Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, a luxury resort located on the Native American Pueblo of Santa Ana Pueblo nestled along the Rio Grande and beneath the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, has welcomed unique guests – bees.
Its two beehives house more than 80,000 bees and produce around 80 pounds of honey each year which is used in carefully curated dishes at the Corn Maiden restaurant as well as infused into signature treatments at Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon. The honeybees are important pollinators of the resort’s many flowers, orchard, and gardens.
The honey produced at the 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya is also the inspiration for the Margarita de Miel, a margarita offered to guests at check-in. The recipe, created by the resort’s food and beverage team, features housemade lavender-infused honey.
“We began keeping beehives at Tamaya with the simple goal of helping honeybees, which as most people know are under immense stress and populations are declining dramatically,” said Claudia Wattenberg, general manager at Hyatt Regency Tamaya. “It’s a wonderful bonus that the bees provide us with a small amount of honey we can offer to our guests in very select ways.”
The 500-acre resort offers a diverse landscape of unspoiled beauty, hiking trails, and Native American influences. It combines the architecture and ambiance of a Southwestern pueblo with the service and amenities of a resort.
The property features 29,000 square feet of indoor and 25,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space including the Tamaya Ballroom, a 12,000-square-foot space that can be partitioned into eight separate rooms, and the Wolf and Puma rooms, offering floor-to-ceiling windows that open directly to a patio with panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and cottonwood forest.
The property’s Cottonwood Pavilion, situated just minutes away from the main resort and nestled among the Rio Grande’s cottonwood forest, creates a private setting surrounded by nature. The venue easily transforms from an indoor to an outdoor venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that open on to the Cottonwoods Patio. Other outdoor venue options include the Sunrise Amphitheatre with an unobstructed backdrop of the Sandia Mountains and the House of the Hummingbird boasting a 7,500-foot lawn enclosed by a replica of ancient Pueblo ruins.
Its location on the Santa Ana Pueblo results in the Hyatt Regency Tamaya offering several unique activities for groups including its Tamaya Horse Rehabilitation Program non-profit organization. The program provides shelter, care, and rehabilitation to neglected and abandoned horses in New Mexico. Groups can arrange for interactive experiences with the horses, take part in team-building and volunteer activities, or sponsor a horse on behalf of their company.
Additionally, the property features culturally-inspired group experiences, including traditional pueblo bread baking demonstrations and tribal dance performances. Horseback rides traverse the Southwestern terrain and explore the banks of the Rio Grande, golf at the Twin Warriors Golf Club, and treatments at the Tamaya Mist Spa are other activities offered.
Hyatt Regency Tamaya also offers excursions including hot air balloon rides which take off from the resort’s on-site launch pad, hiking and biking trails, rafting and jeep excursions, and fine dining at the Corn Maiden restaurant. For more information, click here.