Lonely Planet Writer

This Utah desert retreat built around a 164 million-year-old rock is an award-winning Hollywood hotspot

An award-winning luxury retreat built around a 164 million-year-old rock in the Utah desert has become a true Hollywood hotspot. Amangiri is a private hideaway set in the wilderness that has served as a film location and has hosted A-list celebrities.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

Back in their happier times in 2011, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose to stay at the luxury desert retreat, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has also holidayed there.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

The property was used as a setting in John Travolta and Christian Slater’s film, Broken Arrow, in which Travolta’s character hijacks a nuclear weapon and buries it in the Utah canyons. The region Amangiri is located in, is also known as the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado meet.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

Amangiri is an award-winning resort, and added another “best hotel in the US” accolade to its collection only last week. It is situated on 810 acres, and is tucked into a protected valley that provides sweeping views of the area’s dramatic landscape.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

It is located in a land of spectacular eroded rock formations, and while it’s very private, it’s only a 20-minute drive from the Glen Canyon Dam end of Lake Powell. The rooms look out across the sand to Studhorse Mesa, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument can be seen in the distance.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

Visitors can enjoy adventure experiences that include hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, equestrian excursions and canyon explorations. They can also relax around the main swimming pool, which embraces a natural rock escarpment that’s 164 million years old.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

Those seeking a total escape from routine can also chill out in front of terrace fires, or take in the dramatic surroundings from the vantage point of a roof-top bed.

Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri
Amangiri is a resort located in Utah in the US. Image: Amangiri

It has been reported that the resort plans to add houses to the complex a that will come with a $7.5 million price tag. They will come with a BMW and 100 hours of private jet time, which is sure to attract even more A-listers to the resort.