New Mexico Road Trip Part 7: Family Fun At the Hyatt Tamaya

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Road trips are lots of fun but they can be exhausting, especially when you have a two and five year old in tow.  I wanted to end our New Mexico trip on a high (i.e. lazing around on a sun lounger sipping a margarita with my kids happily occupied).  I googled ‘kids club new mexico” and out popped the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.  Having previously stayed at a similar Hyatt property in Lost Pines, Austin, I was sold.

These days, partnering with the local community has become an important part of how a hotel is (and should be) operated.  The Hyatt Tamaya is located on the Santa Ana Pueblo; the pueblo owning the land and hotel. The Hyatt group run the hotel and much of the profits are returned to this Native American community.  In addition to offering up the hotel as a spot for relaxation and events, they also help to educate on this community.  There is a Cultural Museum & Learning Center and there are regular cultural activities from Tamaya Bread Making demonstrations to Stories Under The Stars with Native American storytellers.

How did we get there?

The hotel is located 40 minutes from downtown Albuquerque.

What are the rooms like?

There are 350 guest rooms and we were very lucky to be staying in one of their 23 suites.  Ours was incredibly spacious, a separate double bedroom for the girls, 3 bathrooms, a living area and king bedroom for us.  

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What did we do?


First are foremost are the pools.  We hadn’t had much pool time on our road trip and the Hyatt Regency Tamaya was the perfect place to relax and unwind.  There are three outdoor pools.  The Kiva is a beautiful circular pool which is adults only (one for when your kids are at Camp Hyatt).  The Plaza Pool was a favourite with the kids due to the waterside (the prettiest I have seen).  

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The Oxbow Pool is the place to head with little kids offering up a shallower water with water fountains.

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Keep your eyes on the daily activities that the hotel run – some free and others at an extra charge. We loved the evening s’mores and making our own Painted Pony (the perfect New Mexico souvenir).

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There is a good size gym – a great way to work off all those sopapillas.  You can also borrow bikes and cycle on the nature trail alongside the Rio Grande.  My husband was intending to sneak away to one of the nearby golf courses (Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Golf Club), however he couldn’t bear to take himself away from the water slide.  If your version of exercise involves laying down to get pampered then book yourself in to the Tamaya Mist Spa instead.


I’ll be honest, one of the main attractions for me was the chance to have a few hours to myself whilst the kids were at Camp Hyatt.  You need to check in advance if they are running the programme each day (usually two slots).  The camp is located near to the pool and the staff are professional and welcoming.  Our girls came back laden down with all the fun arts & crafts they had done including a rather lovely mini adobe brick house!



An absolute highlight for our kids was the chance to ride a pony at the Stables (10 minutes from the hotel).  These are rescue horses that the owner Connie has lovingly looked after and brought back to full health.  In addition to pony and trail rides, there are summer rodeos on the weekend.

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There are plentiful options at the hotel from a big breakfast buffet at the Santa Ana Cafe to relaxed bar food in the Rio Grande Lounge.  

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I had wanted to eat at the Corn Maiden, the onsite fine dining restaurant.  However, after a tantrum from a small child, we decided fine dining wasn’t the way to go and the concierge recommended we went to The Range Cafe, about a 10 minute drive away.  We had a fabulous meal there – get the green chile strips!

Would I recommend the Hyatt Tamaya?

Absolutely.  We felt like we were in a holiday within our holiday and it was the perfect antidote to 10 days on the road moving from hotel to hotel each night.  The property offers up something for everyone from nature walks and the cultural centre to fun splashing around in one of the many pools.With the beauty of the Sandia Mountains in the distance, this was a spectacular end to our great New Mexico road trip.  



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