Travel Weekly's assistant manager of editorial production,
Dara Diamant, took some time off at the Broadmoor in Colorado
Springs. Her report follows:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- When clients embark on a spa journey
at the Broadmoor, they should prepare to be pampered. There are the
various massages, facials, aromatherapy baths, showers and body
wraps; the fruited icewater, herbal teas, heated bathrobes and
rubber sandals. And the staff is ready, very willing and very able
to provide for guests.
Completed in mid-1994, the Spa and Fitness Center at the
Broadmoor occupies two of the four levels of the Spa, Golf and
Tennis Club. There are 16 massage rooms, four with private terraces
and mountain views; 12 soaking tubs; six facial rooms; four wet
treatment rooms with Vichy (horizontal rain) showers; four
Broadmoor Falls showers; a co-ed "quiet room"; two aromatherapy
inhalation-relaxation rooms; a steam room, and a spa product shop.
The Spa and Fitness Center features an indoor swimming pool,
outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, aerobics room and two workout rooms,
which house weight-training and cardiovascular equipment.
The services I participated in were an aromatherapy bath (with
12 fragrances to choose from); the Broadmoor Falls, a combination
of Swiss shower and Scotch spray, which varies in temperature and
pressure; a 50-minute massage; a fitness evaluation, and the new
Karisoftness body treatment (a full-body treatment that exfoliates
and hydrates the skin).
The Broadmoor suggests clients arrive 15 minutes before their
spa appointments for check-in and changing. In addition, first-time
guests are asked to complete a questionnaire. These forms assist
the staff in determining individually tailored treatments.
According to Marguerite Lykes, director of the spa, the
concentration is on "moderation, not deprivation." Personalized
programs can last anywhere from one day to one week.
After check-in, guests are directed to the changing area. The
desk attendant provides sandals, a locker key and a heated
bathrobe. After changing, guests have a choice of either the
aromatherapy room or a more rustic room with fireplace, where they
can relax comfortably as they wait to be summoned by a
For my bath, I chose the fitness bath oil, ostensibly created
for soothing tired, aching muscles after exercise. The 10-minute
bath was incredibly refreshing, soothing and relaxing.
The Broadmoor attempts to secure organic materials for all the
spa's products. According to Lykes, people are "more
allergy-sensitive to synthetics than to what grows out of the
planet," and "natural ingredients do not cause headaches."
The next treatment was the Broadmoor Falls, designed to
stimulate circulation and drain lymph nodes.
The 50-minute massage followed. I was led to one of the rooms
with a veranda, where massages can be given in warmer weather. The
full-body massage, though not employing any specific discipline,
combined aspects of different ones. If clients wish, they can order
Swedish, sports or Shiatsu massages.
The following day, an individual fitness and health evaluation
was scheduled for me at the Fitness Center. The first part,
fitness, measures your body fat, flexibility, blood pressure,
biceps strength and working and resting heart rates. The second
part, the wellness profile, focuses on how you live your life. A
word of warning on the fitness portion: If guests live at a lower
altitude, their heart rate and pulse will measure higher here at an
elevation of 6,600 feet.
After the fitness evaluation, it was back upstairs to the spa
for a Karisoftness skin treatment. This sounds as if the staff is
going to cook guests rather than soften them. First, the guest's
outermost skin is "peeled," then a honey mixture is applied, after
which the guest is "buttered."
The skin peel is a lot more pleasant than it sounds. It uses a
citrus-based mixture combined with a substance called shea butter
(made from the seeds of the African shea tree). The tacky, saplike
mixture adheres to your skin as it dries. It is peeled using
friction from rubbing with the hands. Next, a honey and emollient
mixture is applied to soften the skin. In addition to honey,
ingredients include lavender, more citrus and chamomile. Finally, a
layer of softened, pure shea butter is applied over the honey. This
insulates the honey moisturizer and acts as a "waterproofer" for
Because all this needs to sink into your skin, guests are not
supposed to shower for several hours. However, since it's so soft
and comfortable, you really don't mind. And you do smell good
enough to eat.