With an architecture perfectly integrated to the desert, the Amangiri hotel-spa is one of the best options to visit the Four Corners, a region of towering mesas and deep canyons bordering the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona; an iconic landscape of the legendary western United States.
Surrounded by the Grand Canyon, this luxury resort, built in 2009 around a large central pool, overlooks the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument Valley, one of the world’s geological jewels in southeastern Utah. In the same land originally inhabited by the Navajo Indians, the Amangiri (“Mountain of Peace”) offers wellness and beauty treatments, flotation therapy, steam baths as well as yoga and Pilates sessions. Its special winter program includes personalized training in food and health, exercise, horseback riding and hiking.
The hotel offers suites and private villas. The most exclusive include a swimming pool and terrace, large library, wine and cigars cellar as well as the Desert Lounge, an area that modulates the temperature and lighting to enjoy the sunsets and the star-studded nights.
From the resort—accessible by plane, landing at Page Airport in Arizona— the guests can take boat tours on the Colorado River and also balloon and helicopter rides. There are also adventure activities like caving and climbing, as well as set routes to visit the national parks of Zion, Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon. One of the most impressive attractions is to explore the fauna and flora of the area, with archaeological heritage that includes footprints and dinosaur fossils dating back to more than 160 million years.
Amangiri belongs to the luxury group Aman Resorts, founded in 1988 by the Indonesian businessman Adrian Zecha, also co-founder of the Regent International Hotels chain. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and tennis player Novak Djokovick are frequent guests of this unique place, which emphasizes the harmony between the environment, history and culture. ■