By Stephanie Pearson
August 25, 2014
Best Spa Experiences in Santa Fe
Credit: Ryan Heffernan

Santa Fe is home to the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, The Santa Fe School of Massage, Southwest Acupuncture College, and a whole legion of bodywork professionals who gravitate to this high-mountain oasis because of its reputation as a hotbed for the healing arts. From centuries-old Native American traditions to alternative healing treatments to a woowoo new-age energy, Santa Feans take their mind, body, spirit connection seriously. It’s easy to tap into that connection with treatments like Ojo Caliente Resort & Spa’s Signature Milagro Relaxation Wrap; a master’s massage at Ten Thousand Waves, where you’ll be lulled into oblivion not only by your bodyworker’s deft touch, but also by the gentle breezes blowing through the towering ponderosas outside; or a Balinese facial at a secret oasis in the middle of Santa Fe. It’s no wonder the locals here seem so laid back that sometimes you wonder if they have a pulse.

Ten Thousand Waves

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Ailing bodies in search of a miracle cure have been making pilgrimages to Ojo Caliente, near Abiquiu, for centuries. The key is Ojo’s geothermal water that flows from an ancient volcanic aquifer to the surface at a rate of more than 100,000 gallons per day. Soak in the public Lithia, Iron, Soda, and Arsenic springs. Or for more privacy, rent a Cliffside Suite with kiva fireplace and a private soaking tub.

Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens

If you don’t have the wheels or the time to get out of town, yet still want a decadent treatment, try this secret oasis in the gardens of the Madeleine Inn just a few blocks off the Plaza. The spa specializes in Balinese facials and Thai massage by master therapists who have at least 17 years of experience.

The Spa at La Posada

Just off the pool area in the lush garden grounds of La Posada’s five-acre campus, the spa, which has a rooftop terrace overlooking the mountains, is the perfect spot to recharge before a wedding celebration or wind down after a particularly stressful week. Be sure to check in for your treatment early enough to chill out in the eucalyptus steam room beforehand.


A local’s favorite in a residential part of town south of the Plaza, Body has a full yoga schedule and a café. Work up a sweat in a 90-minute Vinyassa flow class, have a 90-minute Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage, then come back down to earth in the café with a Green Mango smoothie.