I stumbled upon Amangiri after browsing the Aman website to inquire about the Turks and Caicos location. I was intrigued that there was a prestigious Aman resort (there are I think two) right here in the U.S. so we decided to book it. Unfortunately a lot of the national parks were closed due to the government shut down (thanks a lot). But there was still plenty to do even with the closures.
Like the website says, Amangiri picks you up free of charge from the Page, AZ airport. Shortly after booking, the hotel sent an email inquiring about our flight info. The hotel is a 20 min. stunning drive from the airport. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were given a brief tour of the grounds. The host told us that you would never know the hotel was sold out except for at the restaurant at dinner because you never see anybody during the day, and we found this to be true. We had a Meza view suite and the views from the patio and bathtub were amazing. The room was very clean, and even though it was more modern than cozy, the bed was so fluffy and comfy and after a long day of hikes and tours you do not want to leave it. My ONLY complaint of the hotel was that on two different nights we had bugs in our room. The first day we had a fairly large beetle in the bathroom, and the third night we had three large similar type bugs. When we called on the third night to have someone come and spray the room, the gentleman who answered the phone somewhat rudely said "we are in the middle of the desert". He clearly did not know my fear of bugs and spiders, but I would have thought when you are spending $$$$ a night that they would at least pretend to be a little sympathetic. However, he did send the engineer promptly to spray our room. The engineer said that it is not very common to see bugs, but it does happen. If you go, I *highly* recommend keeping your doors completely closed at all times so no bugs can crawl in... just in case. The rest of the staff was very attentive and friendly. If a staff member did not know you they introduced themselves and then called you by name every time after making you feel welcome.
As far as the location and hotel grounds, there is nothing like this around. Everywhere you look there is a breathtaking view. I think I took over 400 pictures in total, but pictures do not do this place justice. There are several different hikes on property ranging from .75 miles to 4 miles for those who have little experience. They also free offer daily group hikes at 8am and 5pm. On the 5pm hikes you can catch beautiful views of the sunset from the top of a meza and the 8am goes to an ancient cave where they filmed the 80s movie Broken Arrow. The only hikes that require a guide are the ones that involve lots of climbing and the use of harnesses. Whether we hiked alone or in group, we never saw anybody else on any of the trails. It is very secluded. They do offer off site private activities, but they are all very expensive. We did a private tour to the slot canyons where they have their own private areas of the canyons so there is no crowding. We saw many tour buses filled with people passing us and it was nice to have just us and the guide.
My biggest surprise was how good the food was after reading all the negative reviews. I think the best advice I could give to the hotel would be to change your menus daily. Even if that means splitting the current menu in two to give the illusion of change and something to be excited for, I think the guests would appreciate a change. When you travel to a remote place you rely on the hotel restaurant and it's disappointing to see the same menu night after night. However, with that said everything we tried was fantastic. And even though the menu did not change, they still offered a bit of variety. It is wise to make reservations to specify what table you would like such as outside on the pool patio, by the fireplace, etc. One day we borrowed the 6 series BMW (which was awesome!- they let you use in 4 hour increments) and drove to Page, AZ to see the horseshoe bend and found a pizzeria and a few other small restaurants and hotels that guests could visit if they want something different and/or cheap.
The pool is warm during the colder months and cold during the summer. It was at 86 degrees when we stayed in October. I could have just spent every day at the pool, but there is too much to do. But it was nice to just sit near the pool and have morning tea and cappuccinos. The spa is beautiful and they have some creative (but expensive) treatments. Even if you don't book a treatment you can still use the amenities (sauna, steam room, step pool, etc.) which are all very private and only one time did we run into another guest while using them.
I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone thinking about going. Overall, it seems like a lot to pay for just the hotel, but when you are there you see why. It is not very well known so it feels very private, and will make you feel like you traveled thousands of miles to an exotic place, instead of Utah.
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- Also Known As:
- Amangiri Hotel Big Water
- Amangiri Utah/Big Water