Spa Resorts of Santa Fe & Northern New Mexico

Eileen Richardson

Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have unique resorts  and spas. You should try all of them for they are all equally exceptional but so different from each other.

Ten Thousand Waves

This spa resort is unique because it is designed as a Japanese Hot Spring resort, adobe style. It is in the mountains just 10 minutes from Santa Fe. It is primarily a day spa, but there are accommodations. The Houses of the Moon, just steps away from the spa are in the tradition of the Japanese ryokan, These accommodations range in size from two person Zen style rooms, (which are small and simple but efficient) to the larger suites that can accommodate up to 5 people.

Ten Thousand Waves have both communal and private tubs with cold plunges. One communal tub is for both men and women and the other is for women only. Many of them are outside with beautiful views of the mountain landscape.

The Spa Services range from the typical massages and facials offered in most spas, to special Japanese style or unique services such as the Nightingale facial (guess what surprise is in this facial mask?) the Anma Hand Foot, and Scalp treatment, the Salt Glow which is a whole-body exfoliation that leaves your skin silky-smooth. The Herbal Wrap is highly detoxifying and includes a head or foot massage.

Robes, use of the lockers, showers, communal tubs and amenities, come with all spa services purchased. Water and teas are available to everyone waiting for their services. There is also a gift shop that has all kinds of gift items including spa products, oriental gift items, and books.

Overall the experience at Ten Thousand Waves takes you to a unique Japanese Style oasis where serenity and luxury are yours even if it only for a few hours.

Palacio de Marquesa

In Taos has been awarded Four Diamonds by AAA for uncompromising standards of excellence, superior personal service amenities and unforgettable ambiance. This bed and breakfast Inn has all the spa amenities, a fitness facility, and cozy New Mexican style rooms with furnishings. The room rates include three course breakfasts a buffet dinner, use of the fitness facility, sauna, and outdoor spa. The romance starts with some of the rooms containing two person tubs and fireplaces, and the beautiful gardens that surround the Inn.

Couples can have their massages in their rooms and work out together in the fitness facility, or lounge in the outdoor hot tub.

The breakfasts and dinners are prepared with the thought of what looks and tastes good. Elegance from simplicity. The evening buffet is a balance of dishes, often with the same ethnic 'theme'. Breakfast appeals to all palettes with a hearty continental buffet, a fruit course, our signature fruit frappe drink and a hot main course. With advanced notice they can prepare a romantic dinner for two in your room. Picnic lunches are also an option for those romantic types who want to be out in the beautiful natural surroundings of Taos.

Enjoy a full complement of massage services and spa treatments on site in the specially designed massage room. Treatments can be a rejuvenation stay with yoga, meditation and daily treatments. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate massage with hot rocks or steam tent to soothe aching muscles after a day filled with hiking, biking or skiing. There are spa packages for 2, 3, and up to 5 days which are an economical and enjoyable way to take advantage of what the B and B have to offer.

Palacio de Marquesa is close to all Taos has to offer - downhill and cross-country skiing in the mountains and at nearby Taos Ski Valley, shopping, site-seeing and art gallery hopping around the historic Taos Plaza, exploring Native American Indian culture at Taos Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument and Picuris Pueblo, rafting and floating on the Rio Grande, hiking and biking in the nearby mountains.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa Resort

Ojo  is a great value because it offers great spa services, great food, and comfortable accommodations, and there are always great package deals going on. Check the website for the package deals being offered when you are interested in going. And of course, the natural hot springs as the Tewa Indians believed were given to us “from the Gods”. This "place of the green bubbling hot springs" was considered a sacred place by the Tewa people who lived on the mesa. Ojo Caliente (hot eye) named by the Spanish Explorer, Cabeza de Vaca described this subterranean volcanic aquifer in his 16th century discoveries.

 Guests can soak in the, seven mineral pools take a private mineral tub, enjoy therapeutic and facial massage, Watsu aquatic massage, or indulge in one of our luxury packages. If you want to stay overnight and do it all over again, you can book a room in the historic hotel, a cozy cottage, Cliffside or Pueblo suites which each have a private back patio facing the stunning cliffs that border the Springs complete with a private outdoor soaking tub filled with our legendary waters. or one of the special houses.

 Built in 1916, the "new" mission revival style adobe hotel is is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lobby has overstuffed chairs, a fireplace and artifacts that tell a bit of Ojo's rich history. Pause a while on the veranda and rediscover the joy of porch sitting in a comfy rocker. Charming rooms with either double or queen beds are available in the hotel

 Cozy Cottages are a bit more private and come equipped with television sets and refrigerators. They are only steps away from the mineral pools, spa and The Artesian Restaurant. The cottages have a combination of single queen-sized and double beds. Some of the north cottages have stoves and refrigerators, but no cookware or utensils. Showers or tubs are not available in any of the 19 cottages, as all bathing has been done in the bathhouses for over a hundred years

The Mauro House, located in the center of the springs is a bit of Ojo's history. Built in the 1930's, this three-bedroom house was home to the Mauro family for several generations. It has been lovingly restored with period furniture to offer amenities that include a complete kitchen, two bathrooms, and more. Two of the bedrooms have two queen-sized beds and one has two doubles..

The Artesian Restaurant located in the historic hotel offers a seasonal gourmet menu with innovative Southwestern Cuisine, lighter spa selections and vegetarian delights. There is a large list of fine wines and beers. All three meals are served here, plus a Sunday Brunch.

