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
Four Season is in a beautiful location with highly attentive staff, high quality food, great surroundings and very comfortable rooms, spa and pool. Outdoor activities are easy to arrange and the resort offers free shuttles into Santa Fe. A world class operation, with a highly professional staff and top notch chefs.
We went in July and having the pool and escape from city was terrific. Very easy to get in and out of Santa Fe and close to the environs (Taos, Bandeliere, etc..). Large rooms, large bathrooms, attentive and available staff. Almost flawless.
When we arrived, we were informed that the room we selected and pre-paid for was no longer available and we would have to stay in a room with one bed, resulting in one person in our party occupying a roll-away. We were not allowed in our room until two hours after check-in time. The service was sub-par during our entire four-day stay. Our room-service tray remained in our room for 24 hours. Our housekeeping service did not arrive until late afternoon each day. When our wine glasses (brought from home) were (inadvertently) taken by housekeeping, a request that they be returned or replaced was not addressed for two days (and only after four phone calls to management). All in all, we could have spent 1/3 of the money and stayed in equal accommodations with better service. This is by far the worst experience at a Four Seasons that I've ever had.
From beginning to end an absolute wonderful stay!
We stayed for a birthday trip and all staff was aware and this and made it very special!
I actually think staying outside of the city was amazing. The property is gorgeous and sits right at the foothills. The casita room was very spacious, especially the bathroom area! Unfortunately, Santa Fe was under a burn ban and we couldn’t use the fireplaces so I have to come back for that! Did the morning hike so you should definitely do that to see how gorgeous the area is.
One of the biggest perks is the Mercedes program! These are the hotel “shuttles”! I don’t think I can go back to a normal “shuttle” after that. :)
The restaurant had great food (although pricey) but it did not disappoint. Drinks at the bar patio is a must! There is an impressive wine list. Everything we tried was superb. Room service in the morning was a bit busy so be prepared to wait.
The spa was nice. We did not get a treatment but used the facilities to rest and relax. Great staff and facilities! Gorgeous and spacious.
Kudos to the bell/valet staff Alex and Alan and to Bobbi at the front desk. All staff throughout were kind and went above and beyond.
Not sure why some have given this 4 Stars, it was truly a 5-Star experience for us. I will certainly return.
My work makes it possible for me to stay in world class accommodations from time to time and this one is exceptional. A short drive into the desert from Santa Fe, past the opera house. As with all Four Seasons, service is impeccable, but there is an intimate quality to this that stands out. Took a guided hike with a knowledgeable young man in charge of activities (sorry this was in March and I forgot his names). Charming, well-informed about the history and ecology. Food top notch, bedrooms with tons of space and fireplaces. Set up opportunities for young artists in lobby.