Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “open space” and “sky”, the camp encourages a back-to-nature wilderness experience in consummate comfort, revealing Utah’s otherworldly landscapes and intriguing aspects of Native American culture at every turn.
Surrounded by 600 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the Utah desert, Camp Sarika by Amangiri opens this week, heralding a milestone moment during Amangiri’s 10-year anniversary.
Comprised of just 10 tented pavilions, the camp is a serene retreat surrounded by vermillion rock formations and flat-topped mesas, perfect for travellers seeking out solitude, privacy, escapism and adventure.
The new luxury encampment claims 55 hectares just a 30-minute hike (or five-minute drive) from its sister resort, Amangiri. While camp guests enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they wish, everything they need is conveniently located at the camp.
Bliss on your doorstep
Covered in soft canvas – woven from recycled plastic bottles and each one able to handle up to 12 tons of snow – each one- or two-bedroom pavilion features its own spacious outdoor deck and private plunge pool. Interiors include custom-designed walnut and leather furniture and etched timber headboards suspended from soft leather straps, while outside – accessed via sliding doors – guests will find individual plunge pools, fire pits with furniture and telescopes.
With Chef Anthony Marazita at the helm, the camp’s restaurant is open throughout the day, serving responsibly sourced dishes with a focus on Southwestern Native American cuisine. The menu changes daily and culinary highlights for lunch and dinner include wild game chilli, grilled Scottish salmon, duck confit and a black bean burger, while after dinner heralds the arrival of craft cocktails and the nightly chef’s appetizer. Afternoon tea is served daily and in-rooming dining and outdoor locations are used for private dining experiences.
Connect with nature
Overlooking 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. Tailor-made experiences include greeting the sunrise atop Tower Butte with a yoga and meditations session, 5,000 feet above sea level, beginning with a scenic helicopter flight over Lake Powell and Glen Canyon.
Adventure activities include hiking to Horseshoe Bend, Paria Overlook or Resurrection Canyon, touring Monument Valley, exploring the well-preserved cliff dwellings of the Navajo National Monument and kayaking, fishing, paddle-boarding or boating on Lake Powell. The Colorado Plateau is also home to some of the world’s best biking trails. Guests have access to e-bikes, and can choose from three-hour, half- or full-day guided tours.