Amangiri – Desert Magnificence

Overlooking starkly beautiful desert scenery and the Southwest’s iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations, Amangiri (“Peaceful Mountain” in Sanskrit) is located at the center of the greatest concentration of National Parks in the USA.

Situated on 600 acres in the middle of the Grand Circle of National Parks, 34-suite Amangiri is just 20 minutes from the nearest airport of Page, Arizona. Amangiri offers a diverse adventure program with excursions such as hiking, via ferrata, horseback riding, canyon tours, private boating trips on Lake Powell, rafting trips on the Colorado River, scenic flights (by helicopter, small plane or hot air balloon), and day trips to the multitude of nearby national parks such as Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. It also boasts a 25,000-square foot Aman Spa which offers treatments based on the ancient healing philosophies of the Navajo and a comprehensive yoga program

Amangiri Suites, USA

Spacious and with clean lines and natural materials, the Suites reflect the luminous qualities of the surrounding Utah desert. Accommodation design features include white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers and fittings in blackened steel. Each Suite has an outdoor lounge and fireplace with expansive desert views, while some feature a private pool or roof terrace.

The 348-square-meter (3,472 square feet) Amangiri Suite features a large private lap pool with floating steps, an expansive sun deck with outdoor dining areas and a sky terrace, all with magnificent Utah desert views.

AMENITIES

  • Desert views
  • Private swimming pool (18m x 4m / 59ft x 13ft) with floating steps
  • Sun deck with four sun loungers, built-in lounge seating, dining area
  • Fire pit
  • Private sky terrace with large day bed
  • Private courtyard entrance and breezeway
  • King-size bed
  • Living area with reading chairs, writing desk
  • Bathroom with twin rain showers, soaking tub
  • Twin vanities, dressing areas, separate toilet
  • Wi-Fi, TV, DVD player, sound system, safe
  • Air-conditioning, underfloor heating
  • Personal bar

Adventures and experiences at Amangiri

At the heart of the Grand Circle region, Amangiri is within easy reach of some of North America’s most magnificent protected areas, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Monument Valley Tribal Park, home of the Navajo Nation. Occupying 243 hectares of this starkly beautiful landscape, Amangiri is as much a gateway to adrenaline-fueled outdoor adventure as it is to the rich cultural heritage of the Navajo.

Discover Navajo heritage

Amangiri is tightly connected to Utah’s Native American communities and offers a range of one-of-a-kind experiences that bring guests closer to the culture and history of the Navajo people. Activities range from Navajo-guided tours of the slot canyons and Monument Valley Tribal Park to powerful storytelling sessions and ritual dances by the fire.

Hiking and climbing

Numerous trails lead from Amangiri to dramatic viewpoints and hidden wilderness hotspots. Graded by difficulty, guided hikes offer guests the opportunity to discover the geological wonders of this astonishing landscape. There’s no more thrilling way to get up close with Amangiri’s majestic rock formations than by taking on the challenge of the via ferrata. These ‘iron roads’ see intrepid adventurers using fixed rungs and cables embedded into the rock face to traverse dramatic gorges and sheer canyons.

The plateau on horseback

Depart from the steps of Amangiri and explore the sweeping Utah desert landscape with Amangiri’s seasoned wranglers. Riding trails available both in the area immediately around the resort and beyond. More challenging rides include ridge-top hacks above a maze of ridges and canyons, where outlaws once hid and the cowboys of today still run cattle when the high country is buried in snow.

Hot-air ballooning

Launching from Amangiri at sunrise, hot-air balloon flights offer extraordinary high-altitude views as the landscape below glows red and gold in the spreading sunlight. From the basket, 360º views take in Lake Powell, Navajo Mountain, the Vermillion Cliffs and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Exploring the slot canyons

Carved into the earth’s surface by wind and water over millions of years, the slot canyons are some of the most striking geological features of the Colorado Plateau. Aman guides escort guests through these sinuous sandstone formations – an opportunity to admire the striking array of colors displayed on their walls.

Extraordinary formations at Lake Powell

Mesmerically beautiful, the vast reservoir of Lake Powell encompasses more than 3,200km (2,000 miles) of shoreline, riddled with secluded bays and hidden canyons. Navigate these lesser-visited marvels by kayak, take a stand-up paddle board across the glassy waters, or explore from the comfort of boat on a full- or half-day tour of the lake, taking in its most remarkable natural feature – the 290-foot freestanding arch known as the Rainbow Bridge.

