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Nestled in the foothills of Santa Fe, New Mexico, just twenty minutes from the downtown plaza, you’ll find a sprawling 77-acre oasis brimming with natural wonder, lush verdant life, and legendary healing waters. For hundreds of years, travelers and seekers have journeyed to these spring-fed waters for respite and ritual. Today, Ojo Santa Fe Spa Resort is a refuge from the modern world, offering cozy Southwest inspired hotel rooms, communal soaking in spring-fed thermal pools, private soaking experiences, delectable farm-fresh cuisine, and an award-winning waterside spa.

The grounds of Ojo Santa Fe have played an important role in the La Cienega river valley for centuries. In the pre-historic era, inhabitants from the surrounding Pueblos would flock to these sacred waters for daily bathing, water retrieval, and ceremonial rituals. During the Spanish era, the property served as a “paraje” or stop on the famed Camino Real trade route that connected Mexico City to Santa Fe. Traders would stop for the night to water their horses, bathe, enjoy a hot meal, and catch a good nights’ sleep before making their final trek into Santa Fe to sell chocolates, spices, and other goods.

Ojo’s history of hospitality is ever present today. Visitors can enjoy some of the best Santa Fe lodging in their cozy Garden rooms with a private patio or balcony overlooking the lush grounds, or opt for more space in a one or two bedroom Casita featuring a gas fireplace, seating area, and enclosed patio. All rooms come fully stocked with Ojo’s signature Hair & Body Care, which is locally crafted with desert botanicals, as well as local coffee and teas. Overnight lodging guests are also treated to a host of daily actives including complimentary morning yoga classes, daily puppy play, and access to more than five miles of private hiking trails. When you stay at Ojo Santa Fe, you’ll gain access to all communal soaking areas beginning at 7:30 am until 10:00 pm daily, including the days of check-in and check-out.

If you’re just visiting for the day, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover that Ojo day passes provide ample time to rest and rejuvenate. Discover the ancient practice of bathing in natural springs with all day 12-hour access to the spring-fed thermal waters from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily, with no reservations required. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the property’s trails, lounge poolside in a hammock with your favorite book, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and treat yourself to one of their signature spa services—all without having to watch the clock.

Ojo Santa Fe is fortunate to sit atop a limestone aquifer that provides natural spring-fed waters charged with healing energy and minerals from the Earth. The pools are gently heated to various temperatures, and triple filtered to ensure the highest quality and cleanliness—without harsh chemicals—so your body feels replenished and your skin nourished.

Soak to your body’s content in one of the seven spring-fed thermal pools that range in temperature from 98–104 degrees, as well as Santa Fe’s largest salt-water seasonal swimming pool that is gently heated to 80–85 degrees. Each soaking area offers a unique ambience and scenery. The iconic pond-side repose pools offer expansive views of the grounds, while the Sages 74-foot-long soaking pool offers hidden spaces tucked behind towering cottonwoods and fragrant wisteria vines. All soaking areas are well equipped with iconic Ojo hammocks and loungers. Make your way along the rustic, landscaped pathways to find the salt-water pool and hot tub, situated near the lodging areas for easy early morning and late-night soaking.

Wherever you find yourself at Ojo Santa Fe, you’ll discover soaking experiences designed to soothe mind, body, and soul.

Looking for a bit more privacy? Book a private Ojito and soak in seclusion and fresh, high desert air. These private pools have space for up to four guests and feature their own outdoor shower and a Kiva fireplace stocked with piñon logs, as well as wood-slat privacy paneling that you can open for views of the pond, or close for utter seclusion. 

Named a Travel + Leisure World’s Best Destination Spa 2021, and voted by Santa Fe Reporter for Best Massage 2022, Ojo Santa Fe’s passion for “Spa” (from the Latin term salus per aquas, health through water) runs as deep as the waters they steward. Expertly trained massage therapists incorporate hydrotherapy into every treatment with soul-soothing hot towels steeped in a proprietary blend of healing botanicals like Yerba Mansa, which is hand harvested from the area and aids in helping the body detox. Their therapies draw on the best healing practices to deliver a truly immersive experience. With services ranging from a 50-minute essence of Ojo full body massage to the 130-minute Ojo Dreaming signature treatment, guests can enjoy a treatment personalized to their body’s needs.

Onsite dining options are a true delight. Blue Heron Restaurant and Sages Café & Lounge offer crave-worthy cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Many of their ingredients come straight from the Ojo Farm located up north at Ojo Caliente, as well as from local food partners. Savor the flavors of Blue Heron as you feast waterside on farm fresh salads or treat yourself to comforting New Mexico favorites like plated red of green Chile enchiladas. Looking for something light and casual? Head to the Sages Café & Lounge for wraps and salads.

New Mexico spirits round out the culinary experience at Ojo, where the libations menus feature many local favorites so you can truly experience the craft flavors of New Mexico’s finest wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

Whether you’re planning that long anticipated anniversary trip, a girlfriend’s getaway, or a solo siesta, you’ll find the perfect place to rest and unwind at Ojo Santa Fe. With lodging packages and specials to meet every budget, you can check-in, tune-out, and experience a truly relaxing escape.

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