Relais & Chateaux Property Spotlight: Inn of the Five Graces

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Charles McDiarmid
By Charles McDiarmid, Owner & Maître de Maison
Newsletters9 October 2020


Over the past few months we’ve been highlighting some incredible Canadian properties, however, we have many international guests and readers, too! While international travel remains “on hold,” there are so many wonderful Relais & Chateaux experiences to discover around the world and we hope you’re taking time to discover those in your “backyard.”

If you’re one of our neighbours to the south, a visit to Santa Fe, “The City Different,” will transport you to an eclectic mix of cultures, foods and activities. As the sunny capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe sits at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is one of the oldest “continuously-inhabited” cities in the United States.

The Inn of the Five Graces is an oasis from the city’s lively bustle. Nestled on a quiet street in the heart of the historic downtown, the Inn has an East-meets-West philosophy while its earthy, traditional adobe and stone architecture provide respite in authentic New Mexico style: bright and warm! The “Five Graces” refers to an Eastern concept, honoring five senses—sight, sound, touch, smell and taste—each being honored in the full experience of life, and the Five Graces Inn truly captures this wisdom.

Showcasing locally-crafted art and furnishings, no two rooms are the same here, though each suite has a wood-burning kiva fireplace and hand-laid tile mosaics. From the plush interior you can stroll through the inner courtyards, filled with lush foliage and places to enjoy a book in the sunshine. Start your day here with breakfast at the Inn (option to have it served in your suite, as well) before taking a tour of the sights, right outside the front door!

Santa Fe has a reputation for its rich history, markets and artisan galleries, but also for its sophisticated wellness experiences. So, after a day or two of collecting stories and enjoying the rich pulse of life, be sure to take time to ground your energy with some mindful body nourishment. The Spa at the Inn offers an array of Ayurvedic treatments as well as a relaxation lounge and steam room facilities. Another highlight of the services they offer is their use of organic, hand-crafted oil infusions and herbal compresses, the aromas will leave a lasting impression you’ll want to wear home with you!

If you’re looking for something new or “different,” this southwestern capital lives up to its name! Celebrate the romance of the past with the vibrance of today in Santa Fe.

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