And this may be significant? The empty, jaw-dropping, challenging, ever-changing landscape surrounding the resort laughs at time. Although the stark bluffs, canyons, mesas testify to time's ravages. Erosion, landslides, broken rock everywhere, that in the stillness of the shattered desert stand in sharp contrast to the monumental, almost Brutalist architecture of Amangiri. There's something paradoxical and perhaps tender in the angular calculations of space, the function of massive grand staircase and pavilion, the allusive, surprising elements of light and shadow play--all still on a human scale despite the almost-overwhelming architectural grandeur--placed within the eroded wilderness of this landscape of ruin.
That's what most impresses me about Amangiri: its grand design. It may seem petty to mention imperfect details about this visually incomparable property. But I shall, under the presumption that Aman might be reading. Our room, #32 among the Mesa View suites, is simply, elegantly put together but in need of maintenance. One of the two rain shower units in the greenstone bath area was and had been dripping long enough to cause ugly, large calciferous stains on wall and floor areas. White cushions showed unsightly pulls and pills. A pair of handsome but much-too-low wood and plaited leather chairs need oiling. Careless guests have left drinks-rings on elegant polished cement and marble surfaces.
Dining can be inconsistent. One night the arctic char was perfectly prepared, floating on a light-as-air potato pancake, surrounded by a thin line of excellent tomato concasse. The next night the fish was swimming in tomato with a virtually nonexistent bit of potato. Huevos rancheros were fine one morning (the terrific corn tortillas house-made, as are all of the good breads), disappointing the next.
Wine service one night was comic. Ordered a Tavel, brought a merlot, wine steward arrived to lament that the last Cheval Blanc had just been sold, announced no more Tavel, departed to cellar to bring up another rosé, and kindly brought complimentary glasses of pink while we waited.
Service was willing and smiling, except for a perfunctory, grumpy server one breakfast. She'd been all smiles the morning before. Smeary, fingered tableware one morn, too. A couple of
minor glitches with front desk requests. I'd thought a car wash would have been provided upon departure, as has happened at other ***** hostelries. Nope.
Manager Christophe Olivro, affable and available, is a gem, as is Sam the sommelier, and esp., Ryan at the desk. Everyone seemed to remember someone's birthday, too. Nice touch, that. They make an absolutely perfect Negroni, too.
It's an unforgettable experience in an incomparable situation. Inconsistencies, yes. But they are minor, really, and only mentionable because of the context. Here, the good is truly the enemy of the best.
- 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