For around two million years, fire has been bringing mankind out of our caves and into a social setting to warm up, share stories, and enjoy food and drink. Thus, it is no surprise that new hotels and residences are wooing buyers with their dramatic outdoor fire pits that appeal to our inner caveman.
In Colorado, owners at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Vail can gather together around its stone-walled fire pit to warm up in the cool mountain air for marshmallow-roasting, sing-alongs, or stargazing. And if the mood is right, residents can hop in the nearby hot tub or retreat to one of the oversized private residences, ranging from two- to five-bedrooms and priced from US$2.34 million.
For beach lovers who have enjoyed the sun all day, the Residences at the W Fort Lauderdale can enjoy cool evenings around its fire pit with spectacular ocean views. Only steps from the white sandy beach and the W’s two distinct pool areas – one with an active scene and the other a tranquil oasis – residents may be inclined in one of the lavish cocktails served to a distinctive DJ. After all, the hotel was rated the #1 trendiest in the US by Trip Advisor. For those cavemen that prefer a sea view, pricing starts at US$975,000.
However, one of the most spectacular outdoor fire pits we can find is located on the après-ski terrace at The Residences at the St. Regis Deer Valley. It features a 40-foot long “garden of fire”, where large boulders radiate warm heat while tired skiers soak up the 180-degree mountain panorama. Given the extensive services such as an attentive ski valet, owners will never worry about forgetting their skis and poles while partying into the night. And with homes up to 3600 square feet available, the after-party may move to your suite.
Whether in a large group sharing tall tales or a couple sharing an intimate moment, the glow of an outdoor fire pit can warm the soul. And despite all the trappings of luxurious modern conveniences, our inner caveman will still enjoy an evening by the fire before retiring to his luxurious five-star cave.