By Mary Corradino


I went to Telluride, Colorado for the spring skiing, but I’d rush back for the Golden Door Spa at the Peaks. Ladies, I tell you, I’ve been back in NYC for 2 weeks now, and I’m still dreaming about the beauty and luxury of it all. Outstanding amenities, treatments, fitness facilities and classes abound. Spectacular mountain vistas are visible from each window you pass – there are many. This spa will not disappoint, and after a day on Telluride’s black diamonds, Gold is the way to go.

I had my first massage at Vail in 1994, and ever since, I’ve been a massage girl. Give me hot stone, deep tissue, or Swedish and I’m happy. I’d passed on the scrubs, wraps and facials for years – until I experienced a Turquoise Wrap at Golden Door. I see why it is a signature treatment and after it was over, I was amazingly relaxed and my skin was silky for days – no small feat in high altitude, no-humidity Colorado.

Let me start at the beginning. The spa recommends you indulge in the Peaks Purification Ritual. Sound religious? Not exactly, but I did nearly have an out of body experience. Sans swimsuit, if you choose (these are private facilities just for us), you begin with five minutes in the eucalyptus steam room. Can I please get one of those in my house? I know I’d be a better person if I could take a daily steam! You follow the steam with a cool shower and a drink of water, then visit the cedar sauna, and finish with a soak in the mineral-infused whirlpool.

Less stable than Gumby, I make my way to the lounge and sipped herbal tea while waiting for my therapist. Dave leads me to the “wet” treatment rooms explaining the Turquoise Wrap was inspired by Native American traditions; the color turquoise represented protection, self-confidence and positive energy. After a cold winter, I’ll take a hefty dose of all three!

Dave was capable, and attentive to my modesty and comfort levels. The treatment began with a full body exfoliation using Hopi blue cornmeal. To my delight, it was not abrasive like salt and included tons of stroking to soften all my 2,000 parts. Following the cornmeal was a warm turquoise clay wrap. Pure heaven! Then they gently applied the wrap and had me relax under the heat lamps for 10 minutes while Dave performed a rainstick ritual based on a Native American tradition. It was a soothing sound coupled with aromatherapy, all intending to cleanse my spirit.

At this point, I was left to my own devices to shower off and lament…it was almost over. Clichés work here though, ’cause they saved the best for last. The treatment concluded with a full body honey masque. Sticky, you’d think, but that wasn’t the case. The honey was warm, almost liquefied, and followed by a delicious, lightly floral scented lotion. Then they recommended that I sit in the steam room for a bit. Steam is an excellent thing for honey lotioned skin! Lying there, my skin felt moist and flawless, and I knew, without a doubt, that the Golden Door Spa at the Peaks had delivered its promise…my mind, body, and spirit were golden!

Indulge yourself… and click on Wyndham Peaks Resort or call (970) 728-2590.

Originally published May 2005



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