New Mexico: The big up-and-coming spa and luxury destination
There’s something magical about New Mexico. The rich history. The endless stretches of red earth, rich with lavender, clay and prickly pear. The ancient buildings and traditions that are still used today.
It’s no wonder that Santa Fe is one of the top creativity capitals in the world, with more art galleries than you could visit on one trip. But New Mexico is so much more than Georgia O’Keeffe, adobe buildings and horses.
It’s the next big up-and-coming luxury wellness destination.
It’s a logical fit, really, with a slower pace, healthy lifestyle and natural resources that seamlessly weave into spas and wellness treatments. But what has so many celebrity eyes on this desert state is the depth and intention that also weaves into its luxury resorts–where quality comes with purpose and connection.
Here are the two best New Mexico luxury destinations not to miss in 2015–and how to visit them, even if you’re on a budget.
The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa: Located on the Santa Ana Reservation about 45 minutes south of Santa Fe, when you take the turn off the paved street onto the winding dirt road through an open field, you will think you are lost. And that’s intentional. This resort (pictured above), owned in part by the remaining 700 members of the Santa Ana tribe, is designed to blend in with nature and reflect the Old Pueblo’s architecture and values.
The building itself is immaculately kept and designed, but never more than three stories high and built to face a sacred mountain. Native art is displayed throughout, which makes this resort feel like a museum, as well as an authentic getaway.
Don’t miss the award-winning spa, where treatments are inspired by the historical journey of the Santa Ana, utilizing indigenous ingredients found in the various parts of New Mexico that the tribe visited.
For a luxury resort, the prices are are very reasonable, typically around $150 a night, but you can save even more money when you book through Hotels.com. Get 6 percent Cash Back and 50 ShopGold reward points on your Hotels.com purchase through ShopAtHome.com.
The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe: Perched on an isolated stretch of land just outside of the bustling city, this wellness retreat allows you to get away, but still maintain the convenience of a close proximity to inspiring Santa Fe. The rooms here are some of the most luxurious and memorable we’ve ever experienced, featuring everything from heated tile flooring and an oversized tub in the bathroom, to an in-room fireplace (with a “fireplace concierge”), to large patios with a second fireplace. New Mexico loves its fireplaces, which are constantly lit any time of year as a symbol to welcome guests.
The highlight of the Four Seasons is its spa, which has been named one of the best in the world. The building is circular, echoing a Native American kiva, and the treatment rooms are located off the outdoor courtyard. Everything here is nature-inspired, so even when you’re inside, you feel like you’re outdoors.
The resort also can set you up with guided, educational hikes through the on-site trails and delicious dinner at the high-end restaurant, Terra, where regional dishes are served with a side of the stunning pink sunset.
Rooms at this five-star resort aren’t cheap, but you can find great deals through Travelocity.com (starting at $399 a night, down from $759!). Pair that with 5 percent Cash Back and 50 ShopGold points from ShopAtHome.com. Best of all, don’t worry about renting a car; the resort offers transportation in a Mercedes-Benz.