The "should have been in a Marlboro commercial" man showed us to our room, and you have to love a hotel where the large (and I mean LARGE) rawhide drum is immediately pointed out, along with the radiant heat in the stone bathroom floors, as an amenity.
As soon as you get north of Santa Fe, you know you're headed somewhere special. There's something wonderfully comforting about the pinon covered rounded hills, the coyote you glimpse loping along the roadside, the promise of starry nights.
We stayed in the middle of winter so it was extremely quiet. But Santa Fe charm was working its magic; everyone in the bar was talking about the homes they were looking to buy. It's not unremarkable for people to want to live where ever they vacation; what is remarkable about Santa Fe is that so many of them follow up on it. Two, and counting, from the few we met this past March.
You have to try the spa, ridiculously pricey but magical. We were treated to a rare snow shower at the end of our treatment and had to shuffle back to the warming room through dry drifting snow, but that seemed more like a treat than a nuisance.
Also, do eat at the hotel. Yes, you've come to Santa Fe to go downtown, and you will, but to miss what Andrew Cooper is doing with traditional ingredients, visits to the farmers market and his own special alchemy, is to miss one of the rising talents in the food world. It may take Food and Wine a little while to discover Andrew, but once they do, you'll wish you could say you ate with him "when".
Why didn't I give the hotel 5 stars? Really not a fan of the parking lots near the rooms/valet arrangement. Most Four Seasons use buggies to get their guests around the larger properties. I say ditch all the parking lots, create xeric gardens, and hide the guests and visitors cars behind some landscaping. I trust they'll figure it out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under grand skies and infinite stars, rediscover your inner artist in our intimate escape from the ordinary – nestled in a high-mountain desert landscape, minutes from the magic of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Set in 57 unspoiled acres tucked gently into the Sangre de Cristo foothills, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is just 10 minutes from Santa Fe’s galleries, shops and distinctive architecture. The Resort offers 65 casita guest rooms and suites, each with its own fireplace and private terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Encantado, An Auberge Hotel Santa Fe
- Encantado Hotel Santa Fe
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