Amangiri is a masterpiece of design and architecture that rewrites the rule book when it comes to what is possible from a luxury hotel in North America.
Amangiri truly comes to life when taken in the context of its breathtaking surroundings, a geological wonderland of otherworldly rock formations and dramatic canyons. Sitting on the high desert of the Colorado Plateau near Lake Powell, it is certainly not an easy place to get to but its remoteness only adds to the experience. Once you are there, you’ll be within reach of five national parks, not to mention Monument Valley and Lake Powell itself.
Amangiri is hidden down an unassuming road (no grand entrance gates here) and the low profile structure sits at the foot of a rocky outcrop looking out towards Lake Powell. It is minimal architecture at its very best, with clean lines perfectly framing views of the desert landscape and casting ever changing patterns of warm sunlight onto the monotone ochre walls. The interior is no less striking and the central Great Room, home to the restaurant and living area, has floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning desert views and mesmerizing sunsets. The year round swimming pool sits on the building’s interior and follows the contours of a natural rock buttress.
As tempting as it might to hole up by the pool, there is a lifetime of fun to be had on Amangiri’s doorstep. Take a scenic flight to one of the nearby national parks for the day, explore private slot canyons with a navajo guide, or take to the waters of Lake Powell to visit hidden bays and hanging gardens. For an experience you won’t forget in a hurry, start your day with a float trip on the Colorado River followed by a helicopter flight with a landing on top of Tower Butte, a freestanding 700ft rock tower with panoramic views of Lake Powell and the desert.
The spacious suites at Amangiri are again minimal in design with smooth concrete walls and white stone floors but rather than feeling cold and unwelcoming, they are warm and soothing. All have views of the desert and secluded outdoor alcoves with firepits.
Food & Drink
The central dining room is a very relaxed affair with an open plan kitchen and tables that look out onto the ever changing colors of the desert. The menu is simple, dishes are well-prepared, and the chefs are refreshingly accommodating to special requests.