Sunrise Springs Resort Spa Santa Fe, New Mexico
Once a resting place on the original El Camino Real, Sunrise Springs is now an elegant eco-resort nestled within 70 acres of biodynamic gardens, spring-fed ponds, and stunning landscapes. Among the 58 guest lodgings are 20 private casitas with fireplaces and 38 well-appointed rooms, each with a patio or balcony.
As you approach this secluded sanctuary, a peaceful atmosphere awaits your arrival. We were immediately struck by the natural artistry of water, shrubs and trees graced by inspired architecture in a setting that would provide the perfect location for either a staff retreat or conference or even a private getaway. The spacious grounds beckoned us to roam about the resort to examine the Japanese Tea House, Herb and Vegetable Gardens, Junior Olympic outdoor heated pool, fitness center, Sages Art Center, and nine meeting facilities offering 9,000 square feet of space. Meeting rooms may be set up for banquets, or arranged theatre-style, classroom-style or for yoga instruction. While walking around the grounds I paused to visit the soothing hot-tub spa area. I particularly enjoyed sampling both tubs, one a more traditional jetted-tub and the other, a Japanese-style wooden tub.
Surrounded by age-old cottonwoods and within an art-filled century-old adobe is the Blue Heron restaurant, where seasonally inspired cuisine is served using organic, local and natural ingredients. Three intimate rooms with fireplaces and pond views are available, along with patio dining with pondside seating. Near the restaurant is the Spa Samadhi offering guests hot stone massage, Thai and Swedish massage and a Transformative Menu of treatments combining herbs, massage and unique native therapies.
Our casita was located on the southern corner of the grounds within easy walking distance of all the amenities. We entered the charming little villa through a latched gate to find our private patio where we immediately enjoyed a light midday snack. Inside the casita spacious high ceilings gave a feeling of ample roominess in the Zen-modern design. We set up our laptop in the computer alcove and enjoyed the warmth of the gas fireplace later in the evening as the air grew chilly. Our casita had a refrigerator, microwave, and came with kitchen serving ware to facilitate the preparation of our snack. Adjoining our washroom area we found an extra studio/room featuring a desk, CD player and comfortable floor cushions for meditation or yoga. We learned that a collection of yoga and meditation CDs were available upon request. Snug in our casita, we lounged in a soothing, blissful environment at the end of a day of refreshing exploration, meditation and soul restoration.
Sunrise owner Megan Hill formerly owned and operated the Hill Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico for ten years prior to establishing Sunrise Springs. Her vision for “promoting peace in a world that thrives on conflict” is being realized through the creation of a retreat where the healing arts are offered to guests in a unique physical environment. Known for its lush solitude and tranquil setting, Sunrise Springs was for many years the last significant stagecoach stop between Mexico City and Santa Fe. “It has been my endeavor,” says Hill, “to create a tranquil, aesthetic, and inspirational experience for guests within this already beautiful mountain setting. The magic of the spring waters and of the land has spoken to me to create a nurturing oasis.” Participating in Megan Hill’s vision becomes the exquisite pleasure afforded the visitor to this incredible country resort and personal sanctuary.
Sunrise Springs is located at 242 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Call their toll-free number at 800-955-0028 or locally at 505-428-3614. See their website at www.sunrisesprings.com