Nothing like relaxing treatments or luxurious body treatments to regenerate your health and well-being. These three spas in New Mexico’s high desert combine a luxury hotel stay with soothing treatments you’ll love. I recently visited New Mexico spas in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos, and here’s what I learned.
I was hosted by New Mexico True and Heritage Hotels and Resorts. All opinions are mine.
Hacienda Spa at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque
The Hacienda Spa sums up the philosophy of wellness in Los Poblanos with spa experiences that are committed to an abundant life. Well-being on the farm involves a botanical cocktail on the Campo patio overlooking lavender fields, farm and herb beds, field-to-fork meals at the award-winning Campo and our luxurious farmhouse guest room. accessorized with artisanal lavender products. We found a serene and relaxing environment, offering the opportunity to slow down and appreciate the healthy balance between peace and happiness.
1. Historic elegance
The historic Hacienda Spa encompasses the original ancestral home designed by John Gaw Meem, the father of the Santa Fe style. The luxurious lounges, the beautiful courtyard with a cozy fireplace, the star-shaped Morrish fountain, the floral landscape and unique treatments in elegant spaces provide a rich and immersive ambience.
Antique bath scenes on panels painted by Paul Lantz in 1936 line the walls of the women’s locker room, initially serving as doors to La Quinta’s locker room, designed by Meem. I have noticed that the illustration appears on the labels of Los Poblanos Organic Lavender Skin Care Oil and Facial Toner products.
2. Himalayan salt stone massage
After donning a cozy bathrobe and slippers and disconnecting from the outside world with a cup of herbal tea, I met my massage therapist Michele for an 80-minute Himalayan salt stone massage. The combination of deep massage pressure and the balancing properties of hot Himalayan salt stones release tension and toxins while providing gentle exfoliation.
Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals and salts that support a healthy respiratory system. Salt improves circulation and improves bone health while preventing muscle cramps. Heated salt emits negative ions causing greater mental alertness and protection against germs in the air. While lightly exfoliating the skin, it relieves anxiety, treats insomnia, improves digestion, and reduces acid reflux.
I was relaxed, my stubborn back pain was gone, and I slept like a baby that night. I was so impressed with the results that I bought a Himalayan salt lamp when I got home.
3. Seasonal facial treatment
After breakfast at Campo the next morning, I took a walk to the spa for a personalized seasonal facial with Leigh Ann, a discerning esthetician. She used herbal skin care products from Sorella Apothecary and EmerginC Organics, as well as the Los Poblanos line of lavender products. After a thorough consultation and organized formulation of treatments, I received two cleanses, exfoliation, face and scalp massage, personalized masks, serums, nourishing moisturizers and personalized sun protection for a luxurious experience in the unique atmosphere of the high desert. I was able to see new skin glow and facial clarity.
4. Sala Grande lounge
I explored the Sala Grande living room designed by John Gaw Meem with a fireplace, a massive, carved adobe, wooden vigas, and shelves adorned with Native American vases. There were sculptures, Spanish Madonnas in perforated sheet metal frames, carved wooden chests, and modern pueblo paintings. I wandered among the woven blankets folded over old wooden crates, woven baskets, old wooden chairs, and a table lined with one-of-a-kind art books with notes to owner Penny Rembe stored as a saver of page. Fascinating historical art pieces surrounded me.
5. Yoga in the wellness yurt
I completed my spa experience with yoga in the Wellness Yurt, nestled in a serene and wooded area, improving flexibility and strengthening the body, contributing to my renewed sense of well-being.
Pro tip: I bought the Lavender Balm and Los Poblanos Lavender Skin Care Oil to continue my hydrating regimen.
Inn And Spa In Loretto
The Inn and Spa at Loretto on the Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, a Heritage Hotel & Resort, reminds me of the famous Taos Pueblo with its iconic adobe architecture. Founded in 1975 by the Kirkpatrick family, the boutique Inn and Spa at Loretto is based on the former location of the Our Lady of Loretto Academy and is next to the famous Loretto Chapel with the Miraculous Staircase. See my story on the three mysteries surrounding the Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel here.
