APR 2017

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T h e S p a c e O j o C a l i e n t e M i n e r a l S p r i n g s R e s o r t & S p a [ 26 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 green goals COURTESY OJO CALIENTE MINERAL SPRINGS RESORT & SPA T he roots of this historic destination spa, set on 1,100 acres, can be traced back thousands of years to pilgrimages by Native American tribes and early Spanish settlers. In 1868, the fi rst bathhouse at Ojo Caliente—"warm eye" in Spanish, referring to the area's hot springs—was built, establishing the place as one of the country's fi rst natural health resorts. "We share responsibility for this sacred place and its culture," says current owner Andy Scott. "Our biggest commitment to sustainability is water protection: resources, cleanliness and quality." To that end, Ojo Caliente utilizes passive rain collection, xeriscaping (landscaping that requires little or no irrigation), low-fl ow plumbing fi xtures, and solar energy to heat water; it also operates its own wastewater treatment plant. "The spa's philosophy is to honor and protect the sacredness of the property and the waters while creating a safe and nurturing environment for guests," says spa director Jeannine Mallory. "Our greatest challenge is communicating the importance of protecting the sulfur-free waters by asking clients to use oil-free sunscreen and shower with our synthetic-free cleansers before entering the pool." Spa treatments incorporate organic Round Barn Apothecary skincare products, which are formulated with sustainable plants and herbs indigenous to the Southwest. Wild herbs used in hot towel treatments are returned to the gardens as mulch, and clients lend a green thumb by writing an intention or wish on a seeded card, which is then planted near the yoga yurt to bloom into wildfl owers. More evidence that Ojo Caliente isn't resting on its 150-year-old laurels? The entire pueblo-style property recently converted to the use of geothermal heating and cooling, and added an organic farm- to-table program. The Space 4,000-square- foot spa with 16 treatment rooms, 4 natural hot springs pools, 3 private pools, private tubs, steam room and sauna Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa Ojo Caliente, New Mexico Intention Garden

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