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We hope we don’t ruin your day by reminding you the work week has begun.  However, as we all get back to work, our minds drifted away to a relaxing place far, far away…not necessarily on a tropical isle, but just far enough away to be out of cell service.

So, we asked ourselves: How far away is Paradise?!?


We did a search on Condé Nast Traveler, and came across this great little list: “2012 Readers’ Poll: The Top 270 Spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at Sea”.

We found that there were ten Colorado spas and three New Mexico spas included in the Top 100 list:  And they are located in about a three hour drive of either Denver, Colorado Springs, or Pueblo. So, for those of us in the Front Range, Paradise is about three hours away.  And with the incredible scenery we are blessed with here in Colorado and New Mexico, it just feels like another world: clean, pristine and embracing.

We’ve attempted to include the link for each location, but some did not have one.  Here’s how we shaped up (the numerical value is their rating out of 100 in the survey):


#4      Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, Avon, Colo. 98.0

#19    Arrabelle at Vail Square, Colo. 95.5

#24    Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Colo. 94.5

#35    Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa, Telluride, Colo. 93.7

#52    Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colo. 92.2 (part of a four-way tie)

#62    Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo. 91.7

#63    Little Nell, Aspen 91.5

#72    Omni Interlocken Resort, Denver 90.8

#89    The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 89.3

Also, separately noted for Colorado in a separate category called “Top 75 Hotel Spas” is #56 (on that list) St Julien Hotel & Spa, Boulder, Colo. 85.9

New Mexico

#46    Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. 93.0 (two-way tie)

#46    Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe 93.0 (two-way tie)

#56    El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa, Taos 92.1

So, think of that: Two Western states with 2% of the population can lock up 13% of the top spas!  Do ya’ think it’s because we know how to live better in the West?!!?

I don’t think there’s a scientific way of proving it, but I will get back to that after I get back from Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe.