Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

Desert spa escape in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley.

Travel + Leisure
March 05, 2013

Set in the Rio Grande Valley north of Albuquerque, the lavish Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa is an opulent desert oasis. Spend your days hiking into the surrounding wilderness, teeing off at the on-site golf course, fly-fishing, or rafting the Rio Grande River. Make it all worthwhile by enlisting the resort’s capable therapists to massage your muscles (tip: book a couples’ treatment) and indulging in native cuisine.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

This Pueblo-style resort halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque offers authentic Native American activities (tribal folk-dance shows, huruna-bread tastings, pottery-making lessons) in addition to golf, horseback riding, and post-adventure pampering (try the ancient-drumming mud mask). It’s all part of the draw at this sprawling Native American–owned hotel near Bernalillo. Spend the night in one of the resort’s roomy Mountain Vista units, which have slate-bathroom countertops, southwestern-print down blankets, and grand balconies or patios overlooking the Sandias.

Tamaya Mist Spa

Set in the Rio Grande Valley north of Albuquerque, the lavish spa is an opulent desert oasis.

Corn Maiden Restaurant

Indigenous and global ingredients come together in preparations like buffalo carpaccio with shaved asiago, and grilled elk chop with caramelized acorn squash.

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