Elegance + Wellness at The Sonnenalp, Vail | By Kim Fuller

Last Updated: July 27, 2021By

Some getaways are more memorable than others, and often it’s the details that make all the difference. Inspired by European heritage and hospitality, The Sonnenalp has been creating a mountain elegant boutique hotel experience for 40 years in Vail. 

The German roots of The Sonnenalp have grown seamlessly into Colorado’s alpine setting. I’ve enjoyed seeing the property evolve over the years, offering more opportunities for relaxation and wellness. 

The spa’s large glass windows and bright yellow accents create a vibrant and welcoming energy for an experience of revitalization and indulgence. During our stay at The Sonnenalp last fall, I enjoyed the serenity of the spa and its spacious invitation to just be. It was simply perfect to spend a quiet morning on the foot of Gore Creek while soaking in the outdoor whirlpool, sunshine streaming on my face. 

This is an ideal place to create your own mountain getaway. Recently renovated suites have custom-made Bavarian furniture, a gas-log fireplace and large bathrooms with heated floors. Breakfast at The Sonnenalp is renowned as a bountiful European style buffet and worth spending the better part of any morning. It’s served on the beautiful glass-enclosed Ludwig’s terrace overlooking the creek, with food and drink that’s accompanied by some of the sweetest china I have every seen. 

Beyond the property is all the delights of Vail Village, along with countless recreation opportunities for all ages. In the summer and fall, hiking on Vail Mountain is so accessible from The Sonnenalp. 

This season, enjoy a special Yoga and Hiking experience, offered July through September. The hike takes you through stunning singletrack to a spot for yoga. It’s an amazing way to tap into nature’s essence and your own wellness. 

After several hours out on the trail, it seems there is no better place to retreat than back to the spa. Stop at the oxygen bar or book a Pilates class, or perhaps head right back to your simple seat overlooking Gore Creek.

From my seat I was reminded to slow down. Getaways like this one are those to be relished and fully absorbed. At The Sonnenalp, you get what you need. For me, it was a reminder of vitality and a feeling of peace, and I’ll be back for more soon.


Photos courtesy of The Sonnenalp.

Originally published in the Summer + Fall 2019 issue


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