Auberge Resorts Opens Encantado, Its New Luxury Resort in Santa Fe

2008-08-07 07:45:00

Auberge Resorts Opens Encantado, Its New Luxury Resort in Santa Fe

    Hillside Retreat Marries Soft-Spoken Luxury With The Majesty Of The


    SANTA FE, N.M., Aug. 7 /EMWNews/ -- Santa Fe, New Mexico, can now

consider the luxury resort operator Auberge Resorts

( among those who have followed the light to

this enchanting region. Encantado (, Auberge

Resorts' newest property and sister to famed Auberge du Soleil and

Esperanza Resort, opens today as the first-ever full-service luxury resort

to grace this cultural mecca. The property features 65 casitas, a

world-class spa, signature restaurant and bar located on 57 acres of

stunning Tesuque, N.M., landscape, just outside of Santa Fe, on the site

formerly occupied by Rancho Encantado.

    "Encantado represents our vision of the perfect Santa Fe experience:

sweeping mountain views, peaceful wide-open spaces and a gracious retreat

with the tastes and textures of the region woven throughout," said Mark

Harmon, Principal & CEO of Auberge Resorts. "We have relished this

opportunity to bring our style of soft-spoken luxury, fine cuisine and

exceptional spa experiences to New Mexico."

    Encantado's 65 casitas display a fresh, updated interpretation of

traditional Santa Fe design. Stucco exteriors in soft, earthy tones with

rich chocolate wood trim lead into contemporary adobe-style casitas with

oversized windows, square-cut wood beams, polished cement flooring, stone

detailing and kiva-style fireplaces, all of which spill into indulgent

bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and heated floors. Private terraces with

plush furniture set the stage for admiring magnificent vistas.

    Showcasing an essential Auberge hallmark, Encantado incorporates a rich

collection of contemporary artwork with regional undertones. Furthering the

cultural experience on the property, Encantado features an outpost of Santa

Fe's renowned LewAllen Gallery, an expansive outdoor sculpture garden and

art and photography programs for inspired guests.

    True to Auberge Resorts' legacy, fine cuisine and wine are central to

the character and experience of Encantado. The resort's fine-dining

restaurant, Terra, features modern rustic cuisine utilizing ingredients

from an onsite kitchen garden created by award-winning Executive Chef

Charles Dale. Additionally, with a pedigree honed by years on the opening

management teams at Thomas Keller's Per Se and Ad Hoc and at Guy Savoy in

Paris, Food & Beverage Director Michel Darmon brings the highest of

culinary standards to this new property. Chef Dale's "farm to table"

philosophy will be showcased in seasonal and ingredient-driven dishes such

as Ravioli Verde with Local Pistachio Pesto in a Tomato Broth and Wild

Alaskan Salmon Bruschetta-Style with Tomato Jam, Arugula and Capers. Guests

will enjoy a sophisticated wine program and separate bar menu of shared

comfort food at The Bar at Encantado and may opt to dine in the dining

room, at the communal fire pits or on the west-facing terraces to capture

sweeping sunset views. James Beard Award-winning design and concept firm

AvroKO, whose work includes New York restaurants Public and the seasonally

varying Park Avenue, has created a warm contemporary space for the 60-seat

dining room and adjacent 40-seat bar.

    The Spa at Encantado features an innovative selection of spa and

wellness services that honor healing traditions indigenous to the region

while paying tribute to Santa Fe's contemporary appreciation of health and

well-being. The 10,000-square-foot spa with 15 treatment rooms and suites

incorporates the outdoors with pools, fountains, courtyards, and outdoor

garden soaking tubs and showers. Spa services range from massage and

bodywork to Ayurvedic rituals, men's and couple's treatments. The spa also

features a results-oriented skincare program utilizing the Naturopathica

line of botanical-based products and is the first to offer custom facials

in partnership with The ULTRA, a sophisticated aesthetic system that uses

micro-currents to soften lines, lift skin and stimulate circulation.

    Encantado's 57 acres border the 1.6 million-acre Santa Fe National

Forest, offering ample opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback

riding nearby. Central to the resort experience are the dramatic pool,

1,200-square-foot Fitness Center and 800-square-foot movement studio for

yoga, Pilates and meditation. For guests wishing to explore the many

attractions of Santa Fe, Encantado offers complimentary Mercedes-Benz car

service and easy access to the city's famed art galleries and restaurants

with its centrally located Concierge Lounge offering VIP services in the

heart of Santa Fe.

    Introductory rates begin at $425. For more information, call

877-262-4666 or visit

    About Auberge Resorts

    Encantado is the newest property from Auberge Resorts, a collection of

exceptional hotels, resorts and private clubs, each with a unique

personality that assures a memorable guest experience. Among the

distinctive properties are Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley; Esperanza, Cabo

San Lucas; Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff,

Bluffton, S.C. and Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.,

with several others in development. While Auberge Resorts nurtures the

individuality of each establishment, all are characterized by a set of

communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations

that inspire exceptional cuisine and spa experiences; and gracious yet

unobtrusive service. For more information about Auberge Resorts, please


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