“This Newly Renovated Ski Resort In Vail Has Everything A Skier Wants” by Carrie Coolidge
If you’re considering a ski trip this winter, considering heading out to Vail Colorado, which is enjoying some of the best snow conditions it has had in years. The newly renovated Hotel Talisa, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail should be at the top of list for anyone seeking easy access to the mountain and beautiful, new accommodations with a wide range of amenities.
This Newly Renovated Ski Resort In Vail Has Everything A Skier Wants
Indeed, no other hotel property in the entire Vail Valley has lift access that is quite as convenient as the Hotel Talisa. Indeed, with “Chair Lift 20”, an on-site chair lift that is less than 20 feet away from the hotel’s Ski Valet, the Hotel Talisa offers a convenience factor that is unrivaled. Indeed, the Hotel Talisa is the only true ski-in/ski-out luxury resort in the entire area.
A Mountainside Retreat
The Hotel Talisa is a mountainside retreat with luxurious accommodations and amenities thanks to a recent top-to-bottom $65 million-plus renovation. Previously known as the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, the Hotel Talisa is now a member of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection.
The 285-room resort sits along a two-thirds of a mile long stretch of the tranquil Gore Creek. Its guest rooms and suites, which were masterfully decorated by the acclaimed LEO A. DALY, feature contemporary mid-century modern décor that reflect the surrounding mountains. Accommodations are spacious and feature 46” flat screen televisions, and views of either the mountains or the alpine valley. Guest rooms and suites boast oversized bathrooms that offer glass-framed rain showers with many also featuring oversized standalone soaking tubs.
Superior rooms are 350 square feet in size and sleep four while deluxe rooms are 450 square feet and are complimented by an in-room fireplace. A Superior room is 350 square feet in size and sleeps up to four while deluxe room is up to 450 square feet and also features a private terrace or balcony. A Vail Junior Mountain Suite View is up to 450 square feet in size and has either a balcony or a private patio. A Vail Superior Suite with 1 ½ bathrooms and a separate living area (sleeping up to four). The Vail Mountain View Suites range in size from 620 to 750 square feet and sleep up to four.
There are also several larger suites including the Gore Creek Deluxe Suite that is a whopping 1,100 square feet in size and sleeps four. It offers stunning views of Vail Mountain and Gore Creek and a living area that features a fireplace, a seating area and dining table for four.
The Hotel Talisa’s largest suite is the two-bedroom Deluxe Suite that offers two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, private balconies and sleeps up to six. The Deluxe Suite, which is 1,860 square feet in size, sleeps up to six people, offers a living area with a kitchenette and a dining table that seats eight.
Everything A Skier Needs At A Resort
One of the best features of the resort is its expansive Ski Valet you can purchase lift tickets and buy and rent ski and snowboard equipment and helmets (or store your own equipment during your stay). The space is cavernous and even features a sitting area at one end with a fireplace and flat screen television.
To rent equipment, simply fill out a questionnaire before arrival and your equipment will be fitted for you by one of its well-trained professionals upon your arrival. Each morning, your heated boots (whether they are rented or owned by you) will await you and your skis and poles will be waiting for you on a stand close to the adjacent chair lift.
With the chairlift only a few feet away (and a ski trail off the mountain that ends at the valet shop) you will never have to lug around equipment, or walk long distances in ski boots. Indeed, the Hotel Talisa is in the most convenient location for anyone who wants to ski and relax without any hassles.
If you want to hire a ski instructor who can both instruct and guide youaround the expansive 5,298 acre ski resort, contact Vail Mountain Ski & Snowboard School which offers world-class ski and snowboard instructors. By hiring a ski instructor, you will have access to a dedicated lift-line access and a knowledgeable person familiar with the diverse terrain, including its scenic back bowls, 31 lifts and 195 legendary runs. Of course, group lessons are also available as well as a school dedicated to teaching beginners and children.
A Family and Pet-Friendly Resort with a Champagne-themed Après-ski
The hotel, which is both family and pet-friendly, offers a wide range of amenities. Its reception area opens in to a double-height seating area that features floor to ceiling windows with stunning views of the creek below and pine-covered mountains above.
Après-ski at the Hotel Talisa is both festive and relaxed. At the end of each day, a champagne-themed après-ski is kicked off by a staff member who uses a saber to ceremoniously open a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne. Flutes of complimentary champagne are distributed to guests at 4:30 pm every day and there is live music. Outside the lounge area, guests can make their own s’mores over an open fire.
The lounge also features a Moët & Chandon Champagne vending machine that offers both brut and rose varieties. Simply buy a special token for $20 from the bar and you can dispense a cold split of champagne by inserting it into the machine anytime you prefer. The vending machine is the only one of its kind in Colorado.
Other amenities offered by the hotel include an outdoor infinity edge swimming pool that is heated year round and several outdoor Jacuzzis. There’s an ice skating rink with complimentary skates available. Spring and summer activities include hiking, biking, rafting, fly-fishing, golf, tennis, zip-lining and adventure courses.
The Spa at the Hotel Talisa
The Spa at the Hotel Talisa, offers an experienced staff of therapists and ten treatment rooms (including two treatment rooms for couples with outdoor showers), a relaxation room overlooking Gore Creek with indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and separate wet areas for men and women that feature large aromatherapy steam baths and Himalayan salt-infused saunas.
The spa specializes in seasonal and signature therapies, from massages, facials and body treatments with some featuring such indigenous ingredients as Colorado wild flowers and basalt stones from the Gore Creek.
A number of treatments use CBD products, which are Colorado grown and produced. The CBD Massage, for example, provides the anti-inflammatory benefits of the hemp plant without the psychoactive effects. The CBD-infused oil helps to naturally alleviate pain, inflammation and anxiety. The Spa at Hotel Talisa also features a full-service salon offering hair, makeup and consultations. Pedicures and manicures are also available.
The hotel’s adjacent 58,000 square foot fitness athletic center is one of the largest in the entire Vail Valley. The fitness center, which is open 24-hours a day, offers an indoor running track, state-of-the-art fitness equipment (including TechnoGym, LifeFitness, Cybex and Precor), an indoor basketball court, squash court, yoga classes and weight training room.
Also adjacent to the hotel (and reachable without walking outside) is an independent movie theater, called the Blue Starlite Theater, that offers two screening rooms that feature the latest releases. There’s even a snack bar with fresh popcorn and other snacks.
Dining at the Hotel Talisa
The hotel boasts three restaurants. Its signature fine dining restaurant, Gessner specializes in dishes from the Colorado Rockies and the European Alps. Its dinner menu includes such specialties as foraged mushrooms, Rocky Mountain trout and bass, artisanal cheeses, Colorado cured meats, Colorado rack of lamb, bison, elk and a variety of pasta dishes. Gourmet desserts include sour cherry cobbler, apple strudel, white chocolate cheesecake, and house made ice creams and sorbets, just to mention a few.
And while it is unlikely you will want to leave the resort for any reason other than to ski, should you wish to shop or dine in Vail Village, which is just minutes away, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle that leaves the property every 15 minutes. There, you will find such well-known restaurants as the Alpenrose Restaurant (for German, Austrian and Swiss dishes), Matsuhisa for Japanese cuisine, and Pepi’s for Austrian fare, among others.
Rates at the Hotel Talisa start at $352 per night for a superior room,depending on the date of arrival and length of stay.
For more information, contact the Hotel Talisa at this link.
Carrie Coolidge is a luxury travel and real estate contributor to Forbes Life. You can follow her on Twitter at @carriecoolidge
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