Ten Thousand Waves Spa Experience
Escaping the city for a girls getaway weekend, Lisa, Susan, and Rachel were thrilled to spend a rejuvenating few days at the acclaimed Ten Thousand Waves Spa tucked into the forested mountains outside of Santa Fe. The friends had heard rave reviews about the Japanese-inspired spa and were eager to experience its serene setting and pampering treatments.
The short ten minute drive from downtown Santa Fe transported the girls to what felt like a world away. Stepping into the spa grounds, they immediately understood why people raved about its transportive atmosphere. The tranquil mountain setting and careful attention to create an authentic Japanese hot spring experience impressed the friends.
The girls indulged in private open-air hot tub suites, where they soaked while taking in beautiful forest views. The staff perfectly balanced providing privacy and solitude with excellent service. Afterwards, the friends enjoyed relaxing bodywork treatments incorporating Japanese massage techniques.
Later, they had dinner at the spa’s intimate izakaya restaurant, savoring fresh local cuisine. As the mountain sunset’s glow faded, the girls retreated to the spa’s cozy lodging quarters to continue their relaxing getaway.
Over the next few days, whether soaking in their private outdoor hot tubs, indulging in pampering spa treatments, or dining on delicious meals, Lisa, Susan and Rachel marveled at the authentic Japanese mountain spa experience the Ten Thousand Waves Spa offered. Though only minutes from Santa Fe, they felt transported to a luxury retreat in the Japanese countryside. The friends agreed this spa escape was unlike any other in North America and they looked forward to planning a return girls trip.
Ten Thousand Waves Spa
Signature Japanese Shiatsu Massage 50 mins - $115 | 80 mins - $165
Our signature full-body massage uses rhythmic pressure techniques to stretch muscles, mobilize joints, and improve circulation. The 50-minute treatment follows a specific sequence designed to unlock areas of tension. The 80-minute option includes the full-body sequence plus extended time to target individualized areas of concern.
Therapeutic Massage 50 mins - $95 | 80 mins - $140
Customized therapeutic massage uses soothing strokes to relax the body. Pressure, motion, and areas of focus are tailored to your needs. Therapists incorporate specialty modalities by request. The 80-minute session allows for comprehensive muscle work with additional time on problem spots.
Cannabliss CBD Massage 50 mins - $115 | 80 mins - $165
Harnessing the healing properties of cannabis, CBD oil is massaged into the skin to minimize pain and tension. CBD stimulates natural cannabinoid receptors to soothe muscles, reduce discomfort, and promote relaxation. Guests often find they can tolerate deeper pressure without surpassing their comfort zone. Any leftover oil is yours to take home.
Body and Sole 80 mins - $165
This distinctive treatment pairs therapeutic bodywork with focused Ashi Anma foot massage, blending Swedish and Japanese shiatsu techniques. The session begins with 55 minutes of customized body massage before transitioning to pressure point footwork to deeply relax the entire body from head to toe.
Deep Stone Massage 80 mins - $175
Smooth heated stones and customizable pressure penetrate muscle tissue to relieve tension and restore the nervous system. Strategic stone placement paired with warm oils and alternating hot and cool stones produces profound relaxation that surpasses traditional massage.
Ultimate Oxygen Facial 50 mins - $165
Pressurized oxygen infuses the skin with potent Intraceutical serums like atoxelene to dramatically smooth expression lines and boost luminosity. Safe for all skin types, this facial produces instant rejuvenating results. Highly recommended for injectables users.
