Departures: Gateway Canyon Resort
By: Jennifer Agress
Luxury isn’t always about glitz and glamour. In fact, sometimes the true elegance of a destination resides in its thoughtful seclusion, its unspoiled natural beauty and those aspects of its identity that make it stand out above the rest. Hidden amongst the majestic red rocks, iconic Palisade and lush valleys of Western Colorado, there is no truer example of this ideal than the revered Gateway Canyons Resort: Noble House Hotels and Resorts’ latest fusion of nature and discovery.
No matter where you sleep at Gateway Canyons Resort, you’ll have unparalleled views of 6,000 acres of surrounding natural splendor. Offering privacy in an already secluded area, the newly-built luxury Hacienda and Stargazer casitas paint a picture of comfortable elegance. Dotted across the Western Colorado terrain, these desert bungalows boast custom artisan Peruvian furnishings and high, vaulted ceilings, each overlooking a private deck with a fire pit and Jacuzzi. Envisioned as a luxury escape for the quiet elite, these one- or two-bedroom houses include separate master bedrooms, five-fixture bathrooms and coveted, outdoor showers. Setting the standard for service, these abodes also come with a personal, Casita Butler, poolside cabanas, exclusive tours and private, in-room dining.
At Gateway Canyons Resort, there is no shortage of activities to make your getaway an unforgettable experience. If you wake up feeling adventurous, head to the Adventure Center and sign up to go rock climbing, cross into Utah with a guided helicopter tour over the Moab Desert, or rent an ATV and go off-roading to the top of the surrounding plateaus. If that’s not for you, visit The Stables, and let expert wranglers lead you on a horseback ride through the base of the lush Uncompaghre Plateau, practice Native American traditions of horse painting and learn special yoga exercises on horseback. The Gateway Auto Museum, which houses Mr. Hendricks’ rare and classic American cars, hosts daily private tours; while the “Driving Experiences” program lets you rent one of his luxury vehicles—like a $250,000 Bentley convertible—and cruise down Scenic Byway 141. For a more relaxing experience, attend morning yoga classes or make an appointment at The Spa for its signature body wrap, the Jade and Burdock Sachet. At this Noble House Hotels and Resorts establishment, anything is possible. All you have to do is take the time to discover it.
Excerpt from original article published in Nov/Dec issue of Private Air Luxury Homes Magazine