What We Love
- The resort’s comprehensive adventure menu offers everything from hot air ballooning to equestrian outings
- Its spectacular natural backdrop was used as the setting for the 1996 John Travolta action flick, Broken Arrow
- Rates include daily yoga sessions, two guided hikes, and use of the spa’s Water Pavilion
- Desert views from each of the 34 suites
What To Know
- Be sure to call ahead for evening reservations at the resort’s dining room
- Pets under 25 pounds can stay at the resort’s Desert Wing for an additional fee a night
Among the awe-inspiring canyons and mesas of southern Utah, Aman Resort’s second American property, practically carved into the ancient landscape, is a modern minimalist’s dream. The serene getaway is awash in calming beiges, browns, and creams—tones that might ordinarily strike one as bland, but here, effortlessly complement the surroundings. With its extra attentive staff (they’re known to greet you by name and recall seemingly obscure details, like how you take your morning coffee) and hushed interiors, this sandstone fortress is an ultimate desert escape. With their concrete walls, white stone floors, and steely furnishings, the starkly modern suites (the most sought-after is the enormous Girijaala, featuring a 46-foot lap pool) take design cues from the eroded rock formations that surround them. Get up close and personal with the desert from your outdoor lounge and fireplace. At the resort’s open-plan dining room, enjoy wood-fired pizzas and grilled local meats, seasoned with everything from Utah salt to lemongrass sambal or chili paste—the latter is a gentle nod to the Aman brand’s Indonesian origins. It’s easy to make a daily habit of taking a dip in the property’s stone-lined step pool, but don’t leave without spending at least one afternoon at the 25,000-square-foot-spa, whose treatment menu draws inspiration from ancient Navajo healing techniques.
In the Area
Amangiri, bordered by the deep canyons and plateaus of the dramatic Four Corners (where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona meet), is set in the middle of a region that boasts America’s largest concentration of National Parks and National Monuments. The resort is just a 25-minute drive from Page Municipal Airport, though many guests choose to fly into Las Vegas and take the scenic 4.5-hour drive.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at Amangiri with our almost two-year-old son for 5 days, May 2019. Everything about our stay was absolutely magical- from the property and accommodations to the absolutely wonderful staff who went above and beyond to make our experience PERFECT!
I will mainly focus on the child friendly aspect of the hotel, as it was something I worried about before booking our trip. Amangiri is most definitely a family friendly resort and there were several other families with young children there during our stay. While the stunning, modern hotel made mostly of concrete and glass is not the softest landing for toddlers tripping over their feet, our experience there with our toddler was world class!
The staff did everything possible to make sure we had a great stay like walking our son around so we could pick drinks from the menu and making special accommodations for his nap time and dining options. Their restaurant does have a kids menu, although the chef was able to alter some adult meals for our son, like cutting his meat up into small pieces on his own plate. Our son was obsessed with the delicious fresh fruit smoothies and there were times we didn’t even have to ask for it as our server knew it was exactly what he wanted!
We ate most of our dinners outside at the fireside bistro, and found it to be very convenient with our son, as we didn’t have to worry about him bothering other diners outside. Chef Brandon absolutely spoiled us with the delicious food and would make sure to give a plate with snacks or fruit for our son to enjoy before the actual meal, to keep him occupied. Both he and our server, Tadbir, took extra great care of us, and where very attentive and professional. We were able to enjoy 1.5-2 hour dinners with our son happily sitting through every meal, which has never been feasible when dining out with him back home.
The pool at Amangiri is spectacular. Just the right temperature, and has a few steps all around the perimeter which made it perfect for our son to sit and play in a safe space.
A special shout out to Caitlin, the assistant restaurant manager, who was an absolute rock star. She went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed.
Tip for those who want to do antelope canyon tour with their children- the large hiking backpack carriers do not fit in the slot canyons, so your child should either walk, or for the younger children, a smaller carrier like an Ergobaby will work.
There are nice trails on the property that are very child friendly and lake Powell is only 20 min away if you want to do a short trip to a lake- our son loved playing in the water. You can even order a packed lunch to take with you on your excursion, whether it’s with a guide or just on your own.
We had an amazing time at Amangiri and their child-friendly atmosphere made it easy for us to enjoy a great family vacation!
If you can make it to Amangiri for a two night stay, it is worth it as a bucket-list experience! The hotel is amazing and the local scenery spectacular. Don't miss the Antelope Canyon. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience and a great experience for a couples trip! That being said, for me it was a "one and done".
I recently stayed four nights at Amangiri with my husband and although it's expensive I loved it and thought it was worth it. I did feel that four nights was long, maybe 3 nights is better but maximize your days. (1) Food - I had heard mixed things about the food and I did have one dish (the prawns) that I felt was a miss. Try the spirit of the journey tasting menu and try the fireside bistro set menus. They are seasonal, fresh and delicious. Cocktails and wine are very pricey starting at $20. I had a glass of wine for $30. (2) Service - In general the service was great. The people were attentive and nice and helpful... However, there are quite a few in the restaurant that are training. One night took a very long time for dinner and I'm not sure if it was the kitchen that was backed up or the servers. (3) Activities - take advantage and do all the complimentary ones. The hikes, fitness classes, other activities like Navajo dancers or music, star gazing, and s'mores. The pool is amazing. I didn't get a spa treatment but I used the steam room and sauna and loved it. We did pay $800 to do activity through the company that provides excursions and I loved it. (4) Borrow a car - do it! We went for a drive and there are plenty of places you can go in the four hour window they allow you to use their car. I want to go back!
My bad. I should have known better after the experience in 4 other Aman resorts!
The problem with Amangiri is that they promote their venue as an exclusive luxury super high-end resort. When in fact it is only super pricey.
Service was slow and unresponsive throughout.
We checked in at 3:30pm and the room was not ready. We were not offered something to eat while waiting. Housekeeping forgot to clean room and to prepare the child bed.
At any small incident or request we received run-of-the-mill answers but never a solution. Staff are manifestedly not trained to handle customers. Let alone luxury customers.
They pushed us to buy a $1,200 tour in the desert nearby at 11:45 but didn’t think of letting us find lunchbox nor water in our car. We traveled with two kids.
Food selection is very basic. The menu is the same every day although the fare is mandatorily inclusive of all meals. At breakfast they offer melon, cantaloupe, pineapple and berries as on any long haul flight. They presented cold toasted bread on dishes and orange marmalade is not available.
Rooms are average nineties. Concrete slabs. Central bed. No comfortable space for reading or lounging. Water pressure too weak to have a proper shower. No proper sanitation.
Overall you sense at every step that Aman only keep their eyes on the margin and not on the travelers.
Time to say a final Amen to Aman.
We had an amazing and memorable 3 night stay at the Amangiri resort. I highly recommend this hidden gem if you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. It offers top notch service, accommodations and a very unique experience. From the moment I made our family's reservations, to the greeting at the top of the drive in, through the entire stay we were in awe of this place. It's absolutely breathtaking. We stayed in a mesa suite and our views were gorgeous. The food and service were consistently excellent. We signed up for several excursions through the resort -the Slot Canyon tour, a tour of Lake Powell and the Via Ferrata rock climbing. All 3 were incredible experiences that my family will never forget. Thank you Amangiri for an unforgettable experience!