Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort (Part 2), Pools And Recreation

This is a tale of three canyons.  Chances are you haven’t heard of at least one and maybe two.

Here’s what I plan to cover in this trip report, mostly in order:

The guest rooms at Hyatt Regency Tamaya are pleasant and welcoming.  The food is a welcome treat as well.  However, where this resort excels is outdoors.  The pools are great, there are plenty of recreation activities, a vibrant kids club and horses (we’ll get to the horses in part 3).

The various wings of the hotel frame in the main recreation area.  There are 3 different pools.  One is dedicated to adults.  It’s circular, with a privacy wall.  That was the least occupied pool while we were there.

The “main” pool is bigger and has a 3-story tall waterslide that the kids absolutely loved.  Even the adult kids!  There’s also a heated whirlpool near the main pool.

There are plenty of seating areas around the pool, both shaded an out in the sun.  If your goal is to keep an eye on your kids in the pool there are plenty of lounge chairs with a view.  There’s also a poolside bar and waitstaff who will take orders and deliver food and drinks throughout the pool area.

There’s a third pool at the far end of the complex, past the kids club.  It’s not specifically reserved for kids or adults.  But, because of the distance from the other pools it is somewhat secluded.

Kids Club

The kids club is called Camp Tamaya and is located nearby the main pool.  The club requires that you book the day prior if you plan to drop off your kids.  The actual club building has plenty of activities and a dedicated bathroom as well as a fenced-in, shaded courtyard for outdoor play.

Camp Tamaya offers a morning, afternoon and evening session.  There are a variety of pricing options depending on which sessions you want.  For example, a combination of morning and afternoon with lunch served will cost $55 for essentially a full day.

We did just an afternoon session plus a kids lunch and the kids had an excellent time.  They were kept busy throughout the day with different activities themed to their age and preferences.  Our kids generally don’t like leaving our side during vacation.  And yet, they couldn’t stop raving about Camp Tamaya.

Other Activities

The resort has a few dedicated areas to activities.  We couldn’t experience all of them during our stay but managed to enjoy quite a few.  One of our favorites was a bread making class.  Held outside near Santa Ana Cafe, we made the bread from scratch with ingredients provided by the hotel.  They taught the kids the entire process of bread making.

Once we were done prepping our loaves of bread we took a break for lunch and some pool time and came back when the bread was finished rising and baking.  We had each marked our loaves with a design.  The staff had laid out seasoned butters alongside our bread to sample, along with plastic bags to pack up our bread to take with us.  I’m fairly certain we paid $10 per loaf of bread.  The staff was fine with the parents helping the kids make bread, so the four of us were able to participate for $20.  Well worth it!

Catherine also took place in a dreamcatcher workshop and had a ton of fun doing it.  There were literally dozens of activities to choose from during our visit.

You’ll also find a hummingbird garden in the back of the property behind the pools and plenty of wildlife if you wander around.

Resort Fee

The resort does charge a $28 resort fee per day.  Globalist members are exempt from this fee.  If you’re not Globalist, you’ll still get a decent value for the $28, more than some properties.  Access to the fitness center is no surprise.  But, the resort also includes free bicycles, tennis racquets, free access to the putting green on the golf course, free nightly s’mores making and more.

The Final Two Pennies

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is a property where you don’t want to spend too much time in your room.  You’ll find plenty of pools, facilities, crafts, and other activities to keep you busy.  During our visit to the resort we did venture briefly down to Albuquerque one evening for dinner and some shopping.  The rest of the time we were content to enjoy all the benefits the property had to offer.

As a reminder, this hotel is a Category 4 in the World of Hyatt program, which means it’ll set you back 15,000 points per night. If you’re a fan of Points & Cash, that’s 7,500 points and $100.

Stay tuned for the Stables at Tamaya, by far our favorite part of our stay.

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  1. From your photo, looks like they had the hot tub waterfall turned off – when blasting, it gives a great neck & shoulder massage for free!

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