[The main lodge at the resort; image courtesy of Four Seasons]
I think that it’s only fair to admit that after last weekend, my expectations of a relaxing, resort getaway are forever change. For starters, I have a newfound appreciation of being near, but not in the center of, the action. My stay at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, located about 10 minutes from the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, left me reveling in its breathtaking beauty, nestled among the desert flora and fauna, with unobstructed views for miles, while its services and accommodations were the epitome of true hospitality and relaxation.
[A treatment room at the spa; image courtesy of Four Seasons]
As this marked my first visit to a Four Seasons site, I was most eager to try the renowned cuisine and head to the spa’s treatment rooms, which kicked off my stay at the resort even before I checked in. The treatment rooms were inspired by Pueblo Indian kiva rooms, which felt intimate and luxurious at once. My massage was one of the best I’ve ever had, while the relaxing continued afterward via the private courtyard with a hot tub and sauna.
[Dining in the Terra Restaurant]
My best friend Jeff, who was traveling with me, didn’t receive a treatment, but as a guest, was still able to indulge in the spa’s courtyard facilities. After a quick shower, we reconvened in the gorgeous dining space of Terra Restaurant for a five-course dinner and wine pairing experience, selected by the James Beard Award nominee for “Best Chef: Southwest,” Chef Andrew Cooper. The food was a seamless blend of traditional American and local flavors, starting off with a chive, chile, and corn soup, followed by salad, scallops, salmon, lamb chops, and a sumptuous array of miniature desserts. I had assumed the food to be good, and the wine excellent, but this was on another level of deliciousness. Continue reading…