And Onwards to Utah
After beautiful Wyoming, we were desert bound and headed south for Utah. We flew to Phoenix in Arizona, had a quick overnight stay, picked up the car and headed towards a very special oasis, one I’ve been wanting to go to for years…. Amangiri really is a bit of a wonder of a hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Moab desert, just over the border from Arizona, surrounded by some of the most incredible nature you’ll ever see, it’ a real treat for the senses. I feel like they must have used the earth of the desert in the cement of the hotel walls, the colours match and blend so perfectly with the soft warm, pink desert. It blends in while also being obscenely striking; wow factor doesn’t even cover it. Clean lines, endless light and shadows, minimalist design next to maximalist views and that pool. It’s no wonder this place is a real bucket list place for so many trave and design junkies.
It’s not all about the aesthetics either. The food is ridiculously good with added bonuses like s’mores nights for grown-ups, every room has an outdoor fire pit for late night star-gazing and the spa is one of the most insane, spoiling places I’ve ever stepped foot in, complete with open fires and sage steam showers. And the whole lot is wrapped around the desert’s amazing rock formations and pink skies with seemingly only Jack rabbits for neighbours…. It’s pretty hard to drag yourself away from Amangiri’s pool for sure, but we made sure to get out long enough for a morning’s ride through the desert and a sunset stroll up a rock, overlooking the hotel.
We also made sure to stop by nearby sights Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon to get even more of a ‘mother nature is f**ing amazing’ fix. Horseshoe bend is not for the weak-kneed or vertiginous; there’s zero barriers or fences and far too many crazy tourists wandering carelessly around inches from the edge. I was slightly freaking out in all honesty but the view was, needless to say, spectacular and otherworldly. Likewise lower Antelope canyon is really amazing and definitely worth a couple of hours out of your days. The swirling pink, red, orange and blue striped sandstone walls are entirely created from the wind and rain which just makes the canyon even more awe-inspiring. You feel like James Franco in 127 hours, minus the arm chopping off of course….
All in all, this place really is magic and well worth the years of coveting from a far. Amangiri lived up to every expectation and the landscape is not something I’ll forget for a very long time. Looking out from our room, it’s almost as though the desert could have been exactly the same hundreds if not thousands of years ago and that’s an amazing, humbling feeling. I would never get tired of having dinner by a fire with the setting sun glowing over the rocks in the distance. It’s hard not to be cheesy when waxing lyrical about this trip or these places, each one serving to cement America and all it’s natural beauty as one of my favourite countries in the world, minus Trump and the second amendment of course…
Suede fringed jacket | AG Jeans
Jeans | Levis 517
Suede Boots | Ayede
Sand-coloured denim shorts | Zulu & Zephyr
Black bikini top | Matteau
Red bandeau bikini | Peony
Gold necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma
Rust-coloured linen top | Posse
White shirt | Zulu & Zephyr
Yellow floral maxi dress | Mango (now sold out! Sorryyyyy)
Watch | Omega
Bum bag | Free People
Black vest top | Mads Noorgaard
Sunglasses | Le Specs
We stayed at Amangiri.
Ph. taken using the Olympus Pen-F and Olympus Mju II and Contax G2