One of the world’s most exclusive resorts lies 260 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in Canyon Point, a protected valley in Southern Utah. Amangiri is part of Aman Resorts, an ultra luxurious hotel company with two dozen properties worldwide.
I stayed there last month, and I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a more magnificent hotel. Entry to each suite is via a private courtyard that features a Douglas Fir timber screen, and a typical day here is packed with activities. A state-of-the-art fitness center offers yoga and Pilates. There are photography classes, hikes on the 600-acre property and incredible food, most made to order.
Executive chef Shon Foster procures bison, elk and venison sausage as part of his tasting menus, but what really impressed me was the lavish breakfast buffet, the wood-burning pizza oven and the fact that the Indonesian sous-chef was willing to cook a few of his native specialties, such as nasi goreng, on demand.
There are just 34 suites and one villa at Amangiri. The hotel was built at a cost of more than $120 million, and the hotel has a staggering 3.8-to-1 employee-to-guest ratio, so expect the pampering of your life. Call (435) 675-3999 or visit AmanResorts.com for reservations.
I moved to Las Vegas from Long Beach, California, where I occasionally dined at Kelly’s, a local steakhouse of considerable repute. Now, Kelly’s has come to me. The steakhouse has opened at 3900 S. Paradise Road in a space formerly home to Ruth’s Chris (which is said to be replacing the Range at Harrah’s in 2013). It’s a huge 12,000-square-foot place, seating 450 guests.
If you want to get technical, it’s Kelly’s Prime Steak & Seafood, and the restaurant serves old-school eats, such as Caesar salad, steak Diane and bananas Foster. When I dined there recently, service was impeccable, the food up to par and the piano bar was appropriately filled with retro atmosphere and good cheer. The one mistake I made was eating too much of the complimentary house chicken liver paté.
Finally, for those who want to know where to find good Asian food in Henderson, the imaginative Asian bistro Noodle ChaCha at 2021 W. Sunset Road has a new menu with interesting fare such as Peking duck sliders, salt and pepper chicken wings, and various Vietnamese soups, Korean noodle dishes and Japanese snacks.
What’s more, there is a “buy one, get one free” menu stocked with dishes such as Vietnamese-style pork with egg roll and rice noodles, or Japanese chashu ramen, with all dishes less than $9. Just try to find a better deal in the Valley.