Top Hotel Room: Sunrise Springs Resort Spa, Santa Fe

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa just outside Santa Fe, New Mexico is a unique place I'll never forget. I visited a couple of years back and it still remains one of my favorites — a welcome retreat in a crazy world. It was also at Sunrise Springs where I had one of my most memorable spa treatments, so it does hold a special place.

King Casita Sunrise Springs Resort Spa

King Casita at Sunrise Springs Resort Spa. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

My room was quite comfortable and felt more like a retreat than a resort. Rather than a room, I had an entire casita with a king bed, a large private patio, a bonus “meditation” room with pillows and meditation CDs, fireplace, and desk. It was decorated in calming colors of the desert — sand, white, clay, brown — and had high ceilings that gave it such a feeling of openness. The owner called it “Zen-modern”.

I found my entire stay at Sunrise Springs moving. I walked softer. I think I talked slower and perhaps a bit more quiet. I slept in peace.

Tea House at Sunrise Springs Resort Spa

Tea House at Sunrise Springs Resort Spa. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

There are ponds with lily pads throughout the property, towering cottonwood trees, a small spa, and a lovely restaurant with an outdoor patio. People come to relax, take classes, explore, rejuvenate. One of my favorite things at the resort is the Japanese tea house on the property. The owner arranged for me to participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. I'd never done that before and it was calming, somehow comforting in its centuries-old ritual. And completely unexpected in Santa Fe.

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa is just a few miles outside Santa Fe, but it feels as if you are away from the crazy world, if only for a little while.

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Sunrise Springs Resort Spa
242 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507

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Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders,,,, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury,, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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