Hacienda del Cerezo
What We Love
- The all-inclusive rate includes food and beverages, activities, and on-site and local phone calls
- Remote, relaxing location on more than 330 acres, but just 12 miles north of Santa Fe
- Activities range from guided horseback rides across the ranch to tennis matches and dips in the infinity pool
- Gourmet dinners (of the duck confit, roasted pheasant and cured gravlax variety) made with mostly local or hotel-grown produce
- Just 10 guestrooms, so the vibe is intimate, relaxed and romantic
What To Know
- The final approach to the property is along a bumpy track
- Each of the 10 rooms has a unique theme, including “bear,” “heart” and “maize”
- Some equestrian experience is required to ride the hacienda’s Arabian horses
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Just 12 miles, and a world away, from Santa Fe, Hacienda del Cerozo occupies a 336-acre estate and overlooks more than 150,000 acres of uninhabited high New Mexico desert. The central lodge is a dramatic adobe-style building with tile floors, heavy wood beams and arched windows framing views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. All 10 guestrooms are enormous, homey spaces, done up in a classic Southwestern style with wood furniture, polished tile floors and colorful fabrics. Upping the romance factor, many have traditional kiva fireplaces, two-person Jacuzzi tubs and private furnished patios. Guests divide their time between the infinity pool, on the tennis courts and out on guided horseback rides across the ranch, but everyone congregates in the Great Room for lavish multi-course meals and mountain views. Much of the produce is grown in the hacienda’s own garden, but flavors are from farther afield, ranging from broiled Chilean sea bass and Indian ratatouille to warm duck confit and poached pear tart. Any over-indulgence can be remedied in the small gym, lap pool or out on hikes in the wild desert.
In the Area
After your high desert jaunt, visit the cultural attractions of Santa Fe. Hit the Railyard district for a culture dose in galleries including David Richard and William Siegal, then catch some arthouse films at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Close to the city’s ancient Plaza, step inside the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors and the adjacent contemporary New Mexico History Museum to understand Santa Fe’s rich tri-cultural heritage. Foodies shouldn’t miss downtown’s top-notch food trucks or a stop for classic Southwestern fare at the James Beard Award-winning institution, The Shed.
How to Get There
The setting is splendid, immersed in nature, isolated on a hilltop outside Santa Fe.
More than a hotel it feels like a private home open to a few guests who have the privilege of sharing the grounds and relaxing with a glass of wine over a good book in the living room in the evening.
Since part of the access road is unpaved a 4WD is adviseable.
This is a 10-unit hotel built in "hacienda" style about a half-hour from Santa Fe. The setting is absolutely gorgeous -- on a bluff with distant views of mountains all around. The last 5 miles to get there are dirt road, which adds to the feeling of remoteness. The service was superb, all provided by Carey, who served the excellent and interesting food, made up the room, and otherwise went above and beyond to respond to our requests. The room was not up to the expectations we had based on the $1K/day price, however -- mid-priced amenities, linens, towels, and furnishings, and wi-fi that didn't work in the room. The sole reason we didn't rate this 5 stars is that the price is too high for what we got.
The scenery is beautiful and the food is good but the accomodations are disappointing. Linens and furnishings are not what you would expect in a hotel that charges $600 per night. Be warned the owners are very protective of their horses and those with limited experience riding will not be accomodated. Also the owners are smokers and the smell of cigarette smoke permeates the common areas of the resort.