Alibi V.12 No.51 • Dec 18-24, 2003 

Feature Article

New Years Packages

El Dorado Hotel

309 West San Francisco St.

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

(800) 286-6755, (505) 988-4455

Celebrate the New Year with a romantic three-night getaway at the historic El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe. The package includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a candle-lit dinner at the acclaimed Old House Restaurant, breakfast in bed each morning, your choice of a massage or any other spa treatment once during your stay, and monogrammed plush terrycloth robes as a souvenir of your stay. The hotel also provides live music every night for your listening and dancing pleasure. At $1017, it aint exactly cheap—but if you can afford to, go ahead and splurge. You've got a whole year to work on your money management skills.

El Monte Sagrado

317 Kit Carson Road

Taos, New Mexico 87571

(800) 828.Taos, (505) 758.3502

If you're looking to pull out all the stops this year, check out the two ridiculously luxe packages offered by the El Monte Sagrado in Taos. The first will set you back $2,935 and includes a five night stay in a Native American Suite or one-bedroom suite, admission to their New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, New Year's Day Recovery Breakfast and a choice of three spa treatments per person.

The second package includes a seven night stay in a Native American Suite or one bedroom suite, admission to their New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball, New Year's Day Recovery Breakfast, choice of four spa treatments per person, plus a vintner's wine dinner on January 3rd. The cost is $3,795, and probably worth every penny.

Hilton Albuquerque

1901 University NE

884-2500

The Albuquerque Hilton and Hot 95.1 join forces this year for a special ABQ 1st Friday Old School New Year's Eve Bash. Tickets for the party can be purchased alone or as part of a special package that includes a discounted stay at the hotel. The event gets kicked off at 8 PM with a free all you can eat buffet featuring a tempting array of fresh fruit, seafood and decadent pastries. Contests, give-aways and booze will ensue, with DJs spinning enough old school and R&B favorites to keep your booty shaking all night long.

Advance tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling the Hilton at 884-2500 or Fade Tite Hair Studio at 262-4780; or buy them online at www.abq1stfriday.com. Tickets at the door are $45. Tack on another $49 and you've got yourself a room to retire to once the sparkle fades.

Hyatt Regency Downtoan1

330 Tijeras

(800) 250-1625

The Hyatt Regency Downtown is a sure bet for a stylish but low-key New Year's celebration. Sip your bubbly at the bar while enjoying the smooth sounds of a live jazz trio. Afterwards, take advantage of the hotel's New Year's package, which includes double occupancy guest accommodations, complimentary parking (a must for any downtown partygoers), party favors in the room and a breakfast buffet for two. All this can be yours for just $169 plus tax and tip.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa

1300 Tuyuna Trail

Bernalillo

(505) 771-6999

With two New Year's Eve packages to choose from, the Tamaya is the perfect place to start off the New Year with a bang.

The "Celebration Package" starts at $349 per couple and includes one night accommodations for two people, two tickets with reserved seating to the Ballroom Gala Party, Live Entertainment featured throughout the resort, elaborate New Year's Eve Buffet, decadent dessert and coffee station, midnight countdown, champagne toast, spectacular balloon drop, party favors and resort fee. The "Midnight to Remember" package starts at $449 per couple and includes all of the above Celebration Package items, a choice between dinner for two in the resort's signature fine dining restaurant the Corn Maiden, featuring a live guitarist or preferred seating at the ballroom gala party, and a guaranteed king size bed.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya's New Year's Eve gala party commences at 8:00 p.m. and will be co-hosted with Magic 99.5 FM. Entertainment includes musical guests the Ken Arlen Orchestra. Dinner options range from Ancho Chile Seared Pork Loin with Cranberry-Cider Demi Glaze to Pinon Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Herbed Mushroom-Truffle Sauce.

While Mom and Dad enjoy all of Tamaya's festivities, the kids can celebrate too at Camp Tamaya's New Year's Eve celebration for children ages 3-12. This special session costs $60 per child and includes a children's buffet, games, movies and a special apple cider champagne toast.

Tickets to Hyatt Regency Tamaya's "Midnight to Remember" can be purchased now through December 31, 2003.