Below are a few of my picks for Utah summer travel. I’ve added them to my bucket list as they are properties that are destinations in and of themselves, true getaway experiences that are certain to be much needed for many post-quarantine. They are unique in their surroundings and showcase the diversity found within our great state.
Blue Sky Lodge, an Auberge Resorts Collection
Amangiri by Aman Resorts
A new addition to Utah, the Blue Sky Lodge is tucked away in the hills of Wanship, Utah, minutes from Park City. The lodge has a relaxed luxury feel that is eco-friendly in both architecture and amenities. Blue Sky boasts 46 rooms with three types of accommodations; Sky Lodge rooms, Earth Suites, and five Creek Houses along the banks of Alexandra Creek for those wanting more seclusion and privacy. Blue Sky is open year-round and offers seasonal activities to pique the interest of all: biking, fly-fishing, sporting clays, guided hikes, equine adventures from riding to natural horsemanship in Blue Sky’s private remuda, yoga and meditation, stargazing and s’mores, whiskey tastings in a yurt and more (some activities are complimentary to guests staying at Blue Sky). For dining, the Lodge’s restaurant, Yuta, offers creatively curated mountain cuisine which is locally sourced. The homemade donuts and cider, while working on your aim in the sporting clays pavilion, is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Blue Sky is a true display of the natural beauty Utah has to offer.
The epitome of the word serenity, Amangiri itself translates to “Peaceful Mountain” and sits near the Utah-Arizona border (20 minutes from Lake Powell). With deep canyons and towering plateaus in a crimson hue as its backdrop, Amangiri defines desert luxury and is one of the most photographed and Instagram-worthy destinations of bloggers and influencers alike. From the handcrafted rugs to the local pottery, every element reflects the landscape that surrounds Amangiri. The 34-room property is within reach of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion’s National Park, and Valley Tribal Park, which is home to the Navajo Nation. Guests describe Amangiri as the “perfect balance between rest and movement” with its numerous activities to satisfy either. Choose from traditional spa treatments, yoga “on the rocks” and wellness rituals for relaxation. For those wanting more movement, you may choose to explore the Monument Valley and slot canyons with a local Navajo guide, horseback riding on the plateaus, hot-air ballooning over Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante, lake tours via kayak, paddleboard or boat, and a guest favorite is the Navajo story-telling session with ritual dancing by the fire. Be sure to plan for a few hours to enjoy the main pool, which embraces a natural 60 million-year-old rock escarpment. Amangiri offers precisely what you’re looking for, be it rest and relaxation, sightseeing, activity, or culture. And feel free to bring Fido if he is ready for his summer getaway!
Some say the road to Sorrel River Ranch is one of the most beautiful roads in the country. Nestled along the Colorado River in Moab, the ranch is the perfect getaway for couples or families. With its cowboy charm, Sorrel is luxury-meets-adventure at its finest. Whether yours is a view of the river, majestic mesas or red-rock canyons, the custom-built cabins offer 360 degree views and can accommodate any party from two up to a family of 12. One of the culinary options (and a highlight for all!) is their outdoor dining which features a farm-to-table, four-course tasting menu under the stars. Some of the optional experiences during your stay are: horseback riding, Jeep off-roading, river-rafting, mountain biking, canyoneering, and other seasonal activities. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a friendly game of ping-pong or volleyball with fellow guests after the day’s activities. Sorrel River Ranch is an adventurer’s opportunity to experience some of Utah’s most iconic landscapes.
Sorrel River Ranch – Luxury Resort & Spa