New Mexico is famed for 310 days of sunshine and year-round warm weather. That’s an amazing setting for basking, but just because you’re in the high desert doesn’t mean you have to dry up. Rehydrate and refresh yourself at these relaxing baths, springs and spas when you’re in Albuquerque or Santa Fe.
Ten Thousand Waves
Indulge in a Zen moment at this Japanese-inspired spa in the foothills of Santa Fe’s Sangre de Cristo mountains. Everything is designed for maximum serenity, from the outdoor hot tubs to treatments like the oxygen facials, Ashi Anma foot shiatsu and luxurious four-handed massage. Make a stay out of it in the Houses of the Moon lodging, dine at the Izanami Japanese restaurant and allow time to browse the boutique packed with fragrant toiletries and incense. We recommend the spa’s own Hinoki lotion and shower products—the scent of piñon and juniper trees will be an refreshing reminder of your New Mexico visit.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
These rocky, cliffside ancient springs are beautiful on their own, but the 100,000 gallons of mineral waters flowing daily from the volcanic aquifer are sure to turn your body into a very soft noodle. Soak in an array of options, including the Iron Pool and the must-try Mud Pool, akin to a full-body face mask. After a comforting Milagro Wrap, try the culinary comfort of the Artesian Restaurant. Order the tangy house vegetarian tortilla soup: lightly spicy and so thick with tomato it’s almost meaty—it’s the Southwest in a bowl. Ojo Caliente is two hours from Albuquerque and one hour from Santa Fe, but you can stay over in the hotel or cottages to extend the tranquil experience.
Betty’s Bath & Day Spa
A favorite relaxation station for locals, this friendly oasis in Albuquerque’s North Valley provides a sweet soak in the hot tubs, as well as massages, facials and body treatments. Massage potions include our favorite soothing lavender that grows nearby in the famed Los Poblanos lavender fields. Don’t let the name fool you: Betty’s isn’t just for women.
In the heart of Duke City, Albuquerque Baths is a peaceful urban refuge with its hot tub and stylish modern deck. Steam up in the Finnish cedar sauna; then cool off in the Blue Hole pool or relax with a hot stone massage, salt scrub or warm oil scalp massage. The lavender cornmeal scrub is the perfect choice for gentle exfoliation with a dreamy scent. Two-hour bath passes make this a quick and easy getaway—weekdays are generally the quietest.
This scenic village near Albuquerque and Santa Fe makes soaking its business. Take your pick of mineral hot springs in the town and the nearby Jemez Valley, including the riverside Soda Dam and the Jemez Springs Bathhouse. Be sure to check out the Giggling Springs pool, fed by ancient sea water trapped beneath the Valles Caldera National Preserve and infused with minerals over the millennia.