Thursday, March 15, 2018

Babymoon at Amangiri

When Chris and I found out we were pregnant, we knew we wanted to take a babymoon. We both love to travel, and we wanted to take one last trip just the two of us - a trip to celebrate finally being pregnant and enjoy the dwindling time we have left as non-parents. This isn't to say we won't travel anymore after becoming parents - we just know that travel becomes a little more tricky and that a trip with just the two of us will be few and far between once our baby girl makes her debut!

We were still living in Nashville when we originally planned our babymoon, booking a long weekend stay at Blackberry Farm, a luxury resort in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. It's a place I have always wanted to visit, but plans took a turn once we found out that we were being relocated to Denver at the beginning of the new year (read more about that here). While we could have easily just flown back to Tennessee for this trip, we decided to cancel it and start looking at places to visit on our new side of the country - the west!

I reached out to my sorority sister and travel agent, Taylor from the The Simple Sol, to help us plan the perfect western getaway for our babymoon, and she came back with so many great suggestions - one being Amangiri. I had actually heard of this resort before, from one of Chris's high school friends who had been there a few times, and it immediately sparked my interest because it looked like no where we had ever been before.

Amangiri is a luxury resort tucked away in the canyons of the American Southwest in Canyon Point, Utah - right on the border of Arizona. It seemed to be everything we wanted in a babymoon - the perfect mixture of relaxation plus adventure, so we booked 5 nights at this remote hideaway and started counting down the days until we arrived.

When we got there, we were instantly blown away with the amazing scenery and the way the staff greeted us - we knew we were in for a special trip! The resort itself is so peaceful, with stunning views of the canyons during the day and the stars at night. Although there is only one dining area, you never get tired of it because the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offer so many great options. Another plus is that you can be as active or as lazy as you would like. There is plenty to do - from hiking to horseback riding, but also many reasons to just relax - by the wood burning fires playing games, at their amazing spa, or in the heated pools (we were there in February, so it was a little chilly, but the pools felt amazing).

Since I am pregnant, there were many activities I couldn't do, so we stuck to hiking and the spa. We did a sunrise hike and a sunset hike, both of which were spectacular! The resort made the sunset hike even more special by having a viewing spot complete with blankets, wine (don't worry, I only enjoyed a sip or two), and hors d'oeuvres to watch the sun set behind the canyons when we finished our hike. You'll see pics below! We also spent a full day at the spa - complete with a couples massage, enjoying the heated pool, and relaxing by the fire with our books. Other than that, most of our time at the resort was spent playing games - we really got into Monopoly, ha ha!

One activity we did off the resort and loved was a guided Canyon Tour. These slot canyons were like anything I have ever seen - just stunning! Antelope Canyon is definitely worth checking out, as well as Horseshoe Bend. We loved having a guide because he taught us so much history about the canyons, plus took some great pictures of us exploring. We also did stargazing with an astronomer at the resort one night, which was a really cool experience!

I can't say enough good things about this amazing resort - it was truly a remarkable place! It made the perfect babymoon, but would also be great for a honeymoon, or even family vacation! There were a few families there during our stay, and we saw them doing so many fun family activities - like horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, etc.

It was the perfect trip to take and spend some quality time with each other before our lives become bombarded with baby Lela, ha ha! But in all seriousness, I am so thankful to have had that time with Chris, and even more thankful that now our trips will have a plus one. We are looking forward to making many travel memories with her as well, but our time alone at Amangiri will always bring back great memories and a big smile to my face.