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Amangiri

Lake Powell, The Southwest, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Sleek and stylish desert retreat with trademark Aman quality

  • Amazing location between Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon

  • Scale giant mesas by Via Ferrata for awe inspiring views

  • Incredible location by Lake Powell for power boating, waterskiing and kayaking

  • Complimentary guides desert hikes

  • Ideal Easter and Fall retreat with cooler sunny days

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Amangiri has a desert climate moderated by altitude, with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers, and plenty of sunshine year-round. Spring and Fall enjoy mild days and cool nights whilst the summer months from June to August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter is marked by crisp days and cold evenings, with occasional light snow fall.

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Insider's View

The James Bond style swimming pool with its inviting white daybeds, the hot tub perfect for starry night skies and private firepits overlooking giant buttes and mesas makes for an achingly cool desert retreat. I am yet to find a hotel that beats this one for style and setting.

Ask the staff for ‘smores ingredients so you can roast them over your own personal fire pit in the evening

Work up an appetite with an early morning hike across to Broken Arrow Cave

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Amangiri or take a look at our itineraries to The Southwest

Description

Emerging organically out of the wind-carved mesas, canyons and deserts of southern Utah, Amangiri is the ultimate contemporary hideaway close to Lake Powell, and offers a serious wow-factor with all the pampering and adventure you might care to seek.

It’s hard to imagine a resort that blends in so seamlessly with its natural surroundings, but the sleek geometric planes and sweeping curves of Amangiri are an undeniable architectural masterpiece built from sandstone and delicately hued concrete at the heart of some of America’s most iconic scenery, from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley.

You will arrive at the Pavilion, the heart of Amangiri, which serves as a reception, dining rooms, library and living space, furnished with wood-burning fireplaces and extended sofas – with huge picture windows, it’s the perfect place to watch a mesmeric desert sunset, enjoy some daytime relaxing or evening cocktails such as a Prickly Pear Margarita or Sage Mojito.

Facing, and spilling out onto the swimming pool area, is the restaurant, where you can enjoy a small but well-chosen list of authentic high-rustic seasonal dishes, and you can also sit at the chef's counter to watch the chefs work at the wood-burning oven.

The swimming pool itself is beautifully sunken into a courtyard, and winds around the natural contours of a rock escarpment – a fabulous place to swim or relax on one of the day beds. There is also a hot tub, which in winter makes a wonderfully relaxing place to enjoy the views and the star-lit skies.

Two accommodation wings lead out into the desert, and accommodations here are suitably stylish without being ostentatious. The 34 huge suites each have a private courtyard, bedroom and living area, and glass doors open onto a desert lounge with a central fireplace. Bathrooms feature twin rain showers and a soaking tub with uninterrupted views. Needless to say, technology is state-of-the-art. If you love sunset views, we would recommend opting for a Mesa View Suite; for a private pool, try one of the two Terrace Pool Suites. For complete unfettered pampering, the Girijaala Suite is quite fantastic with a huge sky lounge and private swimming pool. Every detail, from the woven horsehair keychain on the room key to the hanging, hammered brass lamps, feels harmonious, conveys a sense of the ancient into a modern setting.

One of the glories of Amangiri, the 25,000-square foot Native American-inspired spa at Amangiri is a huge complex of stone, water features and streams of light, with uninterrupted views of the mesas, and offers a wide range of treatments including color therapy-enhanced floatation treatments and a watsu pool.

While here, venturing out to explore is a must, and an expert team of guides will take you out on hikes, bikes and even rock climbing in the desert, all with an emphasis on the fragile desert ecology and Native American customs. Amangiri can also organize day trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Zion National Parks, with private sightseeing flights available for those who want to see this spellbinding scenery from the air. A stay at Amangiri is of course a huge extravagance, but it is also a true lifetime experience, and one that will linger for many years after you have stayed.

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Accommodation

The two accommodation wings of the 34 suites at Amangiri (13 Desert View Suites, 14 Mesa View Suites, one Terrace Suite, two Pool Suites, two Terrace Pool Suites, the Girijaala Suite and the Amangiri Suite) can be seen leading out from the Pavilion and into the desert overlooking the untouched valley, with 16 of the suites within the Desert Wing and another 18 suites, together with the Aman Spa, located within the Mesa Wing.

White stone floors and concrete walls reflect the natural habitat and the furniture features rawhide, natural timbers and fittings in blackened steel, whilst light-colored cushions and soft throws add warmth.

