A (very luxe) weekend in Amangiri, Utah
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In September of 2021, my husband and I finally felt like we had earned our trip to Amagiri. We've been wanting to go for years and after covid and a shaky month of back-to-school craziness, we decided it was time. Amangiri is other-worldly and is one of the most incredible destinations I've ever had the luxury of visiting. It is truly a one-of-a-kind and potentially a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
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To get to Amangiri, we took a plane from Phoenix to Page, Arizona and then had a driver take us to Amangiri from there, which was about 25 minutes and was arranged through the hotel, passing beautiful Lake Powell along the way. When you get to the resort and step out, it honestly feels like you are on an entirely different planet. The earth is strikingly white in some places and pink/red/abode colored in others.
We checked in to our suite, which had its own pool and felt very serene and secluded. We slid open the back doors and sat next to the fire pit, looking into nothingness and hearing only birds. While it was hard (v hard) to leave the room, we started at the pool. The pool looks almost like it formed naturally around the rocks of the landscape and is a great spot to take epic pictures as the sun rises and sets. We had cocktails in the sun and relaxed by the pool before heading back to our room to get ready for dinner.
We had dinner at Amangiri restaurant, which almost looks like little landscape photos lined up along the glass, but is offering little photographic-style views into the surrounding area. It almost feels like you're outside, although you're in the comforts of the restaurant (although you can choose to sit outside as well). Dinner takes inspiration from Native American cuisine and feels like exactly what you should be eating there. Drinks are incredibly overpriced, but that didn't stop us.
We both did the floatation room together -- suspended in warm, salty water, floating among flower petals and listening to nothingness, we relaxed and likely slept a little. We were in there for thirty minutes, which is essentially the same as a full night's sleep or something like that (don't quote me, but whoa, we were well-rested afterwards). We also each had a massage with scented oils that felt like they had just been curated from the surrounding trees. Just walking into/out of and around the spa is a beautiful and relaxing experience.
We did a private slot canyon tour with a Navajo guide and we went EARLY before crowds/influencers/etc. Part of the Navajo Nation, we did Rattlesnake Canyon, Owl Canyon and Upper Antelope Canyon of the iconic and unbelievable canyons of the Southwest. Our Navajo guide met us on the front steps of Amangiri and was our driver, guide, photographer and friend for the day. :)
Need to Know
Amangiri is an incredibly expensive couple of nights away -- but you only need a couple of nights to feel like you've traveled distances to an almost unknown land that is incredibly quiet and spiritual. It's romantic, a good place to reconnect through a bit of adventure mixed with wellness, peace and solitude.
This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Utah. In need of further inspiration? Check out Jaycee Moore’s guide, Utah Unleashed: An Epic Road Trip Exploring the Mighty 5.
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