In terms of sheer beauty of its surroundings and how the resort's architecture compliments the landscape, there's is not a lot of properties that could match what Amangiri has to offer but take note that the whole experience will be an expensive one.
Just as I have experienced with other Aman properties, the prices are relatively high but Amangiri takes it to another level especially with room rates starting at around $2,000/ night. For what its worth, food and non-alcholic drinks are included.
The tours and spa treatments, I believe are over priced. Antelope tour was offered at $800 for two persons, whereas we booked our tour online with another provider for $50.00/person. We also inquired for a scenic flight over Bryce Canyon, one of the many tours offered by the resort and we were quoted $5,000.00. Should we have preferred to do an air+ground tour then it would have been $9,000.00. As for the spa, do expect to pay double other Aman properties in Asia. I cant say it was a lot better but it was good and a nice way to spend an afternoon.
As for the service, again it was good but certainly there is plenty of room for improvement. I believe the attention to detail wasn't there. When you know and have paid extra to have kids ($250-$350/child/night) in the room, you would expect a resort of this level would prepare accordingly but it was no different to our other room except for the extra bed. I expected at the very least to have extra provisions like slippers (better yet, children's-size slippers) but there was none.
We spent some time in the pool (10am and 3pm) and at no stage did I see a single member of staff to assist us or offer us any refreshments.
Despite its shortcomings, the positives clearly outweigh the negatives. Again, I cannot emphasise the sheer beauty of the resort; its architecture and its surrounding landscape. From the moment you enter the nondescript gate, you will be treated to such visual feast that would be hard to forget! And the staff are generally accommodating, friendly and warm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amangiri (peaceful mountain) is located on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Southern Utah. The resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views, the resort blends into its dramatic surrounds of deep canyons and towering plateaus. Amangiri's Aman Spa features a floatation therapy pavilion, a water pavilion with sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool and step pool, a fitness centre and a yoga pavilion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amangiri Hotel Big Water
- Amangiri Utah/Big Water