This spectacular large-scale resort, on more than 500 acres on the Santa Ana Pueblo—just outside Bernalillo and a little less than an hour's drive from Santa Fe—includes the superb Twin Warriors Golf Course, the 12,000-square-foot Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon, and a cultural museum and learning center. Cultural events include bread-baking demonstrations (in traditional adobe ovens), storytelling, and live tribal dance and music performances. Other draws include three outdoor pools, atmospheric bars, guided nature walks, and the Santa Ana Star Casino, just a short shuttle ride away. And if you're looking for an exceptional horseback ride, arrange one with the resort's Tamaya stables.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Many visitors to the Santa Fe area choose this upscale resort because of its extensive recreational and dining amenities and beautiful setting, but it's actually closer to Albuquerque.
Most rooms, swathed in natural stone, wood, and adobe and filled with pueblo-inspired textiles and pottery; many have balconies or patios. Modern conveniences include extra-large flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and mp3 players.
east-facing rooms have stunning views of the lofty Sandia Mountains.
The spacious bathrooms are typical for the Hyatt brand, with Portico bath products as well as hairdryers, high-quality towels and soft robes. The tub/shower are lined with decorative Southwestern tiles.
Guests enter the hotel through a broad lobby with comfortable chairs and sofas, a fireplace, beamed ceilings, and an impressive collection of Southwestern—in particular Native American—artwork.
Among the expansive outdoor common areas, the Hyatt has three pools, including one favorite of kids—the Plaza Pool—that's outfitted with a 100-foot waterslide and also has a whirlpool.
The circular pool is shaped like a Native American kiva and is designated a "quiet zone," making it a nice spot for adults to relax and soak up the New Mexico sunshine.
With treatments and a design inspired by the Santa Ana Pueblo on which the resort is located, the 12,000-square-foot Tamaya Mist Spa offers a full range of treatments, including a signature Honey Lift Facial and an extremely popular and romantic Couples Escape package that includes a native herbal wrap, full-body Swedish massage, and salt scrub.
The resort's extensive fitness center is equipped with state-of-the-art cardio machines with personal LCD entertainment consoles as well as strength equipment. Guests can relax afterward in the sauna and steam rooms.
Three on-site restaurants all serve consistently excellent food. Most acclaimed among the group is the Corn Maiden, a casually elegant spot specializing in rotisserie-grilled fare, including local beef strip loin and buffalo sausage.
Just off the inviting living room–inspired lobby area, the Rio Grande Lounge serves both local and international beers and wines as well as deftly prepared cocktails—try the Smokey Prickly with mezcal, cointreau, prickly pear puree, lime, and agave. Locals and guests flock here for happy hour, enjoying their drinks and bar fare on the patio, which affords expansive views of the sun setting against the Sandia Mountains.
Set on a 500-acre parcel of high-desert prairie and cottonwood groves on Santa Ana Pueblo, just outside the small city of Bernalillo, the Hyatt Tamaya is 50 miles from Santa Fe and just 20 miles from Albuquerque. A car is the most convenient way to explore the area and make your way to and from Santa Fe, although it's also only a 10-minute Uber ride to the New Mexico Rail Runner station in Bernalillo, which has limited service to both Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar (5-minute drive) overlooks the acclaimed Santa Ana Golf Course and turns out delectable international fare, including a sesame-seared ahi tuna and wagya burgers with truffle-cheese fries. Serving three meals a day but especially famous for its hearty and flavorful breakfasts, the Range Cafe (10-minute drive) in Bernalillo is decked with colorful artwork and Route 66 memorabilia. Biscuits and gravy and blue-corn pancakes are among the specialties.
At nearby Santa Ana Star Casino, Stage at the Star (5-minute drive) offers DJ dancing, concerts, and comedy nights that draw revelers from both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. In nearby Bernalillo, Freight House Kitchen + Tap (10-minute drive) specializes in local craft beers and serves delicious bar food, too.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This gorgeously situated full-service resort abounds with activities—including first-class golf, spa, horseback options—and is also a perfect base for travelers wanting to explore both Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Few hotels in New Mexico offer better cultural and recreational activities for families, yet romance-seeking adults appreciate the sophisticated on-site restaurants and bars.