The Waters Through the years, Ojo Caliente has been steeped in myth and legend. Volumes of testimonials filled with declarations of miracle cures abound. Whether unproven folklore or not, generations of the faithful annually make the pilgrimage back to these special waters. This remarkable combination of five different types of mineral water, over 100,000 gallons a day still come steaming to the surface every day revitalizing those who soak in and drink from these legendary springs. Bathing suits are required in the outdoor pools. Relax, rejuvenate, enjoy.

 Some samples of the Luxury Spa Packages are: The Ojo Rejuvenator Private tub, Ojo's signature Milargro Relaxation Wrap, Traditional Fifty Minute Massage and Radiant Salt Glow (approximately two hours) Earth and Sea Grand Sampler Private tub, Body Polish, Traditional Massage Eighty Minute, Ojo Facial Massage and Eye Zone Rejuvenator. (approximately three hours) Mother Nature's Cleansing Package Moor Mud Bio-Wrap, Private arsenic tub, and Blue Corn Facial Massage. (approximately one and one half hours) The Ultimate Ojo Body Polish, Private tub, Traditional Eighty Minute Massage, Repechage Four Layer Facial Massage, Eye Zone Rejuvenator and Paraffin Hand Treatment (approximately four and a half hours)

There is also a store on the premises (El Mercado) to purchase the spa’s body products, jewelry, local art and home and gift items and gift certificates. What more could you ask for - healthy mineral water for physical healing, spa treatments and gourmet food for emotional healing and pampering. All of this in a beautiful tranquil setting A true value in a spa here in Northern New Mexico.

Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat (sister resort to Ojo Caliente)

La Cienega “Ancient Traditions in a New Light” Sunrise Springs’ slogan says it all. This retreat combines the old Asian traditions and some of the indigenous peoples’ traditions in the spa treatment, activities, and foods served today. The facilities themselves are also designed with this in mind.

There are 20 Casitas which are a spacious and elegant compliment to the property and 32 resort style guestrooms. Each of the rooms is uniquely appointed with handcrafted details, spacious bathroom, and a private balcony or patio.

Sunrise Springs offers a multi-layered array of programs available to guests with a multi-ethnic focus. The on-going classes and programs create a mini-environment in which to learn and practice ancient skills and contemporary adaptations in a wide variety of subjects which may include cooking, painting, movement, pottery, gardening, massage and wellness, poetry and others.

Sunrise Springs has one of a kind experiential activities like Puppy play and Silkies (Observing and caring for Silkie Chickens) and a sweat lodge. “Thrive Guides” are available to walk you thru the experiential activities you choose.

Sunrise Springs has a number of spa services that include massages and specialty skin care. One of the unique services is Ancient Echoes . Based on East Indian Head Massage techniques, this therapy will take you on a voyage that explores a variety of massage and energy balancing techniques of the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp, face and ears, finishing off with a luxurious foot massage

Blue Heron restaurant’s Executive Chef, embraces the idea that food is a potent elixir for the body and mind. We work closely with local farmers to source seasonally available herbs, fruits, and vegetables to create a selection of vibrant and flavorful dishes. Cuisines from all over the world are presented with a predominantly Asian influence Sunrise Springs Inn and Retreat is a trip into many other worlds; bringing you into your spiritual state of mind.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort

Santa Fe Now we come to the most authentic Santa Fe Spa Resort. La Posada is right in the center of town. It is really walking distance from everything in the downtown area. It was originally a residence of one of Santa Fe’s first families the Staabs. Over the years, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa has retained its traditional Southwestern charm as it has been transformed into the full-service contemporary resort that it is today. The Victorian furnishings, intricate woodwork and magnificent fireplace offer a sense of the home’s former grandeur. And according to staff members and some guests, you may also sense the presence of the home’s former owners.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa was featured in Architectural Digest. The vibrant colors and traditional wood-beamed ceilings, antique furnishings and local art give the accommodations a warm, traditional Southwestern feeling. The atmosphere is laid back but elegant in its rustic simplicity. La Posada has rooms and suites. They vary in price depending on the time of year. The food here is fabulous. Santa Fe is full of great places to dine and here at Julia locally inspired dishes are presented in artful fashion, a Spirited Restaurant & Bar - named after Julia Staab, the resort's historic original owner, legendary hostess and reputed ghost. The stunning outdoor patio with its captivating fire fountain is open for all meals that are enhanced by the outdoor kiva smoker. It is also a great place for people watching.

Bask in the sun or enjoy an evening under the starlit sky, enjoying fresh, innovative cuisine in the warming glow of kiva fireplaces. The Patio Restaurant at la Posada is now open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

Staab House features a stately Spanish Colonial dining room. For nightcaps and live music, drop by the intimate Staab House Lounge. The 4,500 square-foot Spa Sage at La Posada de Santa Fe includes a treatment area featuring five massage rooms, two facial rooms and one spa wet room. The salon offers complete hair and nail treatments. The spa offers a comprehensive selection of treatments, day packages, and salon offerings.

The Fitness Room features Cybex workout equipment, free weights and cardiovascular equipment including three Cybex treadmills, two Elliptical cardiovascular machines, a recumbent bike and a Stairmaster. The men's and women's locker rooms have day lockers and top-of-the-line amenities, including the use of plush robes and slippers. Adjacent to the spa is the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi open year-round. The roof-top spa terrace provides outdoor cabana treatments with view of the La Posada gardens and surrounding mountains.

La Posada also offers activities for their guests on a daily basis. There are morning walks, water color classes, wine tasting, bicycle tours, Santa Fe history and culture talks, and entertainment in the lounge Wed. thru Sat. evenings. All in all, La Posada De Santa Fe with its location and style gives their guests a true taste of authentic Santa Fe.

I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy one or all of these fabulous resorts for true relaxation and introspection in the Land of Enchantment.