BEYOND THE BEACH: 5 LUXURY HOTELS YOU SHOULD ESCAPE TO THIS SUMMER
by GRACE GARRAHAN
COURTESY of HOTELS
Summer is all about getting away. Leaving behind stifling hot cities, annoying coworkers, and badly dressed tourists. Where you decide to stay can make or break the entire experience. These hotels all have a unique charm, whether they feature interiors from illustrious designers such as Giorgio Armani, or simply provide a sublime experience away from civilization. Hike the Grand Canyon, stay inside the Burj Khalifa, or relax in one of the most beautiful locales in the world.
Get ready for the most incredible vacation of your life.
Amangiri of Aman Resorts
The Amangiri resort has a setting unlike any other: nestled in red rock country in Utah, this immaculate hotel sits on over 600 acres of untouched land. Building the structure actually required an Act of Congress, as the space is surrounded by numerous national parks. The location offers mountains, mesas, cliffs, rolling deserts, and rushing rapids. Guests are invited to experience the towering rock formations on one of four via ferrata, sail over the pristine landscape on a daybreak hot-air balloon ride, kayak on Lake Powell, take tours from local Navajo guides, horseback ride through the desert, or paint outside of the Broken Arrow Cave. That's just the listed activities: the resort is happy to accommodate just about any adventure you fancy,
Of course, you could stay within the walls of the resort and never tire of the amenities. The Amangiri spa faces out into the sprawling desert, offering treatments aimed at restoring "hózhó," which is a Navajo concept of beauty, harmony, health, and balance. In keeping with its dedication to nature, the dining room only serves Southwest-inspired local provisions that are adjusted with the seasons. Suites are their own experience. Each features its own outdoor lounge equipped with a fireplace, and the more exclusive have private pools or roof terraces. Every aspect of the resort emphasizes the astounding desert views and pristine exclusivity of the entire resort.