Santa Fe, New Mexico
A beautiful luxury resort with a remote location at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Located in the foothills studded with northern cedar Sangre de Cristo Montanha de Santa Fe, Rancho Encantado makes its fantastic location a focal point. Beautiful views can be had from much of the property, including Terra, Rancho Encantado’s acclaimed fine dining restaurant, pool, and some rooms. The hotel has also made efforts to preserve the natural beauty of its location, is dedicated to maintaining the original flora in the hotel grounds, and employed green practices in the hotel’s construction.
As a place to escape the crowds and enjoy the high desert, Rancho Encantado is a reasonable distance from Santa Fe (about 15 minutes by car), so any shopping or sightseeing will mean a drive. Rancho Encantado offers a shuttle service to the city and provides some new Mercedes Benz vehicles free to use. Guests must plan on booking a car before their stay to guarantee availability.
There is a lot to do on-site, too. The nature trail offers runners and hikers the chance to dive into the desert, and the large heated pool takes advantage of the views. There is a separate gallery for art lovers who are not sated by the abundant art that is placed throughout the hotel. The spa emphasizes healing in its design. Its facilities include saunas, outdoor hot tubs, a quiet heating room, and a circular main building design that mimics a Kiva, the spiritual chamber used by Pueblo indigenous societies.
The hotel’s lobby is small but expertly decorated with artwork and a painted concrete floor. An adjoining courtyard is large enough for wedding parties. Next to the entrance hall, Terra restaurant and bar at the Rancho Encantado exhibition, a modern and elegant look, have outdoor seating and a fire pit situated to enjoy the sunset
At the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 11 miles from Santa Fe
Rancho Encantado occupies a beautiful setting at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, approximately 11 miles north of Santa Fe. There is nothing within walking distance beyond the surrounding hills, but a shuttle service offers tours to and from Santa Fe ( up to 10 hours). Besides, the hotel offers its customers free Mercedes Benz to get around.
Santa Fe means “Santa Fe” in Spanish and is home to some 70,000 people from different cultural backgrounds, including Hispanics, Native Americans, and Anglos. New Mexico’s fourth-largest city is also the nation’s most considerable capital and its oldest: It was founded in 1607.
The “Different City,” as it is known, lies at an altitude of 7,000 feet on the southern edge of the Rocky Mountains, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Although incredible summer hikes and winter skiing offer great reasons to visit, it is best to keep in mind that high altitude also means more stress for the body while acclimatizing. Most people get used to the thinner air after two or three days, which means that strenuous physical activity will become more accessible and less dangerous if you wait a day or two after arriving in the city. One more caution – an alcoholic drink at this altitude will equal three drinks at sea level!
The Spanish influence seen so often throughout Santa Fe stems from the missionaries who arrived in the 1600s to convert the local Native American population. Old missions such as San Miguel can be seen scattered throughout New Mexico and offer a fascinating insight into the region’s history. Often, these missions are located in or near Native American pueblos, such as Tesuque or Cochiti, which are home to several Pueblo peoples. Visiting New Mexico’s pueblos offers an opportunity to interact with locals, buy art and merchandise, and get a better appreciation of New Mexico’s rich history.
Today, Santa Fe is the country’s third-largest market for buying and selling art. In addition to the Plaza’s many galleries and along Canyon Road, several museums, including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum (showing the painter’s long relationship with New Mexico), celebrate the creative spirit in Santa Fe.
- 2-hour drive to Albuquerque International Airport
- 30-minute drive to Santa Fe Municipal Airport
- 1-hour drive to Taos
- 5-minute drive to the Santa Fe Opera House
- 20-minute drive to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
- 20-minute drive to the New Mexico Museum of Art
- 20-minute drive to Plaza, the commercial and cultural center of Santa Fe
- 25-minute drive to Canyon Road, home to over 100 art galleries and studios
- 45-minute drive to Ski Santa Fe
luxurious rooms with wood-burning fireplaces and patios; high-end bathrooms have underfloor heating and soaking tubs
Rancho Encantado’s 65 rooms are spread across adobe buildings throughout the property, with entrances from outdoor paths. There are only two types of rooms available: studio-style casitas and one-bedroom suites. Many have good views, but booking a Casita Vista will guarantee one of the best views.
Rooms have high-end amenities, including bathrobes, private patios, wood-burning fireplaces, and high-thread-count bedding on the beds. Concrete and wooden floors, Native American-style rugs, wooden ceilings, and replacement placement of local art, such as native baskets and pottery, create a modern Texmex look.
The bathrooms are enormous and have double vanities, soaking tubs, underfloor heating, fossil stone counters, and glass-walled showers. Organic toiletries come in large, refillable bottles that eliminate plastic waste.
- high-end sheets
- Flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and iPod hook-ups
- wood-burning fireplaces
- Bathrooms with underfloor heating, soaking tubs, and walk-in glass showers
- The 56 Casitas are 630 square feet and feature either a king-size bed or two queen beds. They have Kiva-style wood-burning fireplaces, and select units also have a patio fireplace.
- The nine One-Bedroom Suites are 930 square feet and have king beds. All have two fireplaces (one indoor and one outdoor).
- Most buildings are autonomous, but some have split-level agreements. Complaints of second-floor noise in the first-floor rooms have surfaced.
A heated pool with mountain views, a luxury spa, and free Mercedez Benz car rental
heated outdoor pool, open seasonally, overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Mountains; Jacuzzi open all year
A spa that emphasizes healing in its design includes saunas, outdoor hot tubs, a quiet heating room, and a circular main building design that mimics a Kiva, the spiritual chamber used by Pueblo indigenous societies.
Free rental of several Mercedes Benz vehicles; customers must request in advance to guarantee availability.
A huge, modern fitness center with yoga studio, cardio machines with individual TVs, strength-training machines, free weights, and lots of natural light
On-site art gallery
Nature trail where runners and hikers can experience the desert
All Inclusive / Food
Terra restaurant and bar at Rancho Encantado
Terra is an acclaimed fine restaurant led by Chef Charles Dale, which serves modern rustic cuisine with some regional influences. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has an outdoor seating area equipped with heat lamps. Sample dinner items include Kobe Beef Hanger Steak.
- The Bar at Rancho Encantado serves light meals, including quesadillas, hamburgers, and salads; an outdoor seating area has a large fire pit.
- room service available