This is certainly up there with the nicest hotels we've ever stayed at, and the surroundings are stunning. But we were a little disappointed with the quality of the restaurant. It should be a lot better - it should be a destination in itself. The overly complex menu and courses structure was off-putting, and although we don't mind spending a lot on good food, for the money it should have delivered more. I'd give it 7 out of 10.
The spa is very nice indeed. We both enjoyed our treatments. Again, ridiculously overpriced but they do have a captive market. With both dinner and the spa we "experienced it once" and then decided not to do it again. If they just had more sensible pricing in the spa they would get more business I'm sure. While there the steam room was out of order, which was really disappointing. They say a part is on order.
Same goes for the excursions they organise. They wanted $1000 for a 15-30 minute hot air balloon ride. When we priced it up with suppliers directly we were seeing prices of $200-250 per person for 2-3 hours. The free walking tour on the property was OK and worth doing. I certainly wouldn't pay hundreds of dollars for one.
The design of the whole resort is just lovely. The pool is especially stunning, being built around a protrusion in the rock face. The rooms were great, and we enjoyed our outdoor sitting area and open fire. Bed was amazing!
Gym was a let down - the machines were acting weird, either stopping after a few minutes or miscounting calories burned. Enough to put us off going back to the gym! And although overall the staff here were just top notch, there is one woman we dealt with who is snooty and verging on rude. I wish I got her name... but I'm sure the hotel knows who she is and hopefully she won't last long. But overall the best service I've ever had at a hotel. 10 out of 10.
Overall, I highly recommend the Amangiri. It's whetted my apetite and I will definitely be checking out other Aman resorts!
- 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