Realm of the Senses

The beautiful Amangiri blends architecture with its natural surrounds. The Amangiri Resort and Spa, located on a spectacular 600+ acre site in southern Utah, is a unique collaboration between three established individual architects: Marwan AlSayed, Wendell Burnette and Rick Joy (listed alphabetically). The three architects were inspired to work together on such an awe inspiring site and for such a legendary hotelier, Adrian Zecha, whose Amanresorts has redefined the concept of travel and luxury in remarkable sites. Working with Adrian Zecha and his team, the architects have created a bold yet responsive settlement that both honors and celebrates the magic and mystery of southern Utah's majestic cliffs and rock formations.

The 34 room luxury hotel is sensitively sited against a low entrada sandstone rock formation like an ancient settlement, allowing each guest to experience the rawness and pure natural beauty of the surrounding mesas and mesmerizing light shows. Beyond the clearly defined line of the hotel there is nothing but the purity of the raw landscape within which the hotel is set. The focus of the hotel setting is the living room lounge and spectacular swimming pool, which wraps around the central rock formation, poetically emphasizing the pure essence of this particular landscape: water, rock and sky. The buildings are designed as thick concrete masses, carved by program, movement and light. Frozen, timeless mass rendered as abstract geology with colors that blend effortlessly into the shifting landscape of sand, sage and rock.  Photographer Joe Fletcher took these amazing photographs of Amangiri.