- Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa (1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo; tel. 800/55-HYATT or 505/867-1234; www.tamaya.hyatt.com): Situated on Santa Ana Pueblo land, this grand resort has all a person might need to get away from the world. Three swimming pools, a 16,000-square-foot full-service spa and fitness center, the 18-hole Twin Warriors Championship Golf Course designed by Gary Panks, and views of the Sandia Mountains make for plenty to do. It's only 25 minutes from Albuquerque and 45 minutes from Santa Fe.
- Sandia Resort & Casino (30 Rainbow Rd. NE, Albuquerque; tel. 877/272-9199; www.sandiaresort.com), one of the state's newer luxury resort, offers spacious rooms, an 18-hole golf course, and gambling. With views toward the city and the Sandia Mountains, it's picturesque as well.
- Bishop's Lodge (Bishop's Lodge Rd., Santa Fe; tel. 505/983-6377; www.bishopslodge.com): More than a century ago, Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy often escaped clerical politics by hiking into a valley north of town called Little Tesuque. He built a retreat and chapel that years later have become the Bishop's Lodge. All rooms are spacious and feature handcrafted furniture and local artwork. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, tennis, swimming, and spa treatments.
- La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa (330 E. Palace Ave., Santa Fe; tel. 800/727-5276 or 505/986-0000; www.laposadadesantafe.com): With the feel of a meandering adobe village but the service of a fine hotel, this has become one of New Mexico's premier resorts. It has an elegant spa and pool and spacious spa rooms. Most rooms don't have views but have outdoor patios, and most are tucked back into the quiet compound.
- Inn of the Five Graces (150 E. de Vargas St., Santa Fe; tel. 505/992-0957; www.fivegraces.com) offers an exotic Southwest meets the Orient experience right in Santa Fe. Ornately carved beds, elaborate tile work, and cozy linens add up to an especially sumptuous stay.
- Rancho de San Juan (US 285 near Española; tel. 505/753-6818; www.ranchodesanjuan.com): Located in the enchanting country near Ojo Caliente, this award-winning inn offers complete luxury and the quiet of the country. Private casitas set among the hills are decorated with antiques and have spectacular views.
- El Monte Sagrado (317 Kit Carson Rd., Taos; tel. 800/828-TAOS or 575/758-3502; www.elmontesagrado.com): With guest rooms and casitas set around a grassy "Sacred Circle," this eco-resort is the quintessence of luxury. Every detail, from the waterfalls and chemical-free pool and hot tubs to the authentic theme decor in the rooms, has been created with conscious care.
- Casa Blanca (505 E. La Plata St., Farmington; tel. 800/550-6503 or 505/327-6503; www.casablancanm.com): This inn offers patios, fountains, and lush gardens set on a ridge overlooking Farmington. The rooms have elegant furnishings rich in Native American and world folk art. The full breakfast included with the room is always gourmet.
- Bear Mountain Lodge (2251 Cottage San Rd., Silver City; tel. 877/620-BEAR or 575/538-2538; www.bearmountainlodge.com): This lodge, owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, offers a nature-lover's paradise. The inn itself was built in 1928, but the grounds show evidence of visitors dating from 6000 B.C. Nature Conservancy staff members are on hand to guide visitors in their bird-, wildlife-, and plant-viewing pursuits. Rooms are large, with maple floors, high ceilings, and French windows.
- Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino (287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., Mescalero; tel. 800/545-9011 or 575/464-7777; www.innofthemountaingods.com): Even though the architecture of this hotel on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation is a bit cold, the setting in the pines on the edge of a blue lake compensates, as do the spacious rooms, the lush bedding, and the many activity options, ranging from gambling to fishing to golf to skiing.
- The Lodge at Cloudcroft (1 Corona Place, Cloudcroft; tel. 800/395-6343 or 575/682-2566; www.thelodgeresort.com): For those who enjoy the old-world style of a Victorian hotel, this lodge nestled on a pine-covered hilltop in southern New Mexico will certainly please. Rooms in the lodge are filled with antiques, from sideboards and lamps to mirrors and steam radiators. A high-elevation golf course and a new spa round out the experience.
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