If you are looking to relax and be pampered while surrounded by the beautiful New Mexican desert, then look no further. We've visited Santa Fe several times and always stayed right in the hustle bustle of the center of town. Never realized til this visit how much MORE relaxing this place can be, when you are a quick 10-15 min away, in a naturally rustic setting surrounded by desert and mountains. Yes, you do have to take a car to get to all the shopping, galleries and restaurants. But the hotel provides comp shuttle rides to wherever you want to go in town, in a fleet of Mercedes SUVs. The trade-offs are killer sunsets off the hotel terrace and a very cool desert hiking loop (takes about 45 min) right out your back door. It was a great way to start the morning, as a gym alternative. (they do have a nice workout facility, but hey, I can walk on the treadmill at home.)
Food and beverage is a high point here.....the chef is big on local food sourciing and creative combinations. Favorites among the dishes we had.....smoked quail, cornmeal crusted trout and a grass fed beef burger that will have me running to Whole foods to try to recreate. The breakfast burrito was so stuffed with goodies it kept me going til dinner.
Monica was my aesthetician in the Spa and following a thorough consultation, gave me a world class facial. I kept the blissed out feeling going for another hour, lounging with a cup of tea, in front of the fire in the Warming Room (the "chill out after your treatment" place.)
On our last day, we did a half day outing with Adventure Partners, the on-site company that works with the hotel to provide guests with off the beaten path local experiences. Hans, the manager, arranged a hike at the former site of an old Indian pueblo at Tsankawi, a lesser known part of the Bandelier National Monument. We had the place entirely to ourselves and the views alone would have been worth the effort to get there. What made the outing so unique was our guide, a member of one of the local Indian tribes. What would have been essentially a pile of ruins if we were there alone, absolutely came alive as the vibrant agricultural community that thrived there 500 years ago. What a memorable way to learn about the local history and culture!
We have always felt as though Santa Fe is more than just a place.......it's a state of mind. Staying in this desert hideaway really made it the ultimate getaway weekend for us. Can't wait to it again soon!
PS Fireplace in the room was a great touch on the chilly evenings! We had a cozy fire every night.
- 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
- Encantado Resort Santa Fe