You haven’t lived until you’ve taken at least one road trip. The scenic routes, the company, the music; what’s not to love other than the constant pit stops to a public restroom?! We decided to pack up and take one to New Mexico, specifically to a mineral springs resort and spa not too far from Santa Fe called Ojo Caliente. Oh my! This place is such a wonderful retreat when you want to escape the busy city life or when you just feel like you need a relaxing time. I am all about getting pampered and when I tell you that this place has it all, I mean it!
Peace & Quiet
This is an amazing place but definitely not one to go party. The entire hot springs and spa area is considered a “whisper zone” and you must consider this literally. Staff passes by every so often with a sign that reminds you to whisper; they even have an indoor “silent” hot spring pool where there is no talking allowed. I sure think this should be one of the preferred getaway spots for public figures as certain harassing behavior wouldn’t be allowed! This place is technically not an adults only place, we actually saw about three kids during our stay, but I mean poor babies; they can’t talk, run, jump or swim, what kind of vacation is that! Who knows, maybe they are very Zen children. If you get tired of the quiet, you can go to the restaurant or the bar area and have normal volume conversations and a drink or two…or 5 I mean you are not driving right?! (drink responsibly).
I am happy with a hot tub, but I do have to admit that their hot springs are just a completely different and incredible experience. In one of their brochures I read that their mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean aquifer for thousands of years and that they are the only hot springs in the world with 4 types of mineral waters and they all have different healing properties.
The iron in these waters is considered to help with blood circulation and the immune system.
These waters are believed to relieve digestive problems.
It is believed that these waters are beneficial to relief arthritis pain, stomach ulcers, and a variety of skin conditions.
The water in this pool is supposed to help relieve depression and aid in digestion.
Regardless of the benefits these waters are believed to have, just the variation in temperatures, smells, and water properties are sufficient for an incredibly relaxing time.
An extra perk is the mud pool area! They have a water fountain type thing with mud for you to cover your entire body with it, lay out to let it dry, and then rinse off in a delicious hot spring pool. If you are a bit anti-social, they also have private pools that can be scheduled for an additional fee and you get almost an hour in a private pool area!… you guessed it, we took advantage of this.
Suggestion: It was a bit too cold this time a year so the best time to visit would be spring or fall.
The Spa Experience
As if the incredible hot springs weren’t enough, you can take pampering to another level and checkout their various spa services. They offer facials, wraps, massages, hair therapy, and body scrubs! Once you are done with all this, you can relax in their steam room or dry sauna. All I can say is that after a day like this you fall asleep at the touch of a pillow.
If you are a nature lover like me, you need to make some time to hike their incredible property. They have 1,100 acres of land adjoining even thousands more of national forests and public land. By the way, did I mention they consider their land sacred?! Yeah, talk about connecting with nature. You can also join one of their hatha or restorative yoga classes to jumpstart your day. Namaste.
The restaurant and bar offer a great variety of food including vegetarian options. Their huevos rancheros are amazing as well as their very unique blue corn and pine nut pancakes with maple syrup (don’t judge me, only ate one to try it, too unique not to try).
Santa Fe is about an hour drive from Ojo Caliente and it is the cutest little town! From the unique architecture, local culture, crafts to the food, you will not get tired of this place.
We had lunch at this place calles La Plazuela and OMG it was absolutely incredible! They have a very varied menu to appeal to everyone but they have the best vegan dish I have had so far and I will post it here because I just have to:
Roasted cashew cake, Portobello mushroom risotto, sweet potato polenta, grilled cauliflower steak, and sautéed spinach with roasted tomato sauce… holy crap right?! (Picture here) and link to the restaurant
Stay True – Chantal