All suites offer air-conditioning for summer and under-floor heating for the cooler months. Entry to each suite is via a private courtyard and includes a dining table, two chairs and a sculptured light form. The bathrooms boast twin rain showers and a soaking tub with uninterrupted views of the landscape beyond.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Amangiri, however, there are no specific child care facilities available at the hotel.

Services

Regular complimentary group yoga sessions are offered throughout the week on the bamboo-floored yoga pavilion, and the Amangiri Salon offers manicures and pedicures overlooking the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

There is wireless broadband connections in all suites and public areas.

Facilities

Built around the main swimming pool, the Pavilion embraces a dramatic stone escarpment, and within this you can find the cosy Living Room, the Gallery which showcases the region's best art, jewelry and handicrafts, the Library - perfect for relaxing before or after dinner with books, games and magazines, the Dining Room, Private Dining Room and Cellar.

The vast Aman Spa comprises the Water Pavilion, which features a steam room, a dry sauna and a cold plunge pool and the Floatation Pavilion, which offers therapy-enhanced floatation treatments. Single and double treatment rooms are available in addition to two outdoor treatment terraces with spectacular views of the mesas.

The unusually shaped swimming pool can be found in the sunken courtyard surrounded by the Pavilion and rock escarpment, wrapping around the rock with a hot tub nestled at the base of a rock wall. The lounging terrace surrounding the pool offers king-sized daybeds and sun-loungers.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the spacious Fitness Center provide views of the surrounding rock formations whilst you work with the latest in cardiovascular and weight-training machinery.

Found beyond the Pavilion, the Desert Lounge is a fabulous open-air living room - the perfect spot to soak up the beauty of the sunset or the star-studded sky at night.

Activities

Being in the grand circle, Amangiri is the hot spot for exploring such iconic sites as the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, the Grand Staircase (Escalante) and Monument Valley, as well as the National Parks of Bryce and Zion.

Home to the Navajo and Hopi tribes, you can explore the area with expert archaeologists and geologists on guided treks or horseback rides.

Boating day trips also allow you to swim, kayak or fish in the sparkling turquoise waters of Lake Powell. And if seeing all this from the air takes your fancy, hot air balloon, helicopter and fixed wing flights can be arranged.

Reviews

5

Bryony Butler (Staff)

My experience here was like no other, Amangiri is a wonderfully unique property with a true off-the-grid feel to it. I turned up at an unassuming metal gate with nothing but craggy canyons, mesas and desert to be seen. I was buzzed through and the Amangiri experience begun. The entire property is integrated with the stunning natural backdrop, the most notable of which is the pool built around a large outcrop of rock. The rooms, spa, pool, restaurant, concierge team and all other amenities are of the highest pedigree, there is even a fleet of BMWs parked outside to use at your disposal.

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Anna Northeast (Staff)

