If you and your gals are looking for a bachelorette destination that’s equal parts relaxation and adventure, there’s no better place than Amangiri. This super-exclusive resort, located on the Utah-Arizona border, is like something out of a Southwestern fantasy. The resort is secluded among the Red Rock Mountains and has a definitively luxurious yet laid-back vibe.
So whether your future bridesmaids are city-slickers who like sophisticated digs and amenities to the nines or boho babes who prefer a Zen ambiance and nature aplenty, they'll all leave calling Amangiri heaven on Earth. If you still need convincing, here are 10 reasons why you should celebrate at Amangiri:
1. You Can Enjoy the Nature as Much (Or as Little) as You Like
Amangiri is uniquely situated in the heart of the American Southwest. Sites like the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and Monument Valley are all within driving distance and offer countless opportunities for adventure. If you’d rather stay closer to home, the resort is set on 600 acres of private land, so all you need do is walk outside and take your pick among the many winding hiking trails (don’t miss the 2.5-mile Hoodoo Trail for gorgeous scenic views).
2. The Pool Was Practically Made for Instagram
If you’ve ever Googled “insane hotel pools,” chances are Amangiri is among the first results to pop up. Nothing about this resort is average, so naturally, the pool is over the top. The oversize stunner wraps around a giant outstretch of rock and is tinted a beautiful blue-green color. It is heated to perfection both day and night and has a hidden hot tub set above it. So grab your cocktails and fun pool floats that are also perfect for photos, and go for a soak.
3. You Can Climb Insanely Tall Mountains
Amangiri is home to six via ferratas (translates literally to “iron road”), which are steep rock-climbing courses made up of fixed ladders and cables drilled into the mountainside. Book you and your gals on a private morning excursion (accompanied by cute guides) and hold on for dear life as you clip and un-clip your way to the top. Got a friend who’s scared of heights? Tell her the guides are there the entire way to make sure you stay safe. Plus, your Instas during the climb are 100% worth the fear and accomplishing something together is a fun bonding experience. After making it to the top, you get to repel down the mountain—who gets to do that on a bachelorette?
4. No One Will Complain About the Food
Every bride has friends who are super picky or critique every restaurant before you’ve even sat down. Or maybe you are that friend. Lucky for you, Amangiri has some of the best resort food you’ll ever taste, so you're set whether your friends are total foodies or only eat junk food. Not only are the menus designed for sharing, but you can also choose from a number of globally inspired dishes, as the resort fuses influences from the Southwest with the Asian heritage of Aman Resorts. So while one of your bridesmaids orders the braised lamb tostada with homemade ricotta, someone else can have her wild salmon done in an orange miso butter preparation. Oh, and did we mention you can arrange special meals in a private dining room on a secluded patio overlooking the mesas? Done and done.
5. The Resort's Signature Prickly Pear Margarita is a Girl's Best Friend
Forget martini night. Upon arrival at Amangiri, you and your friends should promptly swap gin for tequila and order up one (or two) of these pink concoctions, which strike the perfect balance between sweet and savory—with a salty rim, of course.
6. You Can Get Zen Before Your Big Day
Expect even your most devoted yogi-friend to be impressed by Amangiri’s unique offering of Budokon Yoga, a practice that combines yoga flow with a sequence of circular movements through martial arts-inspired transitions. If that sounds like a load of gibberish, Amangiri has classes for you, too. You can book a private session for you and your girls and give them cute yoga accessories for the wellness-themed trip. Then they can use them for yoga the day of your wedding to ward off those big day jitters.
7. You Won't Have to Worry About the Weather
Daytime temps in the Southwest can reach 100 degrees in summer, but the dry heat means you’ll never be too sweaty. Cooler nights provide the perfect balance and a chance to cozy up by the fire pit wrapped in cashmere.
8. The Spa Will Make All Your Wedding Worries Disappear
One of the founding principles of Aman Resorts is a wellness approach dubbed “a world within a world,” meaning each resort spa is influenced by the local environment and culture. At Amangiri’s 25,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor spa, you’ll find treatments like flotation therapy, red clay body wraps, and cranial sacral therapy, which aim to incorporate the healing traditions of the Navajo people through the four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water.
9. If You're More Adventurous, You Can Go Horseback Riding
If you and your friends want to meet a real cowboy, book a morning or afternoon horseback-riding excursion. The horses are brought directly to your front door and you don't need to venture far to take in the sites—the property is home to extensive trails that make for the perfect casual ride or full-gallop adventure.
10. Seclusion Brings You All Together
Let’s face it, today’s bachelorette standards have gone through the roof. One crazy night on the town has been replaced by a multi-event destination girls’ getaway. All that fuss (and expense) can easily drive your friends crazy, so being in a place that brings you all closer is what makes it worthwhile. It’s easy to forget that the purpose of a bachelorette is, yes, to shower the bride-to-be with attention and love—but it’s also to create lasting memories as a group before another one of you settles into life with a new partner-in-crime. So the chance to be somewhere that’s totally remote yet full of adventures is worth the hassle.
Visit here to book; Suites from $1550.