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Utah, Arizona and New Mexico make up a large part of the often loosely defined American Southwest. Totalling 320,478sqm (around 100 times the size of Hong Kong), the vast land is home to jaw-dropping natural landscapes, as well as an equally impressive range of places to lay your head after all the hiking, biking, riding, skiing or climbing you are sure to do.

The Southwest is also where the Old West comes to life, and is undoubtedly the best place to experience Native American culture with the country’s 13 largest reservations, the greatest of which is the Navajo Nation, which is almost the size of Ireland and reaches into all three states.

ARIZONA: THE GRAND CANYON STATE

Home to the majority of the Navajo Nation as well as legendary towns form the Old West, such as Tombstone, The Town Too Tough to Die, Arizona is probably most famous for the Grand Canyon. Though extraordinary, it is also worth visiting the much smaller but no less impressive Antelope Canyon. Located on Navajo land, the two incredibly beautiful slot canyons attract tourists from around the world, and the occasional wedding party, who come to photograph the incredible light show created as sunbeams bounce off the sculpted sandstone walls.

The state capital, Phoenix, and its relatively ritzy neighbour city Scottsdale are both known for warm weather year-round and their wealth of spas and golf courses. The latter is also known for Taliesin West, the winter home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

With incredible weather for a large part of the year (although some do complain about July when average highs are just under 40C), outdoors activities are de rigeur. Golf is a big deal, but hiking among cactuses at sunrise or sunset is a fantastic and beautiful experience. Less than 10 miles south of downtown Phoenix is South Mountain Park which is 16,000 acres and has over 50 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. Just 20 minutes north of downtown is Camelback Mountain. Echo Canyon Trailhead is very popular.

FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE

For something closer and more easily digestible, particularly before dinner, Pinnacle Peak is a short walk from the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, which aside from being a mouthful, is one of the better resorts in the area. The 210-room property has 22 suites and an additional 44 residential units. The adobe-style architecture and a southwestern design scheme with colours inspired by the Sonoran Desert means it blends in effortlessly with its surroundings. While the area was originally the land of Hohokam Indians, it later became a finishing school before eventually transitioning into the five-star golf resort it is today, where small terraces overlook what looks like a cactus garden but is in actual fact just part of the natural landscape of Arizona, a particularly welcome sight in January when average temperatures are almost 20 degrees Celsius.

The resort’s 14-room spa is designed in a similar vein to the hotel. Try the signature jojoba and prickly pear body polish for a full-body exfoliation that leaves the skin smooth and moisturised.

犹他州、亚利桑那州和新墨西哥州占统称为美国西南部地区的很大一部分,总面积为320,478平方米(约为香港面积的100倍),这片广阔的土地孕育出令人惊叹的自然景观,以及同样令人惊喜的地方,最适合进行远足、骑自行车、骑马、滑雪或攀登等一切野外活动。

西南部地区也是旧西部世界的现代缩影,这里汇聚了13个美国最大的原住部落保留区,其中最大的是纳瓦霍族保留地,面积几乎相等于爱尔兰的大小,并横跨三个州份,这里无疑是体验美国美洲土著文化的最佳地点t。

亚利桑那州:大峡谷之州

大多数纳瓦霍族人聚居的地方,同时可以找到旧西部世界的传统城镇,比如有"绝命终结者"之称的墓碑镇,而亚利桑那州最著名的景点大概是大峡谷了。尽管大峡谷相当独特,但规模小得多的羚羊峡谷也绝不逊色,同样值得游览。位于纳瓦霍保留区,这两个蔚为壮观的美丽峡谷吸引了来自世界各地的游客,偶尔也会举行婚礼派对。这些人纷纷前来,希望用镜头拍下阳光照射在雕刻般的砂岩墙壁上所创造出的壮观灯光汇演。

其首府凤凰城,以及相对喧嚣的邻近城市斯科茨代尔,以全年温暖的气候以及丰富的温泉和高尔夫球场而闻名。后者也以建筑师弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特的冬季之家西塔里埃森而声名大噪。

