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Four Seasons Resort Vail launches two-year renovation project

VAIL — A decade can be a long time in the luxury lodging business. That’s why Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail is getting an extensive upgrade.

Changes include a re-do of Flame restaurant and The Remedy Bar, as well as upgrades to the hotel’s 122 guest rooms and suites, as well as the lobby, corridors and meeting spaces.

The work will take this year and much of 2020. The hotel will remain open during the work.

Perhaps the biggest change is in the residences. Extell Development Co. in 2018 received town of Vail approval to change a number of the hotel’s fractional-fee condos to full-ownership units.

Six of the original 19 fractional units will be retained in the fractional pool. The remaining 12 units will be turned into 12 residences, eight new hotel rooms and 18 lock-off units.

Of the new condo units, one was finished in 2018. Only eight are still available for sale. Three of those units are sold “as you see them,” meaning they still have the fittings and furnishings that came with the fractional-fee units. The remaining five will be done with designer renovations.

Prices range from $4.5 million to $16.9 million.

Custom touches for owners

Dana Dennis Gumber, of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, is the listing broker for the new units. Gumber said the current fractional units all have the same fittings and furnishings. Buyers of the whole-ownership units will be able to add their own touches.

Owners of the whole-ownership units will also be able to put their units into the Four Seasons’ international rental program.

That’s a lot of outreach to potential renters, Gumber said.

Extell Vice President of Development Kurt Krieg said the sales of the new residences will help finance the rest of the changes at the property.

Those changes are going to be extensive, Krieg said, fitting with the Four Seasons brand.

Upgrades to restaurants

AvroKo, a design company with offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Bangkok, has worked at Union Station in Denver. That firm will do the work on the Flame and The Remedy Bar restaurants.

At The Remedy Bar, a kitchen will be installed at the bar level. Food currently comes from the Flame kitchen, two floors below the bar.

Renovations at Flame will include a new menu, as well as chefs tables and a closed, private room. Flame will also enclose some current outdoor space.

Krieg said the $40 million project will also include work to the hotel’s conference and banquet facilities. That work will include new colors and finishes in the meeting rooms.

The idea, Kreig said, is to get the work done with minimal disruptions to guests, employees and the rest of the town. And, he added, the improvements will “meet or exceed” the Four Seasons’ promises to those same groups.

“We’re excited and proud of this project,” Krieg said. “It’s been a well-received project.”

Vail Daily business editor Scott Miller can be reached at smiller@vaildaily.com and 970-748-2930.

Vail short-term rental registration renewal has begun

VAIL — The town of Vail Finance Department has begun the notification process for renewal of short-term rental licenses issued in 2018 as well as reminders to register new properties. The 2019 requirements became effective March 1 for all short-term rental properties within the town boundaries. The registration requirement applies to anyone renting their Vail property or seeking to rent a property in Vail for less than a 30-day consecutive period.

After being enacted a year ago, the regulations have been streamlined to accommodate suggestions from the lodging community and property managers.

• All short-term rental properties are required to complete the annual registration process with the town. This includes condo-tels which had previously been exempt. Condo-tels are lodging properties consisting of single-owned condos served by a full-time front desk.

• Annual registration fees are $150 per unit for individually rented units; $10 per unit for professionally managed properties; and $5 per unit for professionally managed properties with a 24/7/365 onsite manager.

• Short-term rental properties are required to have individual town of Vail sales tax licenses and file periodic returns. Property managers and condo-tels may bundle short-term rental applications to the town.

• Property owners or managers must acknowledge life-safety, noise and parking requirements as well as a local property contact for emergency response.

The registration process is available online at vailgov.com/short-term-rental-license-applications.

To address potential neighborhood concerns, the town has established a 24-hour hotline at 970-331-0632 to report non-emergency issues including parking, noise or trash. The regulations require a response to complaints within one hour or the property may be in violation of town code and subject to a fine.

The fine schedule for violations is $500 for the first offense, $1,500 for the second offense, $2,500 for a third offense and a two-year prohibition of rental at a fourth offense. Failure to register a short-term rental property is also considered a violation.

The town’s finance department is available to assist with questions from first-time applicants by email. Contact Matthew VanEyll at mvaneyll@vailgov.com. In addition, the department will host an orientation session for property managers and managers of condo-tels to familiarize them with the new online registration process for multiple rentals.

The town processed applications for 695 short-term rental units in 2018.

Chateau Beaver Creek provides a luxury spa experience

As is the case with many of the resorts and residences here in the Vail Valley, the Chateau Beaver Creek has many great amenities for its guests.