I was so excited to be finally going to Amangiri. Id heard all about it, Id seen the pictures and it really seemed my kind of place. Desert landscapes are my thing and there isnt a finer place to be in the middle of the desert. I was willing it to live up to my very high expectations. I neednt have worried. Its so special it doesnt even turn up on a sat nav (but dont worry, we have direction). Like all Aman properties, it is totally discreet, so much so you can be excused for driving right past the tiny signpost at the side of Highway 89. A couple of miles further on and a very unassuming gate arrives. You ring the intercom and a friendly voice welcomes you, requesting you drive right on up. The gates open and you are entering Amangiri. You still have a couple of miles to drive this place is so vast and I was fascinated to catch my first glimpse of this hotel which is built almost into the very rock itself. I wasnt lucky though, its been designed so you only happen across it for the first time as you arrive. I have a welcoming committee of smiling faces all dressed in white, my car is whisked away, as is ever bit of my luggage and I dont see it again until it is beautifully placed in my suite. Its minimalist here and youd be forgiven for thinking it was rather bland and blocky but thats by design. Aman wanted it this way, to blend in as much as possible with the scenery and the sandy textures of the desert and rock behind it. As I am led in to the main part of the hotel with great ceremony I feel myself audibly relax. Despite the simple style it is elegant, luxurious and more than anything else, it feels surprisingly homely. Many smiling faces are around, eager to help but definitely not in your face. Aman seems to get this right, the service always seems to be just right. The reception, lounge, library and restaurant all blend in to one with large fireplaces that will be lit to keep the chill off on cooler nights and huge floor to ceiling windows taking in the stunning views on one side. On the other, concertina doors open out on to the terrace and that incredible pool. Built around the rock face itself it offers the absolute wow factor to the hotel, as if it already needed it! Comfy loungers and day beds surround the pool and the ever present staff are on hand to bring water, put up your umbrella and bring you anything you may need. The pool is open 24 hours for guests to use at their whim and fancy. A little strange if guests are swimming whilst youre eating dinner, must feel a little like being in a goldfish bowl, but nobody seems to mind. Im shown to my suite. Every suite is very discreet and private and offers the signature King bed in the center of the room, cool tones and understated luxury. Outside, my terrace spills out strange on to the desert and is totally private. Although you could potentially walk straight out and look back into other guests suites, this is gently discouraged to protect all guests seclusion. All the time I was there I didnt see anyone else walking out beyond their terraces so this obviously works well. I have an ethanol burning firepit on my terrace. Would I like some smores to toast later? Well yes, why not, when in Amangiri.Lunch is a subtle affair, light bites or more substantial and surprisingly not too unhealthy. I have the duck linguine and it is delicious. I skip dessert (my complimentary minibar is already full of goodies that I wont be able to resist later in the afternoon) and head back to the suite to settle in. Life is unhurried here, many guests come simply to relax but there is much to be done. All stays include all meals as well as a complimentary yoga or pilates class twice a day as well as two guided hikes each day. Everything else is at additional cost, its not cheap but you can be assured of the very best guides and experiences on offer. The Via Ferrate courses are pointed out to me although sadly theres not enough time for me to try one out. Theyre a more challenging hike with climbing, robes and pulleys, taking guests into some of the amazing craggy rocks, through slot canyons and at one point, over a rather high looking robe type bridge, not for the feint hearted. I decide that my time by the pool and the lovely tranquil spa is well spent and join a guide for the morning short hike across to the cave which gets the heart pounding a little and is educational too. In the evening, the lighting is dimmed, the pool glistens with underwater lighting and the stars come out to twinkle. Dine outside if warm enough (it can sometimes get windy, especially in Spring time) and enjoy the sounds of the evening. Indoors, mood music is played and perhaps there is a tad more ambience as there are only a handful of outdoor tables. The menu is once again diverse and flavorful, I opt for a delicious sweetcorn soup followed by simple chicken and roasted vegetables cooked to perfection. I could have more but I need to leave room for dessert which certainly doesnt disappoint. The Nutella Pave is divine and I finish the lot and immediately feel that the gym is calling. Chatting to other guests though, this is a place to relax, recharge and simply be, and worry about the diet later, although there is plenty of wellness should you wish to burn off the calories. The clientele were a delightful mix of couples, friends and families and children are welcome and accepted which is a nice touch. No interconnecting rooms although one child can fit in each suite. Any other children would need to be in a separate suite although its not to be far away and the whole place feels to safe and cocoon like that many dont mind the small distance between. So did Amangiri live up to expectations? Of course, it surpassed them, I dont know why I would ever doubt it. This place doesnt come cheap but I can see why those with the means choose to come here. Its a little piece of heaven to retreat to

Experiences

  • Antelope Canyon Tour

    Just 15 minutes from Page lies the mesmerizing Antelope Canyon. One of just a handful of "slot" canyons, its colors and contours have been photographed for years. This 90 minute shared tour takes you into the canyon to experience it for yourself.

  • Dine in the Sky at Lake Powell

    For the ultimate sightseeing adventure, raft through the Marble Canyon, soar above red rock country in a helicopter and dine atop Tower Butte for a scenic lunch overlooking iconic Lake Powell.

  • Exploring Monument Valley Navajo Lands

    The Southwest landscapes conjures up movie magic, but is also home to fascinating Navajo Indian culture and pioneer history. Goulding's Lodge operate shared tours or with advanced notice, we can organize a private experience with a Navajo Guide.

Vacation Ideas

  • Utah Ski and Desert In Style

    Deer Valley and Lake Powell

    from $9200 pp 10 nights

    • A beautifully contrasting trip combining the snow-capped mountains in northern Utah with the rugged desert plain in the south
    • Experience skiing in Deer Valley - the most exclusive ski resort in Utah
    • The Montage is the ultimate place to stay in Deer Valley - the most luxurious and best located
  • Utah Ski and Desert In Style

    Deer Valley and Lake Powell

    from $9200 pp 10 nights

    • A beautifully contrasting trip combining the snow-capped mountains in northern Utah with the rugged desert plain in the south
    • Experience skiing in Deer Valley - the most exclusive ski resort in Utah
    • The Montage is the ultimate place to stay in Deer Valley - the most luxurious and best located

Location & directions

Lake Powell, The Southwest, United States of America

Amangiri is located on Kayenta Road, in Southern Utah. Located in the southwest region of the USA also known as the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet.

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