Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa: Tranquil Albuquerque Resort

Cobalt New Mexico skies and a stunning desert environment wrap Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in natural beauty. Located near Albuquerque, the word Tamaya refers to soft morning mists that float near the Río Grande River and indigenous cottonwood trees. The hotel operates on Santa Ana Pueblo, near the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande. This Albuquerque resort also demonstrates an unusual partnership between Santa Ana Pueblo/the Tamayame tribe and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

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Guests can see the Sandia Mountains from many locations on the property. Photo by Lisa Waterman Gray

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some opportunities may be restricted, such as the spa. Please visit the website for the latest updates on openings and availability.

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Beautiful Surroundings at the Albuquerque Resort

The serene, adobe-wrapped resort sits on 550 acres of Pueblo land, at the opposite end of a winding country road from the tribe’s bustling casino. Recently renovated, the glowing lobby fireplace beckons guests on cool evenings.

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The hotel ‘living room' is an inviting place to relax and socialize. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

Outside, a decorative pueblo ladder and massive Native American sculptures glow in spotlights, beneath the star-filled sky.

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Gorgeous Native American sculpture greets guests. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

Also part of this 2017 resort facelift, 350 luxurious guest rooms feature plenty of beige, brown, and rust-red shades. There are pops of turquoise, plus Native American art and blankets. Hyatt Euro Pillowtop Posturepedic beds also inspire peaceful relaxation. Individual patios and balconies provide a gorgeous courtyard and pool, or cottonwood and mountain views.

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Guestrooms and other areas were refurbished in 2017. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.

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Dining and Drinks at Tamaya Resort

Although food and bar services were limited capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, guests can still enjoy the dining options. You can order a tasty breakfast or lunch at Atush Bar & Grille before playing at Twin Warriors Golf Course. Fresh salads, sandwiches, and snacks from the Trading Post create tasty lunches and to-go picnics. And the Rio Grande Lounge patio is a great place to savor green chile cheeseburgers with margaritas.

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Beautiful and delicious meals will again delight guests when Corn Maiden restaurant reopens. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.

Dishes at the recently renovated Santa Ana Café incorporate indigenous influences and local classics. There's also casual American fare, plus vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

In addition, visit The Plaza Grill for tropical cocktails and handmade sandwiches (some customers consider this restaurant pricey). Corn Maiden restaurant is known for beautiful gourmet fare.

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Outdoor Adventures Near the Albuquerque Resort

Hot air balloons in Albuquerque are one of the city's biggest draws. You can enjoy a hot air balloon launch during your stay at Tamaya. Or perhaps you might want to board a helicopter to the Taos Ski Valley. Both depart from the resort, weather permitting. Or enjoy breathtaking mountain and river views while riding rescue horses from the not-for-profit Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program.

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Guests may take off from the resort property in hot air balloons. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.

At the nationally ranked Gary Panks-designed Twin Warriors Golf Club, there's a major water feature and grassy knolls. The course name honors two warriors that initially led Santa Ana Pueblo members to settle along the Rio Grande. Golfers may also glimpse archeological sites dating back to the 1200s, from this winding course.

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Hike or bike through the cottonwood forest, try some rafting or book a jeep excursion. You can also play tennis or take a leisurely swim.

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Enjoy this gorgeous pool during your stay. Photo by Lisa Waterman Gray

Relax and Rejuvenate During Your Albuquerque Resort Stay

After your active day, relax with an aromatherapy massage or a Reiki treatment, at Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon. Reflexology, and craniosacral therapy help balance your body’s natural energy, too. Your face will thank you after a HydraFacial MD®, as will your feet after a professional pedicure. Tamayame textiles, soothing earth tones, and natural wood fill the spacious, award-winning facility. In addition, large doors funnel fresh air into treatment rooms.

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This treatment room at Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon provides fresh air through an open door. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.

Inside Tamaya Mist, the StayFit fitness center typically offers cardio and strength training equipment. Use the free weights and benches, ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bikes. You'll also find strength equipment, plus resistance bands and exercise balls. Take a yoga class or use an exercise mat for a self-directed workout.

Experience Tamayame Culture

Hyatt Tamaya's educational ‘Srai Wi’ offerings introduce guests to Tmayame culture. For a fee, you can create coil pots with Pueblo women and craft traditional Tamayame bread. Do check for current scheduling changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Srai Wi classes that introduce guests to Native American art and culture, will eventually return. Photo courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa.

If you want to explore more of the culture, arrange a tour at the Tamaya Cultural Museum and Learning Center. Native American storytelling, beneath the stars, also beckons. The resort’s extensive outdoor art collection is always open and you can check availability for the indoor exhibits.

Luxury, serenity, activity, and culture await at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. You may never want to leave this serene Albuquerque resort. Be sure to see what else our Wander writers suggest for you to do when you visit Albuquerque or other parts of New Mexico.

Cobalt New Mexico skies and a stunning desert environment wrap Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in natural beauty. Located near Albuquerque, the word Tamaya refers to soft morning mists that float near the Río Grande River and indigenous cottonwood trees. The hotel operates on Santa Ana Pueblo, near the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande. This Albuquerque resort also demonstrates an unusual partnership between Santa Ana Pueblo/the Tamayame tribe and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

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Written by Lisa Waterman Gray

A Kansas City-area resident, Lisa Waterman Gray has savored Quebec’s finest cuisine, ridden in a pickup before a Kansas buffalo herd, and toured natural Arizona landmarks with Native American guides. In June 2011, 18 months of driving, research, and writing ended with national publication of Lisa’s book, An Explorer’s Guide: Kansas. During October 2014, she was a U.S. delegate for Terre Madre and Salone del Gusto in Turin, Italy – a conference for Slow Food International. Lisa has written for Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle (a Canadian magazine), USA Today.com, Midwest Living, four AAA magazines, and other clients. Visit her online at http://www.lisawatermangray.com/.

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