With 45 state parks, dramatic river canyons and iconic red rock spires, Utah is one of America’s greatest outdoor playgrounds. From the raw beauty of Dinosaurland and Eastern Utah to the ski trails of Park City, the stunning scenery of the Uinta Mountains to the epic views in Bryce Canyon National Park and the laid-back capital of Salt Lake City, visitors to the Beehive State will find plenty to keep them outside…and entertained.
Accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes, catering for everyone from campers to luxury travellers.
Lets have a look at the best resorts in Utah:
1. Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa
Getting away from the noise and stress of city life doesn’t mean forgoing luxury and exquisite service – a point that the Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa are skilled at proving.
The high-end resort, situated on the picturesque banks of the Colorado River and surrounded by southern Utah’s iconic red arches and rock formations, provides guests with the chance to reconnect with nature and then return at the end of the day to their 4 Star accommodation.
A heated outdoor pool and hot tub, 24-hour fitness suite and access to the Sorrel River Spa are just a few of the amenities the Sorrel River Ranch provides, and with activities from horse riding to off-roading on your doorstep, you’ll have plenty of options to enjoy the surrounding scenery.
Hidden away within Utah’s Southwest iconic canyons, the Amangiri Resort offers some of the most breathtaking views you’ll find anywhere in the state. From your luxury suite – designed with a minimalist feel which highlights the beauty of the natural surroundings – enjoy expansive desert vista and optional private pools and terraces.
Relax in the world-class spa and overindulge with some of the Southwest’s finest dining at onsite, open-plan restaurant. For adventure-seekers, the resort is perfectly positioned within the Grand Circle, with easy access to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
3. Waldorf Astoria Park City
Enjoy all-season luxury within the United States’ largest ski and golf resort, at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. Located within the Wasatch Mountains, and Canyons Village in the Park City Resort, the Waldorf Astoria offers guests a dedicated gondola to Canyons Village, a heated outdoor pool, and rooms that come with spectacular mountain views and hot tubs.
After hitting the slopes, relax at one of the Waldorf Astoria Spa’s 15 treatment rooms and enjoy the taste of true American Mountain cuisine from the patio of the resort’s Powder restaurant.
4. Red Mountain Resort
Enjoy a getaway with a difference at the Red Mountain Resort in St. George – where Snow Canyon State Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are all within easy reach of your luxury accommodation.
Each package at the Red Mountain Resort is designed to provide guests with a unique lifestyle break, and includes three daily meals, yoga and fitness classes and guided hiking and biking in the surrounding parks.
Choose from one of the resort’s luxury rooms – featuring oversized baths and full-sized toiletries – or their spacious villas, with exclusive use of villa pools and hot tubs.
5. Montage Deer Valley
Just five minutes from the centre of Park City, the Montage Deer Valley resort offers an authentic Alpine experience, in the heart of Utah’s largest ski resort.
For skiers, the Montage Deer Valley has everything you need to make your trip as easy and as comfortable as possible. The onsite Compass Sports provides guests with essentials, including lift tickets, ski rentals and accessories, as well as those all-important little luxuries, such as boot warming and hot chocolate at the après-ski Alpine Terrace.
A range of rooms, suites and residences boast impress mountain views and with five restaurants or dine in-room options, you’ll find food and drink to suite every taste.
6. The Inn at Entrada
Known as one of Utah’s premium small luxury resorts, The Inn at Entrada is a golf-lovers dream vacation destination. With its Johnny Miller Signature Design 18-hole championship private golf course – stretching over 700 yards – Entrada is ranked as the No.1 year-round golf course in the state by Golf Digest Magazine.
Off the course, the Inn offers incredible panoramic views of St. George’s red cliffs and beautifully designed rooms and suites. For a real taste of luxury, book into the 4,100-square foot, five bedroom Johnny Miller Residence – with sweeping views of Red Mountain and Snow Canyon State Park.
7. The Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens
Low-key luxury with an incredible setting, The Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens makes for a perfect weekend escape for both couples and families.
Set on the border of The Zion National Park Hotel, Springdale, The Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens offers guests a beautiful heated outdoor pool, waterfall hot tub and a riverside beach, set within five-acres of stunning natural scenery.
Whether you opt for a room, suite or a villa, you’ll find modern amenities, luxury touches and incredible views. Outside, biking, hiking and river tubing are just some of the ways to spend your days in the surrounding national parks and mountains.