Located in the heart of downtown, one block from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, Governors Palace and the Canyon Road Arts District, the hotel features 136 individually decorated suites and rooms. My visit included the penthouse suite where the founding Kirkpatrick family lived, the award-winning spa and salon, fine and casual dining at Luminaria, the gardens and the year-round heated garden pool overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Pro tip: The Crafted CafÃ© is now open at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, offering breakfast croissants made with chocolate, spinach, feta or leeks and Parmesan. Add an Aroma New Mexico coffee, espresso, pumpkin pie chai latte, tea from Old Barrel Tea Co, or fresh juice. For lunch or light bites, enjoy a plank of artisan cold cuts and cheeses or a green chili hummus. Enjoy New Mexico wine tastings from Gruet, Vivac or Milagro wineries and tastings of spirits like single malt whiskey from Santa Fe Spirits, bourbon, vodka or gin from KGB Spirits and gin from Left Turn Distilling.
6. Effective treatments
The Loretto’s spa offers regionally inspired spa treatments with a chic Southwestern atmosphere. My facial at Loretto Spa was the Desert Glow Facial, a personalized treatment created to help my skin renew its natural, healthy glow, and it worked. I was pampered with a soothing facial massage, pore cleansing, exfoliation, and personalized masks and serums. My skin was brighter and firmer.
7. Lavender Seaweed Ritual
The spa offers âSpirit of Loretto,â a series of custom-made essential oil aromatherapy blends for tension relief and good health, including meditation, the sacred, soothing and angelic. The seasonal seaweed and lavender ritual included the oils with a hydrating bath infused with lavender and seaweed salts. Then, designed to balance dry skin, a relaxing 80-minute massage follows with algae infused oil that will relieve tension.
8. Ritual against muscle stiffness
If stiffness, pain, or stress is plaguing you, the Aches Away ritual is calling your name. Immerse yourself in a ritualistic CBD-infused bath, then continue with a personalized 80-minute mindfulness massage all over the body using a hydrating CBD massage cream that eliminates any discomfort. It’s really medicinal.
Pro tip: I brought home an advanced retinol product recommended by Dr. Dennis Gross to create a restorative barrier and visibly firm my skin. My beautician Terry added a sunscreen product, a hyaluronic sea mask and a deep C + collagen cream all by Dr. Dennis Gross.
El Monte Sagrado in Taos
We took the scenic route from Santa Fe to Taos along the river, past Vivac Winery, the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center, and San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos. Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams and many other artists painted and photographed the church.
Our destination was El Monte Sagrado, a Heritage Luxury Hotel & Resort in Taos, on Kit Carson Road, surrounded by towering poplar trees, natural landscaped gardens and picturesque views of the mountains over 7,000 feet above sea level. The resort is a few blocks from historic Taos Square and 32 km from the world-class ski slopes of Taos Ski Valley. Savor seasonal dishes and local cuisine from award-winning Executive Chef Christina Martinez at De La Tierra Restaurant and Garden Courtyard. The giant anaconda sculpture at the Anaconda bar, signifying endless life, hosts a lively vibe for exclusive cocktails and ever-changing creative cuisine.
9. Organic and natural products
Named one of the best spa resorts in America by Forbes, The Living Spa uses only organic and natural products from Naturopathica and Sagrado by Body Bliss, a private label.
10. Treatment of sacred Staurolite
On Saturday morning, I met my spa therapist Heidi for the Sacred Staurolite Treatment, a balancing and regenerating diet using the sacred stones that can only be found around Taos. Fairy crosses, twin crystals found on staurolite, have been used as a healing tool helping to release destructive habits, achieve feelings of security, and stabilize emotions. Heidi started off by dry brushing my whole body to exfoliate the skin and stimulate the lymphatic system. Then I was covered in detoxifying turquoise mud and then wrapped like a cocoon. Heidi applied a hydrating mask to my face to hydrate and rejuvenate it. Reflexology balances the chakras while using the energy of the old staurotid crystals. Then I received a cleansing hot shower under several jets of jets. Then I was given restorative and luxurious moisturizers from head to toe. I can’t explain the refreshing feeling I felt.
Pro tip: I researched the source, visited the Taos Gem and Mineral Store, and purchased several rare Staurolite stones to take home.
11. Additional treatments at the Living Spa
Other spa experiences are reflexology which improves circulation and relieves tension, or reading the birth chart called Soul’s Blueprint. Add in treatments like hot stones, CBD oil, hand therapy, or the healing effects of arnica gel. Map your coming year with a tarot reading combined with astrology with the in-house astrologer.
Pro tip: Shop for great gift ideas at the spa like energy cleansing kits, sage wand, hand knitted gloves and woven socks.
Holidays often provide a relaxing atmosphere, but the addition of spa treatments enhances experiences: