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 short visit to Amangiri delighted in ways both anticipated and unexpected. The muted palette of desert colors, scenes, and fragrances is always sublime.
The lovely surprises were many. A fabulous facial treatment from therapist Stephanie relaxed in so many untold ways (who knew the hint of jasmine would add so much!).
A fan of the slow-food movement, I appreciated the creativity and care Amangiri's Chef Troy brought to every dish. He regaled us with a multi-course meal; locally sourced produce, open-fire roasted greens, mouth-watering scallops, to name a few. All was beautifully presented; thanks to servers Zoe and Sabina, who were never intrusive but always present if needed.
The setting here is spectacular. And the whole resort is designed to take advantage of that. I could spend a whole afternoon sitting on the rooms outdoor chaise just taking in the view.
The amount of day trips offered is overwhelming but don't book to many in advance, you might find you just want to hang out poolside or visit the Water Room with it's amazing steam, sauna, cold plunge tub, and stepped mini pool.
Take advantage of the complimentary fitness classes offered each morning, Connie, who has been here since the resort opened, is an amazing Pilates instructor.
Every evening at 5 pm there is a complimentary activity, a hike, a talk or a show. We found all of these options superb and never wanted to leave the property!
It is nice that everything (room service too!) is inclusive. From the moment you arrive to when you leave, you pay only for drinks and the spa services.
The food is wonderful but after 4 days can become receptive, especially if you have any dietary restrictions. I recommend calling ahead if you are say vegan or vegetarian, to see if they can make some additional choices available for you.
My only complaint is that for some reason the chef here still feels Escolar is an edible fish. They mislabel it as Butterfish here and this “Ex-Lax Fish” is hard to digest and causes intestinal problems in many people. Why would anyone serve this at a high end resort?
Amangiri is truly an amazing experience, we went in June but I would love to see this place in the winter as well.
Probably the pool of Amangiri is the pool most seen at Instagram. We really wanted to see it in real! And we wanted to know if the Amangiri really lived up to our high expectations. Yes, it can! And together with the Four Seasons Desroches on the Seychelles and the One& Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda it is one of the three most beautiful places we have ever seen.
_ After an epic drive from Las Vegas through the Zion National Park, the view of the Amangiri took our breath away when we arrived.
_ Beautiful complex embedded in an incredible landscape
_ Very modern and spacious rooms with small terrace and wonderfully soothing interior design.
_ Only perfect views, no matter where you look.
_ Brilliant spa with its own spa pool
_ Many great and signposted hikes of every difficulty and duration directly from the hotel.
_ Excursions such as Antelopes Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are all easily accessible by car.
_ During the sunsets the hotel and the whole surroundings of the mountains turn beautifully red.
_ American friendly and good service
_ Ingenious restaurant design with large terrace, but we expected more from the food experience.
_ Hotel staff have difficulty establishing a personal connection with the guests (e.g. no personal goodbye).
_ Guided tours in the area very expensive
Expensive, but scenically and aesthetically a once in a lifetime experience in Utah! Go for it!
10 of 10
1 = no way
2 = rather not
3 = if it's absolutely necessary
4 = you can do it, but you don't have to do it
5 = is fine, but no highlight
6 = one you can make
7 = is good
8 = beautiful hotel
9 = wonderful, do it!
10 = top, definitely do it!