Anyone who knows Aspen knows well that it is one of the most sophisticated destinations in the world and known for its designer stores, sophisticated restaurants and glamorous public. Celebrities, industry titans and the wealthy in general flock here year after year for the incredible skiing, hiking, culture and photogenic scenery.
Of course, in a city like Aspen, fancy hotels are a given, but more recently, there’s been a new way to stay in the quest for luxury, and it might be the most exclusive option yet: The Residences at Aspen Valley. ranch.
No, it’s not a hotel. Instead, Aspen Valley Ranch is a gated community with homes that span over 800 acres and is just 10 minutes from downtown Aspen. Composed of residences, the property is unlike anything that currently exists in the city. It’s an all-encompassing retreat with every luxuries and amenity imaginable, and like any exceptional place to stay, it also offers amenities you could never imagine.
Aspen Valley Ranch is ideal for families with children of any age and groups of friends traveling together. Couples will love it too and can expect the ultimate in privacy during their stay.
Let’s talk about the homes for starters: the properties range from 5,700 to 13,000 square feet and have a contemporary aesthetic with wood accents — a nod to the surrounding mountains. They feature an open concept plan, high ceilings, lots of natural light, large family rooms and kitchens for gathering family and friends, and spacious outdoor areas with patios and hot tubs. The appliances, plates and glasses are best in class.
The standout pieces are chic and the art is impressive – the collection throughout the residences (and public spaces) includes works by famous artists such as Domingo Zapata, Jonathan Bermudes, Jeff Koons and Tony Cragg, Gilles Roussell, Johanne Cinier, Richard Rhodes, Laurence Jenkell and Samuel Prudden.
Now let’s get to the activities, and I’m talking about the possibilities that guests can enjoy on site.
During the winter, that means snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and spending time in the amazing gym and swimming pool complete with heated pool, hot tub, steam room, weight room and studio. of yoga. During the summer, there are walks and a stable with a wrangler, horses, eight stalls, wash stall, harness room, feeding room, 60-foot round paddock and an outdoor riding arena.
Other entertainment: the Historic Barn, which has a game room with an arcade, air hockey, foosball, skee ball, ping pong table, pool table and bar for eight people. Then the Ranch House with cinema, wine cellar and dining room that seats 14 and overlooks the mountains ahead. In fact, views of Aspen’s mountain ranges are a highlight at Aspen Valley Ranch and can be enjoyed from almost every vantage point.
Oh, and I can’t leave out the Toy Garage full of snowmobiles, ATVs, electric and dirt bikes, snowshoe equipment and more.
What makes Aspen Valley Ranch the gem it is are the amenities that truly pamper guests every step of the way. Weekly cleaning, car service, concierge and airport transfers? To check. A sommelier service, grocery delivery and on-site massages, pedicures and dryers? Checked. A private chef to cook dinner, take care of your kids, or hitch a ride in town after a day on the slopes or shopping? Well, you get the idea.
Simply put, the team is fabulous and has years of experience working in luxury hotels. They are warm, work as a team and say “no” to any request. They’ll stock your fridge with your grocery list before you arrive, escort you around the property for a hike, organize picnics in the grounds with all your favorite foods, or take you to the pharmacy if you need to pick up meds – in fact, they’re more likely to go get the medicine to save you the trip.
A stay at Aspen Valley Ranch starts at $200,000 per month. Pricey, no doubt, but if you’re looking for a level of exclusivity that’s hard to find in one of the most exclusive places in the world, Aspen Valley Ranch is it.