New Mexico easily earns its “Land of Enchantment” nickname, with miles of scenic beauty to explore and a rich, multi-cultural history. From its other-worldly desert landscapes and hot springs to its canyons, caves and mountain slopes, New Mexico offers visitors a unique and varied vacation.
Choose from luxury ski resorts in the Taos Ski Valley to centuries-old haciendas and sleek city pads, you’ll find some of the most diverse choices of accommodation in the country. Read on for our choice of the best resorts in New Mexico:
1. The Inn of the Five Graces
Opened in 1996 under the original name “Secrets 1001 Nights”, The Fives Graces is the combined vision of designers Ira and Sylvia Seret – who transformed a group of disused houses and turned them into a world-class, luxury resort.
Influenced by the design couple’s travels throughout Asia, the Santa Fe hotel is filled with exotic treasures and eastern-artefacts. Each of the luxury suites features a wood-burning fireplaces and lush fabrics, but it’s the bathrooms which make this accommodation so special – with exquisite tile mosaics and deep bathtubs.
Book into the Spa’s High-Mountain Tibetan treatment room for a truly relaxing experience or opt for an in-room massage. Follow your treatment with a delicious meal from adjacent 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, which provides room and dine-in service.
2. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
The Encantado Resort offers all of the luxury service and style you would expect from a Four Seasons resort, with a boutique resort feel. There are just 65 rooms – each decorated to reflect the glorious Santa Fe setting, with its red-toned landscape and breathtaking views.
Touches such as “His & Hers” closets, wood-burning fireplaces and robes make every stay a lesson in indulgence, whilst the spa – designed to reflect the sacred kiva rooms of the indigenous Pueblo Indians – offers a chance to relax amongst the mountain foothills.
Dine in-room with an extensive menu or try one of the finest culinary experiences in Santa Fe – at the in-house Terra restaurant.
3. Eldorado Hotel & Spa Santa Fe
The award-winning, AAA Four-Diamond-rated Eldorado Hotel & Spa is widely considered one of Santa Fe’s most luxurious resorts.
Located near Santa Fe’s historic centre, the Eldorado Hotel & Spa features a heated rooftop pool and hot tub with spectacular city views. From their 219 luxury rooms and suites, guests are treated to sunsets over the surrounding mountains or city, with balconies, fireplaces and original artwork by artist Randy Barton.
Enjoy local culinary masterpieces at the resort’s Old House Restaurant, or kick back with a classic cocktail in the stylish AGAVE Lounge.
Before you leave, don’t miss out on visiting the Nidah Spa – named among the World’s 10 Best Spas by Premier Traveler Magazine – for unique Santa Fe treatments.
4. El Monte Sagrado
Consistently named as one of the top resorts in the world, by the likes of Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes Traveler and Huffington Post, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa offers luxury and seclusion, within easy access to the beauty of surrounding Taos.
Rooms and suites at the El Monte Sagrado combine the style of Old-World Europe with the American West, with lush patterns, fabrics and first-class amenities. Choose luxury extras including private hot tubs, wetbars and fireplaces.
The resort has won awards for both its spa and on-site restaurant. The De la Tierra Restaurant offers a mix of global and local creations, within a beautifully designed space, whilst the Taos spa gives guests the chance to relax and rejuvenate, surrounding by spectacular natural landscapes.
5. Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
Created by the Santa Ana Pueblo tribe, and situated on 550 acres of stunning scenery, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is one of New Mexico’s most unique, luxury resorts.
Showcasing the tribe’s ancient culture and traditions, the resort is part of the sacred Tamaya lands, which can be discovered by horseback, playing a round on the Twin Warriors golf course or, perhaps most spectacularly, by booking in for a hot air balloon ride across the New Mexico skies.
The award-winning Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon is the perfect place to switch off from the outside world, and after your treatment, guests can relax in one of the resort’s three impressive pools.
6. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
Take a dip in the legendary spring waters of Ojo Caliente, at the Ojo Caliente Resort & Spa. This hot spring has been drawing people for centuries, who come to heal their mind, body and spirit in the special powers of the water.
Spend your day hiking the beautifully tranquil surrounding walking trails, detox with an indulgent treatment at the world-class spa, before taking a healing swim in the sacred waters.
End your evening with a meal at the Artesian Restaurant – where local flavours and global cuisine mix to create delicious signature dishes.
7. Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Once you arrived at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder resort, you’ll find little reason to leave again. Not only does the resort feature a casino, spa, three golf courses and no less than six restaurants, it also has a nightclub, entertainment venue with regular shows, a wedding chapel and over 587 acres to explore under the picturesque Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
With 18 tables, over 1,200 slots and a poker room, the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder resort’s casino will keep big rollers entertained. For a more relaxing experience, head to the Wo’P’in Spa therapeutic deep tissue massages and body treatments.
