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For many New Mexico transplants (D. H. Lawrence and Georgia O'Keeffe among them), the best of the state is found in the desolate beauty of the high desert. Sometimes it's hard to get a sense of that world directly inside Santa Fe, and that is what makes the Encantado resort so compelling. The 65-casita property, which ranges over many hilly piñon-tree-dotted acres, is off a lonely desert road near the village of Tesuque, a 15-minute drive to the Plaza (a fleet of Mercedes ferry guests back and forth to the city free of charge). Each casita has at least 630 square feet of space and its own balcony or terrace, a pleasant spot to sit and take in the views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains. While the decor is definitely Santa Fe–style, with kiva fireplaces and adobe walls, there are plenty of modern details such as iPod docks, flat-screens, and large bathrooms with tubs and rain showers. Service is smiling and chatty, if not yet polished. As an Auberge Resort, the property's other strength is the restaurant, Terra, which serves dishes like slow-cooked suckling pig, breast of veal, and a duck tamale—think simple regional dishes prettily plated. After dinner, take a drink to the open fire pit and check out the night sky. You won't get all those stars anywhere else.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 87.6
- Design: 89.7
- Food: 82.8
- Location: 82.8
- Rooms: 93.1
- Service: 89.7
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Just north of town, in the rustic "suburb" of Tesuque, this new resort from the team behind Napa Valley's Auberge du Soleil gives visitors a taste of the wildstars in the night sky, the yelp of coyoteswhile catering to every urban need. That means a superb restaurant (Terra), an outpost of one of Santa Fe's most influential galleries, and a spa that melds herbal rituals and beauty treatments. More subtly, it means assured service, radiant heating under the polished-concrete floors, and a bottle of the excellent local Gruet sparkling wine. Set amid rolling hills, the 65 casitas are Southwestern minimalist: pine ceiling beams, wood-burning fireplaces, a single black-and-white Native American basket hung above the soaking tub. The resort's one aesthetic weakness is the central parking lot, which is visible from the sprawling pool and from most rooms.2009 Hot List
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