My recent travels took me to Utah where the state motto is “Life Elevated.” No two words better describe this beautiful untouched stretch of the American Southwest because everything from the landscapes, to the sunsets, to the amazing outdoor adventures, is taken to the next level! For those who like to keep busy, Utah is the dream destination with no shortage of activities from hiking to fishing to river rafting to mountain biking. Utah is also home to a handful of the country’s most beautiful National Parks, including “The Mighty 5” (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef & Zion). These parks attract millions of visitors each year, offering some of the most unique landscapes and rock formations anywhere in the world. Whether you’re searching for an adrenaline fueled adventure or a peaceful retreat you’ll find it in Utah.
Choosing where to stay will be the easiest decision that you make because everything will pale in comparison to Amangiri! Meaning “peaceful mountain,” Amangiri is part of the exclusive Aman Resorts hotel collection. Their destinations are renowned for their space and privacy and are meticulously designed to frame their natural settings. There are only two properties within the United States, one of which is the breathtaking Amangiri!
Amangiri is located in a secluded and private valley in Canyon Point and overall has a very unique look because it was built directly into the landscape. The resort has 34 suites, all of which have been designed to embrace the area’s raw aesthetic with clean lines, natural materials and floor-to-ceiling windows. Each suite has a private outdoor lounge and fireplace providing incredible views of the desert’s unique rock formations. A few suites also come with a private pool and a roof terrace offering full panoramic views.
The property has wonderful amenities to ensure that you relax and unwind while vacationing in the desert. There is a beautiful outdoor lounge with expansive views of the desert as well as a large pool that has been built directly into the rock formations. The property serves delicious food that is inspired by the American Southwest and made primarily from locally sourced ingredients. And no trip to Amangiri would complete without a visit to the spa! The Amangiri spa has a relaxing ambience with candlelit hallways and spacious treatment rooms that overlook the desert and they offer unique treatments that reflect on the healing traditions of the local Navajos. Finally there are fun activities for guests every night including campfire s’mores and stargazing! Be sure to spend an evening unwinding on the outdoor beds. They are a unique feature at Amangiri and the perfect way to stargaze in the desert.
Luxe Tip: Make sure to take advantage of the amazing hikes and canyon tours that are in close proximity. An early morning hot air balloon provides the best views of Lake Powell, the Navajo Mountain, the Vermillion Cliffs and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Horseshoe Bend is also a must see- be sure to go early to avoid the crowds. Finally, carve out time to explore the beautiful slot canyons, and don’t forget to snap a few iconic shots for Instagram!
Images by: Scott Clark Photography
Address: 1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741
Phone: (435) 675-3999
Facebook: Aman Destinations