By Thalia Oosthuizen
Mysterious Scenery and Panoramic Views ”Driving through the mysterious arid desert scenery, you begin to understand what true seclusion feels like. The panoramic views along the road to the Amangiri Resort introduce you to the privacy and intimacy that the hotel offers. Protected from the outside world, this ”secret” hotel is the ideal getaway, whether you love adventures or would prefer a relaxing stay, every desire is met with extravagance.”
The smooth sandstone hotel is located on the border of Arizona and Utah and encapsulates Navajo culture fused with modern elegance, where the untamed wind-impressed Utah Mountains set the scene for what promises to be a unique holiday.
At first sight
Arriving at the Amangiri Hotel, you will notice that the hotel is a sheer rectangular building that is placed against the rocky brown landscape. Built from Entrada sandstone, the hotel fits into the landscape effortlessly, build to work with nature, allowing you to feel at one with your surroundings.
One of the most prominent features of the Amangiri Hotel is the shimmering heated pool that curves around a large jutting formation of sandstone rock, keeping you warm even when the winter snows start falling. You can enjoy an afternoon on one of the king size loungers located over the water, or on one of the pool loungers in the shade of the white parasols.
Snacks and cold beverages are brought to you by the eager staff, who will attend to your every whim. The warm Jacuzzi invites you to unwind after a day of exploring, and the crackling fire pit will provide you with warmth if you are visiting in winter. As evening turns into night, you can witness the still ritual of the lighting of candles, inviting light into the resort, allowing it to dance off the shimmering surface of the swimming pool.
Rooms and Suites
Every suite at Amangiri Hotel boasts vistas of the surrounding desert from the bath tub and the lavish king size bed. You can open the large folding doors completely, which will lead you to your private terrace, where you can relax on the low seated wooden chairs in front of the fireplace while taking in the view of the mountains. In your room, you will find a flat screen television, a mini bar, plush bathrobes, and signature Amangiri bath products that are elegantly infused with sage. The air conditioning and under floor heating make Amangiri Hotel the perfect choice for summer and winter. The hotel offers 1 house and 34 suites in 7 styles that you can choose from, each offering something special.
Favorite: The Mesa Home
The most secluded and one of the most spectacular accommodations. Perfect if you are traveling with a group, with your family, or if you simply wish to have more room to roam.
Featuring four spacious bedrooms that all boast private balconies. The muted color palette proudly compliments the luxurious modern minimalist décor style. The large king sized beds offer you a lush night’s sleep, where you can wake up to unparalleled views of the surrounding desert. The Mesa Home is equipped with a professional kitchen to prepare meals yourself, or have an in-room chef cook up a storm that you can enjoy at your full sized indoor or outdoor dining table.
The warm lounge welcomes you with panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the plush neutral tones seating, and the gorgeous fireplace located under the hand-picked artwork. The Amangiri Home features a 50-foot infinity pool where you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine under the sun or the clarity of the stars in the desert.
The most spectacular option amongst suites is the Amangiri Suite, which is 348 square meters and has a stunning lap pool with floating steps where you can cool off. The sky terrace and large day beds are the perfect spots for you to relax in the fresh air. The attentive staff members are available to provide you with light snacks and fresh cocktails, enhancing your relaxing experience.
The private courtyard entrance gives you an idea of the ambiance that is carried throughout. The calm atmosphere of the outdoors is seamlessly translated into the suite with the use of natural wood, light colors, bonsai plants, and stylish furnishings. The great floor to ceiling windows and doors bathe the suite in natural light, and the views offered are like that of a charming painting, blurring the lines between inside and outside.
The large bathroom invites you to a romantic evening in the spacious soaking tub or a refreshing start to your morning in the twin rain showers. Double vanities and the separate dressing room give you all the space you need. The expansive outdoor terrace offers splendid outdoor dining areas, where you can enjoy fine private dining with magnificent desert views.
The Girijaala Suite is almost as big as the Amangiri Suite, measuring 347 square meters, and invites you to the stunning mountain ridge views from the lap pool.
The private terrace features four loungers where you can soak up the sun’s rays with a fresh cocktail. Nestled at the foot of the surrounding mountains, you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks in front of your fire pit while taking in the majestic view of the towering mountain in front of you.
