Canyon Point, Utah
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Set on 600 acres of private canyonland between the Vermilion Cliffs and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, the property comprises a range of easy to moderate hiking trails and a 7,000-year-old archaeological site. The resort can arrange custom trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley or any of the other adjacent national parks.
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Each of the resort’s 34 suites features 14-foot-high concertina doors that open onto a private terrace with a fireplace and daybeds and a vista as wide open and iconic as a frame from a John Ford Western. The resort is laid out like a modernist’s interpretation of an ancient Anasazi village, with polished slab floors and thick concrete bulwarks tinted to match the surrounding cliffs.
HOT DISH: The menu at the hotel’s Dining Room restaurant is shot through with an inspired blend of Asian flavors (a nod to Aman Resorts’ origins in Cambodia and Thailand), classic French technique and traditional Southwestern ingredients. A particular highlight is a local elk chop in pipian verde, served with corn and cotija mash and a carrot-ginger slaw of daikon and cucumber.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Suites radiate outward from the main pavilion to a fortress-like spa complex. But, with its turquoise waters curving around a prow of 150-million-year-old weather-sculpted sandstone, the pool is the centerpiece of the property. Settle into a poolside chaise beneath a flowering chitalpa tree and you may reconsider your goal to hit every national park in the Southwest.