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. It's a premier choice for couples, but it's not directly on the slopes -- guests face a 10-minute walk, or a short hotel shuttle ride.
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 come stainless steel kitchens, balconies with views of the pool or mountains, and gorgeous marble bathrooms with decadent soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers.
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 (that come with beautiful soaking tubs), stone fireplaces, and scenic balconies, and both the lavish spa and rooftop lap pool pack serious wow factor.
The Sebastian - Vail Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxury boutique resort opened in Vail in 2010, and prices are often more than fair for what you get: Beautiful, high-end mountain decor, particularly in the airy lobby and cozy library (no cabin kitsch here); two great restaurants, including the farm-to-table Block 16, plus a chic lounge; an outdoor pool; four Jacuzzis; and an upscale spa.
Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The upper-middle-range, 28-room Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa is located in a serene, creek-side spot in Vail Village, close to the Bahn ski lift. Its rooms, outfitted in understated mountain decor, have nice extras -- namely, plush beds, gas fireplaces, and deep soaking tubs. Its huge, modern fitness center is one of the best in Vail Valley, and the spa is impressive as well -- both pleasant surprises for a hotel this small.