Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
What We Love
- The best spa in the state with Native American-inspired treatments like a sacred stone massage
- Super-spacious rooms (starting at 630 square feet) with wood-burning kiva fireplaces
- Activities galore, from white-water rafting to horseback riding to hot air balloon tours
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What To Know
- While the desert views from some rooms are glorious, others, particularly on the ground floor, have views of parking lots
- It’s not in Santa Fe itself, but there’s a shuttle to town
- The restaurant doesn’t serve the Northern New Mexican food that Santa Fe is famous for
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A contemporary, clean-lined take on desert Southwest, with subtle Native American design-touches like Indian pottery and graphic print blankets as rugs. But the real stars are the vast slopes of the high desert and the juniper-strewn foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, seen through big windows, outdoor gathering places around fire pits, and the rooms’ giant terraces.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms are finished in an earth-toned color palette, wood-beamed ceilings, and round, kiva-style fireplaces that burn actual wood (a rarity, and appreciated at least half of the year, when the desert nights get cold). The rooms are some of the biggest in Santa Fe, starting at 630 square feet, and have similarly scaled marble bathrooms, complete with 100-gallon bathtubs for two.
The unpretentious, laid-back Terra restaurant features local organic ingredients in modern-American dishes, with only the slightest references to the location (a poblano chile crab cake, a chipotle dipping sauce for French fries). The pretty, light-filled spa specializes in Native American–inspired treatments like a juniper-sage massage and blue-corn-and-honey body scrub, as well as Ayurvedic and traditional Eastern treatments.
In the Area
The Four Seasons is in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, home to hiking and biking trails and the Santa Fe Ski Area. Let the Four Seasons concierge hook you up with mountain biking excursions, tours of ancient trails and dwellings from the 1400s and days of art excursions. The Santa Fe Opera’s summer season is world famous for both its stunning outdoor amphitheater and the quality of talent it attracts. For a culture fix in town, there’s the burgeoning Railyard district, home to contemporary art galleries such as SITE Santa Fe and the perennially popular Tomasita’s New Mexican restaurant.
How to Get There
This is my second review of the Four Seasons Santa Fe. I visited in 2016 and absolutely loved this tucked away resort. Thanks to three airlines now flying non-stop from San Diego to Albuquerque, flights were cheap and I wanted to come back for a one-night getaway.
During my second trip to the resort, I discovered their wonderful spa and relaxation lounge, which is complimentary for guests staying at the hotel. There is a fantastic outdoor hot tub and steam room along with a locker room facility that felt recently redone.
The rooms at this hotel are wonderful! They are spacious, comfortable, and luxurious. The bathroom has heated floors and the shower is huge! My favorite feature is the wood burning fireplace. There is a fire butler you can call and they will start the fire for you.
The grounds of the hotel are lovely to stroll around, even on a cold day. Up in the main lobby/restaurant area are a firepit and several other cozy places to relax by a fire. On Saturday night, there was smores. Even in the rain, we were able to get some smores to take out there and the staff at the restaurant were so accommodating.
My partner was celebrating a birthday and the hotel sent a delicious dessert and a half bottle of New Mexico sparkling wine to celebrate - a wonderful touch! The food at the restaurant and for room service was also delicious. I remembered the chicken nachos from my first visit and ordering them via room service. They were the best nachos I had ever had. While no longer on the room service menu, they were available in the hotel bar/restaurant and we enjoyed them there. That is one confusing thing - the menus are different for the bar, restaurant, and room service. If something sounds tasty, there's a chance it's not available where you want to eat it. It seems like all the same kitchen. If you do go to the bar, take advantage of one of their fantastic happy hour specials.
You can use the Four Seasons app to order room service and other amenities. Because the hotel seems to attaract a non-millennial crowd, it probably does not get much use. We had to call to have them check it after we ordered blankets that never arrived and then room service that they would not have seen unless we had confirmed that we placed the order through the app. This is minor overall and the staff were very kind. They even granted a late check-out despite a large party coming in the next day.
Overall, this is one of my favorite Four Seasons properties, next to the FS Westlake Village, CA. The Four Seasons Santa Fe is relaxing, remote, and peaceful! I look forward to returning again!
Excellent customer service!
From the guest registration- housekeeping- spa- cocktail hour- dining.
Wine list could use an update as they were out of the wines we selected - but the wait staff made excellent alternate recommendations.
For those who want a relaxing setting a bit out of town when visiting the Santa Fe area, this hotel might be for them. A quick drive from town and even closer to Santa Fe Opera, it's a great location. The two queen-bed room was more than large enough for our family of three. Staff in the restaurant were quite good and friendly. While there are certainly nice hotels in town, try this one for a great change in scenery!
My mother and I went for a spa treatment while visiting from Arizona. We were very disappointed. The spa was dirty and not up to par. The steam room had leaves and cotton balls on the floor, the hot tub tiles look like they haven't been cleaned in months, and the waiting room had yellow stained glasses for water. In addition to this it took 25 minutes to check out. The employees seemed very frazzled by having to check out one guest and not up to four seasons standard. One of the employees stood in the corner and stared at us while the other was trying to check us out. Very uncomfortable and looked very unprofessional. Overall the property and spa were dated and far out from town. Find another location.
Wonderful experience in a stunning location! I would definitely stay there again in the future. Loved the serenity and quietness away from city lights and noise. Beautifully appointed rooms. Loved the heated floors and the view from the terrace. The avocado toast with smoked salmon, poached egg, watercress and chili oil was outstanding!