Yoga at the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge
Forbes Travel Guide recently named the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge as Utah’s only Five-Star spa. This is the second consecutive year the spa has received the coveted recognition conferred on just 35 spas worldwide.
When I moved to Utah more than a decade ago, Stein Eriksen Lodge was the state’s extent of high-end lodging options. As such, Stein’s (as it is more commonly referred) had something of a Sun Valley Lodge kind of gestalt. I was a server at the hotel’s cocktail lounge my first winter in Park City and regularly delivered drinks to celebs like Lisa Kudrow, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Jason Alexander. Now however, Park City has become ground zero for the world’s most well-known luxury lodging brands: St. Regis, Montage and Waldorf Astoria are just a few to open shop up there. It would be easy to assume that, with the recent rise of such stiff competition, Stein’s would get lost in the shuffle. Not so. While the other guys were busy putting in funiculars and bowling alleys, Stein’s has kept the focus on making what was good, really great. And, as the Forbe’s spa ranking indicates, the efforts have paid off in spades.
Womens' relaxation room at the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge
Entering Stein’s 23,000-square-foot spa is like stepping into a warm bath. Rich wood flooring and tumbled stone set off cozy upholstered furnishings in the common areas and 16 treatment rooms. Separate men’s and women’s relaxation rooms each with their own sauna, whirlpool hot tub, steam and hot and cold plunge make it even easier to let it all slip away. The two couples’ treatment rooms are particularly decadent with private showers, tubs, and a shared private relaxation suite with a fireplace. And all the products used in treatments are completely organic and made exclusively for this spa.
Couples' treatment room at the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge
Two treatments new to the spa’s extensive menu are the Stein Gold Oxygen Facial, a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate, improve firmness and lift (Who among us couldn’t use a little gravity relief?) and the Nordic Detox, a body mask and warm hydrotherapy scalp treatment followed by a brisk trip to the Vichey rain bar. When you book a massage or facial, be sure to leave time on either end of your appointment; use of spa amenities, including the outdoor heated pool, is rolled into the cost of each treatment.
Or really treat yourself and book a night or two in the hotel. The Spa now offers complimentary fitness classes for guests at the one-site Verdandi Wellness Studio. Classes include pre- and post-ski yoga as well as a number of cardio and toning classes.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. He blog is utahvagabond.com.