Desert indulgence at AmangiriCanyon Point, USA
Protected from the harsh elements of the Southern Utah desert by nothing more than a rocky, rugged escarpment, luxury hotel Amangiri appears like a too-beautiful-to-be-real mirage. Minimalist lines and neutral tones allow the luxe digs to blend into their age-wearied backdrop, while concrete walls, timber fittings and blackened steel elements serve to enhance the features of the natural surroundings. Private pools, courtyards or rooftop terraces adjoin each of the 34 suites, further ensuring the desert landscape remains the focal point for visitors.
If you do manage to tear yourself away from the stunning vistas, adventure awaits in the form of pre-dawn hot-air balloon rides, rock climbing and horseback riding. Navajo guides are also on hand to share stories, traditions and ritual dances. Amangiri’s open-plan kitchen, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the ever-changing outlook, is the ideal dining location, the views matched only by the impeccable quality of the food. Your tummy will rumble at the sight of traditional southwestern dishes served with a modern twist. It may look like an mirage, but we’re sure glad this desert oasis is real.
- Set on 243 hectares a 25-minute drive from the nearest town
- A selection of dining venues serving seasonable menus
- Private terraces boats fireplaces and daybeds
- The main pool curves around a rock escarpment
- TV, DVD player, sound system and wifi
- Personal bar
- Activities include hiking and climbing
Suites start at about US$1550 a night, including meals and non-alcoholic drinks.