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Hotel Highlights

  • The Aman Spa and water pavilion
  • World-class hiking on your doorstep
  • Dramatic setting, utterly private location

Overview

A pocket of modernist luxury in a wild and wind-carved Utah landscape Amangiri hotel is a sleek sandstone hideaway at the heart of Navajo country – not the place you'd expect to find an incredible spa, excellent restaurant and every-whim-met indulgence.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Amangiri with us:

A 30-minute flotation treatment each

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

34 suites.

Check–out

12noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $1200.00, excluding tax at 25.45 per cent.

More details

Except for the Mesa Home, rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll also get a yoga class, a Pilates mat class and two guided hikes each day, plus use of the Water Pavilion at the spa.

Also

Striking art works, jewellery and handicrafts are available from the Gallery, along with glossy destination guides and a range of Aman accessories.

At the hotel

Swimming pool; spa with five treatment rooms, water pavilion and watsu pool; steam and sauna rooms; fitness centre; communal living room; library and game room; desert lounge; DVD, CD and book libraries; art gallery and boutique; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, bathrobes, signature Amangiri sage-infused bath products, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re a sucker for sunset views, opt for a Mesa View Suite; if you want a pool of your own, try one of the two Terrace Pool Suites. For the full rock-star experience, the Girijaala Suite has an enormous sky lounge and swimming pool, and the Amangiri Suite has an even grander pool as well as a dining table.

Poolside

The heated swimming pool curves around an escarpment of sandstone rock, with a line of king-size loungers on decks that jut into the water on one side, and terraces of parasols and sun loungers on the other side. There’s a piping Jacuzzi to soak in, too, and a fire pit to warm up at in the winter months.

Spa

A 2,322sq m ode to relaxation and harmony, the Aman Spa at Amangiri channels Navajo culture and healing traditions in its extensive treatment menu. In addition to five treatment rooms, it has a spacious water pavilion with a swimming pool, steam room, dry sauna and cold plunge pool; two outdoor treatment terraces; fully equipped fitness centre; yoga pavilion with private classes and free group sessions; salon and floatation room.

Packing tips

Binoculars and cameras, naturally. Walking shoes and 40+ sunscreen for hiking over dunes and up rocks; Jackie O sunglasses and kaftans for poolside lounging. If you need to pack light, there are sun hats for everyone to borrow, plus hiking shoes available to those who book a private guided tour.

Also

Soft drinks are free.

Children

This epic escape welcomes little explorers too; a kids’ menu is available in the Pavilion, as are children’s books and games. Say the word and a licensed babysitter can also be booked. The swimming pool has steps, shallow waters and toys on request.

Pet‐friendly

Pets under 25lbs are welcome to stay in the Desert Wing at a rate of $100 per night. Be sure to sign the resort's pet policy waiver before arriving.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Pavilion is at the centre of this desert-surrounded bijoux resort and, here, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in an open-plan dining room and intimate lounges. The tables spill out onto a terrace and the swimming pool. A small, curated menu of locavore fare feeds appetites small and large and changed regularly. Sample Southwest staples such as tortilla chips and salsa, bison burgers and seasoned fries and mushrooms topped with a fried egg and served in a cast-iron pan. Be sure to call ahead of time for dinner, as reservations are required. 

Hotel Bar

Utah may be a dry state but guests can be assured their favourite tipples will be available. Oenophiles will thrill at the floor-to-ceiling walnut wine cellar and its many offerings by glass or bottle. Cocktail lovers should try the Prickly Pear Margarita or a Sage Mojito.

Room service

There is an all-day menu of brunchy favourites as well as big-deal dishes and desserts available 6am–11pm. The complimentary minibar is kept stocked with juices and savoury and sweet snacks too.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Low-key layers; you’ll feel equally at-home in hiking sportswear as you will in elegant natural-toned linens.

