Our 2 bedroom, one bath lock off apartment in a private chalet, sleeps 1-4 people. You have your own entrance with about 900 square feet of space. The bedrooms have one queen size and one king size bed with Tempurpedic mattresses. There is a dining room, one bath room, a wood burning stove in the cozy living room, a big screen TV, wireless internet access, and a modern fully appointed kitchen with granite counter tops.
This is the perfect romantic getaway, or simply if you are looking for a quiet and serene place to enjoy your vacation and/or even for seclusion for silent meditation retreat. Le refuge is surrounded by beautiful trees, and sits by the Gold Medal Gore Creek. There is off street parking available.
Our unique retreat offers a lovely and cozy experience, it is very clean. You will feel home away from home.
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Le refuge was like being in a sanctuary. Nathalie, the host was amazingly welcoming, kind, and accomodating, not to mention an excellent cook, massage therapist and healer, and mindfulness coach. To be in her presence is an experience that leaves you feeling so good. I was there with my son for some healing time, and she embraced us both and in addition to a the lodging she provided a retreat experience that will have a life long impact on my son and I. I absolutely loved waking up and opening the entrance door to hear the soothing sounds of the river below (which we bathed and fished in ) after a restful night sleep in a super lush comfy bed and making coffee in the well equipped kitchen. At night, we enjoyed the outside patio and dining to the sounds of birds and water. The special touches she has provided inside the refuge are many, from a very well stocked up kitchen, a luxurious bathroom, and peaceful bedrooms with a library of books and work desk space, and a cozy living room with a plush couch and TV and fire place... I want to return there on vacation every chance i get in the future. Thank you Nathalie for providing an excellent, memorable experience for us. Your place definitely exudes peace, tranquility, joy, and inspiration.
Le Refuge was the perfect place for us to stay during our vacation in Vail. Beautiful and restful, it had a nice kitchen, which kept us from eating out every meal. Nathalie is very nice, and made sure we had everything we needed while we were there. Lots to see and do during the summer. Highly recommend Le Refuge for your stay in Vail.
I just spent a most wonderful and peaceful time at 'Le Refuge' in Vail.
Set by a roaring river with a lovely view on the mountains and evergreens, I found the perfect spot to regroup, recover and regenerate. 'Le Refuge' is a perfect place to meditate and leave the world behind. After many months of rebuilding my flooded Boulder home, Natalie Nguyen, owner of 'Le Refuge', helped me find me the serenity and calm that I needed to come back to myself. She is a most loving and knowledgeable hostess and well trained in the healing arts. I got to sleep as much as I needed, eat magnificent food, meditate, practice yoga and a mindful state of doing absolutely nothing, except for what I desired: in my case quietly reading on a sunny deck, watching the hummingbirds and paint at night....And Nathalie's massages are truly magical and profoundly healing!
I've returned home more rested, equipped with a practical and feasible set of tools on how to keep this pristine energy going while back in my busy everyday world.
Thank you Nathalie and 'Le Refuge''! I will be back as soon as I can!
Martina Hoffmann, 'La Copinette'
This review comes several months after my retreat weekend at Le Refuge with Nathalie. I have thought about the experience there numerous times over the past several months. I don't usually write reviews, but feel compelled to write this one.
I luckily took a spot on one of my good friend's girl's weekend when one of the initial four people couldn't attend. I had not previously done any meditation or wellness retreat but have wanted to for a long time. I was hesitant because I didn't want a overly structured weekend, with a lot of expectations of doing yoga 5 times a day, etc. Le Refuge was the answer to something I didn't even know I needed. Nathalie opens space for the weekend to evolve in a way that matches where you are. Her informal, unassuming, and inviting personality and her deep intuition were apparent from the moment I stepped into Le Refuge. She followed our lead on the kind of experience we wanted and also was able to provide structure if we needed it. The food was incredible, flavorful, and nourishing. One of the best things about the experience was that I knew, even if I didn't meditate every day following the retreat (which I haven't) or if I fell back into the pace of work and life (which I did),...that I learned some lessons and ways of being that are like little tools in my pocket. And they work, if I choose to use them. I will definitely go to Le Refuge again and highly recommend it. Nathalie - thank you for doing what you do - opening up a healing space for people. You give so much and also model taking care of yourself. That is something to model for sure.
