2. Los Poblanos, New Mexico

Los Poblanos just screams peace and serenity, or rather just whispers it. Your arrival will take you past lotus blossom festooned ponds and kitchen gardens before arriving at your impressively sized guestroom with a stunning view of the garden. While here you will delight at what is known as Rio Grande Valley cuisine including dishes containing sweet and spicy pecans and a local version of shakshuka which is a stew of eggs and tomatoes, perfectly spiced. Picture yourself eating by the fountain and under a lovely clear sky and you are picturing your stay here. Spend the day out seeing the sights of Albuquerque, then back to Los Poblanos for an early evening swim before dinner on the hacienda terrace at one of the more off-the-beaten-track foodie hotels in the US.