1 Kayenta Rd., Canyon Point
Located in the remote canyonlands of Utah, Amangiri has some of the best sunsets we’ve seen anywhere—and for good reason: The sky constantly changes as the sun shifts across the desert, bathing the already-dramatic buttes and mesas in pink and purple light. The resort itself is built into the landscape, and though the architecture is sleek and modern (the corresponding interiors are classic examples of the Aman’s brand of neutral, pared-down luxury), it all essentially blends into the rock. The surrounding desert offers plenty of activities, from rafting to horseback riding to hiking—even private plane rides over Lake Powell. If the food were just a little bit better, it would be one of the more perfect stays in the United States (and there aren’t really any other options nearby).
Washington School House
543 Park Ave., Park City
Tucked into the center of lower Main Street near the town lift, the charmingly refurbished Washington School House has twelve rooms, done up with reclaimed oak wood floors, all-white interiors, and vintage rugs—a welcome alternative to some of the splashier resorts in town.
Stein Eriksen Lodge
7700 Stein Way, Deer Valley
This ski-in-ski-out lodge is named for the famous Norwegian skier, who made his home in Park City for most of his life and served as a host here for many years. One of the most luxurious places to stay in town, it's known for excellent service—ski valets will whisk away your skis and serve hot apple cider at the end of a ski day, and there's a concierge on-hand to light the fireplace in your bedroom. We love the multi-room suites here for longer stays with a family, as they're outfitted with small kitchens for easy dinners and washer/dryers that come in handy for drying out frozen ski socks or long johns. Even if you're staying elsewhere, it's worth checking out the spa, which has a heated outdoor pool with stunning views of the Wasatch range.
Sundance Mountain Resort
8841 N. Alpine Loop Rd., Sundance
Robert Redford bought the land that Sundance Resort sits on back in the 1960's, when he first started coming to Utah. Investors encouraged him to develop it by adding condominiums and rentals, but Redford insisted on keeping as much of the area pristine as possible, creating a community centered around creativity and conservation. Unsurprisingly, the aesthetic of the lodge here is reminiscent of the resort's namesake catalog, with wood-paneled walls, cozy flannel bedding, and working fireplaces—there are standard rooms available, but for longer trips, check into an apartment-like suite outfitted with a full kitchen. Staying here, you'll be right at the base of the property's namesake mountain, which, at only three chairs, is smaller than nearby Deer Valley, but intimate and unique in a very special way.
St. Regis Deer Valley
2300 Deer Valley Dr. E., Deer Valley
While we couldn’t be bigger fans of the Montage Deer Valley, the St. Regis is a great option too, with tons of bells and whistles—from their signature butler service to a funicular that brings guests from the valet to the main lobby. Kids love the big swimming pool, and the fire pits on the terrace, where you can roast s’mores under the astonishingly starry sky. For parents, their impeccable service makes planning activities and getting around the town incredibly easy.
Montage Deer Valley
9100 Marsac Ave., Deer Valley
In true Montage form, there is nothing understated about this palatial resort nestled in the Utah mountains. While the main event is obviously on the slopes, there's plenty for those who aren't inclined to strap on skis (or who want to recover from a yard sale on the mountain). The spa is great, there's a kid's club for little ones who are cold-averse, and there's snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice skating on the roster of activities. The hotel has a variety of dining options too, meaning you don't have to leave the property if you don't want to: Apex serves a hearty skier's brunch buffet daily (try the gluten-free banana bread), while Yama Suhi, overlooking the Empire lift, serves a solid mix of rolls and sashimi as well as sake flights. Downstairs, Daly's Pub has a rec-room feel with a dartboard, vintage arcade games, and even a bowling alley, plus a menu of shareable brick-oven pizzas that are sure to please. Plus, from 4pm to 5pm in the winter months, and 8pm to 9pm in the summer, the hotel offers gourmet marshmallows (cinnamon, anyone?) for roasting on the open fire…
Red Mountain Resort
1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, Ivins
More active vacation destination than full-on wellness retreat, Red Mountain Resort sits just a stone's throw from several national parks (the sweeping views of red cliffs and the surrounding wilderness from the mountain-view rooms are worth the splurge) and is ideal for anyone looking for a bit of adventure rather than an all-day spa deal. Retreat packages can be customized to address any number of needs, from boot-camp level ass-kicking, to daily gentle yoga, to consultations with a shaman. For sustenance, there’s Canyon Counter for quickie meals and room service, or Canyon Breeze restaurant, where the largely gluten-free menu is healthy but not detox-level (you’re free to have coffee at breakfast and wine with dinner). Also worth mentioning: the resort is famously welcoming to pets.
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