Four Seasons Resort Vail Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Four Seasons Vail opened in 2011, and is one of the area's top hotels. All the rooms have warm colors, stone fireplaces, balconies, and huge marble bathrooms with standalone soaking tubs, and almost every amenity impresses, particularly the upscale spa (one of the best in Vail Valley) and lovely outdoor pool area. But it's not directly on the slopes -- guests face a 10-minute walk, or a short hotel shuttle ride.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This rustic-luxe, chalet-inspired lodge is one of Vail's premier options, with a location in the heart of Vail Square, near the Eagle Bahn lift. The 62 luxurious rooms feature massive bathrooms, stone fireplaces, and scenic balconies, and both the lavish spa and rooftop lap pool pack serious wow factor.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Ritz-Carlton Residences are easily among the most luxurious private condo rentals in Vail Valley. The amenities are top-of-the line: the large, year-round outdoor pool; the modern, upscale fitness center; the cozy library; and the elegant, lodge-style great room with a bar and fireplace. The huge, privately owned condos have stainless steel kitchens, balconies with views of the pool or mountains, and gorgeous marble bathrooms with decadent soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. Guests can use The Arrabelle Club (a ski club with storage, a ski valet, and other extras) in the winter -- a nice perk -- and the property has bell service and 24-hour maintenance.