Santa Fe Spa Days & Valentine’s Getaways

It’s well known Santa Fe is a top destination in the U.S. for world-class spa getaways, which makes being a local pretty fun too. If you’re like me and can’t seem to tear yourself away from work to take a multi-day vacation, then a couple of hours in a Santa Fe spa can rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.

Since February is for lovers and the ideal time to find that special treat for Valentines, I thought I’d take advantage of being in such close proximity to blissful states of “spa-dom” and sneak in a couple of precious hours vacating from the daily grind, to give you a little insight into some top Santa Fe spas. Here are three of my faves offering great specials for Valentines…

No, this isn't me in the photo. It's the Rose Petal Bath for Couples at Absolute Nirvana

No, this isn’t me in the photo. It’s the Rose Petal Bath for Couples at Absolute Nirvana

Absolute Nirvana Spa is a wonderful, intimately cozy boutique spa providing luxurious, pampering treatments in authentic Balinese style.  The spa is located in the gardens of the Madeleine Inn, tucked in a quiet historic compound just a couple of blocks from the Plaza.

The owners have taken great care to ensure their guests experience authentic treatments with a Balinese philosophy, organic ingredients, and a tranquil, relaxing environment that melts away all stress and tension. Such names as Heaven on Earth, Chocolate Decadence, Foot Fetish, and Bliss grace their treatment menus and awaken the senses. Unique, hand-carved granite tubs set an exotic tone for their highly popular “Rose Petal Baths”.

I recently referred a couple to Absolute Nirvana for a romantic getaway Rose Petal Bath and Couples Massage, and they said, “…it really was nirvana!” Conde Nast Traveler rates them “One of the hottest new spas in the world.”

I experienced a luxurious facial filled with delicious aromas from oils and creams that my dry skin soaked up like a sponge. The youthful glow stayed with me for days afterward. Absolute Nirvana offers a wide range of treatments from 1 hour to 3+ hours. Prices range from $115 – $250 +. They have special “add-on” treatments you can keep piling on to enhance the heavenly experience, starting at $30.  There are always tempting special offers and packages each month. See their Valentine’s Chocolate and Roses Special for February.

Call (505)983-7942 to book at Absolute Nirvana and mention Santa Fe Selection for 10% off your treatment, year-round (not valid with other special discounts). Open 7 days by appointment. See here for more info.

A few organic and exotic ingredients used for treatments at Absolute Nirvana.

A few organic and exotic ingredients used in treatments at Absolute Nirvana.

The Wo’P’in Spa is a little slice of heaven too. Wo’ P’in means “medicine mountain” in the Native Tewa language. Their facilities are at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, just a short 15-minute drive north from downtown Santa Fe. They offer a broad range of treatments with an indigenous Native American theme and philosophy. The men’s and women’s changing/shower areas each have private access to soothing saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzi tubs. The spacious couples treatment room also has a jacuzzi tub.

Wo'P'in Spa Couples treatment room with jacuzzi.

Wo’P’in Spa Couples treatment room with jacuzzi.

At Wo ‘P’in I experienced a deep-tissue massage with the added melting effect of steamy hot towels, and a luscious facial and pedi pampering. Let’s just say I was a very happy noodle afterward. They offer a wide range of treatments lasting 50 minutes to packages lasting up to 4+ hours. Prices range from $120 – $400+ with further pampering add-ons available. I spotted their unique four-hour treatment, Spirit of the River Journey, which includes a Hot Stone Massage, Dead Sea Wrap and Flowering River Pedicure, that I wouldn’t mind sacrificing an afternoon of work for, someday. Each month, they offer new discounted specials too. Open 7 days by appointment. Call (505)819-2140.

Luxurious Indoor Pool close by Wo' P'in Spa.

Luxurious Indoor Pool close by Wo’ P’in Spa.

Sometimes, you just need a great therapeutic treatment that’s down-to-earth and highly effective in releasing the work-week tensions.  At High Desert Healthcare & Massage I’ve always had excellent deep-tissue massage in a calm, soothing atmosphere, at a reasonable price. My schedule makes it tough to plan ahead for a full spa day or even an afternoon – High Desert Healthcare & Massage welcomes walk-ins as well as advance bookings. They are located on Paseo de Peralta, just a few blocks from the Plaza in a quaint historic building.

High Desert Healthcare-Massage Room. Quiet and comfortable.

High Desert Healthcare & Massage. Quiet and comfortable therapy rooms.

They’ve been a favorite with locals and visitors for over 20 years, with an extensive menu of treatments ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Prices range from $50 – $165+. Their therapists are qualified in many recuperative techniques, such as acupuncture, cranial sacral, acupressure, Rolfing, myofascial release treatments, lymph drainage massage, and more.

Therapeutic neck massage at High Desert Healthcare & Massage.

Therapeutic neck massage at High Desert Healthcare & Massage.

Whether you want a relaxing massage or if you’re in need of something aimed at helping you recuperate from that injury, they should be on your list. They also book therapists that will come to your location, if you’re within a certain city radius, and with some advance notice (added fees will apply).

When you book your treatment at High Desert Healthcare & Massage, mention Santa Fe Selection to get $15 off any treatment over 1 hour (not valid with other discounts). Call (505) 984-8830. Open 7 days a week. Check this link for their monthly specials.

This is just a sampling of the many world-class spas in our area. When planning your weekend, day off, or vacation in Santa Fe, remember to include a few hours for a spa treatment. It’ll be a memory that will stay with you, and have you coming back for more.

Happy Valentine’s month Santa Fe!! ~ Cheers!

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