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Amangani was the Aman group’s first foray into the New World way back in 1998, and sits at the foot of the dramatic Teton Mountains near Jackson Hole, with just an elk refuge and a ten minute drive separating the hotel from what is regularly voted the finest ski resort in North America.
Gani (as it's known by Amanjunkies) sits majestically on the brow of the East Gros Ventre Butte some 7,000ft above sea level with 40 elegant suites in a three-storey building right on the cliff-edge above Snake River Valley, almost seamlessly melding with the surrounding mountains.
The suites are an exercise in clean lines and a homage to the Wild West setting with cowhide covered chairs and wall windows designed to let as much of that wilderness view in to the bedrooms and bathrooms. The larger suites have large balconies or deck areas.
The hotel's public areas feature sandstone walls and redwood flooring and ceilings, as in The Grill restaurant, which specialises in all-American classics including produce from the local ranches such as Wagyu beef and wilder fare from bison ribs to tenderloin of elk, all grilled to perfection under the watchful eye of executive chef Rick Sordahl and served in a dining room adorned with elk art and a large fireplace. The adjoining Zinc Bar is the place to pick up a pre- or post-dinner cocktail, and in summer the doors are opened up so guests can enjoy a drink with even less interrupted views of the Tetons.
Elsewhere in the main area are the lounge and library where guests can browse the hotel's lovely collection of coffee table books on the surrounding National Parks and Native American culture. For an even more relaxing afternoon activity, head to the spa, complete with four treatment rooms where guests can enjoy a pampering range of massages, facials and mud and seaweed treatments in the wet room. There are also a couple of steam rooms and a gym.
All in all, Amangani is somewhere it's difficult to tear yourself away from, but the surroundings simply demand exploration. In winter, it's all about skiing, and Amangani might just have the most relaxing ski system in the world, reducing the dreaded admin to negligible levels. An example of how things work - you arrive at the airport in the afternoon and are met by the Aman's private car; after a super-smooth check in you reconvene in the library for a ski boot fitting accompanied by a glass of wine. Then dinner, bed, wake up and the concierge hands you lift pass, ski boots fresh off the boot warmer, complimentary shuttle down to the Amangani Lodge in Teton Village to pick skis (they also serve drinks and snacks) and then straight on to the Bridger Gondola right next to the lodge to reach 1,000 hectares of slopes.
Come summer, and the hotel's guides lead safaris to see the local beasties from bears and bison to bald eagles. The neighbouring Snake River is home to trout for fly fisherman to pursue and rapids for rafters to negotiate. There are also extensive mountain bike trails and peaks for pro-climbers to grapple. The 100ft pool, with predictably good views, is open (and heated) all year round.
Because in winter Amangani's slick concierge team take the pain out of the whole ski admin faff perhaps better than anywhere else.
Ollie, Original Traveller
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