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Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Combining the service of the Four Seasons, which took over the property in 2012, with a Santa Fe vibe—albeit a contemporary take on Southwestern style—this hotel manages to feel luxurious without sacrificing authenticity. Its location, about 10 miles outside Santa Fe, also gives guests a true taste of the high desert—plus views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande River valley—while still granting easy access to downtown (via a complimentary shuttle, if you so desire). The Four Seasons invested over $1.1 million in landscaping improvements, the Monte Vista Terrace, and other additional offerings like the Adventure Center and Chef’s Table. Originally a privately owned ranch, the property dates back to the early 1900s. Previous owners include Guestward Ho! authors Barbara and Bill Hooton (then, the estate was known as Rancho del Monte) and, between 1968 and 1992, Betty Egan, who gave the property its current name (a reflection of Santa Fe’s tagline: The Land of Enchantment). John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart are just two of its legendary guests.
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About 10 miles outside of Santa Fe, near the village of Tesuque, the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado feels secluded without actually being that far from civilization. The property has direct access to the Sante Fe National Forest, and a free shuttle transports guests to downtown’s art galleries and museums, restaurants, and cafes. Favorite restaurants include Café Pasqual for local, organic, Southwest-meets-California fare, while cultural highlights include the George O’Keefe Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.
Need to Know
Rooms: 56 casitas and nine suites. From $329. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The on-site restaurant, Terra, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves locally sourced, Southwestern-influenced plates. The signature dish is the Guajillo prawns with white chocolate mole, red rice, and mango salsa. The Bar serves casual bites, like the “Smokin’ nachos” served under a glass dome with hickory smoked cheese, jalapeños, and pulled pork, as well as wine, beer, and cocktails. Spa and gym details: Opened in 2008, the 10,000-square-foot Native American–inspired spa has 15 rooms and suites, pools, fountains, courtyards, and outdoor gardens. There is also a fitness center with a movement studio for yoga and Pilates, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Who's it for: Four Seasons devotees won’t be disappointed, though this isn’t just another Four Seasons thanks to local touches like adobe walls and kiva fireplaces. This is also a place for those who want to feel like they’re in the wild (stars, coyotes, etc.) without actually being in the wild. Our favorite rooms: Even the smallest rooms are palatial and have either balconies or patios. But the Summit Suites, located at the property’s highest point, have the best views, plus large outdoor living areas, with wood-burning fireplaces and hammocks from which to take in the sunset. Explore the area: The resort can arrange a variety of excursions, from guided hikes to a night at the opera that starts with high-end tailgating.