This spectacular large-scale resort, on more than 500 acres on the Santa Ana Pueblo (just outside Bernalillo), includes the superb Twin Warriors Golf Course, the 12,000-square-foot Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon, and a cultural museum and learning center. Most rooms, swathed in natural stone, wood, and adobe and filled with pueblo-inspired textiles and pottery, overlook the Sandia Mountains or cottonwood groves; many have balconies or patios. Cultural events include bread-baking
demonstrations (in traditional adobe ovens), storytelling, and live tribal dance and music performances. Other amenities include a 100-foot waterslide over one of the three outdoor pools, atmospheric bars, guided nature walks, and hot-air ballooning nearby. Three restaurants all serve consistently excellent food. The Santa Ana Star Casino is a free shuttle ride away. And if you're looking for an exceptional horseback ride, arrange one with the Tamaya stables. As you drink in eyefuls of the spectacular pueblo backcountry and weave among trees and plantings, you'll wonder why you ever settled for the dull nose-to-butt riding experiences of yesteryear.