Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
Designed in low-slung pueblo style, the resort sits on secluded tribal land in the high desert, yet it’s only a half-hour drive from Albuquerque. Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico; 505-867-1234, tamaya.hyatt.com; rooms from $235.
The Golf With Twin Warriors Golf Club ($116-$145), Gary Panks had to navigate around twenty ancient cultural sites to create a high-desert layout that offers views of the craggy Sandia Mountains. The holes play up into the hills and leap over deep arroyos. Especially memorable is the hefty par-three fifteenth, set at the foot of a sacred butte.
The Spa At the entrance to the Tamaya Mist Spa, large double doors open to the soothing sounds of native flutes. The treatments draw on indigenous ingredients such as red chile, which stimulates circulation, and cleansing mud from the Jemez Mountains. Therapists apply rhythmic drumming to sore muscles using muslin bags filled with flaxseed and dipped in piñon-scented oil.
The Dining The resort’s upscale Corn Maiden restaurant features an exotic blend of Asian, French and Southwestern flavors. Other options include the more casual Santa Ana Café and the low-fat spa selections from the room-service menu.
Lake Las Vegas Resort
Home to no fewer than nineteen residential communities, this master- planned development seventeen miles southeast of Vegas also includes three resorts: a Ritz-Carlton, a Loews and the MonteLago Village. Henderson, Nevada; 702-564-1600, lakelasvegas.com; rooms from $179.
The Golf As the longtime site of the Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay is the better known of the resort’s two public courses ($120-$295). Five holes run along the lake, most notably the peninsula-green seventeenth. The Falls course, a Tom Weiskopf layout, climbs into mountainous and desert terrain, yielding views of the Strip.
The Spa The Tuscan-themed Ritz-Carlton Spa, a palace of smooth marble and dark wood, is the finer of the resort’s two spas. Its "mesquite tree renewal" treatment incorporates mesquite tree powder and red-clay mud as part of a revitalizing two-hour scrub, wrap, massage and bath. The Spa also offers a men’s pedicure, accompanied by a beer tasting.
The Dining New eateries open all the time in Lake Las Vegas’s thriving MonteLago Village. One current standout is Como’s, created by Joseph Keller, brother of famed chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller. For fine dining, try Medici’s in the Ritz-Carlton.