Ten Thousand Waves
Tucked into a green hillside on the winding mountain road that leads to the Santa Fe Ski Area, Ten Thousand Waves has long attracted day visitors for its tranquil spa and outdoor soaking tubs. But it’s much more relaxing to book a lengthier stay at the property, which is modeled after a Japanese onsen, with various private and communal tubs set among piñon trees. The 13 sleek and peaceful cottages, which tumble down a bluff beneath (and out of view from) the spa, are outfitted with Bose sound systems, refrigerators and microwaves, and either decks or patios that overlook meadows abundant with wildflowers in spring and summer. Although all share a minimalist aesthetic that includes low-slung Japanese-style beds, the décor and amenities vary greatly from unit to unit. The high-tech Sailor Moon cottage, for instance, has a high-ceilinged two-person shower and lighting and electronic gadgetry controlled by wireless remote; the more traditionally Asian Suigetsu unit is kitted out with serene shoji-screen room dividers and soft, indirect lighting. Some cottages have full kitchens, flat-screen TV’s, fireplaces, and high-speed Internet access.