Although usually associated with desert scenery, New Mexico is home to a wide variety of landscapes – including snow-capped mountains, vast prairies and forests of gigantic cottonwood trees. It’s also increasingly known for its award-winning wineries, as well as a spicy cuisine that showcases native ingredients – such as red and green chiles and piñon nuts. Here’s where to stay in New Mexico if you’re planning a visit, from spa resorts in Santa Fe to lodges in the Taos Ski Valley – bookable on Culture Trip.
The only hotel on Santa Fe’s historic main square is home to the Belltower rooftop bar, where cocktails and snacks accompany the best sunset views in town. The entertainment offering is completed by La Fiesta Lounge, which hosts live music every night – and La Plazuela Restaurant, in which the specialties are tortilla soup and pan-fried trout. Rooms showcase hand-painted headboards and locally crafted furniture – add-ons include kiva fireplaces and balconies overlooking Santa Fe’s most historic churches and the mountains beyond.
Ideal for sporty and adrenaline-seeking travelers, this five-star Four Seasons has an in-house Adventure Center – offering everything from a daily hike on the Camino Encantado Trail to hot air ballooning and white water rafting on the Rio Grande. All casitas and suites feature verandas with mountain views, kiva fireplaces and a desert-inspired palette of browns and oranges. Come sunset, take a seat around the firepit and order a Terratini – a spicy cocktail made with green or red chile and New Mexican vodka.
A luxurious offshoot of Santa Fe’s only Native American-owned hotel, the Hacienda offers 35 cozy, kiva-warmed rooms decorated with artwork celebrating the culture of New Mexico’s 19 pueblos. Wellness amenities include a pool and jacuzzi set in gardens scattered with Native American sculptures and a spa scented with sage, lavender and piñon sap. Private dining can be booked in a teepee while the main restaurant does classic regional fare – alongside international dishes such as fish and chips and seared duck breast.
This Alpine-style lodge is geared towards an energetic holiday in the surrounding mountains – whether on bikes or foot during summer or skis and snowboards throughout colder months. Rooms and suites maintain the mountain-retreat theme – with furry cushions, wooden fittings, electric open fires and views over the slopes and pine forests. Adjust to the 2,800m (9,186ft) elevation in the spa’s Oxygen Bar – before heading to Restaurant 192 for apres ski aperitifs, locally-brewed beers, pizzas and flatbreads.
Built out of pale sandstone from the New Mexico-Colorado border, this central Albuquerque boutique serves as a hotel and artistic hub – housing minimalist rooms inspired by Navajo weaving culture as well as a collection of works by Native American artists. The rooftop restaurant showcases the creations of acclaimed French chef Christian Monchatre: standouts include the crispy falafel in curry sauce and the beef filet mignon. Enjoy New Mexico wines and views of the Sandia Mountains from the Crafted Cafe.
Hydrotherapy at this Santa Fe resort is provided by several thermal baths and the town’s largest saltwater pool – all of which are supplied by a natural spring and shaded by enormous cottonwood trees. Other benefits of a stay include a Puppy Patch – in which all the temporary residents are adoptable – a coop of Silkie Chickens that can be fed and petted and an archery and hatchet-throwing range. Traditional adobe rooms and casitas come with private terraces overlooking the pools and gardens.
Golf and equine enthusiasts, this is your place – an all-inclusive resort in the Santa Ana pueblo with a Gary Panks-designed course and a rehab center for rescued horses. Spend a day on the greens or hacking through the desert – before tequila flights and sunset views at the Rio Grande Lounge, followed by a meal of vibrant New Mexican dishes at the Santa Ana Cafe. Cruiser bikes and helmets can be rented from reception for no extra cost and Albuquerque is a half-hour drive away.
For more plush places to stay, check out our pick of the best luxury hotels in Albuquerque, New Mexico, bookable on Culture Trip.
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