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A sprawling resort featuring numerous activities and amenities in a beautiful locale
The Tamaya sits in a spectacular, isolated location beside the Rio Grande and in full view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Taking its cue from the Santa Ana Pueblo tribe and their reverence for nature, the Tamaya has incorporated elements of the local culture into everything from the architecture to the pool design. The effect is serene.
The Pueblo-style building is three stories high and meshes harmoniously with the surrounding desert landscape. Inside the quiet lobby many local works of art -- such as pottery, carvings, paintings, and Native rugs -- are scattered about. Huge windows provide striking views of the natural setting behind the hotel and the cottonwood forest hiding the Rio Grande. An impressive Pueblo-style ceiling of wood beams and hundreds of vigas lend an earthy atmosphere to the space.
In the big courtyard, fountains and immaculately groomed grounds lead to three pools, each different from the next. The Kiva Pool is round -- to reflect the traditional Pueblo ceremonial chamber -- and features saline water instead of chlorine. The shallow walking pool is perfect for toddlers, and the biggest pool has a water slide that attracts the older kids. In addition to the pools, guests can get a horseback ride (for a fee), play on two tennis courts, hike and bike nature trails, play basketball, explore a recreated Pueblo home, visit a cultural center, shop in two gift boutiques, and even take a hot-air balloon ride (for a fee).
More than 70,000 feet of meeting space is available, as the Tamaya is a popular conference destination. The Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon offers a full range of services within quiet treatment rooms. Several dining options are available, and the Twin Warriors Golf Club features an 18-hole course with great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
15 miles north of Albuquerque on the Santa Ana Pueblo tribal land
The Tamaya Resort sits in an isolated location 15 miles north of Albuquerque on Santa Ana Pueblo tribal land. The resort has the Rio Grande flowing in its backyard, which can be reached via a half-mile-long nature trail. There is nothing to do in the immediate area (which is mostly desert), but the resort offers enough activities that some guests prefer to stay on the property for the duration of their visit. A shuttle to the Albuquerque Airport is available for a fee.
Spacious and modern with Native American decor
The Tamaya offers 350 rooms and suites featuring Native American Pueblo-style decor. The walls are adorned with Native blankets and locally produced paintings, the wood furniture has a rough-hewn look, and Pueblo motifs are woven into the carpets. Some rooms contains wood beams in the ceilings and kiva-style fireplaces.
Bathrooms feature granite counters and Pueblo-style adobe partitions for the toilet area.
Three heated pools and an 18-hole golf course feature stunning views
A good mix of restaurants offer casual and fine dining options.
This upscale resort is a sprawling property on the Santa Ana Pueblo reservation 15 miles north of Albuquerque. Its gorgeous natural setting under vivid blue skies offers panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Trails lead directly to the Rio Grande and the resort features numerous activities, as well as a golf course, restaurants, and several pools. There are daily resort and Wi-Fi fees, which are not charged at the lower-priced -- but more urban -- Sandia Resort and Casino.