Where to Stay in Santa Fe: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Santa Fe has many interesting and historic resorts and hotel properties. Many of the historic hotels are located near the plaza. Our discovery this visit was the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. The Four Seasons Resort also has an interesting history. Set on a spiritual vortex, tucked into the Sangre de Christo foothills, the compound had its original heyday in the 1960s. The charismatic Betty Egan purchased and ran it as a retreat for artists, cowboy poets and luminaries.

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Property

This pristine retreat was redesigned, rebuild and reopened under the classic management of the Four Seasons is 2012. It is a relaxing getaway with possibly the most spectacular views of sunsets that the Land of Enchantment has to offer. The rooms themselves are oversized luxurious castitas. Guests can enjoy the privacy of their own balcony or deck.

The Four Seasons Santa Fe welcomes children with a fun tent awaiting in the casita.
The Four Seasons Santa Fe welcomes children with a fun tent awaiting in the casita.

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Amenities

Mountain kids will enjoy the heated pool year-round. The Adventure Center offers interesting tours curated by Adventure Architect, Forrest Fene. Daily morning hikes of the pristine property are led out of the Adventure Center. We loved our tour of Bandelier National Monument and want to return to take the tour of Georgia O’Keefe’s famed Ghost Ranch.

Remnants of Long House at Bandelier National Monument.
The remnants of Long House at Bandelier National Monument, where ancient Pueblo people lived from 1150 – 1550 AD.

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Dining

Terra’s Executive Chef Kai Autenrieth blends traditional New Mexican flavors and ingredients into International cuisine for a unique dining experience. Our entire family had so much fun delighting our senses throughout the entire meal. The only disappointment was that we didn’t save enough room to finish off our rich chocolate elixirs. We also enjoyed making a local connection. Executive Sous Chef Andrew Fox spent time working in some of the best Vail Valley restaurants before joining the Terra team. It was fun to meet a few of the Terra chefs!

The Four Seasons Santa Fe offers S’more Sessions at the Terra fire pit every Friday and Saturday in December. Photo courtesy Four Seasons Santa Fe.
The Four Seasons Santa Fe offers S’more Sessions at the Terra fire pit every Friday and Saturday in December. Photo courtesy Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe.

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Winter Offerings

The Four Seasons Santa Fe offers unique winter programming. Snow-ga, or yoga in the snow is taught Wednesday from 9:30AM to 10:30AM by one of the resort’s talented yoga instructors.  The resort provides guests with cozy mittens to keep their hands warm during their yoga practice. There are also S’more Sessions at the Terra fire pit every Friday and Saturday in December. Plus every day during holiday weeks from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Traveling to Santa Fe and wondering where to stay? Set on a spiritual vortex, tucked into the Sangre de Christo foothills, the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is an ideal getaway for couple, families or a group of friends.

Disclaimer: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe provided my family with complimentary and/or discount accommodations and activities during our visit. As always, our opinions are our own.

Where to Stay in Santa Fe: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Liana Moore

Liana Moore is a third-culture kid with a hangover from those days that is a severe case of wanderlust. She is more comfortable driving the cliffs of Amalfi, Italy or the dirt roads of Costa Rica or attempting to decipher the street signs of Osaka, Japan than navigating the theme parks of Disney World. But she loves it all. She doesn't believe a vacation is complete without an adventure. Her husband and kids know well that "adventure" often is code for mishap or challenge and it usually results in a good story. They seek outdoor experiences whether in the mountains, on a beach or in the jungle of a tropical country. Her favorite vacation is... all the ones she hasn't yet taken, as well as those she plans on taking again. And, that list is so, so long. But she continues to extensively explore her home state of Colorado, spends lots of time wandering Texas, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and has even explored Kazakhstan.

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