by Lissa Poirot
I’m a big fan of the Aman chain of luxury resorts, and Amangani is renowned for its Jackson Hole location. So on a recent trip to Jackson Hole, Wy., I knew I needed to check it out. I know that sometimes “luxury” doesn’t mean children are welcome, but I’ve seen a number of hotels that are both luxurious and kid-friendly, including Aman Resorts’ gorgeous Amanyara in Turks & Caicos. I was disappointed to find Amangani is not necessarily a case of luxurious accommodations with a children-friendly atmosphere. Of Amangani’s 40 suites, none can accommodate more than four guests. The suites feature one king bed, a day bed that doesn’t look to be the most comfortable for sleep, and room for a rollaway bed or crib. The resort does arrange for tours and activities for kids in the summer, but in the cooler months, there isn’t much onsite entertainment to keep a child busy, besides the resort’s gorgeous heated outdoor pool, which overlooks Snake River Valley.
The best bet for families wanting to enjoy the Aman experience and setting would be to rent one of the six available rental homes in their collection of 26 onsite properties. The largest rental home features six bedrooms, can sleep 12 people comfortably and has its own pool. The homes also feature living, dining and kitchen space, so families can elect to cook, which they cannot do in the resort’s rooms. Both home and hotel guests can dine in the resort’s onsite Grill, the resort’s only restaurant, which provides room service and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Although not for everyone with children, it does go without saying that guests of the hotel and the homes receive Aman Resorts’ above and beyond service and treatment — one luxury that any family can appreciate at any time of year.
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- A luxury resort tucked into the Tetons
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- Rental home options to accommodate large families
- Horse Back Riding
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The resort features 40 suites on two stories of property, all with fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Snake River Valley and the Grand Tetons. The most popular suites are the three Grand Teton Suites, which have the best corner views. The rooms feature a king bed and a daybed, and can also accommodate a rollaway bed. The Superior Suite is the most available suite (29), but also the smallest, featuring a king bed and room for a rollaway or possibly offering a daybed. The Sena Suite provides a little more breathing room, with 1.5 baths, while the Spring Gulch Suite is the largest of the suites and includes a terrace.
Rooms are decorated with the elements of the mountains: terrazzo tables, woven cowhide chairs in faux wolf fabric, pine stump tables, slate fireplaces and showers and platform beds and floors in woods like redwood, pine and cedar. Bathrooms are large and feature deep-soaking tubs, a separate shower, twin vanities and a large dressing area. Rooms are equipped with a CD player, DVD player and flat-screen TV, and provide Wi-Fi access.
Six homes are available for rent through Amangani and provide all the services of the hotel, including housekeeping, room service and amenities. Rooms are decorated similarly to the resort with natural elements, and offer up to six bedrooms with living rooms, dining rooms, fully equipped kitchens and terraces.
by Larry G
After staying at the Amangiri in Utah, we couldn't wait to try Amangani in Jackson Hole. Located mountainside and 12 minutes from downtown, Amangani affords splendid views of all three main mountain ranges. All rooms have the same views except for our signature suite that had sweeping views front and side.
Alas the property is 20 years old and certainly does not live up to the Aman reputation. Instead of stone and wood throughout, most of the public spaces have hideous carpeting that is stained and downright ugly. Public spaces overall are very small and confining. With the same 40 suites as Amangiri, you wonder how all the differences can come from the same ownership.
Our suite was very nice but pillows were flat and outdoor furniture ratty. In fact, the balcony was more than 900 sq. ft. and not even an umbrella or day bed was included. With full sunshine throughout the day it was unusable except in the early morning. Small stall shower with a step down, plenty of closet space and drawers. No fresh fruit on arrival or throughout the stay. In fact, no fresh fruit anywhere on property. They do offer nice turndown amenities including a backpack, mini animal sculpture and chocolates.
Restaurant is mediocre at best. Unlike Amangiri, no wood burning oven, no fresh breads, no breakfast bar and no pizzas. There are only 3 decent tables with views, outdoor seating features two very long communal tables and a couple four-tops, all uninviting. There is no bar and all drink prices are double those in town.
