Award-Winning Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, Introduces ‘Southwest Splendor’ All-Inclusive Cultural Package

“Where the Orient and Old West Come Together,” The Inn of The Five Graces, recently named to Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2013 Gold List “Best Hotels in the World,” and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards #1 hotel in the Southwest, is celebrating in style with the debut of “Southwest Splendor,” an all inclusive culturally-oriented package available now through April, 2013.

From the distinctive historic adobe and stone structures, and private enclave of lushly-landscaped courtyards to the tolling church bells amid the high desert air, the luxurious 24-room inn evokes “life as it is meant to be,” — an experience that rejuvenates the senses and stirs the soul.

The “Southwest Splendor” package includes suite accommodations; Southwest inspired breakfast for two; Tibetan-inspired fireside massage for two (inclusive of gratuity); Desert Blends gift set with massage oil, scrub, clay and lotion, handcrafted for the Inn; two four-day passes to five museums, including The Place of the Governors, that houses the New Mexico History Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Museum of International Folk Art; and a one hour private cultural walking tour of historic Santa Fe. Prices begin at $1,065 for two nights (based on space availability).

“Our mission is to offer guests opulence at its finest with an unrivaled experience, pairing excellent service, delectable cuisine and exquisite accommodations,” says General Manager Sharif Seret.

Nestled in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s historic district, The Inn of The Five Graces, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, anchors the historic, 17th century Barrio de Analco, or Quarter “Across the Water” in the language of the Mexican Tlaxcala Indians, who came to Santa Fe in 1598 with Spanish explorers. The world-class Inn blends Eastern tradition with New Mexican hospitality and sensual elegance. The low golden buildings of the Inn, some centuries old, hold suites of unsurpassing beauty. Interiors are lavishly decorated with intricate mosaic tiles, coved ceilings, thick beams carved by hand hundreds of years ago, hand crafted Tibetan furnishings, richly-colored throws, jewel-toned carpets, gleaming chandeliers and wood-burning fireplaces.

Guestroom amenities include sumptuous robes and slippers, a complimentary mini bar with non alcoholic beverages and kitchenettes. Upon arrival, guests are treated to chips and salsa, complimentary hot cider, cappuccino, espresso, coffee, tea, and a wine and cheese reception on Friday evenings. The Inn also boasts complimentary breakfast, the adjacent 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, a 24-hour concierge service, valet parking, a full-service fitness center and an enchanting spa with an enticing treatment menu inspired by the natural setting and the hotel’s unique fusion of Tibetan and East Indian ideals, traditions and style.

The three serene courtyards of The Inn of Five Graces are lined with flagstone floors, brimming with plants and flowers, vines rising up and over walkways and arches, tall flowing fountains, and silver-lined lounge chairs. These private courtyards offer a peaceful spot for guests to enjoy complimentary breakfast or a tranquil retreat from the daily bustle of Santa Fe.

Award-Winning Inn

The AAA Four Diamond award-winning Inn of The Five Graces was named #1 hotel in the Southwest by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards; U.S. News &World Report’s “Best Hotels in the USA,” ranking #39 overall, including #1 hotel in New Mexico, #1 hotel in Santa Fe; and #8 in the category of Relais & Chateaux Hotels, a member organization based in France with a collection of the finest hotels from 55 different countries around the globe.

The 24-room Inn of The Five Graces, with some suites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a private honey walled sanctuary of lavishly decorated and supremely comfortable suites with dual sinks, deep soaking tubs, art and artifacts, and wood burning fireplaces. The Inn is the ultimate resort-like destination that presents Santa Fe’s many indulgences within strolling distance from its luxury accommodations. Hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, golf, skiing, snowshoeing, wine tasting, fine dining, shopping, art galleries and museums are all within city limits.

The Inn of The Five Graces was originally known as Seret’s 1001 Nights which opened in 1996 after present proprietors Ira and Sylvia Seret, internationally-known importers and creators of unique and exotic architectural elements, rugs, furnishings and antiques, took a cluster of historic buildings and created a magical and fanciful retreat, curated with near-eastern treasures and antiques purchased and brought back from their travels. Sylvia Seret, a renowned mosaic artist, designed the fabulous mosaic tile-work for the suites and bathrooms, while Ira Seret enhanced the Inn with his touch for art and interior design.

In 2002, the Inn found its new name honoring its exotic, sensuous and luxurious atmosphere along with its many Silk Route artifacts. The Five Graces was chosen, in honor of the five “graces,” an Eastern belief that people are graced with five ways to enjoy the pleasures of the world – sight, sound, touch, smell, taste.

Getting Here

Nestled in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Inn of The Five Graces is located in the historic district of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail, one of the main and most historic roads into the city at 150 East DeVargas Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The city of Santa Fe is in the north central area of the state, about an hour’s drive north of Albuquerque, the state’s largest city. Visitors can arrive via Highway I-25.

Most major airlines service Albuquerque, and it is a one-hour flight from Phoenix, 1.5 hours from Dallas, and two hours from Los Angeles. There is also a municipal airport in Santa Fe, with American Airlines flights from LAX and DFW, which services commuter airlines and private aircraft. For more information about The Inn of The Five Graces “Southwest Splendor” package, romance, honeymoon and/or spa packages, call 505/992-0957, e-mail guestservices@fivegraces.com or visit www.fivegraces.com.

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