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Santa Fe in New Mexico has always attracted artists and healers, adding to the strong Native American traditions that are still very present in New Mexico’s capital city. Many of Santa Fe’s spas draw on those traditions to inspire their treatments, while others look to Asian philosophies, and some combine both. Some of the spa resorts in Santa Fe have been included on lists of the world’s best hotels, and the USA’s most romantic retreats. None of these top ten hotel spas will disappoint the visitor to beautiful Santa Fe.
Hotel Santa Fe Spa
The Hotel Santa Fe in the Railyard District is the only Native-American-owned hotel in Santa Fe. Its spa is housed in a separate building, the Hacienda at Hotel Santa Fe, which also contains its best rooms and suites. The spa is run for them by Santa Fe Massage, who have been in business since 1984. Many of the treatments are naturally based on Native American traditions, alongside others such as Ayurvedic treatments from East India.
Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa
The Eldorado Hotel and Spa is well located, a few blocks from the main Santa Fe Plaza. Its Nidah Spa takes its name from a Native American word for ‘your life’, and the Nidah Spa aims to enhance the lives of the hotel guests, drawing on the healing powers of plants, herbs, and stones.
Bishop’s Lodge SháNah Spa and Wellness Center
The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa is three miles outside of the center, set in 450 acres and surrounded by the Santa Fe National Forest. In this beautiful retreat the SháNah Spa (recently voted one of the best in the USA) has six indoor treatment rooms, two private massage gardens, an outdoor Japanese Watsu pool, and a whirlpool. The word SháNah is a Navajo word meaning ‘vitality and energy’.
Ten Thousand Waves
Ten Thousand Waves is a unique Japanese-style spa retreat in the mountains about 30 minutes drive from Santa Fe. It is primarily a day spa but does also have thirteen private suites, in the woods that surround the buildings. There are communal bathing tubs, and a range of massage treatments on offer including Thai massage, as well as body wraps, facials, and other options.
RockResorts Spa at La Posada de Santa Fe
Two blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza is this adobe-style hotel with a 4-Diamond rating from AAA. The RockResorts Spa is a 4,500-square-foot spa, with a state-of-the-art fitness center, a Eucalyptus steam room, five massage rooms, two facial rooms, and a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool.
Sunrise Springs is in the lush and peaceful surroundings of La Cienega Valley, about 15 miles from Santa Fe itself. The 70-acre spa resort was founded by former art gallery owner Megan Hill, who created this eco-resort that’s committed to sustainable practices. The Spa Samadhi here offers massages, hot stone massages, facials and some additional treatments. The menu may be smaller than in most spas, but the treatment rooms are filled with light and enhanced by the natural sounds of running water and birdsongs.
The Inn and Spa at Loretto
Next to Santa Fe’s famous Loretto Chapel, the 4-Diamond Inn and Spa at Loretto is in the perfect location, a short walk from the main plaza. The emphasis here is on a holistic approach to healing, especially the traditions and practices of the local Native American spirit healers. There are five treatment suites and a special couples suite.
Absolute Nirvana at the Madeleine
Absolute Nirvana is a spa that is based not in a luxury resort or hotel but at the historic Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn. Built in 1866 and maintaining its historic atmosphere, the Madeleine is about a 5-minute walk from the Santa Fe Plaza. Its Absolute Nirvana Spa has an Indonesian theme, inspired by the owner’s visits to Bali, and Asian philosophies and practices are at the heart of its treatments.
Inn of the Five Graces
The Inn of the Five Graces has a central location, a few blocks from the main plaza. It has received numerous accolades as a romantic retreat and chosen as one of the ‘World’s Best Places to Stay’ on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List. Its spa offers a wide range of treatments based on Tibetan and East Indian traditions.
The Encantado Resort and Spa
About ten miles north of Santa Fe in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Encantado has its own spa, fitness center, and a movement studio with yoga and pilates classes. The spa takes its inspiration from New Mexico’s indigenous healing traditions with treatents such as a Blue Corn and Honey Renewal, and a Chili Pepper Foot Warmer.
So whether you want Native American healing, Japanese, Thai, Tibetan, Indonesian, or East Indian massages and treatments, you will find them all in one or more of Santa Fe’s Top Ten Hotel Spas.
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