The Flavor of Santa Fe's Best Spas
Pumpkin, blue corn, chile, sage, and chocolate not only liven up Santa Fean cuisine, but add zest to area spa treatments.
The Hopi have grown blue corn and beans for over a thousand years. They use blue corn in dishes to nourish their bodies and in ceremonies to nourish their souls. They're also used in the Nidah Spa's Blue Corn and Bean Cleanse, a treatment that is designed to clarify and tighten pores, and to soften and purify the skin.
Although Native Americans have always used desert sage for cleansing and purification, sage, the seasoning, likely came to the Southwest with the Spaniards, who first tried it in stuffing. Sage helps to balance the production of oil in the skin by eliminating over-dry or over-oily skin. In the Spa at Loretto's Native Desert Sage treatment, an aromatic massage using a desert sage oil blend evokes memories of desert hikes . . . and perhaps, family feasts.
Not just for dessert, chocolate has been a popular beverage in New Mexico for over 500 years, and is a 'secret' ingredient of southwestern chili. It's also a surprise ingredient in La Posada's Chocolate Chile Wrap. While you're cocooned for a spicy siesta, the chiles act as a vasodilator to increase surface circulation, while the antioxidant-rich chocolate nourishes your skin.
If you're looking to really succumb to the flavor of fall, indulge yourself in the Autumn Harvest Body Wrap at the ShÃ¡Nah Spa. Combined with oranges, carrots, calendula, and honey, this wrap nourishes and revitalizes the skin, and smells simply heavenly!
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, www.LaPosada.RockResorts.com
Nidah Spa at the Eldorado Hotel, www.eldoradohotel.com
ShÃ¡Nah Spa at Bishop's Lodge, www.bishopslodge.com
The Inn & Spa at Loretto, www.innatloretto.com