Ten Thousand Waves - Houses of the Moon
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... and then died down. We could see black clouds, lightening and rain miles away and all around us. But, it didn’t rain here at all. After supper, we stood outside in the wind and watched the clouds and lightening move around us. More of God’s fireworks. We finally came in because the temperature dropped in the 60’s and the wind made it even colder and didn’t want to get out jackets again. ...
... and on to that all American institution that is Wal-Mart! A pretty big shop for the next few days of camping as you’d imagine when cooking for 13 people. One group is tasked with breakfast, another lunch and another dinner. With the trolley piled high (or shopping cart should I say?) we’re stocked up for the next few days. We throw together some sandwiches for lunch before we head on to Roswell – UFO capital of America. As we drive ...
... Avis renter I was able to go straight to my car without having to go thru the nonsense at the counter. You just go to the kiosk by the cars, look at the board, find your name with the car stall number, get in the car and go. Because I’m an Avis First member the car was upgraded to a small SUV, very nice!
We are staying at the Villas de Santa Fe. I picked this hotel 1st because of the location to the Plaza and then because of ...
... took a bunch of photos out the car windows but found a few "pull offs" to get out and see the amazing views. One thing that kept us on our toes was the clouds, one minute it would be clear then it was barely visible. After a bunch of photos we were starving so we drove into town. One thing that we noticed about Santa Fe was the many different parts and sections of the town. There was a main road with the mall, grocery stores, restaurants etc. ...
... ago! The waitress didn't seem to understand English well and apparently couldn't read her ID either. Probably should have paid more attention in Ms. Shapiro's Spanish class in high school in order to explain to the waitresses that my license says I'm 21!! We're looking forward to a fairly relaxing day (shopping included!!) and meeting up with one of Keith's high school friends in Albuquerque! ...
How has this spa rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Ten Thousand Waves - Houses of the Moon Santa Fe
My wife and I returned from a 7 day stay at 10000 waves last week, and it was just wonderful. We stayed in the Crescent, which was very roomy, clean and peaceful. Fireplaces were wonderful at night. We had massages; hot stone, masters, nose to toes and each one was great. The ambiance of the Waves is kind of "southwestern, Japanese, funky chic". We found the staff friendly and accommadating and we were not "bothered" frequently by people wanting to wait on us hand and foot. We really just wanted some down time and we got it. Of course, eating, shopping, hiking in Santa Fe was wonderful. We loved it so much, there, that I was considering looking for property out there by the 3rd day. The hot tubs were great, as well. The private tubs are the way to go. The last night we moved rooms, into the Luna. Although a much smaller room, still quaint with lots of privacy. Don't go there expecting to be pampered, catered to, and glitzed out. Nothing fancy about it, but the character and charm of the place is what we fell in love with~ We are already looking forward to going back, next year, and staying longer.
We just returned from a trip to Santa Fe, and this was the highlight. We stayed a couple nights at a B&B downtown, but I'm so glad we decided to stay here after our spa services. We've never stayed at a "spa resort" before because I didn't want to stay in a pretentious place. I can't imagine a more down-to-earth spa lodging. The grounds are very peaceful, despite a bit of a hike from the room to the spa. The lodging was really nice - but not luxurious. I would highly recommend this lovely place. Its helpful to know in advance that you'll have to drive into town for meals - the spa does have a few snacks, and there are also a few in your room. Come here for a different experience and appreciate it for what it is - it is truly unique. The Japanese architecture is really amazing. The staff is very kind and helpful.
I am a Very Happy Repeat Guest
After living for a year in Santa Fe, running a B&B...my family and I faithfully return year after year to Houses of the Moon for our reunion. We feel Very comfortable at this pristine mountain retreat and spa. We love the fact that this is a place to discover and that pretention is left down the mountain at the plaza.
Staff is helpful and extremely helpful if asked...but they also believe in allowing one the space to relax, rejuvenate and explore.
Mary Johnson who has been with the Spa and Lodging for years is the best Ambassador for goodwill and hospitality at this property.
We can't wait to return Feburary '05 for Treatments, Comfort and some nearby skiing!
The lodging is the real gem here
I had a full day of treatments before I checked into my casita and I have to say, it's the lodging here that really makes Ten Thousand Waves remarkable. Don't get me wrong, I had an incredible day of treatments, but this isn't a place to be pampered. If you're expecting people to run around asking if you need anything and bringing you things, that isn't what this place is about. But if you want gorgeous scenerey, quiet, and amazing massages, come here and stay the night. It's a very down to earth place that has all the amenities you could want. The people are thoughtful and friendly, and there's no condescending you-know-what kissing involved. I loved it and haven't felt this rejuvenated in ages.
Not user friendly
This spa has an adequate number of support staff manning the counter, etc. They are not, however, customer service oriented. First, no one told us that we would wait for 45 minutes between the hot tub session & our treatments. As we waited & waited & waited for our massage, neck & head treatment, & salt glow we had plenty of time to observe them: We watched as people were pointed in the general direction of their hot tub (the layout is confusing & no signs), but not shown the way--they were too busy gossiping audibly about a massage person who was being fired. Considering that we spent over $250 each, we expected a more pleasant, soothing atmosphere, attitude, and, generally, more pleaant behavior.
Way over rated
The only reason I could come up with for this place being rated so well is that there must not be too many spa/resort in Santa Fe. Service was mediocre at best...more like indifferent. Stayed at rising moon which was ok. Booked th imperial tub...way over rated...private jazuzzi and sauna room. Pass this one by. Not worth all the attention.
The spa has lodging too and it's so peaceful and calm and private. It's not hoighty toighty but it provides for all of your needs and is tasteful, pretty and mellow. Comfortable bedding, fireplace with pinon and newspaper to light your own fires, amazing coffee in the fridge and a staff who is very responsive and helpful. Still, this isn't for those into super amenities or resorty type places. It's Zen-oriented and the guest feels like they're staying at their coolest friend's second home. The spa is just a walk up some stairs, and it goes without saying the people who work there are top of the line. Of course if you're not into hippy dippy, spa treatments or some innocuous nudity, maybe stay in town around the plaza.
My partner says Houses of the Moon/Ten Thousand Waves is his new favorite place on earth. I believe it was the charming, attractive and skillful masseuse who put him over the edge. Houses of the Moon mimics Japanese-style inns, with thick futons serving as mattresses and plentiful wood and stone throughout the rooms. We had our own little cottage equipped with a tiny kitchen stocked with rice milk, granola and fruit. The toilet was Japanese, too, equipped with smaller sprayers that rinsed you fore and aft and a heated padded seat - a cultural experience, indeed! There is nothing more soothing that listening to the fire crackling in the fireplace with your head propped on the thoughtfully-provided buckwheat pillow after a massage and soak in one of the many hot tubs. We chose the communal bathing suits optional tub (free for overnight guests) and found it relaxed and social (maybe the Japanese have something here ...) Throughout, it was scrupulously clean and fresh smelling. We're returning soon.