Beyond the booming Mile-High City and past the prestigious populous of Utah’s ski resorts lies the magic of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Rooted in America’s cowboy country and recognized by the magnificent peaks of the Teton Mountain Range; the town is famous for its alpine skiing, mountain biking and whitewater rafting down the winding Snake River. Sold yet?
This fall, we recommend jetting to the high country for a prestigious stay at Amangani Jackson Hole—a place where outdoorsmen and epicureans alike can indulge in life’s finest offerings beneath the steep granite mountains towering above. The world-renowned brand, Aman, is arguably one of the most well-known names in the travel industry as they have architectural masterpieces tucked around the world, like Italy, Beijing and Montenegro. What makes this Amangani different is that it is built into a landscape that is otherwise untouched, perched along a butte above the sprawling valley and designed to blend into the teeming wildlife surrounding it. It is such an exclusive destination in the great outdoors, in fact, that Kanye West used one of the rental homes on the property as his hideaway last year and where he would debut his album, Ye, around a campfire on the luxe estate. Famous names aside, the secluded privacy with an intimate connection to nature is enough of a reason to sing out loud.
Upon entering the hotel, there is a steep staircase leading to a gleaming display of ceiling-height windows flanked by redwood-crafted columns and grand fireplaces. Take in the expansive views beyond where elk roam and eagles soar; where glamorous meets cozy and the firewood cracks while top-shelf whiskey is savored in plenty.
Famous names aside, the secluded privacy with an intimate connection to nature is enough of a reason to sing out loud.
Aman is dedicated to honoring the natural space wherein their properties are built while bringing impeccable service to their well-heeled gusts. So much so that the trending term, and now a hashtag, #AmanJunkie, proves that their following is of cult status. These touches of luxury are apparent in the ever-popular 115-foot glittering infinity pool at Amangani that is splashed across the internet as one of the most memorable infinity pools to visit. It encompasses the length of the property and is adjacent to a heated whirlpool for evenings spent alfresco under the unpolluted skies. Making your way to the prominent and stone-clad lounge or The Grill for a gourmet dinner, you will find dark wood dominating the interiors, sandstone columns and walls lined with local art and handcrafted decor from the region.
And the region is what brings us here in the first place. Amangani’s General Manager, Stuart Lang, speaks about the fall itineraries offered that range from treks to the nearby Jenny Lake, a favorite spot to catch elks during mating season in the early fall and private tours with the on-site naturalists who guide groups through the volcanic hot spot bursting with geysers that is Yellowstone National Park. Lang also recommends visiting the region in the spring, where the potential to observe the grizzly bear post-hibernation is a highlight reel straight out of National Geographic. “Already considered perhaps the best wildlife viewing in North America, springtime offers an incredible opportunity to witness the true abundance of local fauna in Jackson Hole. Mass migrations in early spring from lower elevations to higher ground as the snow melts is a sight to behold. This early season also offers the possibility of catching a glimpse of a newly emerged bear from hibernation. Perhaps one of the most unique inclusions in the local wildlife is the grizzly bear, who requires significant undeveloped space and distance from most human activity to thrive,” Lang shares.
Already considered perhaps the best wildlife viewing in North America, springtime offers an incredible opportunity to witness the true abundance of local fauna in Jackson Hole.
Taking it one step further, the resort arranges for guests to take a sunrise or sunset tour in search of the bears and where a variety of other wildlife can be spotted, like bugling moose, elk, bison, and even gray wolves. The experienced guides offer more than just a viewing opportunity but a deep-dive into the education surrounding the grizzly bear and the cultural significance of the land and its inhabitants.
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Besides the big game that can offer quite the thrill when spotted, there are opportunities to view many other creatures along the raging rivers all the way up to the clear skies. Heading to Snake River is a prime spot for avid fly fishermen to spend the day wading with the cutthroat trout while others can take a kayak or canoe out for a tranquil paddle. The variety of birds in Wyoming are also a sight to see, which includes the Golden Eagle, a top predator whose swift and sweeping wingspan reveals just one more powerful creature found among this land. Amangani ensures top-notch experiences, so, during days out in the wild they provide BMW X5’s for excursions and planned picnics catered to showcase the natural ingredients found in the wild. The experience is at the level of an African safari with all the amenities.
The variety of birds in Wyoming are also a sight to see, which includes the Golden Eagle, a top predator whose swift and sweeping wingspan reveals just one more powerful creature found among this land.
The Aman team customizes itineraries based around its guests’ interests, so, for travelers who want to hit a romantic high note, ask for the hot-air balloon trip to transport you to new heights above the rocky slopes and rolling green hills. Of course, a jaunt through the land of wild sage on horseback is a necessary adventure, and one that showcases the unspoiled landscape of Wyoming under vast skies that seem to stretch forever. A day-trip to the Grand Teton National Park is a must when coming out west, especially with a trained guide from the hotel takes you through the picturesque trails and lakes shaded by the iconic ridgeline of the Tetons. An oasis that truly inspires.
After a day spent immersed in the great outdoors, the indulgence of high-end accommodations awaits guests within the 40 suites and four private homes available with sumptuous king-sized beds, fireplaces, and terraces with broad views of the mountains—you may be in cowboy country, but this is far from roughing it.
The spirit of the west comes to life here in the culinary dishes curated to impress with menus of sustainably-sourced and seasonal arrangements that include ratatouille with black garlic and pommes puree, steelhead sashimi and crab, bison topped with currant bordelaise and a chef’s charcuterie selection available for all-day grazing. We recommend finishing off the night at the cozy and chic, Zinc Bar, with a local brew or spicy hibiscus margarita chased with panoramic views of the snow-speckled Tetons. Treat yourself back in the room by lathering up in Aman’s custom skincare line (purchased separately) made with botanical extracts, like jasmine, and a decadent bath oil infused with sandalwood and amethyst. Long days in the mountains are balanced with wellness treatments at the spa and yoga on the sun pavilion fixed with wide views of the rugged yet remarkable region of Wyoming.