8 Beautiful Indigenous-owned Hotels and Resorts to Visit This Fall
November is Native American History Month, and for many Indigenous people, this is a chance to shed light on their unique traditions and history. For centuries, Indigenous people have had their sacred land stolen, which municipals use to build tourist attractions and hotels that do not benefit Native people in any way. Thankfully, many Natives have reclaimed their territory by buying back and preserving their land. Here at Blistey, we have organized a list of eight hotels and resorts that are proudly owned by Native Americans, Hawaiians, and other Indigenous groups.
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This historic hotel is placed above Snoqualmie Falls, one of Washington’s most scenic attractions. Salish Lodge & Spa, as well as the waterfall, are proudly owned and operated by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, where guests can experience luxury and tranquility. The hotel has 86 guest rooms, all of which have updated amenities such as gas fireplaces, Wi-Fi, and premium bedding and mattresses. There are even pet-friendly rooms for the guests who wish to bring their furry friends. Salish Lodge & Spa has an array of spa treatments that use herbs and honey from their local garden and apiary. Their two Northwestern-inspired restaurants also use local and homegrown ingredients, making Salish Lodge & Spa the perfect place for an authentic and immersive getaway.
Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, The Spa at Norwich Inn is located a few miles from one of the oldest Native American reservations. This hotel has been around for almost a century, but the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation renovated it for all walks of life to enjoy. The 100 room hotel and spa
is situated around perennial gardens and oak trees, which is perfect for someone who enjoys rustic scenery. The Spa at Norwich Inn offers two on-site restaurants and a juice bar, which has something for everyone. And if you do not want to dine in, you can easily have it brought to your room. They have days designated for certain fitness and yoga classes like kickboxing and Zumba, as well as daily spa packages and tarot card readings.
This hotel is definitely for someone who loves entertainment and nightlife. The Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort is the largest entertainment hotel in New Mexico. You will always have something to do in a hotel that has an arcade, 1,400 seat entertainment venue, 61 thousand foot casino, and various tennis courts and pools. They have various food options, such as cafés and intimate fine dining, as well as room service. Their spacious rooms feature hi-speed Internet and signature bedding. Plus, they offer rooms that are pet-friendly and ADA-compliant.
The Mauian Hotel offers an abundance of activities and amenities for travelers who want to find a Hawaiian hideaway. The guest rooms do not have televisions, phones, or stereos. However, you will not even know they’re gone because of the amazing beachfront and ocean views that are just outside of your window. But if these technologies are needed, you can find them in the Ohana Room, where there are various forms of entertainment. The Ohana Room also provides daily complimentary pastries, Kona blend coffee, and fresh fruit. Much like a lot of these Native Hawaiian hotels, The Mauian Hotel does not have resort fees. Their hotel rooms vary from studios to suites, and you can choose whether you want a pool or ocean view.
Ala Kukui strives to honor Hāna, which is one of the reasons why all of the staff positions are run by longtime Hāna residents. Guests have the opportunity
to stay in the retreat’s beautiful apartments and cabins that are surrounded by the natural beauty of Maui. There is a certified kitchen on the retreat that offers everything from a food processor to two full-sized refrigerators. Their Hālau Building is used for yoga and meditation practices and Ala Kukui has other designated meeting rooms, such as the Back Courtyard, for large gatherings and events. Ala Kukui also offers many classes such as cultural workshops, Reiki, spiritual guidance, and life coaching. This is definitely a place to go if you are looking to learn about the local Hāna community and their traditional and cultural practices.
The View Hotel is within the Navajo Reservation located in Monument Valley, Utah. Like many of these hotels on this list, The View respects and celebrates the beauty of Native American culture. Their guest rooms and cabins are decorated with authentic Navajo decorations, there is no swimming pool to conserve water for the locals who live in the desert, and The View is able to provide jobs for the Native people. Common amenities like air conditioning, televisions, and refrigerators are included. Guests can also explore Monument Valley on guided tours and purchase authentic, handcrafted Navajo items from the Trading Post.
The Seaside Hotels have been owned by the same native Hawaiian family for over a century. First built by Richard Kimi, the Seaside Hotels started off as a 30 room hotel and turned into a hotel empire. The Kona Hotel is located on The Big Island of Hawaii, while the Maui resort is on its respective island. Both hotels feature luxury rooms, beach and sunset views, and zero resort fees.
This oceanfront location is perfect for an adventurous traveler. The Kona Seaside Hotel is walking distance from Kailua Bay, where guests can learn to scuba dive, parasail, and paddleboarding. And if you are the type of traveler who likes to learn about the place they’re staying, the Hulihee Palace is nearby. This historical vacation home is now a public museum that houses native Hawaiian and Victorian artifacts. If you’re lucky, you can even catch a free music performance that happens on the first Sunday of each month. The Kona Seaside Hotel also has an on-site restaurant called the “Splashers Grill,” where guests can enjoy burgers, steaks, and seafood.
This hotel is a place for a combination of adventure and relaxation. The Maui Seaside Hotel offers rooms that overlook the waterfalls and tropical gardens of Maui. Their oceanfront lodging is in the breathtaking mountains of Iao Valley and Mount Haleakala, where guests can hike and swim in the sandy beaches. Maui Seaside Hotel is also near Ho’Okipa Beach Park, one of Hawaii’s most popular windsurfing beaches. It is also close to the Maui Lani Golf Course and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.
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