|Hot tub name||Type||Capacity||Amenities|
|Grand Bath||Outdoor tile pool||18||Giant outdoor tile pool, large wet/dry sauna, expansive sunning decks, cold plunge 55-60 degrees F., cold shower, strong jets|
|Kojiro||Outdoor oval bath||8||12-foot by 7-oval bath, large wet/dry sauna, large sun deck, cold shower, tile cold plunge (50 degrees F.), strong jets, private shower, vanity, and toilet|
|Waterfall||Outdoor free-form polished concrete and rock bath||10||Large free-form polished concrete and rock bath, wet/dry sauna, cold plunge with flowing waterfall (ambient temperature), private changing area with toilet, shower, and vanity|
|New Wave||Outdoor hot tub||8||12 foot by 12 foot outdoor hot tub, underwater benches at varying depths, underwater recliner accommodates two, decktop flume with waterfall, radiant gas heated monolithic sauna (165-175 degrees F.), 4 foot deep private cold plunge 50-55 degrees F., strong jets, attached private changing room with shower, vanity, and toilet.|
|Shin Kobuta||Outdoor hot soaking pool||10||14 foot x 14 foot outdoor hot soaking pool, underwater bench and sloping bottom, awesome stone radiant gas heated monolithic sauna (165-175 degrees F.), 4 foot deep private cold plunge 50-55 degrees F., natural granite rock features, strong jets, private attached changing room with shower, vanity, and toilet|
|Ichiban||Authentic Japanese indoor/outdoor bathing environment||4||Completely self-contained bathing environment, two giant ceramic teacups in a Japanese garden--soaking tubs with no jets, similar to the baths in Japan. (104-106 degrees F.), wet/dry sauna (175-185 degrees F.), changing area with Japanese-style seated or American-style standing showers., granite vanity with mirrors, a hair dryer, and wicker baskets for your clothes, a cooling berth in the garden next to the baths, a separate room with an amazing Japanese toilet that does almost everything for you!|
|Ofuro||Ultimate luxury bathing experience||4||Nine foot by four foot slate Japanese soaking tub (104-106 degrees F.), wet/dry sauna (175-185 degrees F.), cooling berth with mattress, full handicap access, private shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer in a separate heated room, sit-down showers with stools and buckets--like an authentic Japanese bathhouse!|
The Restaurant –
With its inviting outdoor pavilion and meticulous ventilation and air purification indoors, Izanami offers some of the safest dining in Santa Fe. The upscale Japanese izakaya eatery provides a relaxed yet refined atmosphere to enjoy the extensive selection of premium Japanese sakes and flavorful small plates.
Izanami sources 90% of its organic and sustainably-raised ingredients from local purveyors like Freshie’s Farm, Romero Farms, Morgan Ranch, and Urban Rebel Farms. The fresh, seasonal produce shines through in the carefully prepared dishes. Desserts, ice cream, and pickles are crafted in-house to ensure quality. Chef Shigeru Usuki brings his lifelong sushi and sashimi expertise to provide diners with stunning raw seafood creations, with exotic offerings flown in directly from Tokyo.
The beef selection features prime Nebraska or rich Miyazaki wagyu, widely considered some of the most succulent beef in the world. Gluten-free diners can delight in fried items from the dedicated gluten-free fryer and soy sauce that many gluten-sensitive individuals can tolerate. Vegetarian and vegan options abound on the menu as well.
Izanami’s gracious servers ensure an exceptional dining experience, taking care to accommodate any dietary restrictions. With its scrumptious fare sourced from trusted local producers, conscientious health measures, and exquisite Japanese cuisine, Izanami provides guests with a singular and safe culinary adventure in Santa Fe.
Nestled on twenty acres of serene pinon and juniper forest yet conveniently located just a ten-minute drive from downtown, the intimate Houses of the Moon lodging offers guests a taste of the traditional Japanese ryokan experience. Lucky overnight visitors can relax and rejuvenate in their private, peaceful accommodations mere steps from the spa facilities.
With only a small number of guest rooms, Houses of the Moon provides an exclusive and tranquil retreat for those seeking an easily accessible yet exotic getaway. Guests are treated to nature’s beauty right outside their doors, making it a perfect setting for a romantic vacation. For those looking to venture out, the knowledgeable staff is happy to provide customized recommendations on everything from nearby hikes to the best restaurants in town.
From extra linens to local sightseeing advice, the Houses of the Moon staff aims to curate an unforgettable Santa Fe experience suited to each guest’s needs and interests. The charming lodging delivers comfort, convenience, and a connection to nature that keeps visitors returning time and again. Whether soaking up the solitude or using it as a home base for exploring Santa Fe’s delights, the Houses of the Moon offer a distinctive southwestern sojourn.