Heading to Albuquerque? If you want to be close to the city, but out of the hustle and bustle, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa may be for you. This 500 acre property, on the Santa Ana Pueblo offers expansive grounds with majestic Sandia Mountain Views. Tamaya wears many hospitality hats. It’s the perfect venue for family vacations, romantic getaways, spa retreats, family reunions, girls’ getaways, weddings and other special events as well as corporate meetings.
The Tamaya offers 350 rooms and suites with southwestern décor. Views range from mountain, to golf course to landscaped interior courtyards. Room types include Standard, Regency Club (concierge-floor type accommodations offering continental breakfast and evening hors d’œuvres), Deluxe and Suites. Rooms, with good-sized desks are well set up for business travelers. There is an additional fee for high speed internet and there is a resort fee.
Amenities at the Tamaya
There are four dining options at the resort. The fusion menu at the upscale Corn Maiden Café tantalizes with a mix of regional and global flavors. The more casual Santa Ana Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving both American and New Mexican favorites. The Atush Bar & Grille at Twin Warriors Golf Course offers breakfast, lunch and full bar service overlooking the 9th and 18th holes. The Rio Grande Lounge, just off the hotel’s lobby, offers tasteful southwester décor coupled with wood and leather furnishings. It’s the perfect gathering spot for friends and family. In warmer weather is expansive patio with its bosque and Sandia Mountain views beckons. At night, sit under the stars warmed by the kiva fireplace.
The “Pueblo-style” Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon offers spa “is a place where we honor the journey of the Tamayame [the Pueblo’s ancient ancestors], their tradition of hospitality, and their intimate connection with the land.” Their diverse treatment menu offers traditional massage therapies as well as some Native American inspired treatments such as Ancient Drumming and the Spirit Path. They also offer facials and aesthetics such as brow waxing; nail services and a full hair salon. They also offer yoga and Qigong sessions.
For assistance with planning your day, travel arrangements, dining recommendations and reservations, spa appointments, and more, the resort offers daily concierge service.
Activities at Tamaya
The stables at Tamaya offer opportunities for trail rides and other horse-oriented activities such as summer rodeos, hay wagon rides and children’s pony rides. Head wrangler Connie Collis also runs a rescue operation for horses and a few other barnyard animals. Good news for horse owners; you can bring yours to the resort and board him/her in the stables with advance reservations. While you won’t be able to go out riding on your own, you can book one of the stable’s experienced guides and ride off into the hills or through the bosque.
There are three out-door heated pools; two, the Kiva and the Plaza are open year-round. The Oxbow Pool is seasonal. The circular Kiva Pool replicates the traditional sacred meeting place used by the Santa Ana Pueblo. It’s protected from winter winds guests can enjoy the abundant New Mexico sunshine in every season. This pool is a designated quiet zone. The entire family is welcome at the Plaza Pool with its three-story water slide. Seasonally, the entire family can enjoy the Oxbow, a “river pool with sprays for children of all ages.”
The Twin Warriors Course designed by Gary Panks winds through 20 ancient cultural sites on the Pueblo land offering panoramic vistas.
Play on one of the resort’s two outdoor, hard surface courts. The best news: you don’t have to travel with racket and balls; they’ll supply them free of charge.
The grounds also offer trails perfect for walking, biking or running.
Family and cultural activities
Family activities, including some just for kids, are offered by Pueblo members in Tamaya’s Srai Wi program (named for the words meaning “my children” in Keres, the language spoken by the Santa Ana People). Activities include adobe brick making, pottery and jewelry making classes, gourd painting, flute painting, nature walks and cultural experiences.
Cultural Museum and Learning Center
The Santa Ana Pueblo is very involved in the resort and they share some of their cultural ways with guests. Visit the Tamaya Cultural Museum and Learning Center, located in the Plaza of the Generations; the round, tower-like structure in front of the hotel. Here you can view exhibits dealing with Santa Ana tribal history as well as contemporary life on the Pueblo. Tours of the center are offered daily at 11am and 2pm. Besides occasional traditional dances and flute performances held in hotel’s courtyard, they also offer traditional bread-baking demonstrations for guests.
When not enjoying your room, the activities or the grounds, there’s a lot to explore in the New Mexico countryside and in the City of Albuquerque. If you’re heading to Albuquerque, check out the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. It may be the perfect place for your high desert stay.
Author’s note: We were guests of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya. Any opinions are our own.