8. La Posada de Santa Fe, a Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa
As the only luxury resort in downtown Santa Fe, La Posada de Santa Fe has one of the most enviable locations in the city. Set amongst six acres of landscaped gardens, with authentic Southwest, adobe-style architecture, the award-winning resort has more of a village feel than a typical hotel, with 157 casita-style rooms and suites, dating back over 200 years.
Each casita is uniquely decorated, but all feature exposed wooden beams and traditional adobe-walls, along with luxury touches such as plush bathrobes, O. Bigelow® toiletries and Tazo® Teas.
Onsite, you’ll find the full service Sage Spa, a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and state-of-art-fitness centre the perfect way to relax body and mind, or for those looking for a little culture, the resort’s in-house curated gallery is a great place to peruse some world-class art.
9. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
A boutique resort blending the history of the region’s Native Americans, early Spanish settlers and local arts scene, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is situated in Santa Fe, with easy access to the beautiful natural surroundings of Canyon Road, Taos and Bandelier National Park.
Choose from elegantly designed rooms and suites, each with handcrafted furnishings and traditional wooden ceilings, and make us of the resort’s in-room massage and aromatherapy treatment for a rejuvenating experience.
There are three restaurants at the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, and for those who want to try their hand at creating locally-inspired dishes, the Anasazi Bar and Lounge offers cooking classes, as well as a world-class collection of tequilas.
10. Edelweiss Lodge & Spa
Located on the Strawberry Hills, in the heart of the Taos Ski Valley, the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa offers ski-in/ski out convenience and luxury accommodation for those in search of a first-class ski vacation.
With one, two and three-bedroom condominiums or traditional hotel rooms to choose from, there’s accommodation for every size of family. Both are classically decorated, and come kitted out with everything you could need for a relaxing holiday- including high speed internet, TV and fully equipped kitchens.
After a long day on the snow, make use of the resort’s complimentary ski valet service, sauna and outdoor hot tube, or treat yourself to a truly indulgent appointment at the Edelweiss Spa.
Popular on-site restaurant, The Blonde Bear Tavern, offers Après Ski and meals, as well as excellent cocktails and an impressive wine list.
11. Sunrise Springs Spa Resort
The sister-resort of Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Sunrise Springs focuses on health, wellbeing and a truly transformative experience.
Rest, relaxation and rejuvenation are the three goals of each guests’ stay at Sunrise Springs, with beautiful natural surroundings, charming accommodation and nourishing cuisine.
Visit the spa – with its view over the landscaped garden and pond – for treatments that fuse East and West therapies and experience dining with a difference at the Blue Heron Restaurant, where Executive Chef Rocky Durham serves up food that is healthy for both body and mind.
12. Hotel Andaluz
As Downtown Albuquerque’s only luxury boutique hotel, the award-winning Andaluz is perfectly positioned to explore the area’s art, history and culture scene. Guest won’t need to go far to find a rich and fascinating history – the Andaluz itself has an interesting past.
Originally opened in 1939, the hotel was one of the first to be built by Conrad Hilton. It changed hands, and names, several times over the years, before being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. It was reopened in 2009 as the Andaluz, having undergone a $30m restoration to bring it back to its former glory.
13. Sandia Resort and Casino
The very first Indian casino in New Mexico on its opening, the Sandia Resort and Casino – owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia – offers a complete luxury “play and stay” experience, with a Las Vegas-style feel.
The 140,000sq.ft. casino has over 2300 slots, table games and is offers the only Live Keno games in the state. When you’ve won your fortune, relax in the Green Reed Spa, try the 18-hole Championship golf course or get your taste buds flowing at one of the many onsite restaurants and bars.
14. Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
As one of the most popular ski resorts in New Mexico for families since its opening in 1952, the Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and offers over 40 trails, five lifts and a ski school.
Just 20 miles south of Taos, the resort is perfect for skiers of all ages and skill levels, but there’s plenty to keep guest entertained off the mountain too.
You won’t find any TVs in the simple, comfortable rooms – the Sipapu Resort encourages families to spend quality time together without the distractions of modern technologies.
Head to the Paradise Riverside Bar and Grill for New Mexico’s finest riverside-dining experience or attempt to catch your own meal with onsite trout fishing.
15. Hotel St. Francis
A true “Old-Santa Fe” experience, the historic Hotel St. Francis is well known for its hospitality and it’s luxurious, authentic-style accommodations.
Featuring work by local artists and carpenters, the Hotel St. Francis is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is just a block from Santa Fe’s fascinating Plaza.
Onsite, guests will find a restaurant, bar and charming outdoor seating area, where the spirit of old-world Santa Fe feels very much alive. Rooms take a contemporary twist on the style of the early Franciscan missionary settlers – with luxury mod-cons including flat-screen TVs and WiFi.