New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment," and with one look at the sunsets that fade from red to pink to orange, it is easy to see why. The landscapes found in this southwestern state inspire many, Georgia O'Keeffe included. The artist's many masterpieces pay homage to the "painted desert." Her home, on the Ghost Ranch, in Abiquiu, nurtured her love of New Mexico. She came for the tranquility, she once said.
Tranquility is on the menu at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, one of the oldest natural health resorts in the country. The only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral waters -- lithia, iron, soda, and arsenic -- not to mention a mud pool that has guests slathering it all over their bodies and baking in the sun.
Another unique option is the 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, set on 500 acres on the Pueblo of Santa Ana, situated between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Stables at Tamaya is a nonprofit organization that rescues abandoned and neglected horses in New Mexico, and creates a rehabilitation program to provide shelter and care for these magnificent creatures.
The Stables at Tamaya supports about five newly rescued horses each year, and is currently home to 51. Trail rides on horses previously part of the rehabilitation effort give visitors a chance to immerse themselves in New Mexico's wildlife and vegetation -- not to mention views of the Sandia Mountains, Rio Grande, and nearby mesas.
The property recently added the Cottonwood Pavilion, nestled among a forest of cottonwood trees, which provides a private, peaceful setting. It can easily transform from an indoor to an outdoor venue with floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened to create a covered patio terrace.
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa also features several outdoor venues, including the Sunrise Amphitheatre, with a backdrop of the Sandia Mountains, and the House of the Hummingbird, an 8,600-square-foot outdoor tented space surrounded by the replicated architecture of the Native American Pueblo. The resort's 72,000 square feet of meeting space also includes the 12,000-square-foot Tamaya Ballroom. Other amenities include the Tamaya Mist Spa, 18-hole championship Twin Warriors Golf Club, and the Tamaya Cultural Learning Center which offers a glimpse of the Tamayame people, showcasing paintings, photography, and more.
Another one-of-a-kind experience awaits at the 118-room Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque, offering luxury guided day trips to its namesake Chaco Canyon National Monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Canyon National Monument was home to a thriving Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250.
Hot-air balloon rides, soaking in Japanese-style tubs at Ten Thousand Waves surrounded by towering pine trees, or the immersive, multimedia experience of Santa Fe art attraction Meow Wolf; New Mexico is a state that specializes in the unexpected.
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This article appears in the April 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.