The luxury of the Houses of the Moon does not scream, but as with still water, it runs deeply... in every area of the lodging. If we could reserve our favorite casita here at the Houses of the Moon for every year until eternity, we would. We have been guests at Houses of the Moon for several times each year for quite a while and recommend it without reservation (even to the most demanding guests).
For the spa goer, it makes it convenient to have lots of spa services and then walk to your casita for a nap. Close to the ski area too.
Built along the mountainside on the same property as Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa, the architecture is a mix of Santa Fe adobe and Japanese. The building materials are superb and everything is hand crafted as in a high end Roykan in Japan. Every casita and room have different layouts.
The landscaping is beautiful and exceptionally well maintained, the towels are Turkish cotton and plentiful, beds are like sleeping in clouds, fitted with white cotton sheets as soft as the Swiss cotton bed linens at the Villa Mallor in Zakopane. The bathrooms are generously stocked with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion from the Spa gift shop.
Housekeeping is fantastic. Every day they make the rooms perfect, provide fresh fruit and dark chocolates, etc.
Most rooms and casitas have a wood burning fireplace and there is an abundance of kindling and logs of piñon wood to burn (the smell is divine).
On the property, there is a restaurant that has been under construction for several years and not yet open, but the Spa has a selection of food for purchase. All rooms have a small bar (at the least) fitted with equipment for coffee and a fridge. Coffee beans and a selection of teas are provided along with rice milk and granola for breakfast. Almost any Santa Fe restaurant will deliver here, which is amazing.
The internet connection has been upgraded but most cell phone service will not work here (the mountains block the signal), so both long distance and local calls are complimentary from the rooms. However, after the main desk closes at night, incoming calls go directly into voice mail - remember this if someone needs to reach you.
If you visit, please be a good guest: do not shout when on the property. Most guests are here for the serenity and relaxation and a loud "Hey dude, let's party" at midnight carries all across the mountain and is not appreciated (I mention that because only once have I heard that).
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this property is that there is constant improvenemt in all that is here. The owners keep looking for ways to make it better, and they work hard at it, too. It is truly a bit of paradise, the Japanese way, in the mountains of Santa Fe.
I would suggest that, if possible, you reserve your room as far in advance as you can as there are limited rooms available.
I recommend this property without reservation. If you have read my reviews on other hotel properties, you know there are very few to which I give this endorsement.
Make reservations as far in advance as you can because there are very few rooms on the property.
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