A Weekend Stay at the Hotel Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico

Hotel Sagrado is Bohemian luxury at its finest, and guests are guaranteed to fall in love at first sight. Whether it is the giant 90-pound Brazilian citrine quartz that hangs above the lobby and shines on you from the moment you walk in, the beautiful black-billed magpies that fill the air, or their amazing restaurants, spa, salt-water pool, and indoor rainforest.

Balcony view from Hotel Sagrado
Hotel Sagrado balcony view © Christina Kantzavelos

This hotel will delight every one of your senses. Every corner is meticulously designed and has its own story to tell, and it is no wonder why the most expensive hotel built in New Mexico is also a Four Diamond AAA-rated Heritage Hotel. It is also no surprise that some of the world's most prominent spiritual leaders blessed the hotel when it first opened, including the Dalai Lama, who still stays there when he visits the region.

I did not want to leave its stunning premises while visiting Taos, which is a natural wonder in itself. I loved bird watching and walking the beautiful Sacred Circle, made up of several hundred-year-old cottonwood trees. I had the pleasure of staying in two of their one-of-a-kind global suites, first Egypt and then China, with authentic decor and amenities that are sourced from and reflect the countries being represented. I also stayed in the Mountain View room, with an amazing soaking tub, and a balcony that looks over the property. They host various classes throughout the week that are free for guests to attend, and charge a nominal fee to anyone not staying on the property. One class I experienced was Patrick Shendo’s sound meditation, which became another highlight of my visit (I was able to see chakra colors for the first time). There’s also a cozy library, which is filled with activities and seats around a warm fireplace, and a Minnesota Fats pool table built in the early 20th century, which was once owned by a famous pool shark.

Hotel Sagrado calming interior design
Hotel Sagrado calming interior © Christina Kantzavelos

Spa treatments feature everything from your quintessential massage and facial, to a Sacred Staurolite treatment using sacred stones that are indigenous to Taos, as well as personalized sound baths, reiki, and much more. You can also grab a drink, and or meal at the Anaconda Bar, which is encircled by a snake with no start or end, made from gold plated tiles imported from Italy. Their restaurant offers organic, farm-to-table meals, with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. I enjoyed the breakfast hash, poached salmon plate, and the bison burger. Ending the night around the outdoor bonfire was an added bonus.

Poached salmon served with curled cucumber garnishPoached Salmon at Hotel Sagrado © Christina Kantzavelos

Aside from Hotel Sagrado being gorgeous, the customer service is out of this world. The manager, Dawn, who is a member of the Taos Pueblo, gave us a beautiful tour and ensured our stay was as perfect as possible. Hunter, the concierge, was instrumental in helping me create a perfect itinerary for outside for the city. They offer free shuttle services within three miles of the property, and each of the drivers was courteous and knowledgeable offering great recommendations and conversation. Marcos, who is also a member of the Taos Pueblo, offered welcome recommendations of sacred sites to visit.

Thank you to the wonderful team for such a fantastic hosted stay! I look forward to visiting again, perhaps during a different season to experience more of what the property has to offer.

Meet Travel Writer, Christina Kantzavelos

My name is Christina Kantzavelos, and traveling and helping others to do the same is what fuels my soul. It has taken a while and a rather large dent in my pocket to find my true passion. I have two masters degrees, one in social work and one in library and information sciences, and am currently a professional content writer, practicing licensed psychotherapist (LCSW) in San Diego, and conduct humanitarian work both domestically and abroad.

I have traveled to over 30 different countries and documented most of it on social media. But it was in completing the Camino de Santiago in November 2015, that I realized my true passion for travel writing and blogging, and hence the name, BuenQamino. Night after night, with trembling fingers, after walking 15 miles, I would miraculously find the strength (grammar and syntax errors aside), to write and post an entry on my blog (wi-fi issues aside) for my friends and family. The best part? Despite any lethargy, I enjoyed every minute of it. Even better? So did my friends, family, and now many BQers. Not only did they enjoy my entries, but I heard that I inspired others to travel, or go on their own pilgrimage, or hike nearby. What a feeling!  In hearing and witnessing how I inspired others, I decided to start BuenQamino (www.BuenQamino.com). BuenQamino is here to satiate your deepest desires for travel​ because those Bucket List items and Pinterest destinations aren't just going to uncheck or unpin themselves!

Connect with Christina at BuenQamino and view samples of her work shared on her member profile here


 

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