I went to the Amangiri with my family for thanksgiving. This was the second Aman resort that I have stayed at (the Amanyara was the first). Needless to say expectations were high, however I couldn’t help but feel disappointed.
For starters a warning on traveling: The only airport close to the resort is in Page AZ, and unfortunately the only airline that flies there is Great Lakes Airline. This airline has to win an award for worst airline. From the time we booked our flight to the time of our trip they changed the time of the flight twice, both times requiring us to change our flights to Phoenix on different airlines. Be warned.
The landscape around the hotel is spectacular. However I think the biggest problem with my stay is that I found the hotel itself to be very unattractive. The entire building was created from poured concrete and has sharp lines, dim lighting and stark unadorned walls. The resort’s bleak, bunker like aesthetic, combined with the surrounding desert landscape left me with the uncanny feeling that I was minutes away from witnessing the tanks of Rommel’s Afrikacorp roll across the desert to launch an assault on the hotel.
The rooms themselves were comfortable, and the mattresses among the best I’ve slept on in a resort. However the furniture in the rooms (and in the dinning room and common spaces) is uncomfortably low to the ground. My biggest complaint about the rooms is the showers. The showers have high ceilings and no doors, which are probably nice features in the summer. However in the fall or winter it means the showers never steam up or get hot, and any part of your body that is not directly under the water is frozen, and after the shower you must complete a mad dash to your towel to dry off and get dressed as quickly as possible.
On the more positive side the staff at the resort are excellent. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and on top of things. Which was good because management seemed to be non existent, aside from a brief appearance at the beginning of our stay operation of the resort appeared to be left to the staff. The food also happens to be very good. However the menu does not change. I feel like this was a mistake, since each meal started the same way, with the waiter going through the list of menu items that the kitchen was out of. The resort would be better served rotating through the menu.
All in all, its not a bad resort, and I’m probably nit picking, but I simply expected better from an Aman.
- 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