Amangiri, USA

The review:

Amangiri, Utah

A luxe retreat cradled within a dramatic, wind-carved desert landscape.

Timeless and deeply affecting, Amangiri lies at the heart of Navajo country, Utah and guests come here to feel utterly remote surrounded by an endless panorama of desert and mountains. Sitting within 600-arces of the Colorado Plateau, and requiring an Act of Congress to be passed so it could be built here, Amangiri’s striking architecture blends seamlessly with its 180-million-year-old desert and sandstone surrounds.

"A triumph of concrete and architectural lines and surrounded by mind-blowing nature, Amangiri, meaning “Peace Mountain”, is a game-changer."

Things to do

With an irresistible list of showstopping desert terrain, national parks and monuments within easy reach, Amangiri is one of nature’s most perfect playgrounds.  Straddling an almost invisible border between Utah and Arizona, hike red rock mesas and skinny slot canyons, explore the legendary Zion National Park, or take a scenic drive through the iconic Monument Valley.  Lake Powell’s glassy waters are nearby and you can navigate the lesser-visited areas by kayak, stand-up paddle board and boat.  Or head to Horseshoe Bend where sheer cliffs drop 1,000ft to the Colorado River below.  Be sure to make time to appreciate the stillness of Amangiri too. Watch the play of light and pattern against the structure as sun sets and be mesmerised by the night’s sky from the day bed on your terrace.

Sleeping

Spartan and pared-back, luxury is the less-is-more aesthetic of minimalism, and the 34-guest suites are a contemporary interpretation of Native American shelters, with views from every room that perfectly frame the surrounding dunes, plateaus, and mountain ridges.  To align with wilderness further, bed down in one of ten safari-style tented pavilions at Camp Sarika, just five minutes from the hotel. Recreated for the modern traveller, there is no compromise on comfort plus private plunge pools, but the greatest luxury is an unsurpassed access to raw nature.

Food & Drink

With floor-to-ceiling windows welcoming in the desert vistas, the main dining room is at the centre of the Amangiri resort. When you’re not staring at epic views, enjoy local ingredients sourced from Native American co-ops, transformed into modern dishes inspired by the culinary culture of the Southwest.  If solitude appeals, opt for fireside dining in the main pavilion at Camp Sarika where a daily changing menu of wilderness-inspired cuisine is on offer.

What Stands Out

Amangiri’s delivery of connection to place is incomparable.  Ochre in the morning light, apricot by midday, dazzling pink at dusk, you cannot help but feel part of the wilderness and isolation.  From awe-inspiring landscapes to ancient Navajo traditions, Amangiri embraces cultural heritage and raw nature, whilst making it easy for guests to access it. Not to miss are the complimentary group yoga and hiking sessions, perfect before recharging in the spa overlooking the sublime tranquillity of American Canyon Country.

Best For

Campfire stargazers seeking luxury and isolation, who want to immerse themselves in North America’s most dramatic desert landscape.

The Verdict

With its enigmatic desert location and plethora of wilderness activities and experiences, Amangiri is a luxe modernist hideaway where clean lines of minimalism are merged seamlessly into its dramatic setting.  An unforgettable destination in its own right for those lucky enough to visit.

Sarah Woodthorpe

Personal Travel Designer

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