VAIL, CO – May 29, 2012 – A spa outing is more than just a discounted treatment or a mall-side massage; it is about the experience, service, treatments and purpose it serves. This year, more than 28,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers cast their votes to recognize 270 spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at sea that not only exceeded expectations, but set new standards. Aria Spa, located at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, ranked among these elite spas, moving up 21 spots to seize No. 24 on the ‘Top 100 Resort Spas – U.S. Mainland’ list. Six other Destination Hotels & Resorts sister properties earned recognition as top Resort Spas, including the Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa in Vermont, Stowe, VT which ranked No. 7; THE WELL Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, CA and Spa at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, CA both ranked No. 21; Sage Spring Spa at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, OR ranked 33; The Northwest Face Spa at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA ranked No. 44 and the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ ranked No. 77.

According to Condé Nast Traveler, 10 years ago, their annual readers’ survey produced a list of 40 top spas, with the lowest score in the 60s. This year’s survey delivered 270 spas, all with scores above 80. Using the same 100-point rating scale, 28,876 readers rated spas excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor on three criteria: 1) Spa Staff, 2) Spa Treatments and 3) Spa Facilities. 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 earned an overall rating of 94.5 with a 96.7 for Spa Staff, a 95.1 for Spa Treatments and a 91.8 for Spa Facilities. In total, only two spas in Vail ranked in this prestigious reader’s list.

“From the moment you check in, our staff is committed to making each spa visit a personally gratifying experience for each guest,” said April Bingham, spa director at Aria Spa. “Whether guests seek pampering, relaxation or restoration, we apply our talents to help them achieve their desired outcome. We are truly honored and grateful that our guests recognize and appreciate the efforts we put forth on their behalf.” 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 five manicure stations and five pipeless pedicure stations that safeguard against black mold and 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 and resort pool and hot tubs.

Experience the Lure of Aria Spa
This summer, Aria Spa is giving guests more reasons to experience the lure of spa-ing in Vail with its seasonal pricing. Through May 31, guests can enjoy 40 percent off all massages, facials, and body treatments and 25 percent off June 1-30. This pricing excludes packages, waxing and add on services. Additionally, Aria Spa is offering $69.00 Swedish massages for the first and last reservation of each day. Now through May 31, those time slots are 10am and 6pm and from June 1-30 they are 9am and 6pm. Starting July 1-Sept. 15, guests can enjoy $25 off a 50-minute massage, facial or body treatment. Guests interested in a spa getaway can take advantage of the Vail Cascade’s 30th anniversary promotion, which currently offers 30 percent off room rates and a $30 room credit. With this deal, starting rates for spring are $109 and $129 for summer.

To book a spa visit or a spa getaway, 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 and 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 more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 16 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., 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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