Outside of its well-recognized restaurant, Splendido, a spa is available for guests to utilize. Complete with a fitness center, pool, yoga studio and jacuzzi, there isn’t much left to be desired for those that own property at the resort.

Even the locker rooms in the spa are impressive. Hot tubs and a sauna await for guests, as well as the opportunity to douse themselves with a bucket of cold water for an extra jolt in the showers.

Of course, their spa offerings are noteworthy as well.

Included in the services are custom massages—treatments tailored specifically to the client’s current needs.

Several bottles of oil sit on a counter.

Massage oils and products are used to elevate the massage experience based on the client’s needs. Molly Gallagher, a therapist with the Chateau custom mixes all of her own oils.

“Living in an active mountain community, the common theme is tired and fatigued clients,” said Molly Gallagher, a contracted massage therapist with the Chateau. “Massage helps the client recover and get back in motion faster.”

Customized treatments will include a focus on stressed muscles and areas in pain, as well as stretches to increase range of motion and alleviate tension.

Gallagher also custom blends all of her massage oils, always having several options for the client to choose from. All of her mixtures use avocado as the carrier oil. The oils are designed to have different effects on the client, so Gallagher allows everyone to choose from oils for relaxing, invigorating or a deep breathing. One such oil is a blend of Lavender (which is great for muscle tension, inflammation, headaches and insomnia, and is also anti-spasmodic and antiseptic) and Rosemary (which helps with inflammation, pain and even memory).

Therapists like Gallagher can also throw in extra products such as an arnica rub, a painkiller that both warms and cools while increasing blood flow to areas of trauma and tension.

Hot stones are an additional option for massages at Chateau Beaver Creek. The stones help to increase blood flow.

Another common option available during the massages is hot stones.

“Using hot stones in a massage helps to increase blood flow, sedate the nervous system, increase flexibility, ease tension and promotes deep relaxation,” Gallagher said. “It’s great after a cold day of skiing.”

The spa and the services offered are complimented by a ski-in-ski-out lounge offering guests the opportunity to grab some food—oatmeal in the morning, snacks in the afternoon and a rotating soup of the day—and warm up by a fireplace.

Between the spa treatments, amenities and lounge, Chateau Beaver Creek makes for a great winter getaway, for both tourists and locals on the lookout for a staycation.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Nate Day can be reached at nday@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2932.

A Grand Event: Four hotels that work well for large groups

There’s truly no shortage of venues in which to say, “I do,” hold a corporate retreat or weekend of strategic planning. From intimate guest rooms to banquet rooms with jaw-dropping views of the mountain beyond, a staff of professionals to keep the day moving along, the challenge is deciding what hotel or lodge best fits your needs and vision.

The Inn at Riverwalk in Edwards just completed a full-scale remodel of the common areas and all guest rooms — complete with plush feather-bed mattress toppers and black-out curtains so guests can sleep in. The “mountain modern” feel works in the urban-esque area of Edwards. It’s ideally located mid-valley, 15 minutes from Vail and from the Eagle County Regional Airport. Insider tip: The hotel’s Gear Garage offers complimentary bikes and snow shoes — after all, all work and no play is a sin here in Eagle County.

Head east and check in to the Vail Racquet Club, where they hold only one wedding per weekend, ensuring special moments for the newly betrothed… and their friends and family. The 20-acre property surrounded in aspens and pines gives guests plenty of space to roam and the condo options (suites, 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms) work for most every size group. The banquet space can hold up to 130 people, with the accompanying Royal Elk Terrace a draw for its uninterrupted mountain views and serene feel. And the owners of Westside Café in West Vail have just signed a lease to open up a restaurant in the hotel. Vail Racquet Club feels more like a neighborhood than a hotel — and the price point gives wallets a bit of a break.

Hotel Talisa, just west of Lionshead, promises luxury with its recently completed $65-million renovation. The hotel has almost 300 guest rooms and offers more than 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Other amenities include ski-in/ski-out access, nearby hiking and biking trails, fly fishing, dreamy outdoor pool and full-service spa and on-site restaurants.

Right in the heart of Vail Village sits Vail’s Mountain Haus. Accommodations range from a single hotel room to four-bedroom condominium. The hotel is pleased to offer free continental breakfast, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, outdoor heated pool, steam showers, an updated fitness facility … and even free movies. Vail’s Mountain Haus is on the town’s free bus system, so there’s no need to worry about driving.