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
If you want to visit the National Parks of Utah - this is a great spot. Several parks can be easily accessed from the resort. The resort itself is in a beautiful secluded spot. Step outside for amazing hikes - from a simply stroll to a guided adventure for the seasoned traveler. The location is breath-taking!
The hotel can arrange tours for you. Photographing Antelope Canyon has always been a dream. The hotel arranged for a tour of one of the slot canyons at Antelope. While hundreds of people were going to Antelope, we were are able to visit Rattlesnake Canyon - just as beautiful - and we had it to ourselves. We had time to take photos and really enjoy this amazing spot. The tours arranged by the hotel are expensive. But, they are worth it.
The staff are friendly and attentive but often slow at meeting requests.
I spent 3 nights at Amangiri, and there is truly no other resort like it in the states. The resort itself does a beautiful job of blending into the environment, while still being a work of art itself. The staff often touts it as having the most activities of all the Aman’s, and I would certainly agree. My personal favorite was taking a helicopter to Tower Butte, just to do yoga on top of it! It’s a memory I will cherish indefinitely, and retell many many times. The icing on the cake was truly the staff, I have never encountered more accommodating and sweet individuals. Yiran, in particular, is a lovely young woman I hope you encounter at least once on your trip—as she was such a professional, kind, beyond accommodating, and simply so charismatic. I grew to truly love the staff as much as I did the hotel itself. I have nothing but raving words, and I hope you will enjoy your time as much as I did.
I had the same visceral reaction when I stepped out of the jeep at Amangiri as I did when I first laid eyes on the Maldives from the sea plane - it's that breathtakingly beautiful. My husband and I are fortunate in the amount of traveling that we've done, and the hotels and restaurants we've experienced around the world. Having said that, this hotel is the best of the best, and we're still processing what we experienced a few days ago. We went in with high expectations (it being our first Aman stay) and from the moment we were greeted and given a tour by the Assistant General Manager to the time we left, our expectations were not only met, but time and time again they were exceeded. The staff may be young, but they are extremely thoughtful and professional. I can't thank them enough (especially Caitlin and Dianna) for pampering me for my birthday, and really going out of their way to ensure that our stay was perfect in every way. I don't want to give away too much (this hotel is all about small surprises and perks), but I do want to mention one example of how empowered and proactive the staff is...When I told the waitress at breakfast that I loved the hot sauce and asked if could tell me the name she smiled, said 'it's hard to find', but that she would write the name down for me. Moments later she emerged from the kitchen with the same smile, only this time holding a beautifully wrapped hot sauce bottle with a hand written letter. It's this thoughtfulness that makes this place otherworldly. That, coupled with the most exquisitely stunning surroundings that blended seamlessly with the exceptional architecture, interior design, and elegant rooms created the perfect desert oasis experience. Some reviews mentioned that the food is not up to par, but we didn't feel that way at all. Everything we ordered (including 2 cocktails) were well prepared and delicious. The only thing I'd say is that the dishes are huge, and we found ourselves too full to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Other things worth mentioning...The step pool is magical, and we had it all to ourselves for about 2 hours. The outdoor pool is a work of art. Hiking around the property is beautiful and there are easy trails. And the spa is incredible. We did a salt flotation treatment - which was a sensory deprivation experience - that we really loved. We have already started planning for trips to other Aman resorts around the world (though I don't think anything will compare to our first Aman experience). We can't wait to go back!
This is bar far the most exclusive and unique resort in the Southwest - and possibly the United States.
It is a small boutique hotel with only about sixty rooms so there are never crowds at the meals or pool. The pool being a unique architectural feat designed directly into the walls of the rocks surrounding the resort. Activities can include nearby Page for visiting the iconic Horseshoe Bend and Slot Canyons. Or number of onsite activities in the surrounding desert.
The rooms open up on both sides to the outdoors accordion style so you can truly feel like your outside even in while reading a book in the room. They also have the scent of desert sage built into everything from soap to shampoo to sprays so there is a very peaceful feel.
However, what really made it unique was they were willing to offer suggestions - even when we didn't know we needed them. These included offering to make up the star beds on top of the rooms (only certain rooms have these so be sure to check) to sleep under the stars at night. Or to offer to hike the nearby slot canyons on adjacent land open to them but then pick you up afterwards in a car with lunch and waters to be enjoyed on the rocks above the resort.
We've stayed in a lot of luxury hotels but this particular resort really differentiated itself by focusing on how to spend your time enjoying the area.
My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Amangiri in October 2018. As many reviews have written, the facilities are beautifully integrated into the surrounding messas and landscaped seamlessly into the rugged terrain. This was our first Aman property experience. The food was spectacular, varied, healthy and the chef was happy to accommodate most requests or the mixing of mains and sides. The workout facilities, daily classes and hikes were all great.We took multiple classes and did 2 on property hikes each day. By the third day, we were so comfortable and relaxed we didn't leave the property. For off property activities, we highly recommend hiking through Antelope Canyon and taking a boat ride on Lake Powell.
The service was excellent. We can't wait for our next Aman experience in Courchevel in January 2019.