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
Last month, my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Amangiri with two of our closest friends. All aspects of our stay were exceptional, the food was amazing, the rooms were beautiful, and the staff was appropriately attentive. There were, however, a few members of the team that went above and beyond even the most lofty expectations for our stay.
At breakfast each day Derek greeted with a smile, and like all members of the team, learned our preferences quickly. His conversations were effortless and we instantly felt like he was an old friend. On the last day, Derek gave us each a handwritten note thanking us for brightening HIS mornings! In many luxury properties that we've visited in the past, the overwhelming attitude of the staff (spoken or not) has been I'm glad you're having a good time...wish I could too. Derek's attitude each and every day, but specifically on our last day, was I'm glad you're having a good time and I am too! That is a measurable difference in the staff at Amangiri vs other luxury resorts I've visited. I felt like we were staying with friends...friends with the best backyard ever!
We also took the time to enjoy several of the excursions offered at Amangiri. We began our stay with a tour of Antelope Canyon with a local guide named Roman. In addition to being a knowledgeable guide, Roman was also a gifted photographer who took pictures of the canyons for us and helped me set up my camera to take pictures of the starry sky that night. We visited Antelope Canyon, Owl Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, and another unnamed slot canyon. In the back of Owl Canyon, Roman performed improvised song on a Navajo flute, it was incredible.
Our adventures continued the next morning with JJ McMahon of Adventure Partners at Amangiri. Initially we planned to take on only one via ferrata, the Hoodoo course. Our first morning, my wife was anxious about the climb, but JJ quickly put her at ease and we were scaling the mountains in no time. We had an incredible degree of trust in his care for our safety which made the climb easier and more enjoyable. He took pictures at every turn, so our climb was documented in a manner that we'd have never accomplished on our own.
He also provided genuine recommendations for other activities. After our climb, and at our request, JJ gave us short descriptions of other activities we could take on while visiting the area. At his recommendation, we scheduled a trip to see Bryce and Zion via helicopter very next day. The views from the flight were only surpassed by the information and stories JJ provided regarding everything we were observing. The trip included a stop at Bryce for a few hours of hiking and a flight over Zion.
On our final day, we chose to complete one more via ferrata course, the Cave. By the end of the climb, I felt like I was out with an old friend, not a resort guide.
The incredible natural beauty of Amangiri is only surpassed by the exceptional service provided during your stay. My wife and I could visit many places to see the views, but we are anxious to return to this property because of the individuals that made our stay so special.
My wife and I spent two nights at Amangiri last week as part of of a 10 day trip to Arizona and Utah. One of the highlights of the trip was two days at the beautiful Amangiri resort.
The welcome started upon arrival at the main gate entrance when I hit the voice box and announced our arrival to open the gate. The voice on the other end said, “we have been waiting for you”. We proceeded to enter the long, winding entrance road. It was 5 mins before we saw the hotel hidden at the canyon floor to be welcomed by 3 of the hotel management waving our arrival. This included the GM, Julian.
We enjoyed a great dinner on our first evening. When we returned to our room we were shocked to see that our room was lit by candle light, a dozen roses, rose petals scattered on the floor and ledges and a soaking tub filled with warm water (see photo). It was magical. Needless to say my wife was blown away. What a great surprise and touch by the hotel in celebration our of 30th.
We enjoyed the spa, the surroundings and entire hotel. We ended the stay on day 2 by scheduling a private, sunset trail experience with a bottle of champagne, alone and under the stars. Magic.
I have been all over the world and have stayed at some beautiful places, but this is the most unique experience I have ever had.
Bucket list trip for sure. Be ready for a very limited menu that does not change, but is very good. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and the rooms very nice, clean and cool. The location though is everything here. Value........ don't ask unless you can afford to not sneeze at the tab in exchange for a location where celebrities are common and guests rarely if ever talk (or even look) with each other. There is no bar, so the design and function is private, quiet and protective of guest privacy always. So many cool things to do nearby, but tours are also premium, both in service and in cost. Cliff climbing, horseback riding, hiking, an amazing pool. I doubt we will be back, but it is very worth the financial hit for one trip.