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“a pricey piece of heaven...almost” 4 of 5 stars
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Amangiri
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Big Water, UT 84741   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Big Water
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Laguna Beach
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“a pricey piece of heaven...almost”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2010

Arriving at the Amangiri was a long but magical arrival. The landforms are sensual... a different landscape... wonderful setting. The entry and public spaces are grand for the 34 suits and number of guests. This is really special, never crowded. Sometimes it is difficult to find lounges around the pool. The suites are all based on an identical floor plan which really works well. Two spaces, a large living/ sleeping space with 2 courts . The architecture is very minimal and powerful. A zen essential ambiance. Star gazing , walking massage. Relax. The gym equipment is unusable! The lobby is nice , but the area with the books and computers is in a coral which is central. You must walk around it and it is never used much. It could be a losser plan with chairs and tables freely arranged, IMHO. The food was always off. Breakfast and lunch were slightly better than dinner ,but not great or even good. The options are zero! You eat there are drive which impacts the relax factor. One night we sat adjacent to the cook line and watched the operation. Several dishes came back...under cooked. There seemed to be a lack of professionalism as we watched the chefs... At these prices we expected more. Recently we visited a local restaurant in Newport Beach with average reviews... my wife said if the food at Amangiri was this good it would have been a much better experience.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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switzerland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

We stayed here for one week, and it was amazing. The architecture and the location leave you speechless. This is one beautiful property. The staff are very friendly, but they are still learning. There are a few things that shouldn't be happening at such a beautiful and high end place. Housekeeping for one isn't quite up to par. Our biggest complaint however is the quality of the food. We ate here once, and never again. On the bright side however, we sat down with the Assistant Manager Andrew, who was very receptive to our comments and suggestions. If you rent a car, we suggest you just wander into Page and have dinner at the Canyon King, the chef used to work at the Amangiri, and the food is absolutely exceptional.
But we will definitely come back, this is such a fantastic place!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Knoxville, Tennessee
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

We just returned from a four night visit. I have not spent any time in the desert except for Vegas - and that just doesn't count. we traveled from the south and took nearly 8 hours to get there. Absolutely beautiful. The resort is on 600 acres of beautiful mesas, hoodoos, and desert vegetation. The resort is very stark but it really does work with the surroundings.

The good: The mesa rooms are very large and have everything you need including complimentary snacks and plenty of water. They also give you full size bath products which I loved especially the lotion. The view is amazing and private. We opened the drapes everynight so that we could wake up to the sunset in the morning. At night we sat out on our patio, drank and star gazed - can see the milky way. The pool was beautful and the lounges and beds with huge umbrellas enticed even my husband to lay by the pool in the afternoon. The staff was friendly and helpful with out being intrusive. We did several on site hikes by ourselves, slot canyon tour, borrowed a car and went into Page and the surrounding area for a few more hikes, spa treatments, and then were slugs the rest of the time. It was exactly what we wanted and needed.

The ok: Food still needs work.

The bad; I do agree with other reviewers- the bed platform is dangerous. Hopefully when you kick it the first night you don't break your toes. It only takes one time and then you never do it again.

The petty: The door to the toilet is a huge sliding piece of wood and just doesn't work - looks good. Not the resorts fault but I had a hard time with the time changes. Arizona doesn't recognize daylight savings so they are an hour behind. So if our plane left Page at 8:00Am that was 9:00am at Amangiri 9which was actually pretty nice).

The spa: I had a 90 minute massage (thanks AmEX). The room was beautiful, has a private bathroom with steam shower, that you use to change if you do not want to walk over in your robe. I also did the 2 1/2 hr midday journey (scrub,wrap, facial) which I really enjoyed. Again seperate private bath with steam shower. I also tried the Flotation tank for 30 min. Had a hard time relaxing with that one.

The Mormon: Utah's liquor laws state no liquor displayed at the resort, hence, no bar. They do serve alcohol but have to keep it in a closet. I was also told it is taxed 78%.

We loved it.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

Arriving here is simply breath taking. The natural beauty is the hero of this resort. And it's an incredible property, simple, and minimalist in design. If you have the chance to visit, go for it.

That being said, I would not go out of my way to return here again. I flew in from San Diego, it took 3 connecting flights and six hours. The experience was good but not especially memorable or impressive compared to other Aman resorts.

I will be visiting the Amans in Sri Lanka next month and look forward to a more memorable experience.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2010

we stayed here over the July 4th weekend and loved every moment. The setting, the food, the incredibly nice staff, the decor, the light - all added up to create a truly memorable visit. This resort manages to provide a five star experience while at the same time making you feel right at home. Despite the luxury, albeit understated, there is a very relaxed and down to earth atmosphere and one feels that the staff here is genuinely interested in ensuring you have a great stay. There are all sorts of little touches that make this stand out as a superb place from the delightful local and culturally sensitive gifts left overnight to the books and magazines that are around to the great outdoor fire on the patio to the general manager saying hello, checking that we were ok and enjoying our stay and to the friendliness of all we came in contact with. I can’t recommend amangiri highly enough. It’s quite unique..

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

have been to three other aman resorts, and we found them amazing. on our trip to USA we made a special side trip to stay at amangiri. what a disappoiintment. the location is amazing, the architecture and views quite nice--but, there is where it ends. as the other reviews have said, the menu is limited and the food is only nothing special, the staff is inexperienced and don't belong at an aman resort.

the rooms seem odd, the bed with the extended step up is dangerours and not in keeping with the minimal approach. the loo does not have a bidet or fan. it does have some very strange giant sliding door that announces you everytime you use the loo.

the material used in the sink area was a bad choice--rings and water drops scar the finish and can not be removed, makes it look unclean, the furniture seems like a budget comprimise and does not go together.

don't like the pool being part of the dining room--does not lend itself to a fine dining experience. the spa is strange too--no services in your room so you have to walk outside to go to the spa in your robe--no lockers. also, each service you walk in and out of one part of the spa structure tio the next service--not relaxing.

we will not being going back to this aman--it just does not match the quality of the brand--too bad. to have come all the way from europe for this disappointment.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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del mar, california
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2010

We have heard of Amangiri hotels in Asia, best of the best. The Amangiri in Utah was a bust for us. We were very excited about staying at this hotel with its reputation being "the best". When making our reservation we were asked about any food preferences. Food choices were very limited. We had a beautiful view of the desert although when taking a shower kids came by outside our room and stared in. We had to climb over the bath-tub to try to close the blinds. Our bed frame extended past the mattress and we ran into the bed-frame quite a few times and we had to be careful getting out of bed. We asked to have a pkg federal expressed and instead it was mailed. We waited in the restaurant for quite some time for our order to be taken and the menu was very limited. We have stayed at most luxurious hotels, Amangiri needs better management.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Big Water, UT 84741
Location: United States > Utah > Big Water
Amenities:
Spa
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Big Water
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amangiri 5*
Number of rooms: 34
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