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May 27th, 2014 | 2:37pm

Get a Royal Treatment at The Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe New Mexico

The Javanese Royal Lulur is a luxurious ritual from the royal palaces of Central Java, Indonesia. This ancient tradition typically lasts for the 40 days prior to the wedding ceremony.  During this time, the bride is confined from outside influences, surrounded only by women and preparing for her marriage. The bride received luxuriously pampering treatments including relaxing aromatic massages, exfoliating scrubs, and fragrant floral oil applications leaving the skin with an exotic scent.  Traditionally the ritual is performed by the other women in the family and community, as a way of having private time together to pass on wisdom, share secrets of intimacy and marital tips. The goal was to strengthen the immune system, brighten and soften the skin and create a sweet smelling essence, so as to present her as a “present” to her mate on her wedding day.

In modern Indonesia the ritual now lasts only seven days, but still upholds the sacred traditions set forth, as well as all the luxurious body treatments. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is delighted to offer a one day ritual treatment for brides to be, or anyone looking to rejuvenate from a hectic lifestyle. Our therapists have trained extensively for this ritual, upholding the ancient wisdom of its founders, and delivering a truly authentic (albeit shortened) Royal Javanese Lulur experience.

This regal ritual includes:

  • A full body Balinese massage using Jasmine and Frangipani flower scented oil
  • A Lulur turmeric exfoliation and yogurt rub for body purification and skin softening
  • A scented shower and a soak in an exquisite tub infused with fragrant rose petals
  • An application of scented oil leaving the skin with an exotic flower scent

The name Lulur means “to coat the skin” and this ritual known for leaving the skin refreshed and glowing with a radiant golden hue that can last up to 2 days. The glow comes from the Turmeric exfoliating scrub, and offers has many healing properties including being anti-fungal, anti spasmodic,  anti-inflammatory and immune boosting.  This authentic ritual offers brides to be, or anyone looking to refresh the skin, a luxurious retreat into the secrets of ancient royalty.

Contact The Spa at Loretto to book your Javanese Lulur Ritual and receive $50 off now through June 30, 2014. Click here

Posted by Sarah Sims

May 21st, 2014 | 2:21pm

Inn and Spa at Loretto Announces Chef Marc Quinones as New Executive Chef of Luminaria Restaurant & Patio

We are thrilled to introduce Chef Marc Quiñones as the new Executive Chef of Luminaria Restaurant! Chef Marc is a wonderful addition to Santa Fe's sophisticated culinary scene and we know he's the perfect fit to exceed the expectations of those dining at Luminaria. We can't wait to unleash his talents on Santa Fe!

Meet Marc Quiñones:

Marc was born and raised in the South Bronx where he learned to cook at an early age. After cooking in several Manhattan restaurants, Quiñones made his way to Scottsdale, AZ to attend Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts where he graduated with a 4.0 and became a member of the Escoffier Society.

Chef Marc went on to hone his skills in some of the nation's top culinary destinations including Hawaii, Arizona and Napa, California before finding his home in New Mexico. Quiñones has staged for Chef John Besh at his signature restaurant, August, in New Orleans and cooked for the President of the United States aboard Air Force One.

Chef Marc's Recent Accolades Include:

"Best Chef in the City" - Albuquerque The Magazine, 2012 & 2013
"Grand Champion" - Souperbowl, 2013
"Critics' Choice," "Peoples' Choice," and "Best in Show" - Chef Knockout
"Best Chefs of America" - Inaugural Edition

STAY TUNED...Chef Marc's new menu will be unveiled soon!



Posted by Sarah Sims

May 7th, 2014 | 11:53am

The Journey IS the Reward: In search of lost treasures in Santa Fe, NM

It’s been a over four years since noted author and archaeologist Forrest Fenn hid his infamous treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Since the announcement travelers from around the world have flocked to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico in search of riches said to be worth over $2 million. 

While the treasure is still waiting to be found, we have to wonder, is the real reward the journey? Travelers who’ve come to conquer end up being conquered themselves by the unequivocal enchantment of Santa Fe. They come seeking monetary fulfillment, yet leave with priceless memories to last a lifetime. Perhaps on purpose, or perhaps a spectacular serendipitous twist of fate – this treasure hunt is connecting people in a way no pot of gold could. And Santa Fe Hotels are seeing a resurgence of families coming to enjoy this modern day Indiana Jones style adventure. So when bloggers Billie Frank and Steve Collins asked Mr. Fenn if this was his intention all along, we were delighted that his reply confirmed our suspicions.

“Fenn told us last year that one of the reasons he hid the treasure was to bring families together to search for it. He wanted “to get kids off the couch and out of the game room and into the sunshine.” It’s not only families out hunting for the treasure; strangers are coming together, both online and in person, to discuss the clues. “People are being drawn together and I didn’t anticipate that to the degree it’s happening.” (excerpt from Forrest Fenn: The Thrill of the Chase Redux on

So whether you’re in search of actual treasure, or just some great family fun, you’ll find your reward hidden in your unforgettable journey. A reward so sweet no pot of gold could out shine it (ok, maybe $2 million might do the trick). Either way, you’ll have some great memories to share for generations to come!

Ready for adventure? Check out our Treasure Hunting Family Vacation Package featuring a copy of the book “The Thrill of the Chase” by Forrest Fenn, plus a sweet reward awaiting in your room after your day of adventure!

And for a little extra guidance on your hunt, check out the blog where you'll find a community of searchers and insider tips to unlocking the clues to the hidden treasure.

Read the entire Santa Fe Travelers interview with Forrest Fenn here:

Posted by Sarah Sims

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