Winter Fun in Vail, Colorado

With summer winding down, it’s time to start thinking about your clients and their winter travel plans. And with ski season right around the corner, what better destination to have on your radar than Colorado? The Sebastian-Vail, which made its debut at the gateway to Vail Village in January 2011, is not only one of the newest properties in the area, but it also offers tons of amenities adventure seekers, spa lovers and foodies alike. Not to mention, The Sebastian is offering a special package that’s ideal for winter travelers.

“When people travel, they’re looking for really fun, unique experiences and we strive to provide that,” says Ann Sutherland Lynch, the property’s director of sales and marketing. “We really cater to active couples and adventure seekers, but we also have something for everyone. If you want a peaceful and relaxing getaway, The Sebastian can be that. If you’re all about heart-pumping action, we’ll make sure your visit takes your breath away.”

Indeed, with the ski slopes just  a few steps away, guests here can enjoy plenty of skiing and snowboarding, all with the assistance of their own private Vail ski and adventure valet. At the Sebastian Base Camp, located slope-side on Vail mountain, guests can slip into their gear here before hitting the slopes, and return for hot chocolate, cookies or a foot massage from the Pop-Up Spa when they’re all done. The ski valet is also on hand to tune up ski gear if needed.

Off the mountain, Sutherland Lynch says, “The Sebastian-Vail has amazing gathering places. It really has become a social hub for Vail.” She adds, “Frost Bar is great for apres ski drinks and the Library is always a cozy spot for morning coffee or evening board games. There’s always some type of social gathering among groups in our public spaces. Sutherland Lynch also notes that The Sebastian-Vail is home to $6 million in public art, which, “…really makes it stand out from other resorts in the area.”

Another highlight of the property is Bloom Spa, offering a wide range of services for men and women, including massages, facials, soaks, and body treatments using ingredients from the flowers, herbs and pines indigenous to the Vail Valley.

Meanwhile, The Sebastian-Vail recently introduced a brand-new food concept—The Beignet Cafe, which is located at the foot of Vail Mountain at the property’s private mountain base camp. At The Beignet Cafe, guests can customize their beignets with several sweet and savory flavors and toppings for a personalized Sebastian-style doughnut experience.

Since The Sebastian-Vail celebrated its grand opening earlier this year, Sutherland Lynch tells Recommend, “The response has been incredible. We’ve been getting great reviews, especially on TripAdvisor. We’re constantly seeing remarks about our service, which again, is one of the characteristics that make this property stand out. We work off the motto of, ‘we check in with you.’ We usually know what you want before you know and we make sure that your visit is as fun as you want it to be.”

Currently, The Sebastian-Vail is offering a Ski Free Spa Free package that includes accommodations for two, lift tickets for two for each day of guest’s stay, two 50-minute spa treatments, welcome drinks at Frost Bar, a welcome in-room amenity upon arrival, nightly turndown service and on-mountain ski valet offering ski-in ski-out access at Vista Bahn chairlift.

Prices start at $250 pp dbl per night and are available for stays through April 15, 2012. A minimum 3-night stay required. For more information, visit