Top table

Dine outside by the pool in the sunshine or moonlight. Inside, we love the counter at the sleek black show kitchen, especially as the chef throws in a couple of mouthwatering surprise dishes.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

One of the highlights of staying in this unique resort is the world-class hiking and rock-climbing. Book a guided via ferrata excursion (Italian for ‘iron road’): there are five of these fixed climbing routes involving ladder rungs on Amangiri’s own mountain-sprinkled grounds. Or sign up for recreational or advanced biking. The expert in-house team of guides can teach guests the basics of GPS navigation, map reading, rope techniques and desert travel, as well as providing an introduction to the ecology, geology and human history of the area. For a relaxing dose of the Colorado River, seek out the peaceful stretch of river downstream of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam, before the river takes its 250-mile journey through the Grand Canyon National Park; here you can experience the beauty of floating between 1,000-ft high walls of Navajo Sandstone. Pay a visit to the legendary Zion National Park, a peaceful preserve of ancient sandstone only an hour and a half by car through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Borrow one of the BMWs, and head to Horseshoe Bend, a 30-minute drive into Arizona. Here, the Colorado River makes a 300-degree turn 1,000 feet below: to get the best snapshot a) go between noon and 2pm when the sun is at its highest and b) make sure you don’t go too close to the edge. (A few over-keen tourists have plunged to their deaths here.)

 

Local cafés

Ja'di' To'oh (in Navajo this means Antelope Springs) at 537 Marina Parkway may not be the most sophisticated eatery, but if you just want a casual burger or pizza meal, this floating restaurant accessible from land and water includes a bar and souvenir store. It’s perhaps not the kind of place Mr and Mrs Smith would usually head for a cocktail, but more the kind of place locals like to watch football. Open Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner from 11am–9pm.

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Southern Utah’s Grand Staircase

Amangiri

1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, UT 84741, United States

Set on 600 acres in the Southern Utah desert, near the shores of Lake Powell, Amangiri sits amid colourful and dramatic rock formations, an oasis of luxury.

Planes

Catch a commercial flight from Phoenix, Los Angeles or Denver to Page Municipal Airport in Arizona. It's approximately a 25-minute drive from the resort and a free transfer is included in the room rates. Flights from further afield can connect through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. If flying private's more your style, you'll come in through Page's Lake Powell Jet Center. The hotel can help you with all the details.

Automobiles

Car transfers can be arranged to St George, Utah, Flagstaff and Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Most reputable car hire companies operate out of Phoenix and Las Vegas, as well.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I let out a ‘Who-o-oa,’ which Ms Smith echoes with a whispered ‘Wow.’ We’re in southern Utah, a few miles from the Arizona border. High desert canyons hundreds of millions of years old stretch away in every direction. We – uncharacteristically – cannot get past whoa and wow, moved to inarticulateness by the cornucopia of geological splendor. We’ve j…
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Amangiri

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

I let out a ‘Who-o-oa,’ which Ms Smith echoes with a whispered ‘Wow.’ We’re in southern Utah, a few miles from the Arizona border. High desert canyons hundreds of millions of years old stretch away in every direction. We – uncharacteristically – cannot get past whoa and wow, moved to inarticulateness by the cornucopia of geological splendor.

We’ve just set off from Amangiri, one of the famously decadent Aman resorts, and we’re hiking up a sand dune and gazing at a mesa, a terracotta-toned flat-topped mountain that our guide tells us is evidence that this rolling land was once undersea. Gazing at this chameleon landscape – ochre in some lights, bright pink in others – it’s not unusual for guests from the resort to have an epiphany, our guide tells us. ‘Granted this is all pretty soul-uplifting,’ murmurs Ms Smith, ‘but epiphany?’

On a just-us-girls getaway, we’re aiming for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure packed into one long weekend. Our husbands, brimming with wit, have nicknamed it the Thelma and Louise trip. Although this resort, the only bit of high luxe for hundreds and hundreds of miles, is to die for, we’re not about to drive off the lip of a canyon. Life’s too good here.

It’s an all-day trip to Amangiri from the East Coast – you get yourself to Phoenix and then pick up a Great Lakes Airways 19-seater plane to Page, Arizona, a town spawned by the building of the 708-foot-high Glen Canyon Dam. There, we are met by an air-conned glossy black BMW SUV. ‘No wonder people become Aman Junkies,’ coos Ms Smith.

Amangiri, which means ‘peaceful mountain,’ emerges discretely and organically against a dramatic mesa – architecture rarely manages to be so iconic yet humble. The resort sits in a cliff-curve – curl your hand and place it on its side and you’ll have a good idea of the setting – and the rooms look out across a sea of sand billows to Studhorse Mesa and, farther off, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, a distance of some 50–80 million years, geologically speaking. Even if you haven’t been here you may have seen the property, as it was used as a setting in Broken Arrow, in which John Travolta stars as a renegade strategic bomber pilot. Not the best film, though, so don’t rush to see it if you missed it.

