Deep-rooted in Native American culture and saturated with art and adobe architecture, Santa Fe is known as The City Different because truly – there’s no place like it around. Immersing oneself in the nation’s oldest and highest capital, it doesn’t take long to notice one “common” trait amongst locals and visitors alike: A state of bliss that can be attributed to a mix of pure mountain air and a myriad of retreats to relax and rejuvenate. For those looking for a nature-based escape, Santa Fe serves up something for every taste from mineral springs to indigenous ingredients and everything in between.
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa
330 East Palace Avenue - Santa Fe, NM 87501 - (505) 986-0000
If you’re feeling a little off-kilter as you enjoy the mountainous majesty, it’s probably just a case of altitude sickness. Although the heights of Santa Fe don’t affect everyone, shortness of breath and headaches are the telltale symptoms you’re among the unlucky bunch. Make sure to hydrate round-the-clock and for fast relief, La Posada de Santa Fe Spa offers a drive-by dose of therapy for just $15 that includes a 20-minute oxygen inhalation treatment and a tall glass of chlorophyll-infused water. If you are looking for more relaxation than recuperation, try the Chocolate Chili Wrap, where you’ll be scrubbed and slathered with real cacao before a full-body massage.
309 West San Francisco Street - Santa Fe, NM 87501 - (505) 988-4455
At the Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel you can carve out some special time for yourself in a unique way, using semi-precious metals and stones. If you are a fan of the karat-enhanced skincare by OROGOLD, opt for a gilded Spun Gold massage or facial – both involve 80 indulgent minutes that are laced with luxe bits of real gold. Or try a unique spin on the hot stone massage with the Turquoise Gem Stone Therapy. After desert sage oil is drizzled on your body from head to toe, you’ll be treated to a hot stone massage with black river rock, then balanced with cool turquoise stones placed on four of your body’s energy points, known as chakras: Forehead, throat, heart and stomach.
Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail - Santa Fe, NM 87501 - (800) 727-5531
Adjacent to Loretto Chapel – a popular point for destination weddings – it’s only appropriate that the Inn and Spa at Loretto offer an extensive couples’ treatment that’s fit for honeymooners and special-occasion vacationers alike. The Corazones en Fuego (hearts on fire) treatment will take you on a journey of pampering with your partner that includes a sensual salt and rose petal soak in a claw-foot bathtub followed by a trio of treatments for two: Hot stone massage, facial and spa manicure.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
198 State Road 592 - Santa Fe, NM 87506 - (505) 946-5700
For a romantic ritual a deux, look no further than the oasis escape less than a 15-minute drive from the city center at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. The 120-minute Mountain Spirit Purification Treatment for Two is a ritual that cleanses the body and soul, inspired by Native American reverence for the Earth. A symbolic smoke of sage is cast to the air before the pair receives an adobe clay body mask followed by a cocoon wrap while the scalp and feet are massaged. After stepping out to allow you a warm rinse in the couples’ shower, the team of therapists return to treat you to a massage using locally-harvested oils made of juniper and sage applied with smooth, warmed stones retrieved from a nearby riverbed.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa
50 Los Banos Drive, Highway 414 - Ojo Caliente, NM 87549 - (505) 583-2233
Did you know? SPA is the acronym for the Latin phrase Salus Per Aquas, which means “health through water.” At Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa, you can package healing body work and facial treatments alongside a day-long soak in an assortment of natural mineral pools, each one offering unique benefits to address specific concerns from arthritis to skin ailments. If communal bathing isn’t your bag, opt for an individual indoor soaking tub in the bathhouse or a private outdoor pool that’s flanked by a wood-burning kiva and the rustic mountainside. Situated an equidistant drive of just one hour from both Santa Fe and Taos, this historic hotel hideaway is an ideal place to plan a stay for a day or two and bridge a week-long tour of the two towns.
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