The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is so wonderful I should have reviewed it earlier: I was there on business in the middle of February 2012, staying for three nights. It turned into the most relaxing and restorative business trip in the States ever!
The relaxation began while checking in since soothing Native American tunes play throughout the hotel on its PA system so that in a way, you’re forced to relax. The friendly staff speak in calming, low voices and instill confidence in you in their abilities.
I had arrived early enough on the first day to have a tasty lunch at the Corn Maiden and then to take advantage of their Tamaya Mist spa before the business portion of my trip began, the conference the next two days.
Oh. My. Goodness. They so deserve the Conde Nast award as one of the 10 best spas in the US that I saw an article on when I went to make my appointment (It’s still listed among the top 100 in the 2012 Conde Nast Travel readers’ poll). I arrived early as specified so that I could change into one of the spa robes and sit in the waiting area that had jars of dried fruit, dark chocolate spiced up with chili flakes, and cool water with citrus slices flavoring it. The full body salt scrub was the first I’d had, but how could I resist a description that said native blue corn flour, Anazasi bean, and pumpkin seed were combined with desert salts to rejuvenate the recipient of the massage? Absolutely fabulous. I followed up that treatment noted as being “invigorating” with the native herbal wrap as recommended so that I could relax a bit before dinner. Never had I felt so pampered in my previous experiences with massages or wraps! Like many other women staying there, I returned at night just to use the steam room and Jacuzzi throughout my stay (any guest can do so). We all marveled at the way we relaxed and remained relaxed despite having come from high-pressure jobs and knowing we’d soon be returning to those.
The hotel was very quiet, given the location, a plus when one is attending a conference breakfast through dinner. As some others have commented, the rooms are arranged so that it’s quite spread out; I also had to walk about 5 minutes from my room to get to the lobby, about 7 to get to the conference location. But that’s not an inconvenience and actually not that different from waiting for elevators in a hotel that’s many floors high. I was able to use the cord provided in the room to hook up my laptop so I could get internet, and of course my phone received internet and call reception, albeit while I sat at the table on the balcony looking out at snow-dusted hills and rabbits while I drank my morning coffee. The adobe walls on either side of the balcony prevented those awkward moments of seeing a fellow guest outside while you were drinking in the quiet and calm of nature, which was all I could see from my second-floor balcony (and that’s not a bad thing most of the time).
What I did find a tad disconcerting, though, was the first morning I was there, the security bar for the sliding glass door that I had raised to go outside to enjoy my coffee on the balcony fell—and blocked the sliding glass door from opening to let me back into my room! Fortunately I had my cell phone on me, so I called the front desk, who sent someone to get into my room (with a special tool since the security bar double-locked the door). And my coffee was hot, I was dressed appropriately, and actually I was still relaxed enough from the spa treatments the afternoon before that I just sat there, knowing I would either be rescued by hotel staff or noticed as missing from the conference. I wasn’t giving my presentation that morning or that day, so I could just relax, knowing I had gotten up early enough for setbacks. I was released from the balcony by the worker in sufficient time to shower and still get to breakfast with everyone. But I made sure to tell everyone to take their cell phones onto their balconies, too.
That mishap was a minor blip, making for a funny story, embellished by my telling my husband I thought I would have to send a rabbit like Lassie to go tell people where I was. It truly was a wonderfully relaxing time. At night the warmth of fire pits enabled conversations under stars you could really see as opposed to the way skies look in cities or on fog-covered coasts. By day we could take our breaks on those same patio seating areas to drink in the sights of nothing but nature as far as we could see, such as the Sandia Mountains. If you really do need to get into Albuquerque or Santa Fe, the hotel arranges a shuttle to the train station so you can hop a commuter train to either city 30 minutes away (we did that late the second afternoon to do a bit of sightseeing in Santa Fe). This resort truly made for one location of a business trip that I would happily return to if I wanted a vacation spot for extreme relaxation.