Surrounded by 600 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the Utah desert, the serene Camp Sarika by Amangiri is now open and awaiting adventurers
Consisting of just ten tented pavilions, the new camp is a serene and timeless retreat claiming 55 pristine hectares. Within this remote sanctuary, utterly attuned to nature, guests can experience solitude, privacy, escapism and adventure.
While camp guests enjoy full access to the main resort’s facilities whenever they wish, everything they need is conveniently located at Camp Sarika.
Overlooking striking flat-topped mesas, the camp comprises ten tented pavilions each with its own spacious outdoor deck and private plunge pool.
These are intuitively placed to provide the utmost seclusion and unimpeded views, while still allowing easy access to the camp’s main pavilion with its two spa suites, restaurant, sun deck, swimming pool and jacuzzi.
Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “open space” and “sky”, the camp enables a back-to-nature wilderness experience in consummate comfort, revealing Utah’s otherworldly landscapes and intriguing aspects of Native American culture at every turn.
Offering a connection with nature that leaves city-life a distant memory, Camp Sarika’s design has been developed in timeless-tune with its inspiring environment. It forms an architectural statement and the first year-round camp of its kind in North America.
Camp Sarika’s ten tented pavilions have been designed by San Francisco and Johannesburg-based international design and development services firm, Luxury Frontiers. Balancing form and function, they bow towards the sandstone formations and are covered in soft canvas – woven from recycled plastic bottles and each one able to handle up to 12 tons of snow.
The interior décor of each tented pavilion includes custom designed walnut and leather furniture and etched timber headboards that echo the camp’s carved surroundings and are suspended from soft leather straps.
Meanwhile outside – accessed via sliding doors – the architectural design continues to captivate; individual plunge pools, firepits with fireside furniture and telescopes further encourage an immersion in nature and the outdoors.
The Tented Pavilions
With outstanding views of the surrounding horizon, the camp’s spacious ten tented pavilions feature either one or two bedrooms, as well as a living area, dining area, bar, and private terrace with a fire pit and heated plunge pool.
The five one-bedroom tented pavilions each cover 175 square metres, while the five two-bedroom tented pavilions cover 262 square metres.
The tented pavilions evoke the clean lines of the suites at Amangiri, where natural materials reflect the light- transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside. Set in unparalleled proximity to nature, the interiors include soft decorative canvas ceilings, and wooden fittings, as opposed to Amangiri’s blackened steel and stone furnishings.
Dining experiences are equally as impressive. With Chef Anthony Marazita at the helm, the camp’s restaurant is open throughout the day, serving innovative, responsibly sourced dishes with a focus on Southwestern Native American cuisine.
The restaurant’s menu changes daily, incorporating the freshest local produce while also catering for vegetarians and vegans. In-room dining, and outdoor locations are used for memorable private dining experiences.
Situated in the main pavilion, with both indoor and outdoor seating and breathtaking views, the restaurant serves an a la carte breakfast ranging from kettle oats and house granola to Mequite eggs benedict and smoked Utah ruby trout toast.
Culinary highlights for lunch and dinner include wild game chili, grilled Scottish salmon, duck confit and a black bean burger, while after dinner heralds the arrival of craft cocktails and the nightly chef’s appetiser. Afternoon tea is also served daily.
The Spa and Wellness
Claiming tranquil desert views, the two spa suites offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, as well as Aman’s Signature treatments based on the brand’s Grounding, Purifying and Nourishing skincare pathways.
Discover a special two-hour spa journey known as Desert Calm, designed to hydrate and soothe body, mind and spirit. Following a gentle full-body exfoliation, a body wrap of Red Sedona Clay infused with natural botanicals draws out toxins and provides nourishment to the skin.
Yoga and guided meditation are offered al fresco in multiple settings, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the Utah desert.
Tailor-made experiences include greeting the sunrise atop Tower Butte, 5,000 feet above sea level – which begins with a scenic helicopter flight over Lake Powell and Glen Canyon, before an hour’s yoga and meditation session atop the butte.
A scenic five-minute drive from Camp Sarika, Amangiri is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Since its launch in 2009, Amangiri has won multiple awards for its remarkable design, intuitive service and luxurious proximity to nature.
A 30-minute drive from the nearest town of Page and its international airport, Camp Sarika.