The sheer, stunning beauty of Garden of the Gods – its awe-inspiring sandstone spires, otherworldly colors and contours, and towering heights, all set against snow-capped peaks and brilliant skies — is on the bucket list of any adventure-seeking traveler. And for the discerning traveler seeking to take their trip to the next level, a stay at the Garden of the Gods Resort is a must. This spring, I left everything behind for a week to experience an unparalleled world of world-class wellness experiences, high-end accommodations, and magnificent natural beauty. Here are the top five reasons why you need to experience this hidden gem:

Transformative Setting & Location
Nestled at the feet of the Park, just a mile away, the Garden of the Gods Resort provides unmatched access to one of the country’s most stunning natural settings. The resort is brilliantly designed, with nearly every room, window, walkway and space offering extraordinary 360-degree views of the Park at every turn, providing a seamless transition to the natural world. Constant, calming access to this majestic setting and natural splendor allow guests to unplug, unwind and relax — all just ten minutes away from beautiful Colorado Springs, and an hour and a half from Denver.

World-Class Wellness
Designed in 1951, Garden of the Gods has earned a global reputation for decades for its world-class amenities, all constantly updated and modernized to appeal to high-end, luxury consumers. Most extraordinary of all is the Strata Integrated Wellness Spa, which brings in visitors from across the country. The Stata spa is home to the latest advances in integrative medicine, in addition to a combination of advanced clinical practices, naturopathy, nutrition, spa treatments, fitness and other bespoke wellness services that offer a personalized process to restore ailments. Complementing the Strata Spa is the Therapeutic Spa & Salon — full with salt rooms, steam rooms, and experiential showers — for visitors to be inspired, uplifted and restored.

Thrill-Seeker’s Paradise
At your doorstep is the Garden of the Gods Park, with miles of hikes, outstanding bouldering, climbing opportunities, and bike trails to get your heart pumping. And if you don’t want to leave the resort premises, a world-class 27-hole golf course — set in the valley beneath the towering sandstone formations of the park — along with a tennis facility, fitness center, pools, splash parks, and a recreation center. Multiple national parks and sites including Gunnison National Forest, Rio Grande National Forest or Mesa Verde National Park, historic towns, and outdoors experiences await, just miles outside the park.

Culinary Indulgence
After a long day of hiking, golf or relaxing by the pool, guests can experience any of the many dining rooms and lounges, which range from casual al fresco dining to refined dining overlooking the Garden of the God’s red rock formations and towering peaks. The resort prides itself on its local ingredients and culinary artistry, all presented with the warmest hospitality. High-end dining experiences are limited to resort members and guests only, providing an intimate and exclusive dining experience.

Luxurious Accommodations
Garden of the Gods resort excels at providing a high-end, luxurious feel, matched with warmth and outstanding hospitality. Spacious guests rooms and sweets, as well as a secluded residential community consisting of beautiful cottages, offer a strong sense of place, a strong spirit of tranquility and a true escape from the ordinary. All rooms are bathed in brilliant sunlight, with private balconies or patios and in-room fireplaces. The most luxurious suites also contain wet bars, powder rooms, and dining areas, for a residential feel that is both refined and relaxing.