Off the Beaten Track: Amangiri, Utah
Posted on 05 August 2016
You can relax around the resort’s pool and enjoy all the offerings in the expansive spa but while it may be tempting to meditate on Aman’s Zen-like aesthetic, the resort’s exceptional guides offer a tantalizing array of adventures.
- guided hikes to the property’s striking sandstone hoodoo towers and the petroglyph cave, one of Utah’s best archaeological sites.
- Horse-riding adventures with real cowboys who will also take you to the petroglyph cave and serenade you with cowboy songs in the saddle on the way home
- Kayaking and boat trips on Lake Powell
- Float trips and fly fishing on the Colorado River
- a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, or
- a jeep tour of the local wind carved canyons.
What I loved
The exquisite simplicity and clean lines of the hotel’s design. Minimalism at its most relaxing; the remarkable swirls and contours of the rock formations and how easily the hotel sits in this starkly beautiful landscape.
In the evenings, the terrace doors of the room can be folded back and comfortalbe chairs and a paraffin fire allow you to lie back, in comfort and peace, to enjoy the star filled desert sky.
Peaceful also was the fact that I was asked only to sign twice during my one week stay: the day of arrival and departure. A 20% gratuity was added to my bill on departure. So at the finish your meals, swim, spa treatment or organized activity, you simply depart and all is accounted for at the end of the stay; no nagging demands for a tip from staff after each coffee/meal/water/towel. What a wonderful stress-less stay. Australia is not a tipping culture and I am constantly confused by the protocol of American tipping; so it was a real treat to have all that handled for me, leaving a totally stress free stay.
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