Traveling to Amangiri is already an experience in and of itself. Lost in the middle of the Utah desert, a four-hour drive from Las Vegas, it looks from the outside like a no man’s land that could be hiding Area 51. There’s nothing all around. Just silence and a breathtaking view of the large desert plateaux and canyons. It’s hard to imagine, but just four miles (six kilometers) further lies one of the world’s most remarkable hotels. Welcome to Amangiri.
Located in the Four Corners region, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet, Amangiri is a disorienting haven of peace. It melts into the luminous sand-colored rocks and plateaux that surround it. The effect is spectacular. Time, it seems, has stopped in this peaceful stillness.
Aman Resorts hotel group owner Adrian Zecha made a deliberate effort to respect the region’s culture and ecosystem, home to the Navajo people. After buying the land from the US government, the hotel opened to the public in October 2009.
The resort melts into the scenery thanks to natural hues, materials and textures. The rays of sunlight play with the building’s geometric lines. It’s a true architectural treasure.
The heated pool was built around a 160 million-year-old rock formation.
The reception, living room and restaurant are located in the main room of the hotel. There are various nooks that invite you to relax: a library in the center of the room, comfortable sofas along bay windows and the dining room, where you can have a meal facing the pool or the desert.
Amangiri, whose name means “peaceful mountain,” offers its clients unmatched comfort. There are 34 suites with varying views of the desert, the rocks and the plateaux all around. Its luxury knows no equal. Fancy touches abound, like the room windows that can open completely like French doors to give way to a patio space with firepit.
The 2,500 square foot (2,322 square meter) spa provides exceptional services inspired by traditional Navajo therapies. The products used are local and natural.
A number of activities and local trips are available, from hiking tours to hot air balloon rides and visits of Lake Powell and its canyons. Fancy Oli recommends trail riding on horseback. It’s a two-hour discovery of the property’s 600 acres (243 hectares). This exceptional moment just might take your breath away.
With its unique history and geography thrown into the mix, Amangiri is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hotels ever. It’s a luxury oasis that promises an unforgettable experience for the wary traveler. The ultimate fancy hotel.