There is no more magical time of year on the 600 acres of Canyon Point Utah claimed by Amangiri and its satellite retreat, Camp Sarika, than the festive season. With crisp sunny days and star-strewn night skies ideal for stargazing, winter wraps this remote and timeless destination in cosy and intimate seclusion, providing the ideal setting for meaningful celebrations with family and friends. This Christmas and New Year, discover the rich heritage of the Navajo through inspired culinary and cultural events and explore the starkly beautiful desert scenery of the American Southwest with a range of bespoke activities.
24 & 25 December
Begin your Christmas Eve with a sunrise Budokon yoga class, followed by a Hoodoo hike taking in the best views on the property. After a farm-to-table lunch, tuck into a late afternoon cocoa bar with traditional holiday cookies before exploring the slot canyons of the Studhorse Trail.
As dusk falls, sip on spiced cocktails fireside as Peter MacDonald reveals the Navajo code used to transmit secret wartime messages, then savour a four-course tasting menu with live entertainment by the renowned jazz and blues musician, Spencer Kilpatrick. Christmas day can be as action-packed or relaxed as you desire, wrapping up with Eli Secody’s story telling through song and drumming, a festive feast of seafood, black oak-roasted meats, wild game and heirloom vegetables, a campfire sing-along and s’mores, and Navajo stargazing.
31 December & 1 January
The days leadings up to New Year’s Eve will be just as full, with sunrise wellness sessions, twice-daily hikes, afternoon hot cocoa and sunset drinks before dinners inspired by the region and other Aman destinations around the world.
As dusk falls, sip on spiced cocktails fireside listening to Peter MacDonald, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, as he shares fascinating tales from World War II, then savour a four-course tasting menu with live entertainment by the renowned jazz and blues musician, Spencer Kilpatrick. Christmas day can be as action-packed or relaxed as you desire, wrapping up with storytelling through song and drum, a festive feast of seafood, black oak-roasted meats, wild game and heirloom vegetables, a campfire sing-along, s’mores, and Navajo stargazing with Amangiri’s resident astronomist who leads nightly tours of the sky.
22 December - 1 January
This festive season Amangiri will take guests on parallel journeys – back in time to the very origins of Canyon country, experiencing it through the eyes of its earliest inhabitants, as well as around the world with extraordinary dining experiences inspired by different Aman destinations.
A presentation by Scott Richardson will reveal the dinosaurs of the Grand Staircase National Monument; the night skies will be explored with astronomer Jeremy Byrom using a modern Orion telescope, and with Eli Secody, as the Navajo perceived the cosmos. Performances by a Navajo flautist, storytelling through dance and drumming, Navajo cooking lessons, botanical hikes to discover traditional medicinal plants and a Native American dinner – Spirit of the Journey – will explore different aspects of Native American culture.
As the festive season fast approaches, our Suites and Pavilions are in high demand. Contact us to make a reservation and secure your stay. We look forward to welcoming you to Amangiri.