8 Stunning Southwestern Hotels and Resorts for Your Next Getaway

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From poolside cabanas to a working organic farm, here’s where to stay as you explore the splendor of the Southwest

 

The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician

Following a three-month refurbishment, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, has re-opened its doors to a new luxury in style and experience. Now featuring a more contemporary, residential design complemented by enhanced service and curated offerings, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician honors both its guests and its Sonoran Desert surroundings. Outdoors, the private infinity Canyon Pool features a new Pebble Tec surface, while adjacent cabanas have been revamped with new artwork and furnishings. theluxurycollection.com/phoenician

Strater Hotel

The historic Strater Hotel, built in 1887, is a downtown Durango, Colorado, landmark located two blocks from the Durango Train and just one hour east of Mesa Verde National Park. Guests experience the Old West while just steps away from dining, shopping, and various outdoor activities in the San Juan Mountains, including hiking, skiing, biking and rafting. On site amenities include the Henry Strater Theatre, Diamond Belle Saloon, Mahogany Grille, Strater Catering and Events, and The Office Spiritorium. Available amenities include: elevators, group rates, ample and easy tour bus parking, breakfast options, and history tours. Event planning is available. strater.com

Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge

The Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge offers a residential experience with a personal and dedicated staff and the amenities of a luxury hotel. Located at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, the property offers spacious two- and three-bedroom residences. Each beautifully appointed residence offers a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, washer and dryer, oversized bathrooms and a private balcony. Lodge amenities include complimentary transportation to and from Montrose and Telluride airports, complimentary valet parking, 24-hour fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, game room, business center and our private Himmel Spa. The attentive and enthusiastic staff allows you to enjoy the comfort of a home away from home without the hassles of daily life. In this luxurious sanctuary, you’re sure to have the memorable vacation experience you’d expect from Fairmont. fairmont.com/klammer-lodge-telluride

4UR Ranch

Do you find the thought of wetting a line somewhere along six miles of private tailwater appealing? Then come to Colorado’s 4UR Ranch, one of the finest fly fishing resorts in the Rocky Mountains. Once there, from the banks of the trout streams, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful San Juan Mountains, explore the high country forests from the back of a horse, or hike along magnificent trails with experienced guides. At the end of the day, take a long soak in the natural hot springs, then sit down for a dinner featuring locally sourced cuisine prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef. Whether you’re looking for days filled with outdoor activity or just putting your feet up and relaxing, the 4UR Ranch is waiting for you. 4urranch.com

The Stanley

Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles away from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multiple renovations have restored this 140-guest room hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley offers more than 14,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space equipped with modern day amenities. The hotel also features the brand-new, 40-room Aspire Residences, Estes Park’s most upscale lodging establishment paired with an array of outdoor activities and adventures. stanleyhotel.com

Ameristar Black Hawk

Located in the Rocky Mountains, a short 40 miles west of Denver, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk offers an exceptional gaming and entertainment experience in the Denver metropolitan area. The property features a 71,500-square-foot casino, a luxury full-service hotel with 536 well-appointed rooms, including 64 luxurious suites, a rooftop pool, fitness center, five dining and entertainment venues, a full-service luxury day spa, 15,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, and a large parking garage. ameristar.com/black-hawk

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Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Farm

Designed in 1932 by the region’s foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, Los Poblanos is one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest. Set among 25 acres of organic lavender fields, towering cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, it is the ideal setting for a secluded getaway, work retreat or special event. The property boasts 50 guest rooms, a working organic farm, field-to-fork dining and a thoughtfully curated on-site retail space. The natural beauty, comfort and privacy of Los Poblanos offer guests a unique and relaxing environment that is truly New Mexico. lospoblanos.com

La Fonda on the Plaza

La Fonda on the Plaza is the top choice in Santa Fe luxury hotels, featuring vibrant décor and genuine New Mexican architecture that provides guests with an authentic experience, complemented by 4-Diamond distinctive services. Each of the 180 rooms and suites are beautifully restored to their original grandeur with hand-crafted furniture and original artwork. La Fonda, which recently received the 2016 Historic Hotels of America award for Best Historic Hotel (76-200 rooms), is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Plaza, sitting on a coveted location that is said to have hosted an inn since the 1600’s. Just step outside our doors and you will find everything that is Santa Fe. lafondasantafe.com