Utah’s Desert Oasis
by Mackenzie Lowry
Imagine you’re wandering through the hot summer desert, exhausted from the heat, when suddenly an oasis appears in the distance. You know it must be your imagination, but yet, you keep moving towards it – you can’t help yourself. Once you approach you see there are beautiful lit stone buildings, a spa, and even other people! This is the feeling you get upon approaching the Amangiri, a high-end resort in the unexpected location of Canyon Point, Utah.
Made of stone, Amangiri blends right in with the desert, becoming part of nature’s bare beauty. The resort is architecturally fabulous, while the defining simplicity creates the serene beauty. Open air lounges host unmatchable views of the ‘Great Staircase’, or ‘Escalante National Monumento.’
Inside, Amangiri has a comfortable library and a worldly wine cellar. The dining room has an open kitchen with a woodfired oven and glass doors leading out to the terrace. Tastebud popping food is perfectly paired with the peaceful mountain landscape.
Although many may prefer to sit by the pool or spend the day at the spa, Amangiri also offers a wide variety of ways to step out and learn the lay of the land. Hiking trails keep guests within close proximity to the resort. Access to national parks is also easy from this location. For a stroke into the water, boating trips or fly-fishing on the Colorado River, is an event you don’t want to miss.
For those who don’t want too much activity shaking up their peace of mind, hot air balloon rides offer the best bird’s-eye view of the desert’s true beauty. Amangiri’s lofty location makes guests truly feel like they’ve reached paradise in the middle of nowhere. It’s the perfect place to blend into nature and be free to live unseen.
Photos © Amangiri Resort