一年大部分时间拥有一流的气候(虽然有些人会抱怨七月的平均高温差不到达摄氏40度) ,因此非常适合进行户外活动。高尔夫球是一个很好的主意,但是在日出或日落时份在仙人掌林中徒步远足是一次奇妙而美丽的体验。距离凤凰城市中心以南不到10英里的是南山公园,占地16,000英亩,拥有50多英里的骑马道、徒步远足径和山地自行车道。市中心以北只需20分钟路程的是骆驼山,山上的回音谷小道非常受欢迎。

斯科茨代尔四季度假酒店

度假村的中心是喜乐乐度假村和北海道赤井川村喜来登度假酒店,两家想探索附近一些比较轻松的景点,特别是在晚餐之前,Pinnacle Peak山峰距离北特伦斯科茨代尔四季度假酒店仅有很短的步行路程。除了位置方便,北特伦斯科茨代尔四季度假酒店也是该地区最好的度假村之一。这座酒店拥有210间客房,其中包括22间套房和额外44间住宅单位。土著风格的建筑和西南地区的设计特色,配合灵感来自于索诺兰沙漠的色彩,使其与周围环境浑然天成。该地区原来是霍霍坎印地安人的土地,后来成为一所女子精修学校,最终演变成今天的五星级高尔夫度假村。酒店的小露台俯瞰着仿如仙人掌花园、但实际上只是亚利桑那州自然景观其中一部分的景致。一月份的平均气温近摄氏20度,使其风景格外美丽。 该度假村的14间水疗室采用与酒店类似的设计。不妨尝试一下特色荷荷芭油和仙人掌果身体磨砂,为全身去除角质,使皮肤光滑滋润。

奥伯格德塞多纳酒店

其他值得考虑的亚利桑那州酒店,包括凤凰城以北约100英里的奥伯格德塞多纳酒店,以及位于亚利桑那州第二大城市图森市以南近郊差不多距离的Miraval酒店。

在滑雪季节到访这个大峡谷之州的冬季运动爱好者,可以考虑前往弗拉格斯塔夫。位于可可尼诺国家森林公园中心,海拔高达7,000英尺,弗拉格斯塔夫设有两个滑雪度假村。

犹他州:摩门教大本营

亚利桑那州有大峡谷,但犹他州有“五大国家公园”(同时是一个注册标志)。该州份几乎有42%的面积属国家公园土地,峡谷地国家公园、拱门国家公园、国会礁国家公园、布莱斯峡谷国家公园和锡安国家公园全都令人叹为观止,绝对值得到此一游。

犹他州的名字源自乌特族印第安人,有人说是由于土著人与欧洲人之间无法沟通所导致的结果;该州份有时会被称为"蜂巢州",因为早期移居者称这片原来的沃土为"Deseret",意指蜜蜂。但犹他州的土著并非只有乌特人,普韦布洛人、阿纳萨齐人、派尤特人、格舒特人、休休尼人和纳瓦霍人都是该地区的丰富历史一部分。在纳瓦霍导游带领下游览纪念碑谷纳瓦霍部落公园,了解更多关于当地土著文化的信息。

来自世界各地的人前来犹他州游览其壮丽的公园和其他公共土地。犹他州五大国家公园中,面积最小的拱门国家公园绝对是无懈可击。公园有超过两千个石拱门,其中最突出的是精致拱门。那是公园里最大的独立拱门,也是最受游客欢迎的一个。沿着一条三英里的徒步径向上攀走146米,经过乌特族印第安人的岩石壁画,就可以亲身近距离欣赏精致拱门。

索雷尔河牧场度假酒店加Spa

索雷尔河牧场度假酒店加Spa位于科罗拉多河河畔,靠近摩押,距离拱门国家公园只需20分钟车程。1903至1994期间这里是一座农场,占地160英亩的索雷尔河牧场度假酒店加Spa于1999年正式开业,提供宽敞的公寓、套房和偌大的牧场屋。摩押是户外运动爱好者的圣城,工作人员将在您抵达前致电给您,商讨您在逗留期间想要做什么,以确保及时预订。

L'AUBERGE DE SEDONA

Other properties in Arizona worth your consideration are L'auberge de Sedona which is around 100 miles north of Phoenix; and Miraval, which lays a similar distance south on the outskirts of Arizona’s second city, Tucson.

