Canyon Country Finds Its Zen With New Amangiri Resort
Mention zen meditation and Sanskrit names, and canyon country (the Utah-Arizona border, to be exact) isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But when it comes to choosing between an ashram and pilates classes at a resort, we'll take what's behind door number two, thanks.
With last week's opening of the Amangiri (which in Sanskrit means "peaceful mind"), the choice between East and West has become non-existent. The 34-guest suite resort has landed smack dab in the middle of towering rock formations and national parks, made possible by an Act of Congress that legally allows for the swap of private and Federal land.
The Amangiri belong to the Amanresorts family of Singapore, also known for operating hotels in East Asia. For those looking to do big thinking—or no thinking—amidst a natural backdrop, there's an entire menu of OM-inducing activities to choose from. Hydro and color therapy? Check. Yoga? Check. Stargazing on secluded sky terraces? Check.
Gourmands and localvores, rest assured that your food's ingredients will be sourced from local farmers. Guests will also have access to an open, climate-controlled wine room with a private dining area to seat 10.
In short, you'll get all the peace of mind you pay for, which should be all-encompassing considering that rates start at $600 per night for a Desert View Suite (off-season) and run up to $3,300 for an Amangiri Suite during peak season. There are also five-bedroom private villas with—ready for this?—optional staff quarters if you have your own personal Alfred to tag along on the trip.
Online booking is simple as can be, and we found available rooms in early November, if you're planning on a pre-holiday trip. Chakra alignment starts here.