Anyone who knows anything about Aspen knows very well that it is one of the most exclusive destinations in the world and known for its designer shops, high-end restaurants and glamorous crowd. Celebrities, titans of industry, and the wealthy set in general flock here year after year to enjoy the incredible skiing, hiking, culture, and photogenic surroundings.
Of course, in a city like Aspen, high-end hotels are a given, but more recently, there’s a new way to stay for luxury seekers, and it may be the most exclusive option yet: The Residences at Aspen Valley. Ranch.
No, it is not a hotel. Rather, Aspen Valley Ranch is a gated community with homes spread over 800 acres and just 10 minutes from downtown Aspen. Made up of residences, the property is unlike anything that currently exists in the city. It’s an all-inclusive retreat with every conceivable luxury and convenience, and like any exceptional place to stay, it also offers conveniences 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 enjoy the ultimate in privacy during their stay.
Let’s talk about the houses to start: 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 floor plan, high ceilings, abundant natural light, large family rooms and kitchens for gathering with family and friends, and spacious outdoor areas with patios and hot tubs. The appliances, crockery and glassware are best in class.
The accent pieces are elegant and the art is amazing: The collection throughout the residences (and public spaces) includes works by celebrated 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 move on to the activities, and I am referring to the possibilities that the guests can enjoy in the place.
During the winter, that means snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and spending time in the amazing fitness center and pool house with heated pool, hot tub, steam room, weight room, and fitness studio. yoga. During the summer, there are walks and a horse barn with a cowboy, horses, eight horse stables, laundry room, tack room, feed room, 60-foot round corral, and an outside riding arena.
Other Amusements: The Historic Barn which features a game room with arcade games, air hockey, foosball, skee ball, a ping pong table, pool table, and a bar that seats eight. Then, the Casa del Rancho with a movie theater, wine room and dining room with capacity for 14 people and a view of the mountains. In fact, views of the Aspen Mountain Ranges are the highlight at Aspen Valley Ranch and can be enjoyed from almost every vantage point.
Oh, and I can’t leave out the Toy Garage filled with snowmobiles, four-wheelers, e-bikes and ATVs, snowshoe gear and more.
What makes Aspen Valley Ranch the gem that it is are the amenities that truly pamper guests every step of the way. Weekly housekeeping, car service, concierge and airport transfers? Check. A sommelier service, grocery delivery, and on-site massages, pedicures, and blow-dryers? Check check. A private chef to cook you dinner, watch the kids, or pick you up in town after a day on the slopes or shopping? Well, you get the idea.
In a nutshell, the staff are fabulous and have years of experience working in luxury hotels. They are warm, they work as a team and they say “no” to any request. They’ll stock your fridge with your shopping list before you arrive, escort you around the property for a walk, set up picnics on the grounds with all your favorite foods, or take you to the drug store if you need to buy medication; in fact, they are more likely to pick up your medicine to save you the trip.
A stay at Aspen Valley Ranch starts at $200,000 a month. Pricey, to be sure, but if you’re looking for a level of exclusivity that’s hard to find in one of the world’s most exclusive locations, Aspen Valley Ranch is the place.