8. Stein Eriksen Lodge
The award-winning Stein Eriksen Lodge – voted “World’s Best Ski Hotel” at the World Ski Awards – offers guests authentic, European-style, ski vacations in the heart of Deer Valley Resort. With a decidedly Norwegian-feel, the luxury lodge was named after Olympic Gold Medal skier, Stein Eriksen.
With access to over 400 miles of trails, guests can enjoy some of the best skiing in the country, before relaxing in Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star spa. The Forbes stars don’t end with the spa – get your culinary taste-buds going at the Forbes Four-Star Glitretind Restaurant, or pop into the Troll Hallen Lounge for a quick bite.
9. Green Valley Resort & Spa
Listed as one of the best resorts in Utah by travel giants, including Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure, Green Valley Resort & Spa is a haven of peace and relaxation within the wilderness of the Zion National Park.
Traditional accommodation comes in the form of well-sized rooms and, for an extra touch of indulgence, presidential suites with beds which have been likened to “sleeping on a cloud.”
Along with an award-winning spa and resort pools, guests have access to a state-of-the-art fitness suite and the Court Think Tennis College – with special tennis packages available.
10. The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird
Considered one of North America’s most iconic ski lodges, The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird offers majestic views of Little Cottonwood Canyon and ski-in/ski-out access to Snowbird’s popular slopes.
As well as on-site ski rental, the resort provides features a fitness suite, state-licensed day-care facility and three restaurants. After a long-day of adrenaline on the mountain, unwind in the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs or venture to the resort’s top floor Cliff Spa – where you can choose from over 30 treatments, or simply enjoy the view of the canyon from the rooftop pool.
11. Zermatt Utah
Check into the Zermatt Utah for a true “Swiss Meets West” experience, in the heart of the Utah Rockies. This 4 Star resort features a spa, the largest conference centre in the state and easy access to Park City.
Action-packed vacations are the deal of the day at the Zermatt – with a huge range of activities available on the resort’s doorstep. Choose from skiing, fishing, hiking, horse-riding, biking, climbing and even scuba diving, or simply enjoy the Zermatt’s golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. When you’re done with adventure, explore the world-class spa and choice of three resort restaurants.
12. Cedar Breaks Lodge by Diamond Resorts
Enjoy the home-away-from-home feel of the Cedar Breaks Lodge in scenic Brian Head – perfectly positioned for exploring some of Utah’s finest National Parks and ski slopes.
Head for the snow at Brian Head Ski Resort or try your hand at one of the many outdoor activities offered at the resort – from fishing to hiking and snow-tubing.
Enjoy relaxing in the world-class pool or book in for a Swedish massage at the tranquil Cedar Breaks Day Spa. Guests can choose from luxury rooms to spacious villas, with accommodation to suit both couples and families alike.
13. Movara Fitness Resort
If getting in shape is the goal of your next vacation, look no further than the Movara Fitness Resort in Ivins. This all-inclusive fitness retreat offers far more than just comfortable accommodation and a scenically beautiful setting – it provides guests unique weight-loss inspiration and packages to create life-changing habits.
Movara expert team – from their certified trainers to life coaches and dietitians – offer guests the training and tools they need to make life-long, healthy changes that go far beyond their time at the resort.
After long days of working up a sweat, relax at the Movara spa and enjoy delicious healthy food designed and created specially by the resort’s world-class executive chefs and nutritionists.
14. Westgate Park City Resort & Spa
Not only does the award-winning Westgate Park City Resort & Spa boast an ideal location within the Canyons Village ski resort, it also features Utah’s largest indoor and heated outdoor pool – the perfect place to relax at night after a long day on the slopes.
With ski-in/ski-out accommodations, and access to more than 7,300 acres and 300 ski runs, the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa is one of Utah’s best ski resorts.
Guest can enjoy all of Park City’s best shopping and dining with the free resort shuttle service, or choose to dine in at one of the Westgate’s three restaurants.
15. The St. Regis Deer Valley
It doesn’t get much better than watching the sunset, after an active day on the Deer Valley slopes, from the St. Regis’ spectacular split-level infinity pool.
With breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery and luxury rooms and suites, The St. Regis is the ultimate choice for an opulent ski-break. Guests can find everything they need at on-site ski shop – Jans Mountain Outfitters and relax with an evening cocktail on the “ski beach” overlooking Park City.
Book in for a revitalizing treatment at the resort’s Remède Spa and sample some of the delicious concept dishes from Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the J&G Grill Park City, before relaxing in the lounge with a St. Regis Deer Valley Signature Bloody Mary.