Winter sport enthusiasts who find themselves in The Grand Canyon State during ski season might want to look into Flagstaff. Located at 7,000ft in the heart of the Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff has two ski resorts. www.lauberge.com

UTAH: THE MORMON STATE

Arizona may have the Grand Canyon, but Utah has The Mighty 5 (which incidentally is a registered trademark) national parks. Almost 42 per cent of the state is public land of one kind or another. Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are all incredible, and make a visit to Utah worthwhile on their own.

Utah is named for the Ute Indians, some say after a failure in communication between native and Europeans, but it is sometimes known as The Beehive State in reference to the settlers who called the originally proposed territory ‘Deseret’, which means honeybee. But the Utes aren’t the only Native Americans to have called the region home, the Pueblo, Anasazi, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Navajo have all contributed to the region’s rich history. Learn more by taking a guided tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park with a Navajo guide.

People come from all over the world to visit Utah’s staggering parks and other public lands. The smallest of Utah’s Mighty 5, Arches National Park is hard to beat. With over 2,000 stone arches, one that stands out is Delicate Arch, the largest freestanding arch in the park which is also the most visited. A threemile hike which climbs 146m and passes a wall of Ute Indian petroglyphs to see Delicate Arch up close and personal is all but essential.

SORREL RIVER RANCH RESORT AND SPA

Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa is located right on the banks of the Colorado River and a 20-minute drive to Arches National Park just outside Moab. A farm from 1903 until 1994, the property officially opened as the 160-acre Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa in 1999 and comprises spacious studios, suites and the expansive Ranch House. As Moab is a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, staff will call you before arrival to discuss what you might like to do during your stay to ensure timely bookings can be made.

On-property activities include horseback riding (Missy is a gentle giant), live music and even a petting zoo. There are also plenty of complimentary activities such as yoga, movies under the stars and even cowboy poets telling their stories next to a roaring fire.

酒店内的活动包括骑马(Missy是一头温顺的巨型马匹)、现场音乐、甚至设有一个动物园。酒店还有很多免费活动,如瑜伽、在星空下欣赏电影、甚至有牛仔诗人在篝火旁边讲故事。

河边烧烤提供从农场到餐桌的餐饮服务,大部分产品都是出产自牧场的自有花园,然后制作成一流的佳肴美食,并可以在户外篝火旁边享用以S'ttmores厨具炮制出来的出色甜品。

该酒店在过去一季进行了史上最大型的装修,并提供更完善的服务,在现有的完美水疗中心以外,再增添了一个新的水疗中心。为了配合酒店的牧场设计风格,该水疗中心面积虽小,但五脏俱全。至于十分重视隐私的人士,可以每晚85,000美元包租整个牧场。

安缦吉瑞

想得到与别不同的体验,向西南方进发前往亚利桑那州的边界。别具品味的安缦吉瑞是安缦酒店王国的一分子,面积虽小,但实力绝对不容忽视。其小小的指示牌并不起眼,让人很容易就错过,但安缦吉瑞的隐秘正是其吸引力和体验的一部分。

该度假村位于一个僻静的山谷中,是一个占地328公顷的庄园,提供在沙丘、高原和山脊上进行的刺激冒险活动,同时是一个远离现代生活的天堂。提供美丽的套房或与度假村保持适当距离的四卧室Mesa Home选择,如果您选择入住后者的话,就可以在50英尺的无边游泳池放松身心,并满足您的一切需求。其余入住套房的人士可以享用宽大的起居室,设有露台和偌大的窗户,将荒凉而美丽的风景尽收眼底。

