Luxury Eco Retreat in Stunning High Desert Setting
|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||600 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Wilderness, Away from it all, Mountain, Rural|
Description from the owner
When you truly want an escape from the noise and clutter of everyday life, to reconnect with yourself or that special someone, consider making Desert Harbor Retreat your next port-of-call. Just a 45 minute drive from Albuquerque, yet a world away, Desert Harbor is a 34 acre, completely solar powered facility, committed to providing an unparalleled experience of rest and relaxation.
The cottage is nestled at the base of a multi-colored sandstone cliff, thousands of years in the making, and is designer engineered and appointed to seamlessly integrate into the surroundings. It boasts no loud colors or patterns, but achieves a degree of e...Read more
Luxury Eco Retreat in Stunning High Desert Setting
Sandia Park, New Mexico
Additional Location Information
Centrally located 50 min from ABQ or Santa Fe. We are 4.5 miles off the historic Turquoise Trail, down a charming dirt road
Location Type Away from it all, Mountain, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$149||$149 - $175||$0||$0||1 night|
|Apr. 30 2013 - May. 5 2013
|May. 6 2013 - Oct. 20 2013
|All Other Dates||$149||$149||-||-||2 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Each additional person ages 5 to 12 - $10 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Base rate includes two guests. Each exter person ages 5 to 12 are an additional $10 a night, and children under the age of 5 are free.
- Each additional person over 12 - $25 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Base rate includes two guests. Each extra person over the age of 12 is an additional $25 a night.
- Tax rate - 6.25% of rental - Tax
Additional notes from owner
Organic dinners can be added for $25 per person.
In-cottage massages can be added for an additional $70 (60 min), or $100 (90 min)
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: April 22, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Very peaceful and rejuvenating
My spouse, dog and I stayed at the Desert Harbor on our way home from a sad and stressful family gathering (memorial service for my brother). This was the perfect place to decompress from that experience. I think we took advantage of all of the multiple spots to relax in; the front porch, window seat, bathtub, and the bed was incredibly comfortable. I also enjoyed the beauty of the surrounding desert, the walking trails and the labyrinth. The food was an added bonus. We opted for dinner and enjoyed a scrumptious chicken marsala. The frittata was also delicious for breakfast. Our dog also seemed relaxed and happy there. Raymond was a very gracious host. We highly recommend the Desert Harbor.
A Treasure in the High Desert
I have only the highest praise for the accommodations and hospitality offered at Desert Harbor. It is an exceptional place, and so too the people who run it - their attention to detail is remarkable. The desert setting was exquisite, but I was not prepared for the quiet elegance of the cottage. Raymond and Wesley have created a profoundly beautiful place - a place that feels like a sanctuary in its peacefulness and soft and spacious elegance. I spent three nights there in quiet bliss. And have I mentioned the food or the well-placed structure, complete with hammock, that overlooks a beautiful valley? The food was incredible; again, the presentation was simple yet elegant, and the food healthy and delicious. I highly recommend the asian salmon noodle dish. The hammock - well let's just say it's about as close to heaven as one can get. There is a lot of nurturing that happens at this haven/harbor in the desert. I also had an opportunity to experience a life-coaching session with Raymond. It was quite remarkable (and nothing like I expected). He is gifted at listening and asking the sort of questions that expand one's perception of self and encourage creative thinking. I left Desert Harbor much richer for the experience. Thank you both for what you have created; it is truly a gift to the world.
L & G
Peace, beauty, and comfort!
We were looking for a retreat from the world. Desert Harbor was a great find and it is a lovely drive under an hour from albuquerque. Raymond was responsive and courteous and helped make our short holiday incredibly worthwhile.
Go enjoy especially if you like privacy, fun hikes, inspiring views and returning from the outdoors to the cozy comfort of a thoughtful and lovely little house.
Thank you for creating this beautiful space to recharge!! We can't stop talking about coming back to see all the seasons at Desert Harbor.
We spent three days here and it was fantastic! We travelled with our two children 7 & 5 and they had a great time as well. The food was fantastic. Raymond and Wesley were great hosts. We went hiking, explored Santa Fe, played games and just relaxed. The cabin was very comfortable. All that you'd need is provided. While being away from it all, you are close enough to do day trips to Santa Fe or aBQ. There is a great hike not to far that has a Utah feel to it. Our kids loved it! Our first visit to NM, will make a return trip for sure!
Wellington, New Zealand
Personal retreat in idyllic remote high desert
I stayed at Desert Harbor for three nights a week before Christmas. Raymond's communication prior to my arrival was excellent, and he was able to accommodate my slightly awkward transportation needs, which I really appreciated. My stay was incredible. I spent hours hiking through the secluded desert landscape. Raymond really takes care to tailor the experience to his guests' needs; for my part, I got the space and solitude I had hoped for and then some. I was blown away by the attention to detail in terms of the comfort and beauty of the guest house as well as the service and personalized menu (including the best burger I've ever eaten). I would recommend Desert Harbor to anyone seeking a personal retreat in a beautiful wilderness landscape.
an unexpected blessing for my daughters and me
From the first emails we exchanged to the wheelbarrow used to haul our overpacked luggage to the car; the care we received from Raymond and Wesley was more than we could have asked for. Starting with the drive from albuquerque ending on the dirt road that lead us to Desert Harbor we were invited and encouraged to slow the pace of our busy lives. It was truly a place to quiet our minds and fortify our souls.
