Spa Report: Beaver Creek’s Allegria Spa
August 7, 2010
Editor’s note: Spa Report is a new feature the Vail Daily will be running a few times a month about spa treatments around the valley. Know of something we should check out? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The spa: Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, 100 East Thomas Place, Beaver Creek; 970-748-7500 or allegriaspa.com.The treatment: The Renewal Facial, 60 minutes, $175.This spa is for: Both hotel guests and locals looking to escape. It’s also a great spa to visit if you’re looking for a knowledgeable, well-trained esthetician who can recommend products and treatments specifically for your skin type.First impressions: At 30,000 square feet, this spa, which is located in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, isn’t exactly cozy, but it’s one of the most beautiful spas I’ve visited. For people used to smaller day spas, this space might feel slightly intimidating, but don’t worry, the staff are extremely welcoming. The treatment was: Relaxing. Even better, my skin looked fantastic afterwards.On the day I arrived for my facial, I was stressed out. I was running late thanks to serious computer problems back at the office. Thankfully Victoria Mastrogiovanni, the spa’s lead esthetician, put me at ease immediately. She exudes calm, which is likely why I was floating in my happy place within five minutes of her touching my skin. Victoria walked the fine line between explaining what she was doing and remaining silent for maximum relaxation. The facial I got, the renewal facial, is “designed to nourish, replenish and energize skin cells by boosting cellular metabolism to produce healthy new cells,” according to the spa literature. The treatment included a microderm scrub and two anti-aging masks, including one that made my skin pulse with tiny contractions. The effect sometimes makes people feel claustrophoic, Victoria told me, but I thought it felt pretty cool. Victoria customized the facial for my skin type. She used the Clarisonic brush, which exfoliates your skin using ultrasonic waves, the Opal sonic eye infusion and a Blue LED light that reduces the bacteria that caues acne. She wrote down each product she used (mainly made by Jurlique, an Australian skincare line that uses biodynamic, mostly organic ingredients) and recommended for my skin. Specials: Through Sept. 22 buy a 45 or 60-minute facial and receive an additional 15 minutes free, including a hydrating mineral mask and an Opal Sonic Eye Infusion treatment. Or purchase a 50 or 80-minute massage and extend it an additional 25 minutes for free. Make the most of your visit: If you have the time, consider having a glass of organic wine or a cocktail made with a Colorado-born spirit on the patio at the hotel’s restaurant, 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill. This vantage point provides a perfect look at Beaver Creek mountain and the aspen leaves that will be flashing their autumn gold very soon. Know before you go: Don’t forget your bathing suit so you can experience Aquas Sanitas, the spa’s “water sanctuary.” I recommend you set aside a few hours for your treatment and take advantage of this self-guided area. The five-step process includes a co-ed mineral pool, a 104-degree women or men-only pool with juniper or wildflower salts, a rainshower, a steam room and finally a “tepidarium,” or lavender-infused relaxation room with heated loungers.