Luxury Spa Blends in Perfectly with Gorgeous Desert Background

Nestled in the desert of southern Utah sits the Amangiri Resort and Spa, a luxury accommodation that celebrates the beauty of the nearby mountainous landscape. The relaxing locale occupies a 600-acre site in Canyon Point and is close to the border of Arizona. It's tucked into a protected valley with views overlooking the colorful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument.

The resort is built around a central Pavilion that embraces a main swimming pool punctuated by a large, sloping rock. It also features a communal living room, gallery, library, and dining room, as well as a private dining room and cellar. From the Pavilion, there are two building wings that house 17 suites a piece. Each room is accessible via a private courtyard and includes a combined living and bedroom space, in addition to an expansive wardrobe and deep soaking tub in the bathroom.

Three architects collaborated to build the Amangiri: Marwan Al-Sayed, Wendell Burnette and Rick Joy. They designed it to blend into the scenery, not stand out. So, the colors, textures, materials, and proportion of the structures are all in keeping with the natural surroundings. It allows the visitor to enjoy the desolate beauty without any other visual distraction.

Amangiri Resort and Spa website
via [Contemporist]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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