Friday, November 20, 2009

The Holidays are on Their Way

The tree for the living room of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya arrived today! The team from Mary Ann's Plants and Flowers started decorating this morning. It smells fantastic!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Construction Business is Booming at the Hyatt Tamaya

The Tamaya pastry department is hard at work on the 2009 Holiday Gingerbread Village. We took a peak into the Bake Shop, take a look at the construction we found!

We can't wait to see the finished product!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Celebrate New Mexico’s Change of Season with a Guided Fall Foliage Tour and Hay Ride at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa

The Fall Foliage Tour will include a guided hay ride through the Bosque near the Rio Grande on the Pueblo of Santa Ana.

Every Sunday, starting October 18, 2009 – November 8, 2009
Three Tours Every Sunday:

- 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
- 2:00 PM – 2:40 PM
- 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM

With your tour, receive Hot Apple Cider and Tamaya’s Signature Pumpkin Cookies
$10 Per Person, Children 14 years and younger are Free

Jennifer Wimberly, Bosque Specialist at Hyatt Regency Tamaya, will guide Tours. You will have the opportunity to see the changing colors of the leaves from a vibrant green to yellow, red and orange while learning about the many different types of trees, plants, grasses, shrubs, and ecosystem along the banks of the Rio Grande River. Plants and trees that people will see include cottonwood trees, New Mexico olive trees, wolfberry trees, shrubs, a variety of wild grasses, and other annual blooming plants.

Reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, please call 505.771.6037

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Searches for the Next Kid Reporter

Hyatt Regency Tamaya is conducting a search for the next “Kid Reporter” with Camp Hyatt on Assignment, a program where kids can submit a short news-style video that highlights why they would like to be a “Kid Reporter” and what Camp Hyatt activities they would enjoy most. The New Mexico winner and their family will receive a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya with breakfast for four, a hot air balloon ride for four, and a half-day of activities at Camp Hyatt Tamaya. The winner will be automatically entered into a national program that will determine the next “Kid Reporter.”

Kids and their families are invited to take part in the Camp Hyatt on Assignment program and experience Camp Hyatt on Saturday, August 22 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Orientation begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by Camp Hyatt activities. A complimentary lunch including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and soda will beserved at 11:00 a.m. Kids will be encouraged to record their news report based on the morning’s orientation and activities between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In addition, pool passes, pony and/or horseback rides, rodeo tickets, and lunch at the Santa Ana Café will be raffled-off to Camp Hyatt on Assignment participants and attendees.

For more information about submitting a video entry, please visit:

The contest is open to all local children as well as those who will be staying at the resort between 6 years-old and 12 years-old.

Please send your email to to reserve your spot or to request further information. Please include “The Next Kid Reporter ” in the Subject Line. Please allow for at least a 48 hour return reply.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Tamaya, known as “a quiet and special place” is a small Pueblo with a rich history dating back over 1000 years. The people of Tamaya (the Tamayame) emerged into this world from an underworld. At this time of emergence, they were given what was needed to survive on this earth: their culture, social values, religion, and form of self-government. Their religious leaders spoke to the Tamayame of a beautiful land and a sky to the upperworld. The Tamayame traveled for centuries, and did not settle in any of the lands. They stopped only to regain strength by nourishment and as soon as their energy was renewed, the traveling continued. This journey led them to settle along the north bank of the Jemez River—a place they called Tamaya. The Tamayame lived peacefully for many years, cultivating the land and establishing a way of life based on agriculture. This was the best place in the world. Eventually, however, their hospitable ways towards visitors almost brought an end to their way of life.

As time progressed, exploring Europeans entered this region and influenced the culture of the Pueblo. European settlers brought their economy, religious beliefs and technology to this tribal community based on agriculture. The Tamayame welcomed these people and shared their beliefs, ceremonies, and homes. Many of the Tamayame, however, became ill and died from strange diseases brought by the Europeans and their different plants and animals.

As more and more foreign people began to settle in the area surrounding Tamaya, the tribe managed to adjust and learn from the new environment. New foods like peaches, apples, grapes, and watermelons augmented their traditional diet of corn, beans, squash, and chilies. Some Tamayame became cattle or sheep herders, but most remained farmers. Improvements such as metal tools also came from the arrival of the foreigners and helped to improve their agricultural production. Despite these outside influences the Tamayame managed to maintain their spirituality and ceremonial ways of life, even to this day. With the many changes brought on by the Europeans to the Pueblo way of life came the renaming of the Pueblo.

The Tamayame became known as the people of Santa Ana. Even though Santa Ana is one of the smaller Pueblos in population with 700 tribal members, it contains approximately 78,000 acres, and its people are one of the most progressive economically.

Today, the old Pueblo of Tamaya lies on the north bank of the Jemez River. The new village, Ranchitos Grant, was acquired by purchase from the Spanish Colonist during the 18th Century, and lies ten miles southeast of Tamaya along both sides of the Rio Grande and opposite the resort.

The future of the Pueblo of Tamaya is being reshaped with recent measures approved by the Tribal Council. In addition to a Garden Center, Blue Corn Enterprises, and the Santa Ana Star Casino, the Pueblo has added 45 holes of golf, a fine-dining restaurant, and a clothing enterprise dedicated to showcasing Native American artists. The people of Tamaya are proud and determined to show the best they have to offer.