We found the cabin that Raymond built just as pictured, more comfortable than home, and so much quieter. The meals that were prepared for us were well beyond our expectations and pampered us to no end. The best part was being served on our lovely front porch in the shade of the painted cliff. The outdoor shower and the soaking tub allowed us to further relax and soak up the surroundings.
Our favorite spot was, of course, the lookout. It is a magical place. As Texans, it was heavenly just being able to sit outside for hours on end and breathe dry air without sweating and swatting hovering mosquitos.
A highlight of our stay were the massages provided by Sonya in the comfort of our cabin. She was kind and generous and very skilled at her craft. Both my daughters and I came away feeling more grounded, energized and joyful.
We loved our entire stay at Desert Harbor and hated to leave. I am reminded of a freedom I felt at a much younger age and for this I am grateful.
The only thing missing at Desert Harbor might have been a Paul S
Dh is a place for the senses, and Wesley and Raymond have done a magical job crafting every detail to make you feel as if you’re in a happy yacht, nestled in a sandy harbor, floating entirely among the stars. And every once and a while during your stay, special angels of graciousness and talent appear to bring you delicious victuals or provide unparalleled massages.
Simply don’t let this place pass you by. Two days wasn’t enough. My partner was utterly convinced that I had divulged all of his favorite meals. But, aside from general info requested by Raymond, I never mentioned specific dishes. Yet never-the-less, the food matched us uncannily and was always exquisitely prepared and presented.
The outdoor shower, followed by meditation among the maze was profoundly satisfying. Really, I could hardly think of a single thing missing, no stone unturned, except of course, the Paul Simon CD ?
Our favorite thing to do: cuddle on Raymond’s handmade, one of a kind, recycled couch swing while gazing at the stars and sipping vino. This trip meant everything to us, and our stop to this floating, sandy harbor made it all worthwhile. We can’t wait to visit again.
A refreshing escape...
This property is an amazing and truly beautiful space among nature. It was perfect for a day of skiing at Sandia followed by a trip to Santa Fe. We only wish we could have stayed another night. We are already discussing our return so we can explore the incredibly picturesque property. The delicious food and hospitality were sincere and much appreciated; the home was clean and simply lovely. In the words of my husband, "Those were the best croissants I ever ate." :) Highly recommended...Happy trails!
Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer!
The description that's listed for Desert Harbor does it justice. If a relaxing respite from everyday life is what you're after then this is the place for you. Off the grid, tucked away in a canyon, surrounded by beautiful hiking options, Desert Harbor is a first-class way to 'rough it' It has all the peace and quiet of a camping trip without sacrificing any othe the amenities - this is isolation in style. We had all the privacy we could ask for, meals were delivered to our cottage at pre-arranged hours, we came and went as we pleased, and...the food was fantastic! Raymond and Wesley are phenomenal cooks and they are happy to customize any food requests to your tastes. They make what's fresh and in season. The green chili cheese biscuits, southwest scramble, bakes scallops in a white wine cream sauce, and grilled asparagus were all amazing, just to name a few. We really can't say enough nice things about this place. You can shower under
the stars, relax in a candlelit bath and swing in the hill-top hammock in the most beautifully permeating silence we've experienced, all the while being a mere 40 minute drive to albuquerque.
Love this place!!
We spent a weekend at Desert Harbor retreat because we needed time and
space in the midst of major transitions. We fell in love with the
space and are already planning our return! The food was delicious, the
setting exquisite, and the hospitality was beyond compare. I'm not
sure what our favorite place was...the beautiful reading niche in our
room, the bathtub with the gorgeous view, or the hammock on the
overlook. We left feeling deeply nourished by such gracious hosts and
the lovely space. As a regular vrbo user, I highly recommend this place!
Bosque Farms, NM
A rustic, yet luxurious experience
Desert Harbor does a magnificent job of blending first-rate hospitality with the stunning yet rustic desert wilderness in which it is situated in a manner that is truly luxurious. Amenities are highly-conducive to rest, renewal, and relaxation, yet opportunities for the adventurer also abound in the way of hiking and mountain biking in the spectacular desert land on which it rests. Situated nearly halfway between Santa Fe and albuquerque, this is an ideal "getaway" for locals, as well as a centrally-located spot for tourists who wish to make the very-doable drive into town. While there are restaurants (good ones!) in the communities nearby, I would highly-recommend dining at Desert Harbor itself, where the food is assuredly healthy, organic, local, and always delicious. In addition to albuquerque and Santa Fe, nearby areas of interest include the small town of Madrid (a quaint yet unique restored ghost town which provided the setting for the 2006 movie "Wild Hogs"), the Sandia Ski area, the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway (a 14-mile jaunt up the east side of the Sandia Mountain range to the Crest that sits at 10,678 ft and overlooks the city of albuquerque), the Tinkertown Museum (an eccentric and eclectic collection of largely hand-carved folk art, miniatures, and memorabalia), Wildlife West Nature Park (a habitat for nonreleasable animals native to the southwest that is maintained by youth and volunteers), and abundant hiking trails and popular cycling routes. The best times to visit are in the fall and spring, although due to its higher elevation in the summer it is far more pleasant to stay here than in albuquerque. Winters in the mountains can be dicey - but if your schedule permits you to plan for the possibility of winter storms, the area is absolutely gorgeous in the snow.