安缦吉瑞拥有一个2,322平方米的水疗中心,其灵感来自纳瓦霍族,运用土、风、火和水等元素进行理疗,如使用红色塞多纳粘土进行的沙漠舒缓疗程。

此外,酒店选用最能代表当地特色的季节性食材,提供最能符合您期望的优雅餐饮服务。开放式厨房偶尔会举办烹饪示范,您到访的时候,不妨询问他们是否正提供美洲土著炸面包示范。

在安缦吉瑞,从到附近的洞穴进行导赏远足、到附近的岩壁进行攀岩历 险、乘坐热气球欣赏鲍威尔湖、或者一个可以选择是否包括私人直升机的定制体验,一切都看似有可能。

安缦吉瑞的宗旨,也许是对这家酒店的最佳总结:没有不可能的要求,没有微不足道的细节。 www.aman.com

新墨西哥州:迷人之地

新墨西哥州是全美印第安人口比例第二高的州份,纳瓦霍人、普韦布洛人和阿帕奇人是这个州份的主要族群,这里也保留着浓厚的西班牙和西部边境历史文化。

新墨西哥州只有二百多万人口,是美国人口密度最低的州份之一。虽然人口稀疏,却很受游客欢迎:仅仅在2015年,已经有3,340万人到访新墨西哥州。

跟亚利桑那州和犹他州一样,新墨西哥州凭籍自然景观吸引了数以百万的游客前来。卡尔斯巴德洞窟国家公园是该州份唯一的国家公园,洞穴居住着超过40万只墨西哥无尾蝙蝠。但为该州份带来了数以百万的美国本土和国际游客的,却是其众多的小农村社区。

其中一个小农村社区,实际上是其首府圣达菲,据称是该州份最具吸引力和魅力的城市。圣达菲只有不到七万人口,于1610年由西班牙殖民者建立,全名为圣方济的神圣的信仰的皇家城市。

圣达菲相当重视艺术,因而吸引大量游客蜂拥而至,在小街上漫步游览。圣达菲是联合国教科文组织创意城市网络之一,多年来一直接待了无数的艺术家、作家和其他艺术家,当中最知名的应该是乔治亚·欧姬芙。欧姬芙博物馆收藏了140幅欧姬芙的油画、近700幅绘图、以及数百幅可追溯到1901年至1984年的其他作品。

新墨西哥州还有其他著名景点。一个气象气球(到底是不是?)被误认为不明飞行物体的“罗斯威尔事件”,使罗斯威尔成为全球外星生物爱好者的朝圣地。而受最近的流行文化影响,新墨西哥州最大的城市阿尔伯克基因电视剧《绝命毒师》而恶名昭着,该剧的粉丝们应该会很期待拜访阿尔伯克基的The Candy Lady糖果店,并带着一些非常合法的绝命毒师糖果回家。

The River Grill practices farm-to-table dining, with much of the produce coming from the ranch’s own gardens, and turns out fantastic dishes. Dessert is best served outside at the fire with a S’mores kit.

This past off season has seen the largest renovation in the property’s history, with more promised, including a new spa. The current one however is perfectly good. In keeping in with the ranch feel of the property it is small but has all bases covered. For those who truly value privacy, you can buy out the entire ranch for a US$85,000 a night. www.sorrelriver.com AMANGIRI

For a very different experience head southwest towards the Arizona border. The ultra chic Amangiri is part of the Aman empire of properties, that while small, is indeed mighty. Secluded to the point that it is easy to dive past the small sign, Amangiri’s seclusion is part of the appeal and the experience.

Located on a 328-hectare estate in a secluded valley, the resort offers both adrenaline-fuelled adventure out on the dunes, plateaus and ridges and a haven away from modern life. Rooms are a choice between beautiful suites or the four-bedroom Mesa Home that is close, but not too close, to the resort. If you opt for the home, you can relax in the 50ft infinity pool and have your every desire catered to. The rest can enjoy suites which feature large living areas that open onto terraces and windows that frame the desolate and beautiful landscape.

The 2,322sqm spa at Amangiri looks to the Navajo for inspiration, using elements of earth, wind, fire and water for treatments such as the Desert Calm treatment using red Sedona clay.

