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
- Onsite Dining
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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.
I think my subject line says it all. The only thing we are satisfied is the guide we had from the hotel— Drew, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The rest of the experience is a huge disgrace, comparing to any Aman we have stayed, or any other hotels at the same league. Now we know Aman is not consistent and will pay more attention if we consider to stay at any of them again.
Our stay at Armangani was nothing short of sublime. The hotel itself, our suite, the dining room, the library, and all the amenities including a yoga room, a spa, a heated pool and hot tub were all pure luxury! Our suite was spacious, quiet and private, and afforded views of the mountains from the bedroom, the quaint sitting room, the work desk and the table for two. Floor to ceiling sliding Glass doors opened onto a private deck with two recliners that provided the opportunity to take in the fresh air and the beautiful views. We had two bathrooms, one half bath and other with walk in shower, tub, two sinks, and a very large dressing area. The cozy sitting room had a gas fireplace to warm yourself by, while watching the snow fall gently outside.
We ate in the dining room (hotel restaurant) for most of the meals and all were outstanding! The food was delicious, the service was excellent, the staff was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. I refer to the restaurant as a dining room because it felt homey and relaxed. Additionally, we never received a bill after each meal-this was all taken care of, discretely, at the end of our stay.
My husband and I took a hike, got great massages, used the yoga room, read in the library, ate amazing meals and enjoyed the privacy of our room together. He was a bit more daring than I and went in the heated pool and hot tub, while it was snowing outside. I stayed bundled on the deck and soaked up the sun and the mountain views.
Would I recommend a stay at Amangani-most definitely! It was luxurious, peaceful and a much-needed respite from the demands of work life. Treat yourself to a carefree, relaxing holiday at Amangani- I am sure you deserve it too!
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
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A complimentary shuttle brings guests to Jackson Hole Mountain Ski Resort.
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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.