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It’s all downhill from here. Or at least that’s the case at Amangani, a three-storey sweep of sandstone and redwood in the Rocky Mountains, with postcard-perfect views of snowy peaks, and easy access to some of the best skiing in the US. The hotel itself is a winter wonderland, with a cosy library, a steaming pool for year-round soaks and a lengthy list of hot cocktails.
Style Ravishing Rockies retreat
Setting Tête a Teton
Why this week? It’s peak season at Jackson Hole, so trap on your skis and head for the slopes with the exclusive Smith Ski Special. Book five nights or longer, and you’ll receive breakfast for two each morning, daily ski passes, access to the hotel’s private ski lounge in Teton Village and equipment storage. Even better, you’ll get a four-course tasting menu for two, and a 60-minute spa treatment for each of you.
Our favourite bits Thanks to the snowy slopes of the Rockies, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is one of the US’s big-hitter ski destinations, and Amangani is the best place to take advantage of it all. Set at the foot of the Teton range, Amangani has its own ski lounge in Teton Village, along with everything you’ll need to relax after a day on the slopes: crackling fireplaces, a soreness-soothing spa, a well-heated open-air pool and a top-tier restaurant.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘The winning combination of Oklahoma sandstone, Pacific redwood and lofty architectural aspirations has resulted in a museum-worthy piece of modern American construction – the perfect counterbalance to the rugged sweep of the Teton Mountains opposite. The view, which we soak up once the storm subsides, spans an incredible 200 degrees across a snow-covered valley, out to stunning peaks far off in the distance. Sure I’m a stickler for chic decor in hotels, but being slap-bang in Wyoming’s cowboy country can leave a person craving warm and rustic. Amangani nails it with a welcoming balance between luxurious and cosy; ski chalet and five-star hotel. The spicy smell of redwood – which lines many of the walls and the elevator – hits as soon as we walk through the doors, forcing us to take a deep inhale.’
Read Louise Roe’s full Amangani review.
You say… ‘We stayed in the Sena suite. The views were breathtaking and we sat out on the patio every night to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set.’ (Alexandra, GoldSmith, stayed 26 September 2011).