Mimi "La Petite Souris" 🙂
My 3 girlfriends and I went to Nathalie's for a girls retreat. None of us had ever done anything like this, and we didn't know what to expect. When we arrived, it was better than coming home in a way! We were greeted by Nathalie and she showed us around the place and we started settling in. In our condo, there was a fire burning, a hot pot of fresh soup cooking, and some nice snacks set on the table for us to eat! There was always tea or coffee to help ourselves to. We are all wives and mothers and it was SO nice to have someone cooking for us! Over the course of our stay, we experienced amazing food, and yoga whenever we wanted it! She showed us some proper yoga form, and encouraged us" to take it easy on ourselves'! Nathalie is a very experienced in mindfulness meditation, and we all had an exceptional introduction to mediation because of her! We were so inspired by our experience with the mediation that we all continue a "practice" to this day. I had a cold while I was there, and Nathalie took care of me better than my anyone that I can remember! She brought me hot tea, and had me lay on her "Bio Mat". By the time I left, I only had the cold for a total of 3 days! Resting, and taking really good care of myself helped me get well so fast! As my friends and I were talking and the trip was winding down, we realized that this had been the best vacation of our lives! So peaceful, easeful, restful, and full of love!!! We didn't want to leave, so much so that our dear friend was crying when it was time to go. Thank you Nathalie for such a perfect experience, we will all remember it for the rest of our lives!!!! Amber.
My dear friends and I went to Le Refuge with the expectation of just getting away for a couple of days, and spending some quiet time with each other. What we experienced with Nathalie was far beyond what we had hoped for! She made us busy moms feel completely nurtured, cared for, and loved the entire time. From the delicious meals she prepared, to her sense of humor, homey accommodations, and beautiful spirit - we just soaked it all in. We were all new to mindful meditation, and loved the easy way she taught us to be still, without judgement or expectation that we would be "good" at it. We carry her with us into our practice, however imperfect that may be from week to week 🙂 She touched us all very deeply, and taught us so much. We can't wait to go back!
I took my daughter to experience LeRefuge w me this summer. We shared an amazing experience w Nat from the moment we arrived. It rained the entire drive to Vail from Denver but when we ate our first dinner together, which was delicious, we saw the most incredible rainbow form over the mountain! It was just like the one on the luck charms box! It was so complete with very color of the rainbow with thick bans of color and fullness that I knew it was a good decision. Not only was learning mindfulness an enlightening experience but we wanted for absolutely nothing during our two week stay. Nat filled our fridge with the freshest fruits and every item that my daughter, who has struggled with an eating disorder, wanted to eat.
Nat arranged for us to do the fun dad and daughter activities during our free time with the best experts in the business e.g. Paragliding, I wanted it prove to my daughter that she can not only trust me and that I always have and always will Love her for who she is and that she can trust others. She had to when she kept from the top of that mountaintop. She soared for 15 minutes high above the valley and river. She and I meditated - yes I even meditated for 45 minutes one time and I would have never dreamed of doing such a thing prior to our visit.
Recently I was able to share my experience with a parent whose daughter is beginning.the journey my daughter has been on. I am so thankful for having met Natalie and Experiencing Le Refuge myself'
Natalie has taken the principles of Buddhism, Yoga, Massage, Energetic Healing, Music, Mindfulness to create a space that encourages meditation, healing, growth, introspection, and inner change. I spent a weekend with Natalie and wished I could have spent a month! Natalie is mindful of the person she is with and sensitive to the needs of that person in a way that facilitates change and opening. I have some unique food needs and Natalie prepared the healthiest, tastiest meals for me...When I left Vail to return to Denver, I was felt relaxed, refreshed rejuvenated, and inspired...like I had left this crazy, frenetic world and travelled to a different space in time. Thank you Natalie for sharing ---- I highly recommend this individual experience...you too will be writing a review....
A safe and comfortable place to spend the week. We had everything we could have wanted including Yoga, meditation,and a nap in the hammock. The well stocked kitchen and large fridge were great. Nathalie was helpful and available if we needed her, but most of the time we felt as if we had the place to ourselves. Loved being in a neighborhood instead of in a big stack of condos.
If I close my eyes I can still hear the rushing creek and taste the crisp mountain air. Some places just make the cells in my body feel happy. This is one of them.
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL RETREAT, WHERE YOUR WORRIES ACHES AND PAINS DO NOT EXIST. NATALIE WILL FIND SECRET SPOTS ON YOUR BODY THAT WILL TUNE UP YOUR MIND AND YOUR BODY. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I AM A RETIRED SKI SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR AND MY SENIOR BODY HAS BEEN WELL CARED FOR BY NATALIE FOR 11 YEARS THIS WONDERFUL RETREAT WILL HELP CALM YOUR INNER SELF. DON T MISS THE EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO CLEANSE YOUR MIND AND BODY.
