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TRAVEL: HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA RESORT & SPA

cq5dam.thumbnail.744.415Finally feeling like we’re settled back in, at home in Dallas!

I’m still catching up, highlighting places we loved visiting during our stay in New Mexico.  One of them is the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana, New Mexico.  I’d heard wonderful things about this unique resort, which is situated on 500 acres of sovereign Santa Ana Pueblo land.  It’s a short drive from the Albuquerque International Airport, and just south of Santa Fe.  Ryan and I had an opportunity to get away for a couple days (an added perk of staying with my parents!), and we thought it would be the perfect time to escape to Tamaya.

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What makes Tamaya truly amazing is that the beauty and culture of the Tamayame and Santa Ana Pueblo are infused into all aspects of the resort…

Everything from the architecture, to the food, to the activities, reflects respect for the sacred traditions and land.  Its clear that everyone at the resort is passionate about hospitality and sharing the pueblo culture with visitors.  Tamaya means “a quiet and special place,” and it’s precisely that!  Ryan and I were all about R&R, dining, and (of course) fitting in a couple of workouts during our stay.  From the moment we arrived, we experienced friendly customer service and warm hospitality!

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We wanted to dine outdoors, to enjoy the perfect weather and watch the sunset…

The Corn Maiden restaurant (pictured above), was an amazing choice, featuring fresh, seasonal fine dining.  We took in the breathtaking view of the Sandia mountains, while sipping cocktails and sampling regional cuisine.  Our favorite menu items included the made to order table side salad, steak with green chile potatoes, and for dessert, decadent chocolate cake with house-made honey ice cream.  Tamaya has its own herb gardens and beehives, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible in their restaurants (five total on site) and at the Tamaya Mist spa and salon.

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Staying just one night, we only scratched the surface!

But, it was enough time to see and learn about the wonderful amenities Tamaya has to offer.  Whether you want to spend some time being active outdoors, relax with spa treatments, or soak in the sun at one of the four pools on site, there’s something for everyone.  Upon arrival, you get a “Tamaya Times” newsletter, with all of the weekly activities listed.

I didn’t get to do it this time, but the cooking classes featuring the outdoor ovens (hornos) sounded interesting!  Camp Hyatt is a fun option for young visitors, offering outdoor adventures, crafts, and for kids.  Another amenity that makes the resort unique are the Stables at Tamaya and Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program.  They have their own rodeo on Thursday evenings in the stables!

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Fitness-wise, we loved exploring the trails and nature along the Rio Grande…

I cannot stress just how pleasant the weather is here in the summer.  Sunny days and cool nights make you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible!  The workout center was well equipped with everything we needed.  I caught a peek at the spa menu, which was next door, and plan to book a few treatments next time.  And, I know Ryan was definitely eyeing the Twin Warriors golf course while we were there, too.  We plan to return very soon for a longer stay!  And, we might even bring the kids 😉  A few of our own snapshots below…

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Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a longer stay, Tamaya won’t disappoint!

With so much to do and see, you’ll never be at a loss.  Or if you want to rest and just be in the serene surroundings, you can easily do that, too.  It would also make a great “home base” for a New Mexico vacation.  There are several places of interest within short driving distances.  I highly recommend taking day trips to explore places nearby, such as Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Taos!

Photos Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort

Welcome! Loubies and Lulu is a Dallas-based fitness, fashion, and healthy lifestyle blog by Andrea Overturf.

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