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Desert blush: brides-to-be will blossom in the heart of New Mexico.

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If you're seeking Southwestern wedding chic, look no further than the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, situated on 550 sacred acres in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

Fly into Albuquerque and transfer on a 25-minute drive through a stunning high elevation landscape to Hyatt Tamaya's sprawling luxury resort in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Created in collaboration with the Santa Ana Pueblo Native American tribe to preserve and present their indigenous traditions, there is room to move at this resort with a difference.

Choose your accommodations from 350 pueblo-style guestrooms and suites decorated in classic contemporary Southwestern style--many rooms enjoy views onto the surrounding mountains, multi-hued mesas, fields and walking trails. Enjoy the delightfully designed common areas and the lodge-style decor, beautiful pottery and artworks on display. Relax by the open fireplaces of the Rio Grande Lounge. Beyond beckons the Tamaya Veranda where you can relax with a drink--perhaps a glass of local Gruet sparkling wine--and take in the sunset views. Come back for a nightcap underneath the starlight!

Unwind at the award-winning Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon by taking one of their very special treatments; different seasonal packages are available for couples or singles focusing on hydration, detox, and renewal, incorporating local ingredients and methods--try the Prickly Pear Toning Wrap or the Lavender Dry Brush Therapy.

Feeling active? Take a horseback ride through the foothills on one of the gentle rescue horses from the Stables at Tamaya; walk or cycle through the 5 miles of walking trails that surround the property. This is a place where the land and animals are respected and nurtured. Cool off at one of three swimming pools that sparkle under the expansive desert sky. Peruse the arts, crafts, sundries and souvenirs for sale at the Trading Post and gallery. For a transcendental experience, book a dawn flight in a hot air balloon--a quintessential New Mexico experience, and the best way to appreciate the unique landscape.

The New Mexico food boom is on display at the resort's five outstanding restaurants--Santa Ana Cafe with its Southwestern casual bistro meals is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But after sundown our pick is Corn Maiden, a romantic restaurant offering regionally-inspired dishes in an intimate and ornate Southwestern ambience. Tuck into Shrimp Bon-bon stuffed with lobster mousseline, Duck Breast with calabacita tamale and charred pico, or rotisserie grill Strip Loin served with a selection of locally-inspired sides such as green chile potatoes au gratin, cactus chutney and grilled peach salsa. Vegetarian options are available.

When it comes to weddings, Tamaya offers you a grand and vibrant backdrop for your ceremony. A union of epic proportions is possible in the 29,000 square feet of indoor space (the Tamaya ballroom is gorgeous!); or the 25,000 square feet of outdoor space, including the majestic outdoor Sunrise amphitheater with flagstone pathways and views of the Rio Grande Bosque. Let the sacred goddess of nature be the witness to your commitment. For something more intimate, the picturesque 8,000sq. ft. Cottonwoods Gazebo and Pavilion framed by charming cottonwood trees is a lovely choice. The House of the Hummingbird is an outdoor manicured garden space modeled on the footprint of an adobe Pueblo. With views of the Sandia Mountains and the sacred Tuyuna Mesa, your event will be infused with a special atmosphere. You may even wish to add a fairytale touch such as a horse-drawn carriage ride for you and your bride. Personalized tasting menus that incorporate your culinary preferences with local influences and ingredients are available. Imagine taking your vows in a place imbued with such a rich respect for culture and nature. For menus, packages and inclusions call (505)8671234.

Tamaya is a TAG-approved, genuinely LGBTQ-friendly resort. The staff are dedicated and sensitive to minority identities and they will work with you to ensure that your dream day is beyond your wildest expectations. And should you want to explore the area, day trips are available for you and your guests. Santa Fe, with its many galleries, restaurants, and boutiques is only 45 minutes away. (tamaya.regency.hyatt.com)

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Caption: Hot air ballooning over Tamaya

Caption: Fine dining at Corn Maiden

Caption: Cottonwoods Gazebo and Pavilion

Caption: Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon
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Title Annotation:TRAVEL
Author:Johns, Merryn
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Date:Aug 1, 2017
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