The neutral tones of the suite perfectly reflect your surroundings, allowing you to feel at home in this secluded location, where you can enjoy a candlelit bath in the soaking tub with views of the desert. Spend evenings on the sky terrace where private dinners are taken to the next level and you can savor gourmet meals under the stars. The luxurious king size bed welcomes you to sink into the crisp white linen while gazing at the playful warm tones from the fire pit, and lets you wake up to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Mesa Pool Suite
If you fancy yourself a sunset lover yet are looking for a smaller price tag, the 146 square meter Mesa Pool Suite will excite you. The sky terrace that offers spectacular views of the mesa and the rose-gold sunsets over the Utah desert allows you to soak up all the sun you desire. Light colors meet neutral décor and furnishings, making the perfect balance for you to enjoy peace and tranquility. Enjoy the refreshing cool waters of your private plunge pool and the soft comfort of the large plush day bed on your terrace.
The large tiled bathroom leaves nothing to be desired. You can savor every minute of the luxurious atmosphere created in this calm space, which features a double vanity, a large soaking tub with mountain vistas, and a large window that lets in light that bounces off the concrete walls to naturally illuminate this relaxing space. Relax on your comfortable king size bed in the seductive mood lighting as you enjoy the spectacular views out of the floor to ceiling doors over the fire pit. The tranquil living area invites you to enjoy a book or listen to some music on the CD player or iPod dock.
Children and pets
If you have brought your children with you, Amangiri Hotel welcomes them with a wide array of books and games, as well as a delectable kids’ menu at the Pavilion restaurant. The main swimming pool has steps and shallow water, giving children easy access to the cool waters. The library and game room will also keep your kids busy, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, so they can watch their favorite videos online. The hotel can also arrange toys and water games for your little ones. If you feel like a romantic dinner, babysitters are available upon your request. Amangiri also welcomes pets under 25 lbs in the Desert Wing for $100 per night.
The Pavilion restaurant is in the middle of the resort, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the elegant open plan dining room with the show kitchen, or in one of the smaller lounges. If you choose to sit inside, the floor to ceiling panoramic windows invite the outside in, where you can take in the breathtaking views while enjoying a fusion of light and energetic dishes.
You can enjoy breakfast and lunch served a la carte or as a buffet. Evening meals will be a treat to your senses, as you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas or locally sourced meats grilled to perfection.
If you would prefer to enjoy the fresh Utah air, there are tables available on the terrace, where the neutral color scheme of the interior is translated on the red rocks of the surrounding hills. Simple décor and minimalistic furnishings remind you of where you are located. The hotel bar will also tantalize you with pre-dinner drinks or a post-dinner nightcap. Featuring a floor to ceiling wine cellar built from opulent walnut, and spectacular margaritas and mojitos, there is something to delight your palette.
Step out of the light into the restfully dark candle-lit Aman Spa, a spectacular 2322 square meter haven dedicated to tranquility and rejuvenation. Incorporating the traditional Navajo healing culture, you can enjoy a wide range of body treatments.
The Water Pavilion features a dry sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool; there are two outdoor terraces where you can enjoy massages in the natural surroundings afforded by the unique location, and the Floatation Pavilion offers you color therapy-enhanced floatation body treatments in the watsu pool. Watch the sun rise over the mountains while enjoying private yoga in the yoga pavilion, or take in the mountain views as you get your workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center.
Discover the area
One of the best parts of visiting this one-of-a-kind resort is that you will have the opportunity to explore the area in an adventurous way, but if you would prefer a more relaxing way, that is available too. World-class hiking and rock-climbing excursions are offered, where you can take a climbing route with the guided Via Ferrata tour, climbing up ladder rungs on the mountains surrounding the resort, including the sacred native American caves where humans lived for over 9000 years. There are also recreational and advanced bicycle routes that you can explore. If you are looking for some hands on activities, map reading, top tying techniques, desert travel, and navigation lessons are available.
For a more relaxing activity, take a serene boat ride down the Colorado River, where you can enjoy the peaceful waters as you move through the beautiful 305 meter high Navajo Sandstone walls. If you feel like the day out, you can take an hour and a half drive to Zion National Park, where you can see the tranquil conservation of ancient sandstone and gorgeous lush green natural vegetation. Just 30 minutes drive away from Amangiri Hotel, in Arizona, is Horseshoe Bend, where you can see the Colorado River make a 300 degree turn along its path. The river is located 305 meters below the edge of the observation area, making it the ideal spot to get a surreal and picturesque snapshot of this unique area.
On your way back to the hotel, be sure that you stop the Rainbow Room, the restaurant at Lake Powell resort, where you can dine next to the huge windows that offer you undisturbed views as far as your eyes can see. At Ja’di’ To’oh, which means Antelope Springs in Navajo, is a unique floating restaurant, and is perfect if you feel like a hearty burger or a tasty pizza.
Driving away from this hidden treasure, you will savor every memory created in this desert wonderland. It is certainly one of the top hotels in the world for a reason, you only have to be there to understand why.