Amangiri is a resort of concrete geometric planes. They stand out against the swerving shoulders of rock all around, but still seem perfectly suited to the setting. The concrete has been subtly tinted with pink, ochre, and light yellow, among the dominant hues in the surrounding cliffs, to soften its profile. The architects deftly used the geometry, often slanting walls toward each other to provide ‘slot canyon’ views of the desert and mesa. When they could, they also used the setting to great advantage, for example, curving the pool around a muscular bullnose outcrop of rock.

The centerpiece of the resort is the 'pavilion,' which serves as reception, dining room and living room. It has three fireplace niches furnished with comfortable couches and armchairs. This is the place to be as the sun sets and the flaming cliffs slowly fade to black silhouettes. On the opposite side of the room, facing the pool, is the restaurant. (Guests can also sit at the chef's counter and watch the chefs work the wood-burning oven.) In the centre of the room is a long space flanked by banquettes done in black (one of the few dashes of bold color), with a small library at one end. It’s a good place for an aperitif or to bone up on the geology before setting out to hike the resort’s 2.5-mile Hoodoo Trail.

Everywhere we walk, grand sweeping views give way to sliver-glimpses of the desert, or a ceiling shaft (purposely placed) casts light on a small fountain. Our suite is no different. Huge picture windows open onto a private terrace with an open fireplace. It is all too perfect, serene and – dare we say it – romantic. ‘We might have to fall in love,’ quips Ms Smith.

We immediately set about inspecting our abode, trying the delicious-smelling body lotion, sniffing the bath salts, scanning the spa menu. Every detail, from the woven horsehair keychain on the room key to the hanging, hammered brass lamps, feels harmonious, conveying a sense of the ancient into a modern setting. Even a straw hat manages to be elegant. The only thing wanting is alcohol in the complimentary minibar, as Utah is a dry state. (Don’t worry, you can always ring room service for boozy tipples.) So we battened on the cruelly delicious caramel corn with almonds. Finish one jar and the room fairies instantly replenish it.

Soon we were settled in the main lounge for sunset, the canyon glowing apricot and laid out in wide screen through the huge picture windows. We swooned and ordered cocktails. Our goal had been to recharge our batteries here, with a chaser of wellness, but how could we resist prickly pear margaritas? Teamed with those Southwest staples, fresh-from-the-oven chips and roasted tomato salsa, the crisp Tex-Mex tequila-based drink hit the tongue deliciously sweet and finished with a good-for-you clean aftertaste. We progressed to a bottle of Washington State white wine and ordered more of those chips – perhaps that 8am yoga class was a bit too ambitious on our part.

The next morning, compensating for doing supine rather than downward dogs, we showed up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the complimentary hike – really, an encounter with creation. The geological history of the area is laid out in striations across the massive red, brown, beige, and black outcrops – hundreds of millions of years of life visible, tactile, and right in front of us. The huge cave in the mesa facing the property proves a time machine, with 5,000-year-old carvings of goats and a shelter where traces of ancient fires are still visible on the ceiling. Whoa. Even cynical Ms Smith is having a moment.

We hike farther into the desert and while I don’t want to sound like someone on magic mushrooms, I start to feel like I’m tripping. I’m picturing myself at the bottom of what was once an ocean, powerful currents mirrored in the undulating shapes of the rock. And then I’m picturing massive dinosaurs lumbering across the plain, and jump-cutting to ancient people working with stone tools. I’ve never felt like such a blip in the time.

So now where to? A spell in the holistic and Native American-inspired spa and water pavilion seemed fitting, so we book a ‘journey’ incorporating a massage and scrub. Then after some sunning poolside, we take turns soaking in our bathroom, which is pretty close to a spa itself. Spruced up for supper (fleeces or Ferragamo – anything goes) we wander into the by now low-lit lounge. ‘Is that Anne Hathaway?’ Ms Smith mutters. I roll my eyes. And then I do a double-take – it is.

We take up perches at the sleek ebony bar. The best thing about this open-kitchen corner is the dishes on the house. A spell at Amangiri is undeniably an extravagance, but also a one-in-a-million experience. ‘To epiphanies,’ we toast. And you’ll be proud of us – we made yoga the next morning.
 

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