My husband and I just spent a day at Nathalie's beautiful home in Vail for a customized "retreat" that included mindfulness/meditation training, partner yoga, rest & relaxation, a yummy and nutritious lunch, and deep conversation. Nathalie instantly made us comfortable with her warmth and kindness, and she is completely knowledgable and passionate about what she teaches. She exudes calm and peacefulness - she lives it! We came away very refreshed and motivated to incorporate more mindfulness into our lives!
Nathalie's Le Refuge is the place where I always found peace, healing and laughter from life's trouble and injuries...oh, and great food!
She has the exact touch for the Soul and for sore muscles or pain. Through a path of yoga, meditation, deep understanding, nutrition for our inner and outer Self in the peaceful place She created the visit at Le Refuge becomes an important, enjoiable better-life and joy training. She is amazing in many ways. Le Refuge itself, on the creek is the perfect place wher to stay in Summer and Winter, near Nature and near town. Highly raccomended
Nathalie will help you ease into your self again. She's a phenomenal skier, yogi, drummer, chef, and touch therapist. Her meditation classes, and the space she has created here, will help you unwind the ways the world screws you up tight. Go, and stay awhile. Rest. Be. You'll get centered with the river just steps away , and be transformed.
Not only was this place a great environment to take a break from life, just spending a little time getting to know Nathalie our host changed the way I now experience my life. Her positive attitude and joyful nature is infectious, you can't help but be curious as to how this woman maintains her sense of peace and happiness....so I asked her, what she offered me was profound! Over the short time I was there, part of my enjoyment was simply to enjoy whatever she had to offer through her food, her home, yoga, massage, meditation and the many life lessons that help to shape who she is today, I simply can not wait until I return to Le Refuge to pick up where we left off. A wise woman with a beautiful place to stay while in the Vail Valley, you can not go wrong investing in a little get away from home here! Five Stars and beyond!
My husband and I have enjoyed a couple of fabulous weekends at LeRefuge. Nathalie is a wonderful hostess who can deliver amazing food, extraordinary spiritual guidance and a world class massage. We highly recommend her beautiful retreat experience!
A very special place and Nathalie is a very special person. I left happier and more fulfilled with a better understanding of how to stay that way.
Date of Stay May 17, 2012
As a busy mom, I needed some time away by myself, and when I saw this place online, it sounded perfect! I stayed for 3 nights in the condo, which was very cozy and homey. I thought I would explore the Vail area, but ended up being so comfortable that I hardly left at all! I also took advantage of several retreat services offered by Nathalie, including massages and yoga/meditation instruction. We even cooked a few meals together! I came back from my retreat rested, relaxed, and not at all like the stressed out, frazzled person I was before I left. 🙂 Nathalie is a warm, caring person who I was very fortunate to meet and I am definitely planning to go back again.
from Rowlet, TX
Date of stay : April 2 ,2012
We stayed with Nathalie on two different occasions this winter and enjoyed ourselves completely each time. Nathalie's apartment is a comfortable two bedroom single bath design with a full kitchen and a comfortable living area. It is perfect for a couple or a family that wants to be off the beaten path and have the opportunity to cook and enjoy relaxing together. When my wife and I walk in we actually feel like we are home because the apartment is so comfortable and Nathalie is so friendly and accomodating. In the winter you have a beautiful view of a snow covered stream right outside your door and in the summer a relaxing hammock awaits along the cool Gore Creek. It's only a 5 minute walk to catch the bus where you can ride the free shuttle anywhere you want to go in Vail. So park your car and enjoy a relaxing or invigorating, depending on your adventure level, stay in Vail...cause this place is perfect!
Date of Stay March 10, 2012
My husband and I were looking for an "off the beaten path" place to stay with our two daughters for a ski trip. We wanted something quiet and homelike. Nathalie's place was perfect. It was quiet, spacious and we felt very at home. While the kitchen was small, it was well-appointed and modern. We loved the wide porch that overlooks the creek. My children played outside in the snow for hours and Nathalie even brought them down some warm freshly made crepes as a treat while they were playing. You will love your stay here. We did, and if we go to Colorado skiing again we will definitely be going back to Nathalie's!
We had the best vacation ever! We fell in love with that place the moment we stepped in. The location is perfect, the apartment a cozy retreat with everyhting you need and the host an inspiration. Nathalie's massage was amazing, her apple cake delicious. We will come back for sure and would recommend this property anytime. We saw the first snow of the season and were amazed by the changing colours of the trees. We still keep talking about our vacation and how home we felt at this secret retreat.Thanks Nathalie!