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Vail Cascade Resort & Spa Claims the No. 2 Spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 ‘Top 270 Spas’ Reader’s Poll

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VAIL, CO – Feb. 13, 2013 – Hotel spas are a reflection of their surroundings, purposely designed to give guests an equally hospitable experience with an added pampering touch. This year, 46,476 Condé Nast Traveler readers cast their votes to recognize 270 spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at sea. Aria Spa, located in the AAA Four Diamond Vail Cascade Resort, moved up 22 spots ranking second on the ‘Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas' list. This accolade is the perfect complement to Vail Cascade Resort’s year-end awards streak, which included ranking 18 on Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘Top 40 Resorts in the West' and 26 on its ‘Top 50 Ski Hotels' list.    

“This achievement is the result of the collective and talented effort our therapists and staff put forth to make each guest visit to our spa truly special,” said April Bingham, spa director at Aria, a Colorado luxury spa. “We are grateful to the many guests that have shared a part of their day with us and we hope to continue serving them well for years to come.”

This year’s Reader’s Choice Poll marked the pinnacle of 22 years of research. According to Condé Nast Traveler, readers who participated in this poll had a total of 46,352 visits to hotel, resort, and cruise ship spas. Publishers further commented, “If each visit lasted one hour, it would take a solitary spa-goer 22 years to repeat the feat (based on 40-hour work weeks). The results here are, however, a collective effort, and a place on these lists is a distinction earned only after many visits by many Condé Nast Traveler readers.”

Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Spa Poll results were derived from the 2012 Readers’ Choice survey. Tabulation of the survey’s 46,476 responses was done by Global Market Insite, Inc., of Marlborough, MA. Spas were rated excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor on three criteria: Spa Facilities, Spa Staff, and Spa Treatments. Those criterion scores, representing the percentage of respondents who rated a spa excellent or very good, were averaged to determine the overall rating for the spa. A minimum number of responses were required for inclusion in these rankings. Aria Spa in Colorado earned an overall rating of 98.3 with a 100 for Spa Treatments, a 98.3 for Spa Staff, and a 96.6 for Spa Facilities. In total, only one other spa in Vail ranked in this prestigious reader’s list. 

Whether guest’s desire beauty, clarity, invigoration or pure relaxation, Aria Spa gives guest’s the opportunity to be healthy in body and mind. With 14 elegantly appointed treatment rooms and a couple’s spa, Aria Spa features a wide range of signature treatments, mini-packages, and half-day/full-day Colorado spa packages, all inspired by the natural beauty of the majestic Rockies. Aria Spa features three manicure stations and two pipeless pedicure stations that safeguard guests against black mold and other bacteria. The Spa’s Sanctuary, complete with a tranquil fireplace, invites guests to relax before or after treatments and sip on organic teas and fruit-infused water or enjoy light snacks. Additional spa facility features include dedicated men’s and women’s locker rooms, heated outdoor saline pool with hot tub, private, indoor hot tubs for men and women, aromatherapy steam rooms and a signature spa boutique. Spa guests also enjoy entrée into the hotel’s world-class fitness facility, resort pool and hot tubs.

To book a spa visit or a spa getaway in Vail, please visit www.vailcascade.com or call 800.282.4183.

About Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Vail Cascade's ideal location and breathtaking mountain surroundings create the perfect natural playground for all-season adventure. With pleasantly warm summers and cool falls, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, strolling through the Villages and soaking up sun poolside. Frosty winter and springtime temperatures transform the hotel into a snowy wonderland with true ski-in/ski-out access.  Just like the hotel itself, dining at Vail Cascade is truly an event to be savored. Atwater on Gore Creek, the hotel's signature dining venue overlooking Gore Creek, fuses modern style with the region's natural elements. Locally inspired and delightfully enjoyed, Atwater serves creative American cuisine in a stylish yet comfortable environment for an exceptional dining experience.  A world of wellness awaits you at Vail Cascade's 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club - the largest spa and fitness facility in the Vail Valley. From the moment you arrive, you feel the inviting warmth and healthy energy of a true mountain retreat. Focusing on all-encompassing wellness, Aria Spa & Club brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments, invigorating workouts and a focus on a healthy life.  Visit www.vailcascade.com for our Vail vacation packages and Vail resort spa specials in Colorado or call 1-800-420-2424 for more information.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,300 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

Lupe Hirt, MindSpeak PR, (303) 859-1762, lupeh@mindspeakpr.com

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