Putting the Aaah in Spa

Slough off the winter blues with one of these rejuvenating spa treatments.

Betty’s Bath & Day Spa, Albuquerque
Dulce de Cuerpo
Founded in 2000, Betty’s has become the local go-to spa for communal and private tub soaks, facials, massages, and other treatments. Betty’s boutique offers organic, natural body-care product lines that are used on site. The popular Dulce de Cuerpo treatment includes scalp, hand, and foot massages, followed by a lightly exfoliating sugar scrub with a choice of lemon verbena or coconut lemongrass scents. “This is one of my favorite treatments because the sugar scrub feels silky and soft to the skin and leaves your body glowing,” says operations manager Jennifer McDermott. $70 for 45 minutes; (505) 341-3456.

Duncan Noble Rejuvenating Day Spa, Las Cruces
The René
For two decades, this arboreal oasis, which specializes in hair, skin, and massage, has thrived in the heart of Las Cruces. About two years ago, owner Carol Duncan designed the René for a specific client, and the facial has since become one of the spa’s most popular menu items. It treats all three layers of skin—“an action that causes reaction,” says Duncan, who performs at least two a day. “People look four or five years younger—they put off getting face lifts!” $200 for 90 minutes; (575) 526-9219.


El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa, Taos
High Desert Wrap
Taos is a city of culture, art, and beauty, all of which El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa embraces. Inside this adobe castle, which includes an eco-friendly inn and full-service spa, a soothing wrap, face treatment, and moisturizing massage restore elasticity and vibrancy to dehydrated skin, which many people experience during winter months. “After a spring rain in Taos, the air feels fresh,” explains spa director Mónica Muñoz. “We have been able to capture that same feeling in the High Desert Wrap, allowing the mind, body, and spirit to be taken to a place of calm stillness.” The resort is offering a package exclusively for New Mexico Magazine readers that includes accommodations, a guided hike, two meals, and a couples’ massage at Living Spa. Treatment from $140 for 60 minutes; package from $700 (valid April–May, call for details); (575) 758-3502.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, Ojo Caliente
Ancient Echoes Massage
Situated on more than 1,000 acres amid National Forest and public lands, Ojo Caliente is the only hot-spring resort in the world with four different types of sulfer-free mineral water. The full-service spa there offers many Native-inspired treatments, such as the Ancient Echoes Massage, which debuted in November. This procedure for the head, neck, shoulders, and back is designed to calm the mind and alleviate headaches, insomnia, and eyestrain. “This treatment opens the spine and increases cerebral spinal fluid flow to the head,” says spa director Gwynne Ann Unruh. “The slow pace of the Ancient Echoes gives time for the nervous system to relax into the touch it is receiving.” Afterward, check out the spa’s new semiprivate Kiva Pool. $159 for 80 minutes; (505) 583-2233.

Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe
Asian Delight
Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Ten Thousand Waves provides guests with a uniquely Japanese spa experience-. Though primarily a day spa, it does offer some overnight accommodations. Opt for the Asian Delight package to experience a 105-degree kazukoburo (private bath), and a Thai massage that will lengthen your muscles and leave you feeling inches taller. Finally, you’ll be treated to a Japanese organic facial that includes neck and shoulder massages, cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, a mask, and moisturizer. Delightful! $269 for 3.5 hours. (505) 982-9304.