Amangiri, literally meaning peaceful mountain, is centred around the incredible free form swimming pool built into the surrounding cliff face and seems to flow from within the rock itself. Combining natural hues, textures and designs, the resort’s limestone pavilions provide a cool oasis in the heart of the south west desert. The spa is most certainly worth a mention with an over water sauna pavilion and an ultra modern floating treatment pagoda. The rooms (really more like apartments) are spread generously around the grounds offering stunning views of the desert as well as the utmost privacy. So what to do? Well…be sure to take a private river tour on the mighty Colorado River with a gourmet picnic lunch on its banks to boot. Starting at the base of the Glen Canyon dam, drift down stream between the thousand foot cliffs on either side. As you may well imagine, the hiking around Amangiri is first rate with challenging routes through the desert for the adventurous as well as more gentle, serene walks through the wilderness.
Amangiri sits in 600 acres of prime desert landscape in Canyon point, Southern Utah. The resort overlooks the vast striations of the Giant Staircase Escelante National Park and whilst its buildings may match up to the immense surroundings, the hotel is tucked serenely into a protected valley.
Even before you step inside your bespoke suite, you will know that you’re entering somewhere pretty special. Accessed through a private courtyard, your room seamlessly blends dark wood fittings with huge glass windows and screens. Inside your spacious abode, there is a separate sitting room and bedroom as well as a private patio; the perfect spot to admire the desert with a glass of something tasty to hand. Behind the concertina glass doors is your oversized dressing room and bathroom with not one but two rainfall showers (when was one ever enough?) Your room…grand yet homely.
why we like it
It’s got to be the early morning hot air balloon flight taking off right outside our room and soaring over the Vermillion Cliffs, Lake Powell and Navajo Mountain. Peace, tranquillity and sitting down to a waiting champagne breakfast…not a bad start to the day. With the start of the day sorted, thoughts turn to the end of the day, how about this…a private tour of the Aman wine cellar followed by a barbecue under the stars with your own personal chef…