Camp Sarika

Gorgeous desert glamping

Camp Sarika by Amangiri, Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, UT, USA

435-675-3999; 877-695-3999

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At a Glance

Glamorous camping has reached a new level at this stunning tented campsite in the desert of Utah.

Indagare Loves

  • The outdoor areas with private plunge pools, telescopes and fire pits
  • The easy access to hiking trails and outdoor wonders like Lake Powell
  • The amazing cuisine and spa options here and at nearby sister property Amangiri


When the Aman leaders decided to expand their super successful resort Amangiri, they chose not to build more rooms but to create a companion experience in their magical canyon in the Utah desert. After all, how could you compete with the stunning brutalist architecture of the original Amangiri, whose minimalist rooms and angular lines play off the organic boulders and desert landscape to major dramatic effect? Instead, they chose to raise the bar—and possibilities—of glamorous camping (a.k.a. glamping) with Camp Sarika, which means “open space” in Sanskrit. Tucked beneath a flat-topped mesa on the edge of a striking 600-acre desert landscape sit 10 tented villas and an intimate lodge with a dining and lounge area, a striking pool and spa treatment rooms.

Each of the one- and two-bedroom tents features a central living area, with cozy seating and dining spaces, that faces out to a private plunge pool and fire pit. With blond wood floors and sand-colored canvas walls (made from recycled plastic bottles), the interiors seem to bleed into the desert terrain outside. Silky throws and supple area rugs soften the contemporary wood and metal furniture, which evokes a modern take on campaign furniture with accents like leather straps and X-shaped legs. Imagine a minimalist with a fondness for Nordic design modernizing an old-fashioned safari tent and outfitting it with the finest materials and such amenities as a Nespresso machine, soaking tub and a Toto toilet in the bathroom.

Guests can order meals to their tents or dine at Camp Sarika’s restaurant, which offers breakfast and lunch menus and a family-style tasting menu for dinners. They can also drive or hike to sister property Amangiri to eat at its restaurant or to use its gym, spa or pools. The culture of the local Navajo is woven into many activities, cuisine and spa treatments at both properties. Guests can listen to Navajo storytellers, partake in red clay wraps and taste dishes such as 60-day corn grits and rack of elk with heirloom beans. The activities on property range from numerous hiking and Via Ferrata climbing trails, hot-air ballooning, horseback rides, daily complimentary fitness or yoga classes and experiences like private sunset cocktails on a mesa or Navajo guided tours of the slot canyons. As tempting as it is to stay on property, with attractions like the Vermillion Cliffs and Lake Powell less than an hour away and others, like the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Monument Valley, an easy car or helicopter ride away, most guests do venture out to explore what is known as the Colorado Plateau, home to the country’s highest concentration of national parks and wilderness areas. The two most difficult aspects of a stay here will be deciding how to spend your time and having to leave.

Indagare Tip: While Amangiri and Camp Sarika are less than a mile apart, they are very different experiences. Camp Sarika is the better choice for families as it has two-bedroom options. It also offers more privacy and seclusion than the regular rooms at Amangiri. Amangiri attracts more of a see-and-be-seen crowd who would be less likely to choose a back-to-nature experience even if their tent came with lots of amenities. For the best of both worlds, divide your stay between the two.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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