The charms of New Mexico location work come as simple as roasting marshmallows. Just ask Sarah Jessica Parker: She made s’mores at Encantado, a desert-set resort just outside Santa Fe, while on location for “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” But perks include far more lavish indulgences as well. Although most productions lens in and around Albuquerque, Santa Fe has hosted five features this year — a boon for the local economy, with benefits to those who visited as well. When it comes to ultra-high-end digs, fine cuisine and exclusive spas, Santa Fe has plenty to offer.
The Terrace at La Fonda
The historic 1922-built hotel sits right on Santa Fe’s famed plaza. Recognizable for its pueblo-inspired architecture, on the top floor with a private entrance are the Terrace’s 14 rooms, added in 1998. Designed to pamper, the Terrace suites complement the site’s old-school charms, including its iconic Southwestern-styled dining room. An on-site concierge is dedicated to Terrace-floor guests. Rooms are plush with beamed ceilings, elegant linens and spa-style bathrooms. Views from the private balconies take in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and all of Santa Fe.
Close to the Opera House, the resort’s 65 casitas are supremely private, befitting an Auberge Resort. (Napa’s Auberge de Soleil and Calistoga Ranch are sister properties). All casitas take advantage of the high desert location and stellar views, offering wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor terraces. The 10,000-square-foot spa has locally inspired treatments that feature regional ingredients such as adobe clay/mud, blue corn, juniper and sage. The Pilates and movement studio is popular with bold-faced-name guests.
Dining in Santa Fe
With such a cosmopolitan population, Santa Fe’s dining scene has quite the range. At the forefront are the fine dining stars on Canyon Road: Coyote Cafe (modern Southwestern cuisine), Geronimo (welcomed Val Kilmer and Gene Hackman) and the Compound Restaurant (Matt Damon and the Coen Brothers dined there in March).
The more casual but equally enticing Cafe Pasqual’s is known for its house-made chile salsas and hearty breakfasts. For those who want a diversion away from New Mexican staples, Trattoria Nostrani boasts Italian specialties (from a chef who trained with Charlie Trotter) while La Boca is the local in spot for tapas with an Asian twist.
Casas de Santa Fe
Santa Fe offers a bounty of desirable private homes available for long-term rentals. As the go-to provider, Casas de Santa Fe places thesps (such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Renee Zellweger) in fully furnished and spotlessly outfitted digs from historic adobes to modern hacienda-style compounds. Concierge services are available to fulfill requests from party planning to gift baskets. “Hollywood has moved to Santa Fe,” contends Todd Davis, Casas de Santa Fe’s owner.
Rosewood inn of the Anasazi
The landmark boutique hotel boasts suites with such luxe Southwestern touches as kiva fireplaces, wood-beamed ceilings and hand-woven fabrics. Industryites on location often book the private library and wine cellar for meetings. Chef Oliver Ridgeway (formerly of the Carlyle in New York) has updated the menus to focus on seasonal and local ingredients.
Ten Thousand Waves
Up a scenic canyon, visiting talent often makes the trek to these secluded and luxurious Japanese-style baths. There are indoor and outdoor hot baths, cold plunges and several unique private bathing rooms. Massage, body treatments and the signature Yasuragi neck and scalp massage help eliminate the stress of location film production.