The Renovated Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Adds a Contemporary Feel to the Classic Lodge

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has majestically held its place on the mountain in Beaver Creek for several years. Rustic, elegant design makes this larger-than-life lodge feel at home on the Colorado mountainside, but recent renovations have taken this AAA four-diamond property to the next level. Chic interior design updates, new lounge spaces and innovative fine dining abound at the new property.

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Immediately upon entering the resort, return guests will notice the changes that were made to this classic property. Lush blue furniture and open spaces now occupy the main lounge area right off the slopes—a far more contemporary twist to the mountain property—the Ritz-blue furniture and accents lighten the space.

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Off the newly re-decorated main living room is Buffalos restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The expanded space which used to house a bar and ski-in, ski-out deli, is now ultra-chic with a backlit bar and comfortable seating to take in the mountain view or devour a scrumptious snack. Specializing in local, farm-sourced ingredients, everything from the food to local craft beers at the Bison Tartar restaurant are perfectly enjoyed in this new space. Also, rich interiors and pops of color are a stunning addition Spago's dining room.

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The Club Level has also received a facelift, bright rooms and interiors spaces lighten the entire floor.  A move away from the dark woods and rustic interiors, the lighter spaces feel airy and complement the mountainside views of the pool and lift below. From the Club Level Lounge, guests can see the surrounding valley while enjoying one of many food services during the day or relaxing with a glass of wine after a long day of skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or mountain biking.

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One of the most exciting additions to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is the Bachelor’s Lounge. Previously the kid’s club, the venue offers both inside and outside spaces where live music and a cigar bar meld with creative cocktails to create a unique adults-only atmosphere. Of the cocktail offerings, The Vaportini—which comes in several flavors and styles—essentially vaporizes the alcohol that is consumed through a glass straw. A bit of a buzz without any of the calories, the fanciful take on classic beverages is an entertaining end to an evening. Guests can also enjoy an imported cigar on the outdoor heated patio or sip on a glass of wine chosen by the sommelier in the crisp mountain air.

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From the fireside s’mores to a sprawling spa complete with underground grotto, outdoor pool and Jacuzzis to its own ski lift, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is decidedly the King of the Mountain. World-renowned service coupled with this renewed mountain property make for an excellent escape in Colorado.

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Chad Chisholm

Chad Chisholm is a professional photographer and travel writer. Marrying the two together, his travels have taken him across the world, staying in everything from Parisian Penthouses to huts in Ecuador in the rainforest. His work has been published in ISLANDS, Afar, WildJunket, AAA publications, and more. To see Chad's photographic work, visit ...(Read More)

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