Sometimes, simply putting on a bathrobe and gathering in a spa is the remedy for a meeting well spent. At St. Regis Aspen Resort’s Remede Spa—named the No. 1 Hotel Spa in the World by Travel + Leisure—meeting planners can use the spa as an alternative event space or a creative teambuilding option.
The spa can be privately rented for breakfast, lunch or even dinner, and serves as a beautiful, Aspen-themed backdrop with its rock walls and waterfalls. Attendees can gather in the relaxation lounge or the waterfall lounge or even in the gender-specific plunge pools and steam area before getting a massage or facial.
“It’s amazing how putting people in bathrobes tends to break down barriers,” says Julie Oliff, spa director. “People are instantly more at ease. I have a theory that if you put world leaders in a spa in bathrobes, you may be able to figure out world peace. For some reason, leaving the outside world (with its cell phones and neck ties) creates a safer and more inclusive space for people to be themselves and interact on a different level.”
Oliff says that they try to make it easy on planners by having all-inclusive prices (there are no add-ons or up-charges for anything in the spa), and they recently changed the pricing so massages and facials are the same. She adds that meeting planners have also started customizing the space. One wine group created custom pillows, throws and robes and transformed the retail space and relaxation lounge into a tasting room.
The spa also offers a Canvas and Cocktails class for groups, in which an art teacher comes in and provides painting instructions. Guests don robes and create their artworks while chatting over cocktails and wine.
New for the winter, the spa will serve the resort’s traditional Afternoon Tea in the lounge, which features local products such as Two Leaves and a Bud, Avalanche Cheese and local honey. Taking from the farm-to-table food trend, the spa highlights its farm-to-massage-table trend, in which therapists use locally sourced and natural ingredients in a 5-course spa experience.
Currently undergoing a renovation, the space will be even more appealing when it’s finished. “With the refresh this fall, we’re emerging with an even more incredible space for winter, particularly the newly designed oxygen lounge,” says Oliff. “The difference between other venues at the hotel is that we integrate services in the venue, which just changes the experience altogether. It is unexpected and not something anyone would ever plan to do as a group activity.”