Canyon Point, Utah, United States
The digs may be new—Amangiri opened in southern Utah’s Canyon Country in 2009—but they blend seamlessly with their ancient surrounds, which include the 150-million-year-old rock formations that command the views from the resort’s 34 suites. Located on 242 hectares of soul-stirring wilderness, this dessert-valley retreat—one of just two Amanresorts properties in North America—is all about understated luxury, with polished concrete walls and timber-and-rawhide furniture in the guest quarters, and facilities that range from a swimming pool wrapped dramatically around a spur of sandstone, to a lounge equipped with a high-powered telescope for optimal stargazing. By day, guests can explore slot canyons by horseback, go boating on Lake Powell, and hike trails with names such as Coyote, Studhorse, Cave Peak, and Hodoo, some of which involve vie ferrate (climbs up sheer rock faces, assisted by cables and handholds sunk into the cliffs). Back at the resort, a superb spa soothes trail-weary muscles with flotation therapies and Navajo-inspired treatments.
1-435/675-3999; amanresorts.com; From US$1,100