Santa Fe: Spa Mecca of the Southwest

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Santa Fe has established itself as a major spa destination. From day spas to resorts, in beautiful surroundings with endless treatment options, there is a spa and a specialty for everyone in this town. There are spas at most of the better hotel resorts, but the ones listed here stand out for their highly trained therapists, specialized treatments, and overall experience.

Absolute Nirvana lives up to its name with its lush, peaceful Indo-Asian setting and the sumptuous treatments it offers. Master-level massage therapists use all-organic, delectable food-grade ingredients. Most treatments finish with homemade snacks and a rose-petal bath in a massive stone tub. A certified Green Spa, it doesn’t get better than Nirvana. (www.absolutenirvana.com)

Body is a day spa just south of the Guadalupe District offering Thai, Swedish, and Japanese massage in addition to Rolfing, Reiki, and prenatal massage. Facials focus on rehydrating skin. Café, boutique, and child-care on the premises. (www.bodyofsantafe.com)

La Posada Resort & Spa offers a wide range of treatments, many with regional ingredients, in this historic downtown resort. Hair and nail services and a fitness center are also in the spa complex. (www.laposadadesantafe.com)

Spa Samadhi at Sunrise Springs Resort offers art-strewn walls and waterfalls, fruit and tea, and a profusion of treatments to move one’s chi. Earthy cedar sauna and outdoor hot tubs are at your disposal. Transformative sessions, such as holographic and polarity therapies, sound healing, nutritional counseling, and lymphatic release are also available. This ecoresort unfolds over 70 green and serene acres, 15 mi southwest of downtown Santa Fe. (www.sunrisesprings.com)

Ten Thousand Waves is a renowned Japanese-style spa with outstanding facilities and treatments, 10 minutes north of Santa Fe toward the ski basin. Primarily a day spa—the hot tubs are a popular option—it has a limited number of suites available for longer stays. (www.tenthousandwaves.com)