To showcase their tradition of hospitality, the Tamayame have created the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, reminiscent of the dwellings of the Santa Ana Pueblo from long ago. This Pueblo community’s Tribal history and culture are reflected in every aspect of the resort, from open air courtyards and plazas, to an adobe style lobby. The moment you step into the entry courtyard, modeled after the dance plaza at the Tamaya village where ancient ceremonies have been performed for centuries, you will feel the history of the surrounding lands that date far back in time. Welcome to a place where the people, their culture and the land are one.

Rodeo Excitement At The Stables At Tamaya

Grab your cowboy hat and enjoy an exhilarating rodeo this season at the Stables at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa!

Just $20 for resort guests, $25 for non-resort guests and free for children under 14The Rodeo at Tamaya is held every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Rodeo Events include:

  • Grand Entry

  • Barrel Racing

  • Team Branding

  • Team Penning

  • Team roping

Snacks, Sodas, Souvenirs

Resort Guests $20 Non-Resort Guests $25
Children under 14 are Free

For more information please call 505.771.6037

Friday, May 15, 2009

Party Planning Tips from the Experts!

Ashley Armstrong, catering manager for the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, has several tips on planning a party, making it less stressful and lots of fun. According to Ashley,


Plan in advance. Don’t let the last minute details get you down. Determine which aspects of your party are the most important to you and be sure to have those taken care of well in advance.

Ask for Help

Parties are a time for giving and sharing, and this applies to the party you’re hosting as well.

Do what inspires YOU

Don’t try to please the masses, do what makes you happy.


Whether you’re throwing a party for 5 or a party for 500, think about the type of music or entertainment you’d like to incorporate. Will your party be cocktails and mingling, warranting upbeat holiday tunes? Are you hosting a sit down dinner deserving a lower volume conducive to dinner conversation? Do you have guests ranging in age that may enjoy a holiday movie or puzzle?

Don’t Forget the Little Ones

Children enjoy the holidays more than anyone, so if your party is appropriate to invite guests of all ages be sure to have some entertainment for the little ones too.


You can decorate well in advance. Don’t be afraid to dive in and get it done, it will be one less thing to worry about the day of your party.


A light scent can help set the mood from the very beginning. The Hyatt Regency Tamaya uses a scent of cedar and pine throughout the resort to inspire tranquility and a sense of the resort’s surroundings. Finding a soft scented candle or light incense can evoke festive moods and inspirations for cuisine

Menus and Serving

If you are not utilizing a caterer, be sure to keep the menus simple and geared towards food that can be prepared ahead of time, helping you to avoid last minute messes in the kitchen. If you’re planning an open house with guests arriving at varying times, be sure to select items that will hold well and be delicious throughout your event.

Favorite Recipes

Hors d’oeuvre recipes can be prepared easily and ahead of time. Remember to keep it simple and fun.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Hyatt Tamaya Resort and Spa hotel, owned by Santa Ana Pueblo, has upgraded its ballroom, spa and bar. New flat panel televisions are going into all 350 guest rooms as well.

It might seem counterintuitive to invest so much now when the economy has hit hard destination resorts like Tamaya. But Jerry Westenhaver, general manager of the hotel, said the renovations had been budgeted for some time. Also, when business is down, it’s a logical time to do construction.

“The impact on business would be minimal,” he said. “The ballroom is the engine that drives all things, so taking it down would have little impact.”
It’s also cheaper, Westenhaver added.

“With the economy, you can get a lot more work done for less money,” he said. “It’s called leveraging.”

The Pueblo is committed to keeping the product up, he added.

“It’s our second renovation in eight years,” Westenhaver said. “Most hotels don’t go through that. They are committed to doing this and improving the property, regardless of economic conditions.”

The Rio Lounge is where changes are the most obvious. The bar that stood along the windows overlooking the Sandias and the bosque along the Rio Grande has been moved against a wall. It was blocking the best view in the house, Westenhaver said.

A new onyx panel behind the bar is lit from within, lending a pleasant golden light. Large glass doors now open onto a round terrace that has a casual restaurant and fire pits. The lounge also got all new furniture and carpeting.

The Tamaya Mist spa has new slate floors and walls, new carpeting and doors. A common outdoor area will get additional upgrades early next year with a fire pit and a waterfall, as well as kivas with turquoise accents

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Welcome to Tamaya

There is so much happening at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya and we would like to share it with you! Last week, Conde Nast Traveler magazine came out with the top 79 spas in the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and Canada and voted on by it's readers. For the second time in a row, the Tamaya Mist Spa is on this fantastic list!

With that being said, we have just completed a renovation of our spa! Yep, we took our award winning spa and made it better! A whole new look is in store for visitors to our spa. I promise to sneak down and take some pictures for you all soon.

All of our guests get access to the spa facilities with it's dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room and whirlpool. If you are in the New Mexico area, come by for a tour. We also offer discounts on spa treatments for New Mexico residents.

We have 60 and 90 minute treatments available. Take a look at our website for a complete list of treatments available