Road trips from Southern California: New Mexico
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( Deborah Fleig )
Ten Thousand Waves Spa
Distance: 852 miles one-way
This vertical oasis, off the path for many tourists, is a meditative, wood-and-rock-terraced compound with pagodas and tatami rooms. It is patterned after a Japanese onsen, or public hot springs baths. Take a hot outdoor bath (private, communal, women's or men's), then snooze during a shiatsu-do (finger pressure) massage. $144 for 75 minutes; regular massage $94 for 55 minutes. Reservations: (505) 982-9304, www.tenthousandwaves.com.
-- Shermakaye Bass