Santa Ana Pueblo's resort offers visitors a unique experience

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SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. - The Santa Ana Pueblo is located on 73,000 acres in central New Mexico, a mere 20 minute drive north of Albuquerque.

The 700 Tamayame who call this Pueblo home are an ancient people who have nurtured and carved a life out of this land for hundreds of years. This group of Keresan speakers has long been known for their hospitality and generous nature. It is only fitting that one of the largest and most culturally unique resorts ever developed on American Indian land is here amidst the majestic Sandia Mountains and the cottonwood Bosque of the Rio Grande River.

The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is a joint venture of the Santa Ana Pueblo and the Global Hyatt Corporation. This 500 acre, $90 million endeavor is a joy to behold and offers affordable luxury coupled with a hand on cultural experience.

The Tamaya is a business conventioneers dream come true and offers all the amenities any large convention needs or desires to host a spectacular conference, including 50,000 square feet of meeting space encompassing a grand ballroom, meeting halls, banquet facilities and a business center. But this is also the perfect get away for families and couples alike. The award winning complex features 350 luxury guestrooms and suites, open air court yards, cascading pools, nature trails and much more.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of the resort is the Tamayame Museum and Learning Center. This living museum is dedicated to providing guests with a true sense of culture and art of the Santa Ana Pueblo.

Historical photographs, maps, artifacts and narrative displays provide an understanding of the intricacies of the entire resort.

In keeping with the Pueblo's commitment to community, family and environment, the resort also offers cultural activities that enhance the whole Srai Wi family experience. These programs are diverse and fun.

Camp Tamaya features a variety of recreational and educational activities for children ages 3 to 12. Activities range from swimming at the pool to learning how to make Native crafts.

For sports and recreation enjoyment, there are three pools, a meandering beach, hot tubs, hot air balloon rides, archery, free mountain bike rentals and much more. The resort also features the Twin Warriors Golf Club. This 18-hole Gary Panks-designed course features a major water exhibit and is routed around archeological sites dating back to the 1200s.

The Tamaya Mist, a 16,000-square-foot award-winning full-service spa, salon and fitness center, features an array of unique spa services that will delight old and young alike. The spa offers 12 private treatment rooms, four of which accommodate couples. Treatments range from massages and facials to seaweed and herbal wraps. All treatments are specifically designed by the Tamaya to reflect a Native theme.

The fitness center is free of charge to all hotel guests and offers a wide range of fitness activities for all levels and ages, including classes in water aerobics and yoga with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weights equipment. Soaking tubs, steam rooms, sauna and showers are also complimentary to all guests.

The Tamaya also offers great New Mexican cuisine in one of four restaurants. The Corn Maiden offers fine dining specializing in skewered, spit fired meats, fowl and fish. Looking for Anasazi beans, chiles and 25 tequila choices? Try the Rio Grande Lounge. The Santa Ana Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed setting.

Relax, enjoy and imagine. This is one resort where the land, the people and heart and soul of the culture all connect.