Spas in New Mexico have sunshine, natural beauty, spirituality and a deep sense of place. New Mexico spas tend to cluster around Santa Fe, the historic town that is the state's cultural center. There's a strong tradition of hot springs in New Mexico, including the plain (but delightfully inexpensive) Jemez Bathhouse west of Santa Fe.
These are my picks (in no particular order) for the best spas in New Mexico.
El Monte Sagrado is set on four acres just a short walk from the shopping and gallery-filled historic town of Taos. Its 36 suites are inspired by Navajo culture and local artists, and the resort as a whole is known for its commitment to sustainability. The spa includes traditional services as well as special offerings like sound and vibrational therapy, rapid eye technology, and spiritual cleansings.
Address: 317 Kit Carson Rd., Taos, New Mexico, 87571. Phone: 800-828-8267 or 505-737-9886
Just three miles from Santa Fes historic Plaza, Bishops Lodge is set on 450 pristine acres surrounded by the Sangre de Cristos. The family-friendly adobe-style retreat has 111 rooms in 15 different lodges. ShaNah means "vitality and energy" in Navajo, and the ShaNah Spa and Wellness Center has six indoor treatment rooms and two outdoor private treatment gardens. You can get your massage in an authentic Native American Teepee or enjoy watsu
at the mountain's base.
Address: 1297 Bishop's Lodge Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. Phone: 800-419-0492 or 505-819-4000
Ten Thousand Waves is a Japanese-style bathhouse with outdoor cedar tubs, clothing optional tubs, including communal (co-ed), womens baths, and private baths. It is primarily a day retreat, but there are thirteen luxurious overnight suites designed in a Japanese-adobe esthetic. The spa offers massage, body treatments and a Japanese nightingale facial that uses the geishas secret nightingale droppings (sanitized, of course.)
Address: PO Box 10200, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87504. Phone: 505-982-9304
La Posada is located on six lush acres just two blocks from the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe. The historic adobe hotel has 157-rooms, many with kiva fireplaces and patios. The 4,500 square foot Avanyu Spa has eight treatment rooms and a roof-top terrace with cabanas for outdoor treatments. Indigenous treatments
include a stimulating chocolate-chile body wrap
and a remineralizing adobe mud wrap.
Address: 330 E. Palace Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87501. Phone: 866-331-7625 or 505-954-9631
An hour north of Santa Fe, Ojo Caliente is a beloved destination in New Mexico and the only place in the world that combines four distinct geothermal mineral waters (also known as hot springs). Ancient Indians built their Pueblo over these hot springs, whose name means hot eye. Today at Ojo Caliente you can stay in the historic (and affordable) 1916 hotel, cottages, luxury suites,private homes or even a round barn. Spa treatments include watsu
, Thai massage
and hot stone massage
Address: PO Box 68, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, 87549. Phone: 505-583-2233
This pueblo-style resort between Albuquerque and Santa Fe has 350 rooms and fabulous views of the Sandia Mountains. It offers golf, horseback riding, and tennis, and native-inspired spa treatments like "Ancient Drumming," a body wrap that uses mud from the Jemez Mountains infused with New Mexico red chili. The therapist gently "drums" the stress away using flaxseed-filled muslin bags that have been dipped in pinon-scented oil.
1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, 87004. Phone: 505-867-1234
This simple 100+ year-old-bathhouse in the spectacular Jemez Mountains west of Santa Fe is a true old-fashioned spa experience -- and a state historical site. You recline in a large concrete tub behind a curtain and enjoy the benefits of the hot mineral water. An outdoor cedar tub is available for groups of up to six. Don't expect luxury, but it's a great destination for spa and hot springs enthusiasts. And you'll love the old-fashioned prices -- $10 for a half-hour soak. The bathhouse has no accommodations, but there are inns and B&Bs nearby.
Jemez Springs Bathhouse, NM 87025. Phone: 866-204-8303 or 505-829-3303