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The Spa at the Broadmoor Celebrates 100 Years


The Spa at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs celebrates its 100th anniversary with a modern take on historic spa treatments and a Women’s Weekend of Wellness

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs’ legendary American West destination, is turning 100 in 2018. The historic resort holds more Five Star awards than any other property in the world, according to its spokespeople, including accolades for its spa and its services—an important wellness component of The Broadmoor’s history. When the luxury resort opened in 1918, it had one of the first spas in the country with dedicated space for both men and women, but the region was known for its healthful benefits long before. Back to the late 1800s, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs were popular respites for those who were afflicted with “consumption,” now known as tuberculosis. The high altitude and clean air was believed to be good for the lungs.

The Broadmoor’s founders, Spencer and Julie Penrose, who traveled the world to create an oasis of culture in the American West, knew that health and wellness were a necessity, always focusing on getting guests outdoors and having a more holistic approach. In 2018, the resort celebrates its 100th anniversary, and the spa will be offering new twists on some of the original treatments, while taking a look back at its wellness approaches over the last century.

When the luxury resort opened in 1918, it had one of the first spas in the country with dedicated space for both men and women…

In 1918, The Broadmoor’s “thermo hydrotherapeutic department” (aka the spa!) boasted a double installation complete for both men and women that operated continuously. Guests were advised to dress in their rooms and take the service elevator direct to the baths. Services included: Turkish bath, steam room with shampoo and shower for $1.50, electric light bath and shower for $1.50, Broadmoor tonic bath for $1.50, half-hour massage for $1.00, oil or alcohol rub and salt glow for 50 cents.

As a nod to the property’s wellness offerings of the early 20th century, The Spa at The Broadmoor will be offering the modern versions of these treatments with its “100 Minutes of Bliss” specials, which include some of the spa’s most popular treatments combined at a discount price, such as: A Dynamic Duo – a 50-minute signature massage, plus 50-minute Medik8 custom facial ($300+), A Perfect Pair – a 50-minute manicure, plus 50-minute signature pedicure ($180+), and Two to Tango – a 50-minute rosemary almond body salt scrub, plus 50-minute Colorado revival wrap (a dynamic combination of antioxidant-rich body serum and aromatherapy for $300+).

The Broadmoor also hosts an annual program called Women’s Weekend of Wellness, which will take place March 8 through 10, 2018. Now in its seventh year, the weekend includes wellness seminars, inspiring speakers (this year’s keynote speaker is figure-skating champion Peggy Fleming), plus all sorts of outdoor activities like zip-lining and rappelling at the resort’s new Soaring Adventures, and classes from the Broadmoor Outfitters, like falconry, fly-fishing, and even tomahawk-throwing. There’s also award-winning tennis, fitness classes, spa treatments, and more. Details on booking the “Looking Back on a Century of Wellness” weekend package here.