The sleek Amangiri resort nestled in the harsh landscape of the Utah desert may not seem like much at first glance, but its secret is that this place is all about understated luxury catering to the rich and famous seeking extreme privacy.
The complex of extravagant yet minimalist villas, owned by the Aman family of hotels, sits on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Utah, in a region known as the Four Corners - just a skip and a jump for the picturesque Lake Powell.
The boxy, ultra-modern and secluded villas have been attracting the one-precenters arriving in their private jets since 2009, when the resort first opened its doors.
Considering its secluded location and top-notch accommodations, perhaps it is not surprising that the Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose this off-the-beaten-path resort as their vacation destination in 2011, according to the site HotelChatter.com
From its promotional materials it becomes clear that this high-end resort is for moneyed international clientele that enjoys the finest of everything.
Guests who stay at Amangiri are welcome to get their chi in order at the tranquil yoga studio located on the premises, enjoy a relaxing massage at the 25,000-square-foot spa, or get pampered head to toe at the beauty salon.
Other major draws for the hotel’s posh patrons include a swimming pool tucked into the surrounding rock; stunning vistas featuring dramatic canyons and towering plateaus, and an air of discreet luxury.
The owners of the resort, designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf, plan to build a total of 36 villas that will be available for purchase starting at $7million, which buys a 5,100-square-foot bungalow sitting atop 1.3 acres.
If owning a villa in the desert is too great of a commitment, deep-pocketed vacationers can come to Amangiri for a quick getaway, with nightly rates starting at $1,100 for a desert view suite.
Clients with money to spare can opt to rent a 4-bedroom villa for $7,500 a night featuring private terraces opening onto sweeping vistas; a gourmet kitchen; a living room with wood-burning fireplace; an entertainment room; an outdoor shower and loungers overlooking a 50-foot infinity pool.
City seekers who are afraid they will get bored in the harsh desert setting need not worry: the posh hotel offers guided hiking tours, horseback riding, and even hot air balloon flights for the adventurous set.