Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa
If you are looking for the ultimate relaxing getaway where you can unwind, unplug, and recharge, then look no further than Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa. The secluded setting and tranquil vibe is the perfect destination for a girls’ getaway or romantic couples’ weekend.
Ojo Caliente is one of my favorite getaways in New Mexico. Maybe it is the remote setting or the fact that I am in such a relaxed and blissful state after staying there. I have been to Ojo for both a birthday getaway weekend with my hubby, and girls’ get-away with my mom and her friends visiting from Philly. Both of these experiences were amazing. I have not done a day pass to Ojo, but I did find out that they do have locker rooms and showers for anyone wanting a one day experience.
The grounds at Ojo Caliente are very inviting. There is a really cool fire pit in front of the main lobby that welcomes visitors to Ojo Caliente in the winter and on cool evenings in other seasons. There are wooden stools to sit around the fire pit for relaxing.
The staff here is very friendly. The main area of the springs contains different minerals such as iron, Lithia, and arsenic to name a few and such minerals are believed by some to be beneficial to the body.
There is also a mud area you can apply the mud to your body and bake in the sun....fun!
In addition, there are private outdoor pools you can rent by the hour and each includes your own kiva fireplace. I recommend reserving a private pool at night. It is truly a magical experience to be soaking in the warm water fireside as you look up to see the stars dripping out of the sky. The private pools are set against a sandstone cliff and the resort keeps this area dimly lit at night.
One thing I really like about staying overnight at the resort is that you get full access to the kiva pool which is located near the guest rooms and suites and is in a secluded location away from the day-use area. This beautiful stone pool contains the same healing waters as the pools in the main area of Ojo, but it is less busy and congested. And, they have extended soak hours so you can relax in the pool under the beautiful starry skies into the evening hours. The suites are spacious and have a small kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot. Rooms include cozy robes and plenty of towels.
There are also spa services and yoga classes available twice daily in the yurt. I did both a yoga class and an hour massage the first time I stayed as part of a package and found the kiva pool, private tub rental, and general use area to be my favorite things to do here. I will keep yoga and massages for my favorite places back in Albuquerque.
We also enjoyed the food at the Artisan Restaurant on site. Everything I have eaten there has been fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced. There is a nice bar there as well that can get pretty busy in the evenings. You will see visitors to the Artisan coming in just to dine, as well as guests who are staying at the hotel. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it is not uncommon to see hotel guests eating breakfast or lunch in their spa robes. Though the hotel does not offer room service, you can call the restaurant and order a meal to be picked up and enjoyed back in your room. The resort maintains a very tranquil environment. Thus, they have a "whisper only" policy throughout much of the soaking zones. Children are allowed but must adhere to the "whisper zone" policy as well. I would not bring children to Ojo. Personally I think there are so many more enjoyable sidetracks that are better suited for kids I would not be relaxed at Ojo simply because I consider it more an adult treat. I have not seen many families at the resort. The grounds around Ojo Caliente are fun to explore as well. We took a hike on the 2 mile Bosque Loop Trail past the old horse barn and discovered a neat spiral rock garden along the trail.
We also did the Posi Ruins sidetrack trail, a 2 mile walk behind Ojo Caliente with a ton of pottery chards littering the landscape, which itself is good to bring the whole family along.
Northwest of Albuquerque near Abiquiu, NM