When it comes to extravagant travel, the term luxury has evolved way beyond its traditional definition of five-star stays and white-glove service in exotic locales. Luxury has become more about personalization, ease of access, and one-of-a-kind wow moments that define a vacation and morph into lifelong memories. It’s about experiential travel, behind-the-scenes exclusivity, and connecting with the local cultural to tap into the best of the best. Unexpected amenities and seamless service are also perfect ingredients to add to any luxury travel recipe. The historic mining town of Park City has become a polished gem, known for its high-end amenities and thoughtful indulgent service. Whether it’s a pampering day at the spa, a private chef dinner with your closest friends, friendly assistance from your ski valet or personal shopper, schussing or bobsledding with an Olympian or the ultimate après ski experience, you’ll find high-end amenities galore in this alpine ski town.
Champions Club & Plaza
Stein Eriksen Lodge
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and spa has undergone a $14 million dollar expansion further elevating its luxury quotient. New high-end amenities include the family friendly Champions Club,
a 3500-square-foot game room and entertainment extravaganza with the world’s largest PAC-MAN game and other retro arcade favorites. Kids can rev it up playing the state-of-the-art snowmobile video game, while parents can unwind over a glass of vino or local craft beer while nibbling on housemade pizza at the club’s casual eatery. Just out the door is the new heated plaza, perfect for enjoying cocoa or Cognac while taking in the fiery alpine glow at dusk or starry starry nights above the Wasatch Mountains.
The St. Regis Deer Valley
Guests of the St. Regis can go for the gold, during once-in-a-lifetime sport experiences with the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation. At Utah Olympic Park, silver bobsled medalists Valerie Fleming or Shauna Rohbock lead you on an exclusive private tour, followed by a chance to rip down the course, pulling 3Gs at 70mph. Or test your rifle skills during an Olympic-style biathlon experience. Another exclusive adventure is the “Quintessential Skiing Experience With Chris Waddell,” available to groups and families. During a private reception, dinner and talk, get to know this Hall of Fame Paralympic skier, who was the first paraplegic person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro with very little assistance. The package also includes a full-day group ski experience with Waddell on the pristine slopes of Deer Valley Resort.
YotelPAD at Park City Mountain
One of the great luxuries in snow sports is not having to drag around your equipment, so the friendly faces at the YotelPAD ski valet are a welcomed sight. Guests staying at these hi-tech innovative condos in Canyons Village can ditch their skis, poles or boards at the valet when opting for a leisurely lunch at Th e Farm, or leave them overnight, so when it comes time for fresh tracks it’s an easy walk to the Red Pine Gondola. YotelPAD Park City is also known for its colorful and playful social spaces where you can cozy up by the fire, play pool, watch the game or hit the hot tub.
The Après Lounge
Montage Deer Valley
Arguably the poshest après-ski spot, this Veuve Clicquot-infused yurt is jetsetter’s playground and a designer’s dream with its luxe Gorsuch décor—think furry couches, a zebra rug, red flannel-patterned chairs, a vintage sled and snowshoes as wall hangings and more. Inside the chic social scene après skiers relish champagne, charcuterie, caviar, smoked fish and truffle popcorn. Th is bright yellow tent, set between the Express and Ruby chairlifts, puts the ultimate luxury twist on a classic European ski yurt.
Waldorf Astoria Spa
Waldorf Astoria Park City
No attention to detail is spared at this sybaritic sanctuary from the Chihuly-inspired glass artwork to the complimentary, healing “Chef’s Choice” potassium broth in the relaxation lounge. Whether you want silky skin from a HydraFacial, a muscle-melting massage or an aromatic lavender-and-eucalyptus scrub and wrap, this full-service spa is a pampering paradise and serene space to recharge. Aft er your treatment, sip the hand-delivered green fl ash smoothie for an antioxidant boost, and then head to the Repose Lounge for some deep relaxation while you meditate on the curvy tile chairs, heated to 104 degrees. Booking any treatment means you can stay for the whole day enjoying free fi tness classes and all the perks. Aft er a dip in the heated outdoor pool or cleansing steam bath and shower, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Talisker Club’s inspired four-season lifestyle in Park City off ers the best in Rocky Mountain living, featuring an exclusive one-of-a-kind private club membership with distinctive amenities and outdoor adventures. All highlighted by an incomparable collection of venues—landmark ski-in/ski-out at Empire Pass in Deer Valley and a Signature Mark O’Meara championship golf course with a full complement of family amenities at Tuhaye. Th e community off ers a variety of landscapes and settings visionary in design and integration with the mountain environment. Ownership opportunities included at Empire Pass and Tuhaye include luxury townhomes and condominiums and custom-estate homesites with distinctively designed custom homes and single-family cabins. Talisker Club is an unparalleled mountain experience for creating a cherished family legacy.
Personal Stylist & VIP Shopping
Whether you’re seeking a special gift , new outfit or interested in one-on-one time with a personal stylist, the experts at Panache are ready to style you out. Th is chic boutique is a haven for contemporary designers like Herno, Fabiano Filippi, Peserico, Christopher Fischer, Nili Lotan and more. Aft er sharing your sizes and preferences with your own personal shopper, she’ll arrive with eye-catching outfits and the latest looks for you to try on in the comfort of your hotel suite or private residence. Panache also offers after-hour shopping experiences and events, replete with bubbles and snacks, or will happily redesign and reorganize your closet, style your wedding party or do a wardrobe makeover on your mom.
By Ann Wycoff