Santa Fe, New Mexico
Four Seasons Encantado
What it is
A restorative 65-room hideaway on 57 acres of former dude ranch, with a serene indigenous-inspired spa.
What it isn't
Seasonal. Amenities like the outdoor pool, shuttle to downtown and fire pit overlooking the mountains operate year-round.
What we think
They don’t call New Mexico the “Land of Enchantment” for nothing, and Four Seasons kicks it up a notch further. Charms abound here, from the spa (where local Puebloan treatments given in kiva-style rooms use New Mexican ingredients, such as adobe and blue corn) to the rooms themselves, each of which is tricked out with a soaking tub, fireplace and patio tailor-made for star-gazing. Santa Fe locals book tables at the restaurant, Terra, weeks in advance for special occasions, because they do fine dining right: you can tuck into dishes like coriander crusted scallop with candied bacon and parsnip puree or adovado rubbed bison with stone potatoes by a flickering gas fire.
You're here because
Curated activities on offer include daily (and free) guided hikes into the photogenic, aspen-studded mountains on the Camino Encantado Trail.
It has been a week/month/year. Which is why the spa here is such a necessary godsend. Swaddled in your robe, chillaxing before the fire, you consider opting for one of their more woo-woo treatments (a tourmaline gemstone facial) before booking the tried and true: a blue corn and wildflower honey scrub and massage. Heaven really is a place on earth.
Restaurants & Bars
Terra - American with regional influences.
The Bar -Cosy up with a cocktail.
A ten mile drive from downtown Santa Fe, tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.