Canyon Point, Utah, might not sound like the most romantic honeymoon destination. It might not sound like much of anything, really. But do a quick Google search and you'll soon realize this remote desert locale is home to one of the sexiest hotels ever — Amangiri, a 34-suite, wait-that's-a-building-not-a-rock architectural marvel that will leave you relaxed, romanced, and ready to return for your one-year anniversary.
But first, an important disclaimer: Amangiri is in the middle of nowhere. So unless you have a private jet, getting there will take you the better part of a day. However, total seclusion is the resort's main appeal — so get on board. There are a number of routes to take, the quickest from the East Coast being a one-stop itinerary into St. George, Utah, which is two hours from the resort by car. Guests can also land in Flagstaff or Phoenix, Arizona, or Las Vegas, all of which are great hubs from which to rent a car and make a trip of the four-hour drive to Canyon Point.
No matter how you plan to arrive, rest assured — the journey is worth the hassle. Turning onto the unmarked driveway belies that an oasis of post-wedding bliss lies beyond. The first thing you'll notice upon check-in? The pool. And we're not talking your average hotel lap pool; this one, heated to perfection and the most gorgeous color blue, wraps around a giant outstretch of rock that serves as the design centerpiece of the property. Fun fact: Construction on the resort had actually already begun on a different parcel of land when Aman Resorts founder Adrian Zecha came upon this rock formation while out hiking. The setting was so beautiful that he decided to relocate the resort entirely (a decision which required Congressional approval, since the land was technically part of an American Indian reservation).
The second thing you'll notice? Your insane new digs. No matter your price point, the all-suite resort has no "bad" room — each one is situated to highlight its mesa or desert view using precise geometry (so your windows look like perfectly hung picture frames). And the concrete used in the buildings is tinted to exactly match the color of the local sandstone, so the hotel blends naturally into its surroundings. This penchant for seamlessness and linearity applies to the design of the room, which has a large built-in at its center that joins together the king-size bedframe with a desk and couch, in addition to hidden closets, an oversize soaking tub, and a private outdoor patio with a gas fireplace.
Expect to spend many afternoons lounging on your patio (or soaking in the hot tub overlooking the pool). You'll need the R&R after days chock-full of adventure activities, which are easily accessed thanks to the resort's proximity to sites that include: the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, the Slot Canyons, Lake Powell, and Zion National Park. And that's not counting the resort's own 800-plus acres of land to explore on hikes, horseback rides, rock-climbing excursions, and more.
Speaking of rock-climbing, that's one activity you don't want miss at Amangiri, as the resort operates six via ferratas, the most of any place in the U.S. These mountain-climbing courses, composed of fixed cables and ladder rungs drilled into the rock, allow you to ascend insanely steep inclines (safely, with guides). And while climbing a giant cliff for three hours — held on by little more than a harness and a wire cable — may not sound like the relaxing honeymoon you've always dreamed of, don't be surprised if, after completing one course, you find yourselves booking round two the next day. The experience is insanely thrilling and the bond you'll feel after tackling the challenge together is what honeymoons are all about — not to mention you'll get an insane #adventure selfie (just don't drop your phone).
After all that adrenaline, it's time for a delicious meal. Thankfully, the cuisine at Amangiri is designed to suit any palate with its unique combination of Southwestern comfort foods and Asian flavor profiles. And you don't have just a preset menu to choose from; entrees, for example, can be made-to-order — simply pick the protein (salmon, filet, rib eye, et cetera), preparation (simple, regional, chimichurri, orange-miso butter, tomato curry jam), and sides (jasmine rice, buttermilk onion rings, shishito peppers, and more). The options are endless and uniformly delicious, which can also be said for drink-all-day cocktails like the Sage Mojito and Prickly Pear Margarita (reason alone for this editor to return).
All dining takes place in the resort's pavilion, a combination living room, library, and restaurant, with picture-perfect views of the desert on one side and the pool on the other. At night, the room is dimly lit and quietly abuzz, giving it a relaxed yet happening vibe. When the meal is finished, guests can make their way to the fireside pavilion for self-guided stargazing or fireside s'mores (the gourmet version, with bespoke marshmallow flavors, of course), depending on the night of the week.
As you retreat to your suite, you'll discover Amangiri's most priceless amenity: absolute stillness and quiet. And when it comes to honeymoon perks, you can't put a price on peace and relaxation, the perfect antidote to months of painstaking planning and stress.
Room to Book
The Amangiri Suite: Secluded at the edge of the property, this one-bedroom stunner comes with its own giant pool, stargazing bed, private courtyard, and fire-pit-outfitted patio overlooking the desert.
Activities to Try
Via Ferrata rock-climbing excursion, hike to Broken Arrow Cave, and horseback riding, all of which are done on-property. Also don't miss a three-hour tour of Antelope Slot Canyon, located within Navajo Nation; this series of cavernous rock formations feature beautiful red sculpted walls and sunlight that peeks through for the perfect honeymoon photo op.
Visit here to book; suites from $1,250.