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September 30, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

Renowned Golden Door Spa To Open First Location In Rocky Mountains As Part Of Waldorf-Astoria Collection’s First Ski Property

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

PARK CITY, Utah – The Golden Door Spa, a pioneer in comprehensive wellness, will open its first location in Utah in spring 2009 as part of Dakota Mountain Lodge, the first ski property of The Waldorf-Astoria Collection. Residents and visitors of the Park City hotel condominium will enjoy indigenous treatments and fitness programs in the world-class destination spa, which will be surrounded by breathtaking views of The Canyons®, Park City Mountain Resort® and Deer Valley Resort®, all among the top ski resorts in the United States. “http://waldorfastoria1.hilton.com/en/wa/home.do?WT.srch=1”

“The Utah mountains will serve as an ideal backdrop for our newest location said Tom Posey, president and chief executive officer, Golden Door Spas. “Our commitment to the quintessential spa experience complements The Waldorf-Astoria Collection’s dedication to five-star service. The Dakota Mountain Lodge and Golden Door Spa will certainly transport residents and visitors to the ultimate getaway.”

The Golden Door, founded in 1959 by fitness visionary Deborah Szekely, is widely recognized as the first luxury destination spa in the United States. The spa offers a complete mind/body experience combining pampering with exercise and nutrition programs. It has been named one of the top destination spas by readers and editors of top-tier luxury travel and lifestyle publications. “http://www.goldendoor.com/”

The Park City location will be a 15,000-square-foot facility nestled into the breathtaking mountainside, creating the perfect setting for becoming one with nature. Plans include 15 treatment rooms featuring a full slate of signature offerings, along with a cutting edge nail and hair spa. A custom designed fitness center will offer an extensive menu of classes including cardio, yoga, meditation, stretching, Pilates, Kinesis, resistance training and other innovative programs. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy fresh, wholesome cuisine that fits with the overall wellness philosophy of the spa − to live a longer and better life.

“Dakota Mountain Lodge along with the Golden Door Spa offers the ultimate in alpine living,” said Lee Hindin, principal of DuVal Development, the developers of Dakota Mountain Lodge. “Residents will be surrounded by the scenic Rocky Mountains, and will enjoy world-class skiing and on-site access to a premier wellness center.” “http://www.dakotamountainlodge.com/”

Dakota Mountain Lodge will be home to the sixth and northernmost Golden Door Spa. Ancient Asian influences, environmental attunement and classic European spa techniques form the foundations for each Golden Door location. The spectacular views and immersion in the Utah Rockies will make a day, weekend or week at the Park City spa a life-affirming experience.

Dakota Mountain Lodge and Golden Door Spa will be nestled in The Canyons, Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort, and one of the largest in the United States. The resort’s new Frostwood Gondola is currently under construction and will be adjacent to the Lodge. Residents and guests will be able to ski-in and ski-out to The Canyons’ slopes with personal ski valets escorting their equipment to and from the gondola, or they can vary their ski experience at any of Utah’s 12 other ski resorts, including Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resorts, less than 10 minutes away.

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The 265,000-square-foot Dakota Mountain Lodge offers 170 residences ranging in size from executive suite-style studios to the six-bedroom “mansion in the sky” penthouse and will be outfitted with the finest furnishings. Residence prices range from approximately $479,000 to more than $2.5 million. Fewer than 40 residences remain for sale at this Waldorf-Astoria Collection property, which is expected to open in spring 2009. For more information, visit “http://www.dakotamountainlodge.com”

Other highlights of Dakota Mountain Lodge will include 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a 7,000-square-foot ballroom, a to-be-announced signature restaurant and lounge, and screening rooms designed to suit the annual Sundance Film Festival. The resort will offer a multitude of activities throughout the spring, summer and fall such as world-class golf, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing and boating/water-skiing at any of the spectacular lakes located only 15 to 20 minutes away. Year-round cultural and entertainment events include the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Park City International Music Festival, the Park City Jazz Festival, the Park City Food & Wine Classic and a full 52-week schedule by the Utah Symphony and Opera.

Dakota Mountain Lodge is located only a few minutes from Park City’s historic Main Street with its elaborate offering of restaurants, shops and amenities, and 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, which services more than 1,000 daily flights from over 100 cities across the United States, as well as international locations.

About the Developers: DuVal Development is a privately held real estate firm located in Park City, Utah. With over three decades of real estate experience, the partners of DuVal Development have successfully developed millions of square feet of commercial, residential and resort real estate throughout the United States. A prominent name in Park City, DuVal Development has a reputation for building spectacular residential communities and is currently one of the largest developers in the area. Because of its focus on high-quality design, world-class amenities and premier locations, DuVal properties are the most coveted in the area. Due to absolute attention to detail and scrupulous standards of quality, DuVal Development is highly regarded as one of the top developers in the marketplace.

About The Waldorf-Astoria Collection® The Waldorf-Astoria Collection is a world-class group of hotels in spectacular locations. Inspired by New York’s legendary landmark, each hotel has its own unique style and sense of place. From luxury spas, legendary meetings, championship golf to unforgettable events, every experience is flawlessly executed with graciousness. Current properties include:  Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, La Quinta Resort & Club, Rome Cavalieri (Fall 2008) , Qasr Al Sharq and The Waldorf-Astoria®.  The Waldorf-Astoria Collection is growing rapidly with future openings planned: Dakota Mountain Lodge (2009), The Roosevelt (2009), Waldorf-Astoria Orlando (2009), The Palace Jerusalem (2010), Waldorf-Astoria Sarasota (2010), Waldorf-Astoria Montreal (2011) and the proposed Waldorf-Astoria Beverly Hills (2011).  For more information, please visit: “http://www.waldorfastoriacollection.com”

About Golden Door Spa: Golden Door is revered in the spa industry for its wealth of history, expertise and innovation. Each day is engrained with the Door’s philosophy of promoting complete well-being and develops a remarkable rhythm, bringing balance and transformation into the lives of its guests. Full-service resort spas near Scottsdale, Ariz, in Puerto Rico, Naples, Fla. and Telluride, Colo. bring the principles and philosophies of the renowned destination spa to the resort guest – seamlessly integrating indigenous treatments, fitness programs and cuisine with signature elements from Golden Door Escondido. Golden Door is also a part of the LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels collection, a portfolio of independent properties distinguished by a style and spirit that captures the unique qualities of their setting.

The Canyons is a registered trademark of ASC, Utah and is used under a license agreement.

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