After our amazing hike at Tent Rocks, it was time to relax a little and enjoy the rest of Santa Fe. What better way than some pampering at a hot spring?
Ten Thousand Waves Spa
We spent the rest of the day after the hike at Ten Thousand Waves, up in the hills of Santa Fe. This is a beautiful Japanese-inspired spa and hotel.
There are two public baths: a general mixed gender one, and one for women only. There are also five private baths ranging from $35 to $53 depending on the bath and the time. For the private baths, usage is per person and at a maximum of 85 minutes; group rates are available for some of the baths.
The women’s tub can handle six comfortably, eight can be a bit tight and is probably the maximum. There’s a sauna right by it, as well as a cold plunge. This bath is completely clothing optional, so be warned! At $24.30 per person for unlimited usage, this is a great deal.
The communal bath is priced similarly (but bottoms are required at all times here). We never actually saw it, since it was full the day we arrived, but presumably it can handle quite a lot more people. There’s a cold plunge and sauna for this bath as well.
After a mildly challenging hike, soaking in a hot tub was the absolute perfect thing to do. Whenever we got too hot, we would just pop out and visit one of the other amenities around the spa.
Besides the baths, Ten Thousand Waves offers several cool amenities.
For one, you hardly have to bring anything. They have lockers for all your clothing. In the spa, you change into a kimono and slippers that they provide. There are showers with shampoo and body wash available for your use, as well as lotion and hair dryers post-shower. Toilets have seat warmers and bidets. They also provide tea, cucumber water, and lemon water to keep you hydrated.
There is also a meditation room. This is a wood paneled room designed for silence and meditation, as well as relaxation. You can sit on the floor, or grab a cushion to sit or lay on. They also offer headphones so you can listen to instrumental music as you drift away. I absolutely enjoyed this room. I may have fallen asleep here while attempting to regulate my breathing…
Right by the main spa entrance is a bench where you can sit with a mug of hot tea (or cool water) and soak your feet in warm water. It’s incredibly relaxing to just hang out, wrapped but slightly cool in your kimono, while your feet get all toasty and you listen to the tiny waterfall across the path.
Lastly, they also offer massage and spa services, which are extensive. We didn’t feel the need to try those out this time around; we found the hot tubs relaxing enough!
After you’ve gotten your fill of rest and relaxation, it’s time to head over to Izanami. The restaurant is izakaya-style… small plates meant for sharing. Think of it like tapas but Japanese.
As you can imagine, by virtue of the location, Izanami is a bit upscale and your food can easily add up. Still, it’s fun to try bits and pieces of things, and maybe order seconds of the ones you like best. We particularly enjoyed the butternut squash soup, sake braised mushrooms, onigiri, and pork belly kakuni. The bacon wrapped mochi sounds awesome, but we were actually struck by how bland it was… basically the only flavor in the dish was bacon.
Izanami also carries an impressive array of sake, so if you’re into this Japanese rice wine, you’ll probably have a wonderful time here. You can request tiny tastes of any that seem interesting before ordering, which is a nice service.
We had a wonderful time at Ten Thousand Waves, and we all left feeling warm, happy, and relaxed. Just what we were looking for on our girls’ getaway!