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 and Salon. The honeybees are important pollinators of the resort’s many flowers, orchard, and gardens.
The honey produced at 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. There are 350 rooms and suites, five restaurants and lounges, an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, tennis courts, three outdoor heated pools, Camp Hyatt activities for kids, hot air ballooning, a nature trail, and cultural and family activities.