Destination: American West
Vibe: Serene, minimalist-chic interiors and stunning views.
At a Glance: Surrounded by one hundred acres of sand-hued canyons, Amangiri is a perfect place for a weekend of hiking, spa treatments and relaxation in southern Utah.
Review: Adrian Zecha fell in love with a boulder: a gnarled, beige behemoth that jutted into an expansive landscape littered with hoodoos (sandstone towers) and flecked with verdant desert greenery. The founder of Aman Resorts pictured a pool wrapped around this rock. Never mind that it was located on government lands, that the purchase of the surrounding 100 acres took ten years, a special permission from congress and a signature from then-president George W. Bush. In the end, Zecha got what he dreamed: a spectacular U-shaped pool hugging his rock and an even more spectacular resort wrapped around both.
Amangiri (meaning peaceful mountain) is located in southeastern Utah, near the border of Arizona, close to the famous Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. Comprised of low-rising, squat buildings that look like the ultimate James Bond hideaway, the resort mimics the sand-hued color of the surrounding canyons, blending...
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