Posts Tagged ‘spa’

El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa

February 27th, 2010

Amidst the mystical beauty of Taos, New Mexico, El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa™ offers a secluded sanctuary in harmony with the Earth. Visit this Taos, New Mexico resort adorned with exquisite accommodations inspired by Native American and global culture and a dramatic art collection graced by world-famous artists.

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El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa™ is a well-known as a leader in alternative energy among other New Mexico resorts and hotels. Experience the extraordinary treatments of the Living Spa™ designed to heal mind, body and spirit, or simply meditate in the Sacred Circle among towering trees and waterfalls, and breathe in the tranquility.

Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa

November 4th, 2009

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Built in 1929, Sierra Grande Lodge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The transformations it has undergone in the many years since its origination as the first bathhouse have been extensive and varied. The Vera Hotel has undergone many transformations since it was floated down the Rio Grande from Elephant Butte to perch high above the town of Truth or Consequences. The Vera Hotel now serves as our conference & meeting facility purchased in 1991 by Serge & Guy Raoul, of Raouls Restaurant in NYC.

Serge discovered the area through friend and local artist, Delmas Howe, and was deeply moved by the power of the water, earth and spirits of the region. He wanted to honor these, while re-establishing the tradition of healing, transformation and self-discovery. Sierra Grande Lodge, as the original bathhouse, tapping the source of the geothermal water was his natural choice to establish such a place. The transformations and renovations have been extensive and on many levels. Even if you are just passing through we encourage you to stop in for a tour and of course a soak in the magical Hot Spring water.

Richard’s North Central New Mexico Recommendations

October 20th, 2009

New Mexico continues to amaze me with all the places I haven’t seen in the fifteen years I’ve lived here.  I’m certain the same is true for most of your reading this blog.  Here are my notes on North Central New Mexico!

This week is another of those “WOW – I didn’t know this was here” trips.  Our first stop was the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa and Resort.  Tucked away in Ojo Caliente right off Route 84 (?) this is one incredible place to spend a couple of days.  Soaking in mineral baths under the stars is a pretty awesome way to spend an evening.  The mud baths are rejuvenating and the food is excellent!  You should give it a try!


Just up the road in Abiquiu is Ghost Ranch, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico paintings.  Did you know that Ms. O’Keeffe didn’t own Ghost Ranch but lived on a few acres there?  I didn’t and also was unaware of the many things to do at Ghost Ranch … from painting and exploring to looking for dinosaur bones and taking classes on a wide variety of subjects.  Or, just spending family time there horseback riding.  Incredible things to do for folks of all ages.  I’m planning on taking my family there for a few days to relax, unwind and learn!

Chama is one of those real hidden treasures.  It’s more like the Northwest than what most of us believe New Mexico to be.  Moderate days, cool nights.  On our summer trip there was no air conditioning and the fresh air blowing through the open windows with a blanket pulled up around me put a huge smile on my face!  Big trees … lots of green all around and a truly wonderful place to spend time relaxing, fishing and just enjoying the scenery.

Speaking of scenery … when in Chama you must ride the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.  You’ll learn a lot about the history of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado as you wind you way through the mountains crossing back several times between the two states.  This is a great all day family adventure on an old coal fired and steam driven locomotive.  I promise this is a trip you’ll want to take more than once.

FishingI loved my time on the Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce, just a few miles from Chama.  The people are wonderful … the fishing and boating pristine (I hear the hunting is exceptional) and the native baskets and beadwork art is second to none.  I bought a great purse there for Janine that is beadwork on an animal skin (deer, I think!).  She loved it and I enjoyed talking with the artist who created it.  Watching these ladies piece together the beaded pieces and making baskets is really something unique to see.  I still can’t figure out how they do what they do and I walked away with an increasing appreciation for the history and culture of these great people.  And the land they live on is something spectacular to see, too!

It’s not a long drive from Ojo Caliente to Chama and Dulce.  If you want to do this trip right then make sure you plan three or four days.  If you want to do some great fly fishing and/or hunting I’d make it a week!

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

July 30th, 2009
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In this video, Travel Guide NEW MEXICO visits Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa. Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. Come retreat to our secluded refuge. Relax with a massage and our signature Milagro Wrap. Rejuvenate in our legendary waters.

Steeped in myth and legend, the Ojo Caliente ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. The use of the waters can be traced back to the earliest human settlements in the region. Ancient people, believed to be the ancestors of todays Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Posi, or Poseuinge, “village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs” was home to thousands of people.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa was recently listed in the “Top 10 Best Hot Springs Spas in the World” by SpaFinder magazine, chosen from among 70,000 spas worldwide. The Santa Fe Reporter named Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa one of the top 3 places for a massage. Not only is Ojo Caliente one of the best resorts and spas anywhere, it is also deeply committed to sustainability and water conservation.

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