You know when the reservations agent gives the impression of being rapacious and signs her e-mail with only her first name, there's a certain disquiet on the breeze. So it was when i booked into Amangiri.
Aman means peace but you're unlikely to find it here. It's an expensive hotel with great architecture and a great location. That's where it ends though.
Aman translates as "peace" in English. You are unlikely to find it at Amangiri because management have decided kids are now welcome. The place has become a riot of kids running around, splashing in the pool and making lots of noise all over the place, all day long. Which is fine if that is what you want; and it's great to see kids having fun. But the place now resembles a disney-style destination for wealthy people. You're left to retreat to your room for any semblance of Aman (peace).
The food and service have also slipped. It is no longer original and delicious. It's now pretty run of the mill. The Cinnamon churned into the butter was the portent of mediocrity. The waitress describing pappardelle as "parrparrdeller" in the same sentence as "astringent" confirmed it. Desert was forgotten as the restaurant swelled with children.
Maybe all this has something to do with Adrian Zecha selling out. The new owners are either seriously short of money, clueless or both.
Another great hotel screwed up by short-term management thinking. Join the mass or give it a miss. Perhaps try the place in winter when it's empty. Very disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amangiri (peaceful mountain) is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort blends into its dramatic surrounds of deep canyons and towering plateaus. Amangiri's Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, a water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool and step pool, a fitness centre and a yoga pavilion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amangiri Hotel Big Water
- Amangiri Utah/Big Water