I thought that this might be an overhyped tourist trap, but boy was I wrong. When our trip turned stressful due to some work challenges back home, I NEEDED drastic measures and Ten Thousand Waves was where I turned. I went with one of their spa packages - the Nippon Nirvana, which was a hot oil scalp massage, a private outdoor soak in a hot tub, a foot and leg treatment and facial.
Well I was not disappointed! The grounds are absolutely beautiful - although you have to walk up a LOT of steps to get to it, and if you aren't used to the altitude, it may be a challenge. ALL of the treatments and aestheticians were excellent and relaxing.... the outdoor tub was heavenly. Just the solitude alone was a respite to my mind and body. The scalp treatment was incredibly relaxing as were the other two services. By the time I left I was totally and completely a blob of relaxation.
So why didn't I give it a perfect score? A couple of reasons, the main one being the fact that some of the other patrons were louder than should have been allowed at a spa of this nature. I mean, I know its not a monastery, but people laughing and talking outside the treatment rooms should NOT be permitted, and it did disturb my relaxation process.
The other reason is the women's locker room which is quite small and crowded. There were two stall showers and one rest room for probably 20 women in there, and very little room to change.
Beyond those two 'glitches", it was really great and next time in Santa Fe, will definitely get there again!
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