At a Glance
Inside the late Ed Tuttle–designed sandstone building, sleek, understated interiors incorporate a Western aesthetic, with natural materials and details such as Pacific Redwood, mounted antlers and Native American blankets. Immediately impressive is the 30-foot-long glass wall with valley views, but it’s the small pampering touches that make the difference: overstuffed chairs with soft blankets facing en-suite fireplaces; room thermostats located behind the bed pillows, so you can conveniently crank up the heat; semi-sunken bathtubs looking out to the Teton range, outfitted with neck pillows. Everything has been streamlined to emphasize comfort, casualness and calm—fitting, since Aman is Sanskrit for “peace,” and gani is “home” in Shoshone. While national parks are the main attraction, and you’re just 10 minutes from Jackson by car, Amangani is also an ideal spot to enjoy a massage, swim in the stupendous outdoor pool, settle down with a book or take in the nature as you contemplate your next adventure.
**The Standout:** Expansive mountain views of the Teton range from every suite and the heated infinity pool and hot tub overlooking Snake River Valley **Don’t Miss:** Private wildlife tours with an Amangani Naturalist
- The large, open floor plans in 40 suites, each with its own oversized terrace
- Amangani Homes as private sanctuaries—with four- and five-bedroom options ensuring space to spread out and relax
- Farm-to-table dishes centering around local fish and game, served fireside
Many were skeptical when Aman, the Asian hotel brand whose resorts have a cult-like global following, chose an isolated perch 10 minutes outside Jackson as the site of its first property in North America. But a stay at Amangani, which opened in 1998, reveals why the company, which champions simple luxury and low-density construction, was drawn here.
Guests arriving at the Ed Tuttle–designed sandstone building, which blends almost seamlessly into its surroundings, are greeted with a 30-foot-long wall of windows providing stunning vistas overlooking the valley. This is also the view from all 40 suites, which occupy two wings and three floors. As expected from Aman, interiors are sleek and understated, but incorporate a Western aesthetic, with natural materials like Oklahoma sandstone and Pacific redwood and touches like mounted antlers and Native American blankets. On first glance, the rooms, all of which have open floor plans with bed and sitting rooms, large baths and walk-in closets, appear almost spare. But as at all Amans, there are small cosseting touches that make all the difference: overstuffed chairs have impossibly soft blankets draped over their backs and face en-suite fireplaces; the room’s thermostat is located behind the bed pillows, so you can crank up the heat before getting up; the semi-sunken bathtub, which overlooks the Tetons, is outfitted with a comfy neck pillow. You come to realize that everything has been streamlined to emphasize comfort, casualness and calm, in accord with the resort’s name: Aman is Sanskrit for “peace,” and gani is “home” in Shoshone.
The “peace” springs in part from the hotel’s lofty location. Ten minutes by car from Jackson and 20 minutes from Teton Village, it doesn’t get any of the foot traffic tramping through the Teton Village hotels. While Amangani bills itself as a year-round resort, it may be best for spring, summer and fall sojourns. During the winter, a shuttle service makes hourly runs to Teton Village, where the Aman has turned the lobby of the Walk Festival Hall into an exclusive ski lounge in which guests can leave their gear. But serious skiers who want to roll out of bed and onto the slopes may want to reconsider the commute.
That said, the Amangani is the perfect place to escape inward and focus on quiet downtime, by taking a bubble bath in your room, enjoying a massage in the four-treatment-room spa, swimming in the large outdoor pool, settling into the library with a good book or simply gazing at the breathtaking natural splendor that surrounds the resort. On my first day, I spotted a bald eagle riding the thermals just outside my window. “Welcome to the Serengeti of North America,” said one of the staffers.
Who Should Stay
Couples and families with older children here to visit Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks or for skiing; Design aficionados who value sleek spaces, a quiet atmosphere and the Aman philosophy. Also travelers who plan to spend time exploring Jackson, just 10 minutes away. While families are welcome at the Amangani, the vibe is decidedly more adult.
Written by Simone Girner