Whole Life Magazine

December / January 2016

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A longing to experience a sense of tranquility, rejuvenation, and festive spirituality tends to come about this time of year. Yet, that's a tall order and one that all too o en goes unan- swered as the holidays grow hectic and our schedules become full. But during a recent visit to Santa Fe, New Mexico, we dis- covered that this is just the place to nd all three. Experience the Spiritual at Sunrise Springs Resort For tranquility and rejuvenation, there's probably no better place than Sunrise Springs, just 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Santa Fe. e resort has been an oasis for centuries, a spa that was repurposed and reopened in 2015 to o er spiritual and experiential activities designed to renew not just your body but your soul. A stunning 70-acre property, the resort includes beautiful gardens, walking paths, and undeveloped land. A newly opened Aqua Pavilion o ers delicious hot soaks in private outdoor pools, perfect for soaking even in wintery weather. From gourmet meals, daily activities such as yoga, meditation, and expressive art classes, to animal interaction areas, and therapeutic massages and skin care, staying in this serene spot is a joyous experience any time of year. e 20 casitas and 32 guest rooms are serene and spacious; decor is soothing, pristine, Scandinavia meets Southwest in style. Our casita included a lovely gas replace, writing nook, and wet bar; a beautiful private courtyard made a great spot for stargaz- ing. oughtful touches such as a book of meditation exercises and organic teas abound. We began our stay with the Earth Keepers' Hot Stone Massage, a blissful and very therapeutic 80-minute experience. Stones are warm, oiled, and meticulously applied to soothe muscles and relieve tension, placed on chakra points. Guests can also seek integrative medicine, Reiki, skin care, nutrition, and sleep consultation, and a wide range of Ayurvedic therapies. At the resort's Blue Heron restau- rant, elegant lunch- es and dinner are served in a restored, historic building that overlooks a beautiful, natural spring-fed pond. Dinner includes choices of starters, entrees, and desserts, featuring courses such as pan-seared diver scallops, a red kale Caesar salad, a pobla- no relleno made with quinoa, sautéed autumn vegetables, and Festive Festive Festive Santa Fe Celebrating the Season in and a wide range of By Genie Davis Photo: Santa Fe Convention and visitors Bureau december/january 2017 29

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