y” (new word!) in fact, far better than the exfoliation usually achieved with sugar or salt concoctions. It felt more “fine” and less “granular”, if that makes sense. After my therapist applied the aromatic polish and worked it into my skin until it tingled, I rinsed off in a hot shower, and a moisturizing application of wildflower-scented Spa Anjali body butter was massaged into my freshly-exfoliated dermis. Ahhhhh.
Next up was my facial. I selected the Age Defense Facial, because, well, I am trying my damnedest to defend against age. My aesthetician worked her magic with Eminence Organics’ Arctic Berry products. A results-oriented blend of arctic berries, lingonberry seed oil, hibiscus seed extract and many other antioxidant-rich plants (cloudberry seed, arctic roseroot, arctic meadowsweet and juniper sprouts), the products contain vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids essential to skin’s health. Another key active ingredient: peptides! Peptides are molecular links of amino acids that help skin produce the anti-wrinkle.
The 3-step facial (exfoliation, peel and hydration) began with my skin being carefully cleansed and exfoliated. This was followed by an application of a naturally-sourced, active 20% acid peel. Finally, an emollient cream was applied to hydrate and balance. (And sunscreen, of course, for my afternoon outdoor activities). My skin felt plump and moist for days!
After my spa experience, we drove to neighboring towns Vail and Beavercreek for an afternoon of shopping and dinner. We returned to the Westin resort and sat by the fire in the crisp, cool night air. The next morning, we went to “The Lift” caf©, just beside the resort’s on-property ski lift, for a quick breakfast. The caf© offers delicious and healthy breakfast options with stunning mountain vistas. We chose the Irish Oat Porridge with Colorado honey, nuts and fruit. The perfect start for the day!
After lingering over coffee and taking in the stunning views, it was time for yoga! I headed down to the fitness facility and had a wonderful yoga lesson with Yoga Lead Suzanne Oliver we worked on some stress-relief breathing and some posture issues I have been experiencing. I left feeling exhilarated!
We reluctantly checked out and headed back to airport, vowing to return as soon as possible.