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Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
198 State Rd. 592, Northeast
The treatment rooms, as well as all of the massages and facials, are inspired by the sacred kiva rooms used by Pueblos for religious rituals. Start your experience with smudging, chakra balancing, or a mindful meditation while you look out over the serene desert. If your skin is having trouble adapting to the desert climate, try the Moisture Drench Facial, or if you have troubled skin, the Ultra Enchanted Facial, which features a massage with a tourmaline gemstone (thought to be a purifying stone) paired with super-nurturing products, gives skin a bouncy, youthful glow.
Ten Thousand Waves
21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Northeast
Set in the foothills of Santa Fe, this Japanese bathhouse/spa/restaurant/guesthouse is one of the most beautiful, relaxing places on earth. The outdoor baths—an enormous communal one and many private individual tubs—are surrounded by pinyon pines and overlook stunning sunsets and moonrises. All of the facials incorporate a firm Japanese face massage aimed at encouraging circulation and contouring the face muscles. The Metamorphosilk Facial Rejuvenation treatment combines firm Shiatsu movements with a gentle chemical peel to increase circulation and plump skin; the Japanese Organic Facial Massage uses fast, light strokes to remove impurities and encourage lymphatic drainage.
Ten Thousand Waves
21 Ten Thousand Waves Way, Northeast
Perched on top of a hillside just ten minutes from downtown Santa Fe, this spa is one of the best places in the area to unwind. This tranquil oasis was opened in 1981 to introduce Japanese-style bathing to the city; today, a variety of massage, skin care, and spa treatments are on offer. The real draw here is the outdoor hot tubs, which capitalize on the simple, healing power of sitting in hot water while surrounded by nature. You could book an enclosed private tub with views of the mountains—and adjacent private cold plunge and sauna—but we recommend the communal baths.
Rancho Encantado
198 State Rd. 592, Northeast
Sprawled across fifty-seven acres in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, this Four Seasons resort is both spacious and cozy at once. Pretty much any amenity you’d expect from a Four Seasons property is a given, plus the Santa Fe-specific perfection of an adobe fireplace in every room, which can be lit on demand with a phone call to the concierge. Plentiful sage and lavender plants contribute to its paradise-like vibe—although expansive, unimpeded views of the mountains and the mesas of the Rio Grande River Valley don’t hurt, either. Make sure to dine at Terra, their stylish restaurant, which is a destination in and of itself.
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