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Mountain west gets top awards from Travel and Leisure

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This fourth of July, Rocky Mountain resorts have a lot to celebrate. Travelers love the mountain west for hotels and spas, according to Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 readers’ survey (released July 3, 2014). The St. Regis Aspen Resort Remède Spa was named the number one hotel spa in the world and Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana is the world's top hotel. Other hotels and spas in the top 100 were recognized in Vail, Colo.; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Deer Valley, Utah, and Whistler, British Columbia.

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“We are flattered to receive the recognition by Travel + Leisure,” said St. Regis Aspen General Manager Heather Steenge-Hart. “Remède Spa truly is a sanctuary of indulgence and relaxation, and it’s our goal to make sure each and every guest has an exceptional and rejuvenating experience. This rating is a testament to the level and quality of service that the spa provides.”

The expansive Remède Spa boasts 15,000 square feet of luxury and relaxation with sauna, steam room, oxygen lounge, indoor waterfalls, state-of-the-art manicure and pedicure stations, and hot/cold plunge pools. In 2012, the St Regis Aspen Resort completed a $40 million comprehensive interior and exterior redesign for its 179 guestrooms and suites, including 20 accommodations with fireplaces and the signature St. Regis Butler Service.

Triple Creek Ranch in Montana moved up from 13th in 2013 to first place this year. The small town of 720 with a big sky and luxurious resort beat out La Fortuna, Costa Rica and Budapest, Hungary. Though Triple Creek Ranch is a member of the tres-chic Relais & Chateaux property group, the ranch is a real working cattle ranch. Guests can experience the rugged thrill of wrangling cattle on horseback and fly fishing for trout, while looking forward to an expertly prepared meal and a more than comfortable accommodation in a log cabin.

The awards reflect a growing trend for mountain-west travel within and to the Rocky Mountains. DestiMetrics, a Denver-based research firm that tracks destination visits, reports strong growth for both summer and winter travel in the mountain west. Denver set record growth in tourism for 2013, according to Visit Denver, and the city the top tourist destination in Colorado, with 27.1 million visitors in 2013 (5 percent increase for 2013). The state recorded 12.6 million skiers in 2013-2014, marking it once again as the leader in ski destinations in the US.

Travel & Leisure Mountain West Resort Award Winners

Top Hotel Spas Overall

#1 St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen Colorado

Top Hotel Spas Canada

Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Whistler, British Columbia

Top Destination Spas

Ten Thousand Waves. Japanese Spa and Resort, Santa Fe New Mexico

Top Hotels Overall

#1 Triple Creek Ranch. Darby, Montana

#21 Stein Erikson Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah

#57 Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Vail Colorado

#81 Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Whistler, British Columbia

#98 Sebastion Vail, Vail Colorado