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Sonnenalp, Vail, Colorado

Experience the pristine wonder of Vail’s magical Alpine charm, from stunning vistas atop the world’s most renowned ski slopes to mountainside chalets for apres ski refreshers and rendezvous for hikers and mountain bikers, to lamplit strolls through the Bavarian-style Village where exquisite shopping venues and abundant first class eateries abound. The Vail mystique is entwined with extraordinary seasonal natural beauty and the wide range of activities and possibilities for ultimate enjoyment all year long.  The luxurious award winning Sonnenalp Hotel showcases the sophisticated idyllic mountain resort experience, selected by Travel and Leisure as number four in the Top 10 Best Resorts in the West. Sonnenalp provides the optimal year round lodge experience, perfect central location for mountain access, high end amenities, breathtaking views, excellence in accommodations and service. At the Sonnenalp you can revel in the heart of the action and simultaneously enjoy the pleasures of an awe-inspiring retreat. Superlative offerings resonate with families, sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, travelers seeking to disconnect or re-connect. Delight in 3 superb on-site dining venues, unique indoor/outdoor swimming pool, captivating luxe spas steaming in the falling snow and inspiring romance under star-filled skies, ski concierge services, Sonnenalp Golf Course in the valley riding your Golfboard flanked by snow capped giants, and the unforgettable Day Spa retreat.


Sonnenalp is the gateway to discovering all that Vail has to offer. Vail is a winter wonderland, a summer mecca for golf and rafting, hiking and mountain biking, and year round hub of festivals celebrating food, music, dance, craft beers, sport competitions of every description. The calendar is bursting with fun-filled choices. From the tranquility of your Sonnenalp guest room or suite, you emerge to embrace the Vail spirit, an enthusiastic affirmation of life from morning till night with revelers enjoying the rarefied atmosphere, natural beauty, and action. Sunshine is paramount throughout the seasons and Rocky Mountain blue skies uniquely highlight bright sparkling crests of snow, bursts of wildflowers dotting lush green slopes reaching from timberline to the valley, and the shimmering gold of fall’s aspen wonders.  Custom made Bavarian furniture accents the distinctive charm of the 112 luxury suites and 15 guest rooms, well appointed with gas-log fireplace, spacious bathrooms with heated floors, seating areas designed for maximized comfort and relaxation. Each suite has the air of a mountain retreat, from Junior and one bedroom options, one and two level two bedroom suites, and the condominium residences adjacent to the hotel. Each option boasts high end amenities, toiletries, lush and plush comforts from beds, pillows, and duvets. Skis and biking gear are secure, and your concierge will arrange for rentals of anything you haven’t brought along. Sonnenalp is known for its popular Kid’s Club providing age appropriate activities and recreation programs for the younger set.

The ultimate in rejuvenation and relaxation, the spa experience at the Sonnenalp Spa combines luxury and indulgence with therapeutic treatments and wellness regimes guaranteed to soothe those aching muscles, ease tricky joints, and erase the tensions you toted in your baggage from home. Escape and indulge.  Relax with a snack by the grand fireplace, soak in the tranquility pool, or rejuvenate at the oxygen bar. Immerse yourself in the warmth and healing of a warm herbal poultice massage and drift into a dreamy zone. The highly trained professional staff offers a full menu as well as customized therapies to meet your individual needs. Choose from heated stone massage, deep therapeutic treatments, facials to refresh and revive dry winter skin, aroma therapies to unify mind, body, and spirit in unique combinations. Invigorate with restorative stolen moments of personal time or reconnect with a romantic couples massage and enjoy the extended amenities. Revive with the newest addition to the Spa menu, an 80 minute Hydra Facial experience, hydrating, exfoliating, renewing, and stimulating cells awakening from winter’s wear.

Vail is preparing for the upcoming June GoPro Mountain Games, the white water rafting and kayak season with waters high from the melting snow, and the famed Vail Craft Beer Festival in June. The Sonnenalp Guest Activities Coordinator, Kara Hasbrouck-Schmidt, enthuses about exciting upcoming events and the latest hotel offerings. High on her list is the Llama Wine and Cheese Hike, a gourmet culinary experience replete with a cuddly llama toting the fixings for a feast including lemon lime poached shrimp, assorted meat and cheeses, fresh veggies, hummus, wine pairings and much more. Intimate chef created dinners beside Gore Creek can be reserved to culminate a day of high altitude golf, fly fishing, or mountain bike thrills. The Sonnenalp welcomes guests from around the world to discover Vail’s finest.



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