Travelers in search of a hotel with both a great restaurant and a fabulous spa have a spate of new choices. The chefs at the four American hotels described on these pages would never say they make “spa food,” but all have tucked at least a few healthy—and utterly delicious—dishes onto their menus among the more decadent choices. Here are some of the best, from resorts in New Mexico, Florida, Texas and Georgia—exactly the kind of food anyone would want to eat after a two-hour massage or a killer Pilates session.
Encantado• Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Recipe: Salmon Club Sandwiches
Charles Dale (an F&W Best New Chef 1995) brings a yogic calm to the kitchen at Auberge Resorts’ new hotel, Encantado. “It has nothing to do with asanas and everything to do with focus and intention,” explains Dale, who happens to be a fan of the Bikram yoga classes at Encantado’s 10,000-square-foot spa. Dale cooks Southwestern-style farm-to-table food at the AvroKO-designed restaurant, Terra, from a slow-cooked and superindulgent suckling pig to a healthy barbecued-salmon sandwich.