Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Sometimes it's difficult to see what's right before your eyes, especially when it's what you're looking for. Such is the case, by design, with Amangiri, which hides in plain sight amid the sandstone mesas and sagebrush-studded emptiness of southern Utah. With rooms costing upwards of $1,000, there's a certain expectation of opulence. But the only grand gesture here is the one nature makes, which is both framed and reflected by the property. The main pavilion and 34 freestanding suites are arrayed like a poured-concrete sculpture along the desert floor, their smooth gray walls and blocky shapes mirroring the mesas. Bedrooms are compact and pared down to the essentials: A desk, a bed, and a low couch are all set on a pale-stone platform facing a wall of concertina windows that open up completely to the outside. Bathrooms are large and sybaritic, with rain showers, deep soaking tubs, and sweeping views of the rock walls. Yes, there's a beautiful spa, a stunning pool, and meals to remember, as well as guided excursions ranging from hikes to scenic flights. But what really stands out is the endearing staff, who make you believe that their sole goal is your unmitigated happiness. In the end, that's the genius of the place: You're never aware of where nature ends and nurture begins.2010 Hot List
Which room to book: Mesa View rooms are nearest the rock formations.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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