What we love
What looks like simple log cabins on the outside reveal sumptuous luxury accommodation on the inside. Soaking in the sensuous hot springs beneath the shimmering snow banks epitomises sheer romance, whilst the mountain landscape gives way to breathtaking adventure.
Setting the scene
A fascinating ghost town deep in the Rocky Mountains brought back to life - but it's not the least bit spooky. Dunton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive resort set in an old alpine mining town, which has been beautifully restored to offer luxury lodges with indulgent amenities. The natural hot springs boast therapeutic properties and the Colorado countryside provides plenty of options for adventure.
Each of the 12 cabins are individually designed with names such as Potter House, Bjoerkmans, Forge and Honeymoon. They are beautifully spaced out in the original layout of the town - a circle around the Saloon and Dance Hall. Every window affords magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding meadows and each cabin features heated slate floors. Christy's Tent puts 'glamping' on a whole other level with spacious, luxurious accommodation, king-size sumptuous bed, roaring gas fireplace and en-suite bathroom. There is no mobile signal here but free Wi-Fi is available throughout.
The resident chefs create a new menu every day in the open kitchen using local and regional ingredients - some from town's own farm and vineyard. It's a sociable affair with everyone eating at a long antique table in the centre of the Saloon, although guests can choose to dine separately if they prefer. You can even take part in the preparation of the day's menu with the chefs. Breakfast is made to order, lunch can be a casual meal or a wonderful picnic to take on your adventure, and then delicious food and fine wines come together for the evening meal. |The bar is in the main Saloon and Dance Hall where you can sip a cocktail made from the herbs in the garden, a wine from the local vineyard or a beer from the local microbrewery, Dolores River Brewery.
Horse-back riding in the high Rockies, fly fishing on the exclusive nine-mile stretch of the Dolores, rafting on the Animas and Dolores Rivers, helicopter skiing - it's high octane adventure at this sleepy town - but only if you want it of course. The resort's wonderful spa treatments make the most of the alpine environment, specialising in totally natural treatments. Whether it's the unique spring waters or sublime surroundings, it's a rejuvenating experience like no other. |As for pools, there are six different ways to soak in the hot spring waters: inside the 19th century Bathhouse, under the stars at the source, in the pool outside the Bathhouse, in the pool behind the Dunton Store cabin, inside the Well House cabin, or out on the river. There's also a yoga studio and a cabin-based gym.
Children are welcome here if they like the taste of adventure, and special meals can be prepared by the chefs if required.
The main airport is Durango, which you can reach on an hour flight from Denver. From here it's a two-hour drive to Dunton Hot Springs. Cortez airport is 90 minutes from the hotel.
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