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A Room With A Backdrop

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I’ve occasionally stayed in hotel rooms with views of brick walls. And that’s fine (almost) if you arrive at midnight, sleep for eight hours, and take off at the sound of your alarm clock. But if you plan to linger, the view from your window should be at the very least spectacular. Choose a room at the Amangiri Resort, Spa and Villas, near Lake Powell in Southern Utah, and you’ll be looking out over rocks that have been carved by wind, water and time into an awe-inspiring display of natural beauty. Windows frame views that look like backdrops for John Wayne movies. I’d call that spectacular.

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Amangiri, located in Utah’s Canyon Country near the Arizona border, is inspired by the protected valley that surrounds it, and offers views of improbably-shaped colorful stratified rock, leading to the Grand Staircase of Escalante National Monument.

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The resort was created in late 2009 by luxury travel specialist Adrian Zecha, who unveiled Amanpuri in Thailand 22 years ago (and host of other resorts around the world since). Its design is Bauhaus, with flat roofs, square angles and glass walls. Clean, bright lines, as well as natural hues, materials and textures blend with the landscape. In spite of the dry desert setting, water is a dominant feature, with glassy pools throughout.

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Guests arrive at Amangiri via a winding road that leads to the hotel’s central pavilion, which is built around a dramatic stone escarpment. To the sides of the pavilion are two wings that extend outward into the desert. One has 16 suites, the other 18.

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If you visit and like what you see, the resort is also offering 31 villas that are being built for sale nearby. All share the amenities the resort offers – an infinity pool built around a huge native rock, a hot tub, fire pits, a large piazza, and an extensive spa that blends eastern and western therapies.

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You may never leave. RM

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