Santa Fe Luxury Travel, Often at Budget-Friendly Prices

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An indulgent weekend in Santa Fe, the City Different

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Santa Fe has plenty of places to indulge in luxury, including five-star resorts, fine-dining restaurants, and relaxing spas. What’s more, this is New Mexico, so pampering doesn’t always come at an out-of-reach price tag. For a long weekend of Santa Fe luxury, try this itinerary.

Santa Fe Luxury: Day 1

Check in for a night at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, which actually lies just outside the city limits. The resort is nestled in a picturesque setting amid rolling foothills dotted with pinon and juniper trees near the Santa Fe Opera, another indulgence if you’re visiting during its July through August season. It’s a serene setting — one where you could stay all weekend, if you wish. The indulgent spa features regionally inspired treatments, including a sage smudging for purification; hot stone massages; and the Blue Corn and Honey Renewal, which features a gentle skin exfoliation with blue corn (a traditional grain among the local Native American peoples) — and rehydration with wildflower honey. At Terra, executive chef Kai Autenrieth blends global perspectives and local ingredients. If the weather’s right, opt for spot on the patio for a view of the Sangre de Cristos as they burnish red at sunset.

Day 2

Rise early to enjoy a soak in the Japanese-style onsens at Ten Thousand Waves. Book a spa treatment in advance to make the most of the day. Check into the Inn of the Five Graces, a Relais & Chateaux recognized property, with five adobe casitas nestled just a few blocks off the plaza and the shopping that awaits there. The decadent interior decor blends Silk Road textiles, Tibetan antiques, and Native American and Spanish heritage design. Depending on the season, you can linger by the in-room fireplace or on the patio (all rooms open to a courtyard). Depart early for your dinner reservation to explore Canyon Road, home to a mile-long stretch of contemporary and traditional fine-art galleries. For dinner, enjoy progressive American cuisine at local favorite Restaurant Martin, where several-times James Beard award finalist Chef Martin Rios is in the kitchen.

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Day 3

For your final night in Santa Fe luxury, check in to La Posada de Santa Fe, a historic property set in downtown on six luxurious acres of manicured grounds. The hotel is known for its curated art collection, so take time to wander the halls on the way to the pool or spa. Enjoy a cocktail in the Julia restaurant and bar, named after Julia Staab, the matriarch of the family who once owned the brick mansion that has become part of this luxurious hotel. Top off the evening at Eloisa, in the Drury Plaza Hotel Santa Fe. Chef John Sedler combines old and new world flavor — even some from his native Santa Fe. The fine food earned the restaurant a James Beard Foundation nomination as Best New Restaurant in 2016. For a night cap, head to the fittingly named Bar Alto on the hotel’s rooftop to take in glittering views of downtown Santa Fe.

Don’t forget to add on a visit to Albuquerque, 50 minutes to the south, and Taos, 90 minutes to the north.


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