Spa is basically four treatment rooms. No mani, pedi, hair or waxing services. $240 for a 60-minute massage. Fitness room is basically a room with 4 machines and one was out of order the entire stay. There was a single Peloton but behold, no attachment for regular clips. There is also a yoga room but alas, there was a private class when I was there and could not use it.
Highlight is the double length Olympic salt water lap pool. Lounge chairs offer brilliant views. Service is spotty and doesn't start until after 10AM. There were no "Four Seasons" amenities served and in fact, there wasn't any water available unless by request.
They arrange private tours of Grand Teton for $175 per hour but best bet is to book Toursbylocals and if lucky, get Aaron. He charges about $100 per hour for an 8 hour tour that is fab.
Overall: Four Seasons located at Teton Village offers pristine views of Jackson Hole resort and mountain along with a few shops and restaurants. Best bet for winter skiing. The Wort in town features the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill with live music, great drinks and lots of fun. Both are better options than Amangani especially for the prices they charge and ouch, they even add 10% service charge per day. I guess you pay for your turn down amenities and then some.
This was our first experience with an Aman property and it lived up to our high expectations. We loved our room and deck, the interaction with the staff, the public accommodations like the pool and spa, the view and the location which is a 10 minute drive to downtown Jackson. It was a terrific oasis to use as a base to explore Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone during our four night stay. It took some getting used to not having to sign or tip for everything. The service levels are outstanding. By the end of our stay, we did feel quite at home. We went on two private day trips arranged by the hotel: a half day to Teton National Park and a full day to Yellowstone. The 5:30 a.m. start was a bit difficult, but so worth it because the animals are out early. These Amangani guides really know their stuff, and we saw so many animals that we never would have seen on our own because the guides really know where to look and how to read the terrain. I don't know if I will ever make it back to Yellowstone, but I am so glad I got to see all the things I did on our tour. It was expensive, but worth it. We ate dinner one night at the hotel, and enjoyed restaurants in town including Snake River Brewery and Rendezvous. I highly recommend the property.
There isn't much to entertain the kids on property, other than the resort's outdoor heated 115-foot swimming pool. In the winter, the resort even heats the patio surrounding the pool, so wet feet never have to step out onto a cold surface.
In the winter, the resort provides complimentary shuttle service to Jackson Hole Mountain resort. Arrangements for rentals and lessons can be made at the resort's lounge, which also provides snacks and hot beverages. Private guides can be arranged to take families into the neighboring environment, including tours around the river, lakes and mountains to spot elk, moose and other animals. Dinner sleigh rides take place along the ridge of the butte and are followed by dinner at The Grill. Guests of the resort can also enjoy a private tour of the National Wildlife Art Museum, followed by a 45-minute sleigh ride.
During the summer months, the concierge team runs an Explorers program to provide activities and events for children, most of which involve the wonderful Grand Teton scenery and wildlife. In the fall, horseback riding, fishing on Snake River, mountain biking, hiking and other tours can be arranged.
The resort's 65-seat restaurant, The Grill, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a setting that also blends into the resort's mountainside environment. Slate floors, redwood-paneled walls, and rawhide and rattan chairs compliment the space, where local, sustainable foods, including local game, are served. The Grill, which can also prepare picnic lunches for afternoon outings, provides room service.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
A complimentary shuttle brings guests to Jackson Hole Mountain Ski Resort.
The Art of Smart Timing
Summer is the resort's busiest season, with winter ski season following closely behind. The end of January through February is slower, and the resort is often quiet during these months, as well as fall and May through mid-June.
Amangani is located 10 minutes from the town of Jackson and 10 minutes from the local airport. Located in the boundary of the Grand Teton National Park, the resort is also a short drive to Yellowstone National Park and minutes away from Jackson Hole Ski Resort.
For Mom and Dad
Amangani's Spa and Fitness Centre features a quiet, reclusive spa for treatments in one of four rooms, including one couples room. Treatment rooms feature iPod docks so guests can play their own music. The Centre also provides adults with a full gym, yoga room, steam rooms and a locker room. A hot tub is located next to the outdoor pool.