Take to the skies

The landscape of Canyon Country is even more incredible from on high. Amangiri has a private helipad and airstrip a team of expert pilots on call, making air tours by helicopter or plane easy to arrange. Travel to National Parks in minutes, discover the region’s unique geology from a new perspective, or fly to the top of a mesa for a once-in-a-lifetime yoga experience, 1,000 feet above the valley floor.

National Park adventures

The Colorado Plateau is home to the highest concentration of National Parks in the United States, and Amangiri is a gateway to all. From the wildlife diversity of Zion and the hoodoo sandstone pillars of Bryce Canyon, to the vertiginous wonder of the Grand Canyon, the landscape is ripe for discovery, whether on self-guided expeditions or private tours led by Amangiri’s expert team.

Art of the desert

Painting outside Broken Arrow Cave, close to ancient petroglyph rock art dating back millions of years, artist-in-residence Ulrike Arnold captures the austere splendor of Amangiri’s desert surroundings. From August to October, visit Ulrike and watch as she works with rock, sand, wind and rain to create abstract works formed from the Utah desert itself.

Wellness & Fitness at Amangiri

Spread across 2,322 square meters (25,000 square feet), the Aman Spa reflects the healing traditions of the Navajo, with treatments drawing on the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water.

  • Five treatment rooms (including one double)
  • Two outdoor treatment terraces
  • Water pavilion with steam room, sauna, plunge pool and heated step pool
  • Flotation pavilion with private relaxation area and finishing salon
  • Extensive spa menu of massages and beauty treatments
  • Natural Aman Skincare products
  • Steam room and sauna
  • Full range of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment
  • Pilates and yoga studio

Hózhó healing

Amangiri’s extensive menu of massages, beauty treatments and restorative therapies is inspired by the holistic wellbeing traditions of the Navajo. The concept of hózhó captures the notion of being in tune with the self and in harmony with the world, and it is this state that the Aman Spa seeks to induce in Amangiri guests.

Yoga on the rocks

Take a short hike to the top of a monolithic rock formation for a one-of-a-kind yoga experience high above the valley floor. Amangiri’s yoga specialist guides guests through a personalized movement session with heart-stirring 360º views of the Navajo National Park – magnificent at any time, but sublime at sunrise.

Water therapy

Experience the restorative power of submersion in the flotation pavilion, or visit the water pavilion for thermal therapies including a sauna, steam room and plunge pool. Adjoining the spa, a stone-lined step pool offers temperature-controlled water, cushioned seating, desert views, and an atmosphere conducive to mindful contemplation.

Aman Skincare

Used in Amangiri’s spa therapies, the Aman Skincare family of products and rituals is built on the knowledge and wisdom of ancient wellness traditions and the healing power of nature. Grouped into three unique formulations – Grounding, Purifying and Nourishing – the product range is now available for guests to take home.

Dining at Amangiri
Presenting sustainable, seasonal menus inspired by the culinary heritage of the Navajo and the American Southwest, Amangiri’s main restaurant and dining venues are open to resort guests and non-residents with reservations ​(subject to availability).

The Dining Room

Looking out across the plains through floor-to-ceiling windows, Amangiri’s main restaurant centers on an open-plan kitchen and wood-fired oven. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with especially breathtaking views at sunrise and sunset. Served indoors or on the pool terrace, the menus showcase local ingredients, taking inspiration from Native American cuisine, tempered with modern global influences. A four-course ‘Spirit of the Journey’ tasting menu with matched wines pays gastronomic tribute to the five tribes of the region.

The Fireside Pavilion

For both private events and everyday dining, this intimate, open-air pavilion is the ideal spot for dinner beneath the star-spangled desert sky. Next to the main swimming pool, beside a grand central fireplace, Amangiri’s chef serves food fresh from the open grill.

The Chinle Site

A short drive, hike or horseback ride from Amangiri, the Chinle Site provides a unique and atmospheric setting for private dining amid the natural serenity of the desert. Dinners at the site are often enriched by performances from Navajo musicians and storytellers.

The Desert Lounge

Open to the elements, the Desert Lounge lets the scenery take centre-stage, with views of the majestic mesas towering over the scrubland plains. Ideal for cocktail soirées, special-occasion dinners, and moments of quiet contemplation.

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