Amangiri Luxury Resort in Canyon Point, Utah

published in: Travel By Guest, 09 May 2011

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Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

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Guest Contribution by Katerina Katopis

Amangiri, ‘the peaceful mountain’ stood boldly among the protected valley with sweeping views over the colorful Arizona air as we approached for landing to the close by airport of Page Arizona (a 20-minute drive away).  Set amidst the starkly beautiful Navajo desert land in the heart of the American Southwest, it felt as if Amangiri was molded from the earth itself, as if it were one with the dramatic landscape.

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Situated against the natural rock formations of the Four Corners (the region where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico meet), Amangiri blends harmoniously into the natural landscape of sand and rock, evoking feelings of an ancient settlement.   Adrian Zecha of Amanresorts, was clear in wanting to build something that was ‘a contemporary interpretation of native Indian architecture… that would respect the natural environment’ – and he succeeded.  Amangiri makes a bold, raw statement, celebrating the mesmerizing light which changes every other minute while nature takes center stage.  Minimal in design, it is constructed of large concrete blocks, which feel as if they move, while their colors and texture change according to the natural light: they feel frozen and timeless, yet at the same time they are the natural extension of the sites’ unique geology.

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

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Driving through a winding road amidst the National Park, gazing out to deep canyons and towering plateaus, we descended into a valley and arrived at the hotels central Pavilion.  The Pavilion, houses all dining, reading and living facilities, while boasting breathtaking views of the Grand Park – Escalante National Monument. The main swimming pool carved around yet another rock, is attached to the Pavilion, and leading from it are two separate wings housing the suites: the Desert Wing to the East houses 16 suites reached via an external walled lane, complete with sound (natural running water) and verdant moss. To the South, the Mesa wing houses 18 suites along undulating rock formations, and the Aman Spa, an architectural marvel in its own right: water is predominant throughout, while small shafts allow wind and light to flow in mysteriously, creating spaces ideal for relaxation and reflection (the sauna gives you the best sauna views you have ever seen in your life!). Treatments are created to reflect the traditional Navajo healing traditions, and offer a totally holistic approach to rejuvenation.

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

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Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

The interiors of the suites from the lamps to the chairs, and the hooks to the subdued color palette and the comfy throws, have all been custom designed to capture something unique about the American southwest, in a very modern way. Hides, leather, blackened steel and a lot of wood, are perfectly juxtaposed against the ‘raw’ yet smooth concrete. Entering the suite, the majestic scenery takes center stage: my room – just like all of them – had uninterrupted views towards the dunes and the plateaus, even from the shower and the bathtub, and I just couldn’t help but leave all the curtains open, light the bonfire in my terrace, and just watch the colors change as day gave way into night and vice versa. In pure awe I couldn’t sleep for two nights in a row, but not for a minute did I feel tired.

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

During the days I spent at Amangiri, I hiked, climbed,  walked through slot canyons, went  horseback riding and  ‘boated’ at Lake Powell, but nothing compared to the hotel experience itself: such is the boldness of the structure and the surreal beauty of the surrounding environment, that you can’t help but just sit there and try to take it all in. Sitting at the desert lounge, wrapped up in my cashmere blanket, I enjoyed the unrivaled Aman service, the understated elegance, and just couldn’t have enough of the ever changing magical desert light and the star-lit skies.

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

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Name of Project: Amangiri
Architects: Rick Joy, Wendell Burnett & Marwan Al-Sayed
Interiors: Caterina Spies-Reece of CSR Design  / Amanresorts
Location: Canyon Point, Utah
address: 1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah, USA
Total plot area: 600+ acres
Total building area: 62,000 Sq.feet
Number of Suites: 34
Project year: 2009
Rooms from $950

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

Amangiri, Image Courtesy of Amanresorts

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  • friend
    EFI TSOULOUCHOPOULOU | 2011-05-10 01:31:22

    Εκπληκτικό!εκεί θέλω να πάω και να μείνω 2 εβδομάδες τουλάχιστον!!!

  • friend
    BTELI | 2011-05-10 08:27:06

    just the soul and the nature...

  • friend
    Maria Sfyraki- Architect | 2011-05-10 11:28:51

    Perfect example of an ideal integration , or even absorption of a building volume with its surrounding landscape. Clean cut scenography.

  • friend
    geo mathioudakis | 2011-05-10 12:00:54

    speechless...the images with the music...is amazing....!

  • friend
    ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΣΩΤΗΡΕΛΗ | 2011-05-11 09:16:24

    Είναι ο μόνος λόγος που θα πήγαινα στις ΗΠΑ

  • friend
    Tzortzos Yiannis | 2011-05-14 15:08:16

    Απίστευτο....

  • friend
    Jalal Hameed Bhatti | 2011-05-17 12:00:58

    Nothing more can be said about this innovative approach as a Masterpiece. The one who carved this idea and put into practice must be a genius.

  • friend
    LitMatch | 2011-05-21 20:38:18

    Are you kidding me? This place does not match the surrounding wilderness at all. First of all there is so much water there in the middle of a desert that it looks like a mockery of an oasis. Second, concrete with harsh corners do not match the landscape at all. They have taken a place of natural stone and beauty, and jammed into it a concrete nouveau spa which is horrible. Thumbs down!

  • friend
    SOTOSILAI | 2012-02-02 17:53:19

    W.T.F. AMAZZING...

  • friend
    TJ | 2012-04-05 07:07:36

    This looks like such a beautiful place to relax.

  • friend
    David James | 2012-10-11 06:37:42

    That truly is a one of a kind resort. The amount of privacy you can get is like nothing else on pretty much anywhere on earth. It must be nice to rent that place and live out there away from the bustling cities, and yet have a place with all the modern luxuries. The rooms are surprisingly affordable given its uniqueness.

  • friend
    John | Estudio de Diseño Web Sevilla | 2012-10-31 14:57:42

    Amazing places.

  • friend
    Kate | 2013-04-16 06:20:46

    This is the most amazing hotel I have ever seen. Although I could not afford to stay here, I believe the price is justified. I think the muted palette works beautifully against the stunning, I would imagine quite majestic backdrop that is the essence of nature. I think the architect has done well to pay homage to nature and the inclusion of the large pool moulded around the landscape, is an exceptional feat. As a design student, I am thoroughly impressed. Contemporary style meets native indian architecture here and I believe that all those involved have really done an exceptional job. Perfect honeymoon destination...I might just look into that!

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