Amangiri – Southern Utah
Opened in October 2009, Amangiri, ‘peaceful mountain’, is located on a 600-acre expanse of wilderness in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona and brings an unprecedented level of luxury to the area that includes Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell and the Colorado River.
Boasting one of the most dramatic landscapes in the USA with seemingly bottomless canyons and towering plateaus, the region has been home for centuries to the native Hopi and Navajo tribes and presents the raw scenery for which the American Southwest has become famous. The region is home to a variety of endangered species, including the California condor, and a bevy of dinosaur fossils, some dating back more than 160 million years.
The resort is cradled into a protected valley with sweeping views over massive, colourful 200-million-year-old mesas and rock formations. Architecturally, the resort has been designed to blend into the landscape with natural hues and materials. The structures are commanding and in proportion with the scale of the natural surroundings, yet provide an intimate setting from which to view and appreciate the magnificent old-age landscape.
Amidst the starkly beautiful desert scenery of Utah’s canyon country, Amangiri offers guests unprecedented access to the dramatic Four Corners region of the US. Built around the main swimming pool, the Pavilion embraces a dramatic stone escarpment. Two accommodation wings lead from the Pavilion into the desert: 16 suites are located within the Desert Wing and another 18 suites together with the Aman Spa are located within the Mesa Wing. Outward views from the resort look over the untouched valley surrounded by lofty bluffs.
Amangiri’s 25000-foot spa is a destination in itself. A giant complex of stone, water features and streams of light, it offers a large array of treatments such as hydrotherapy, colour therapy and “Shiatsu in water”.
Stunningly gorgeous, startlingly isolated… this is America.
For a full review of the hotel, read the excellent article “Empty desert and full-on style” by Annabelle Thorpe.