My husband and I just returned from a few nights at the Amangiri, our first Aman experience. We drove in through the gates as a car was exiting, so our arrival was not announced ('a test', my husband joked), but we were warmly welcomed by a number of friendly staff, given spicy chai tea, and whisked away on a tour of the gorgeous property. The architects discreetly positioned each of the buildings with views in mind, and everywhere one looks there's a breath-taking vista, purposely framed by a window or an opening between buildings. Our room had a 'Mesa View', which I would recommend, not only for the stunning view, but also for its proximity to the spa, the pool and hot tub and the dining room/living room. The room wasn't huge but was well-designed, and serene, with an amazing bathtub/shower area (again with the view). All of the spaces: the gym, the spa, the dining room are beautifully conceived with amazing details (we loved the lighting, the dishes, the rugs, the fire tools - you name it - it was thoughtfully selected). The music, the books and magazines, the dvds, the board games (I care about these things) in the library were excellent. It was a place that you'd really want to hang out (and we did) but the lure of the hiking trails, the yoga, the pool, the spa treatments are strong. The complimentary guided hikes are a must-do but there is also the opportunity to take awesome self-guided hikes on or near the property. The spa is extensive with various plunge pools, steam, sauna, and treatment areas. Our treatments/massages ranged from pretty good to really great (I was surprised to love the meditative water treatment so much).
I'd read previous reviews here which were critical of the food, so my expectations were tempered, but I have to say that we completely loved our meals. I woke up excited about what I was going to eat that day - I wanted to try everything! The fresh bread, soups, cheeses, wood-fired pizzas, the fish tacos, elk chili (lots of southwestern/Mexican influences) were highlights. (And an amazing wine list).
The real strength of the hotel though is the service - the people and the way they go above and beyond. This shouldn't have surprised me, it's supposed to be great at this price point, but the little things like Toni bringing me an early morning latte in the hot tub and remembering exactly how I like it. Or Connie, the personal trainer, printing up a folder of exercises and stretches for me to take home for my sore shoulder. Or John and Sam in the dining room who figured out exactly what wines we'd love and were so interesting and warm that they felt like friends by the end of our stay. And Andrew, the Assistant Manager who was ever attentive, accommodating, and lovely.
I would highly recommend exploring this part of the world - the natural landscape is mind-blowing. And without hesitation I would recommend doing it from this hotel. It's amazing and I dream about returning someday.
- 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