New ways to witness the splendour of the southwestern states

Luxury amid the monumental landscapes of Arizona and Utah

Riding through Arizona’s epic landscape is one of many outdoor activities on offer at Dove Mountain (first picture; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $329), the latest in Ritz-Carlton’s portfolio. Opening on December 18, it lies 20 miles northwest of Tucson in the high Sonoran Desert close to the Tortolita mountains; a place from which to hike, mountain bike – even learn to pen cattle and play golf on its Jack Nicklaus-designed course.

For all their Monument Valley splendour, until recently the very limited range of top-rated accommodation on offer in America’s southwestern states tempered their appeal. But now there’s an Amanresort, Amangiri (second picture; www.amangiri.com; doubles from $800), in southern Utah, close to Canyon Point and within striking distance of mesmerisingly extraordinary Lake Powell.

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