Several years ago my cousins and I came for a day visit and spa/massage. I vowed the next time, it would not be for the day, but hopefully at least 3 days to a week. So here I am again w/hubby and dog … loving our stay in HIGH MOON … and enjoying all the amenities. Restaurant Izanami IS A MUST - Terrific small plate dishes; everything we ordered was delicious! It may sound odd, but try the friend avocado -- you will enjoy it, trust us. I had 2 treatments … nose to toes (best massage/treatment ever) and he had 6 treatments, a combo we were able to work into "Waves of Bliss", omitting the private tub (since we were lodging guests and he really didn't need that). As mentioned by other reviewers, be sure to research your choices carefully and visit the spa reservation desk to be sure your understanding is in line with theirs. We found that the staff, including the manager, was a bit confused about the specials until I was able to bring the pages up on my computer to show them the details/restrictions. All totally resolved to our satisfaction, but initially I was a little annoyed that they weren't exactly following what was posted on their website. Hubby said the Masters Massage was outstanding and that his shoulder problem hadn't felt so good in several years. High Moon house is closest to the spa, but still >100 steps uphill. Not a problem for us (we characterized it as good exercise), but could be a problem for the less mobile, especially at elevation almost 8,000 ft. We lived in our robes and slippers for 3 days and loved every minute. The day I needed to head into Santa Fe (<4 miles down the mountain) to the post office and a few groceries & wine from Trader Joe's, I put on shorts/t-shirt but left my purse in the room. That's what Ten Thousand Waves does to you -- mind, body, spirit is floating and it's hard to get back into the regular grind/routine. Guests should stay with their pets if they are unaccustomed to being alone, as we did encounter some who continued to bark until their handlers returned from the spa. Our dog does not behave in that manner, so it was a bit of an annoyance in the tranquil and beautiful setting of the resort to hear dogs barking. The only downside was that there was pine tar that had our dog anxiously trying to remove it from her paw pads. I don't think there's much that can be done about that unless we put booties on her (yeah, good luck w/that!). We are of the more modest type, so bathing suits worked fine for us in the communal tub and we didn't feel awkward at all. Just give consideration where you stand on that before arriving. We hope to make Ten Thousand Waves an annual or biennual visit in the future … and for a week's stay! Yes, it was that good and we loved the size and relatively private location of HIGH MOON! We did not find the road noise to be an annoyance as mentioned in other reviews. We are city folk (Oakland, CA) and I am Japanese American, born in Berkeley. We have spent quite a bit of time visiting the onsen in Japan and found this to be as close as you can come to the real deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ten Thousand Waves is a unique mountain spa resort near Santa Fe, New Mexico that feels like a Japanese onsen. We're primarily a large, beautiful day spa, but for those who plan ahead, we're a great destination spa. Just a short walk through the trees from the baths and treatment areas are thirteen hotel suites.Come for an hour or a week. Stop by briefly after skiing, or spend a romantic vacation sampling our luxury spa packages every day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 10,000 Waves - Houses Of The Moon
- Ten Thousand Waves - Houses Of The Moon Hotel Santa Fe