A Luxury Pool, Carved Into Utah Stone

September 14, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

Photographs by Thomas J. Story

The best pool in the West isn’t tucked into the glamor of L.A. or Palm Springs. No, head to southern Utah’s Amangiri to find the ultimate in poolside bliss. Out here, you’ll forget the ocean even exists. Wrapped around Utah stone, this lagoon takes the Western ethos of local, artisanal to a whole new realm. Will the hot new question to hoteliers be: “Is your pool sourced locally?”

However, we’ll be putting it on our special occasion bucket list, since it starts at $1,050/night. Yeah, it’s steep. But its cult of of well-heeled travelers (known as Amanjunkies) come for perks like flotation therapy at the spa, a star lounge, and, yes, that fantastic pool. Plus it’s set on 600 acres of buttes and mesas and surrounded by some big-deal national parks: Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.

Until that special occasion, some armchair travel:

Amangiri Utah

The 34-room resort took 10 years and $100 million to complete.

Amangiri Utah pool

The pool was built beneath white sandstone cliffs

Amangiri Utah pool

Almost paradise.

Amangiri Utah

Hmm, where to lounge?

Amangiri Utah

Maybe here.

Amangiri Utah

Nah, here.

Amangiri Utah dining room

The restaurant (Yes, produce is sourced locally. No, it’s not just cactus pads.)

Amangiri Utah pool

That gorgeous pool, under Utah night sky


  1. Bob Hammervold

    Re: Sunset’s Travel article, Amangiri is not in Navajo country. It’s outside by a couple of miles and some writer’s license has been taken for marketing? Whoop!

    May 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm
  2. Lynn

    Love the photos, love the pool. Don’t love the $1000+ rates.

    January 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  3. Walter Newman

    The architects did an amazing job playing to the strengths of the Southern Utah landscape. Reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the work of this Utah-based landscape design group.

    Is this the same resort used in 007: Quantum of Solace?

    September 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

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