Beaver Creek, CO for Families

Beaver Creek – Year-Round Ice Rink, Kid-Friendly

This upscale ski resort is a gem for families in winter or summer. The best place to stay if money is no object? The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

Beaver Creek, Colorado, about two-and-a-half hours from Denver, is nestled in the Rocky Mountains. It’s an upscale, gated village with its own ski mountain, a pedestrian plaza, and a shopping area with lots of kid-friendly restaurants and whose centerpiece is a giant, year-round ice rink.

With plenty of family-friendly activities in the winter and summer, this mountain town is a delightful place to vacation with the kids.

Beaver Creek Ski Resort

Hands down, the most luxurious, family-friendly lodging can be found at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. The resort hotel is steps away from all the action (though Beaver Creek Village is a sleepy town, so “action” is relative), such as the pedestrian plaza and ski mountain.

The staff here goes out of its way to welcome kids, and little touches—like stepstools in the rooms’ bathrooms and a hotel-dog mascot—make it especially attractive to little ones. Plus, there’s a large outdoor swimming pool and five hot tubs, games and puzzles kids can borrow, and the upbeat Camp Hyatt, where friendly sitters keep kids entertained in a spacious playroom and outdoors with fun field trips.

Mom and Dad just may want to book some time for the kids at Camp Hyatt so they can enjoy the Allegria Spa, which just underwent a $12 million renovation. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot spa features expanded locker rooms, an updated fitness center (including super-cool Kinesis exercise equipment and classes), couples’ treatment and waiting rooms, and a nifty new water ritual called Aqua Sanitas, based on ancient Roman baths and Native Americans’ centuries-old use of Colorado’s healing hot springs.