Fab 40: Amangiri Hotel, Utah
Ever since he opened the now legendary Amanpuri on a deserted stretch of beach in Phuket 21 years ago, Amanresorts founder Adrian Zecha has maintained a canny ability to set his resorts in spectacular locations. His latest offering Amangiri – Sanskrit for ‘peaceful mountain’ – is no exception.
Blending discretely into a secluded valley in Utah’s majestic Canyon Point, the 34-suite pleasure dome – finished in creamy white stone, Douglas-fir, walnut and raw concrete – commands views of the massive Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here, seclusion is a boon as terrace fires are lit against the evening desert chill, and delicate seasonal produce emerge from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.
But distractions are certainly available: the Grand Canyon, Colorado River and Zion National Park are all within striking distance, and offer activities ranging from fly fishing to cultural excursions with archaeologists and desert biologists. The more sedentary will probably prefer to retreat to the immaculate 25,000 sq ft spa where a range of water therapies in the flotation pavilion or the watsu pool conspires to wash away the day’s dusty adventures.