Hyatt Regency Tamaya: a resort for all seasons

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.

Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa photo Steve Collins

Our room at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa overlooked the Sandia Mountains photo/Steve Collins

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

Dining

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.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa photo Steve Collins

The lobby area ajoining the Rio Grande Lounge is perfect for drinks and a casual dining photo/Steve Collins

Spa

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.

Concierge

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

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa photo Steve Collins

A colt feeding at The Stables at Tamaya photo/Steve Collins

The Stables

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.

Sports

Swimming

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.”

Plaza Pool, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa photo Steve Collins

The Plaza Pool open year round has a three-story water slide for family fun photo/Steve Collins

Golf

The Twin Warriors Course designed by Gary Panks winds through 20 ancient cultural sites on the Pueblo land offering panoramic vistas.

Tennis 

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

The Cultural Learning Center Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa photo/Steve Collins

The Cultural Learning Center helps visitors learn about the Santa Ana Pueblo photo/Steve Collins

Srai Wi

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.

Sandia view from the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa photo/Steve Collins

Sandia Mountain views from the Rio Grande Lounge patio photo/Steve Collins

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.

 

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18 Responses to “Hyatt Regency Tamaya: a resort for all seasons”

  1. Johanna
    August 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    What an awesome place to stay. So much to do, and the rooms look quietly refined and very comfortable. (Thanks by the way for popping over to my travel blog ZigaZag earlier today.)

    • Billie Frank
      August 25, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      My pleasure and thanks for checking ours out. It is a great hotel and the room was very comfortable- great mattress! And lovely bathroom.

  2. noel
    August 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    Really nice, I love all the western motif, looks like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the resort

  3. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru
    August 31, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    Stunning scenery and luxurious Hyatt amenities – who wouldn’t love the combination? Hyatt beds are the best, too. Love the pillows!

    • Billie Frank
      September 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      The beds and pillows were very comfy and the scenery is wonderful. There are some places that we weren’t able to get photos of as they’re sacred to the Pueblo. Wish we could have shared them. You’ll just have to go there and see for yourself/

  4. The Gypsynesters
    September 1, 2014 at 6:35 am #

    Looks like a fantastic home base for exploring Albuquerque and the area. Love it out there in the desert southwest.

    • Billie Frank
      September 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

      It definitely is. It’s close to Albuquerque and Santa Fe so you can visit both.

  5. Michele Peterson (@atastefortravel)
    September 1, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    I love the sound of the Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon…there are so many wonderfully healing natural products in New Mexico I’m sure the spa treatments would be amazing. I occasionally travel through Albuquerque on my way to Taos so will definitely consider the Hyatt Regency Tamaya hotel.

    • Billie Frank
      September 1, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

      You should, Michele! It’s a lovely stopover.

  6. Irene S. Levine
    September 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Looks like a great stop-over on the way to visit you in Santa Fe!

    • Billie Frank
      September 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

      At an hour from the airport- not sure you need a stopover- but if you want to spend time exploring Albuquerque, it’s a great base if you don’t want to stay right in the city and want resort amenities.

  7. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    September 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    The Hyatt Regency Tamaya seems to have everything! I especially enjoyed your shot of the mother and baby horse.

    • Billie Frank
      September 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

      Thanks, Carole. We were so thrilled to be there when this new baby was feeding.

  8. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it
    September 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    So much to see and do for everyone of every age. We travel to New Mexico at least once a year and this is place that I can’t wait to see. Thanks for sharing such amazing photos, Steve.

    • Billie Frank
      October 13, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      Let us know next time you come. Would love to meet you.

  9. Meg
    November 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi, I visited the resort and loved it, as well. In fact, it made such an impression on me that I am using my experience as a subject for a digital story I need to create for an assignment for a graduate class I am taking. I wondered if I may use your picture of the Cultural and Learning Center in my story. It will not be used for commercial purposes and will be viewed by about 25 students.
    Sincerely,
    Meg

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