Dining is as chic an affair as you might expect with local and seasonal ingredients taking pride of place. The open-plan kitchen is also occasionally host to demonstrations. Ask if they are doing the Native American fry bread demo if you visit.

At Amangiri it seems anything and everything is available, from guided hikes to a nearby cave, climbing expeditions to the nearby rock formations, hot air balloon trips over Lake Powell or a bespoke experience that may or may not include private helicopters.

Perhaps Amangiri is best summed up by what is likely a mantra at the property: No request is too great, and no detail too small. www.aman.com NEW MEXICO: LAND OF ENCHANTMENT New Mexico has the second-highest percentage of Native Americans as a proportion of the population in the US with the Navajo, Pueblo, and Apache peoples being the major nations in the state, Spanish and Wild West frontier heritage are also strong in the state.

With a little over two million people, New Mexico is one of the least densely populated states, but its small population belies it popularity: in 2015 alone 33.4 million people visited the state.

Like Arizona and Utah, it is New Mexico’s natural landscape that draws millions of those visitors to the state. Carlsbad Caverns, the state’s only National Park, is home to 400,000 Mexican free-tailed bats. But it is its multitude of small rural communities that collectively bring millions to the state, both from around the US and internationally.

One of those small rural communities is actually the state capitol, Santa Fe. Arguably the state’s most attractive and appealing city, with less than 70,000 people, was founded by Spanish colonists in 1610, and was originally named La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís.

The arts are a big deal in Santa Fe and people come in droves to wander around the small streets to browse. Santa Fe is one of UNESCO’S Creative Cities, and over the years has hosted a number of artists, writers and other purveyors of the arts, with artist Georgia O’keefe perhaps being the most well known. The Georgia O'keeffe Museum has 140 O’keeffe oil paintings, nearly 700 drawings, and hundreds of additional works dating from 1901 to 1984.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, Roswell is the global capital for extraterrestrial enthusiasts thanks to the Roswell UFO incident which turned out to be a weather balloon (or was it?), and in recent popular culture, New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, found notoriety through the TV show Breaking Bad. Fans of the show might want to visit Albuquerque's The Candy Lady and come home with some very legal Breaking Bad Candy. INN AND SPA AT LORETTO

Inn and Spa at Loretto in the heart of Santa Fe is a quaint hotel just one block from Santa Fe Plaza, Palace of the Governors and Canyon Road arts district. The adobe architecture and local artwork are true to the spirit of Santa Fe. With 136 guest suites, an award-winning spa (the Sacred Journey treatment is highly recommended), and galleries and boutiques in the building, it’s a great way to complement a stay in Santa Fe.

Luminaria restaurant at Loretto has a small menu with less than a dozen entrees and even fewer starters. The tortilla soup was amazing, and whether a restaurant can perfect steak is a good test; Luminaria passed with flying colours. www.destinationhotels.com

SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT

Fifteen miles southwest of Santa Fe is Sunrise Springs Spa Resort. More of a wellness retreat than a hotel with a spa, the somewhat isolated location and wide range of treatments, classes and experiences means you won’t need to leave for days at a time.

The area that is now inhabited by Sunrise Springs was for millennia home to Tano and Kere, before becoming parajes, or resting places, for travellers along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, thanks mainly to the natural cold springs.

Casitas have a somewhat Scandinavian feel thanks to the light wood used throughout, and are spacious without being cavernous. With relaxation in mind, they are decorated sparingly with a fireplace as the centerpiece instead of a television. Sachets of ground coffee that are roasted especially for the resort by a local company and tea made from herbs grown on the property are nice touches.

The food at Sunrise is truly superb, and thanks to the winning combination of expert chef Rocky Durham and worldly-wise F&B director Fernando combine to create combinations that surprise and delight.

The spa offers a very wide range of health and wellness treatments and classes that extend to making your own beauty products and puppy therapy. Yes, puppy therapy. Sunrise Springs basically has everything you could want at a spa resort. And a few things you didn’t know you wanted. sunrisesprings.ojospa.com

洛雷托Spa旅馆

位于圣达菲市中心的洛雷托Spa旅馆是一家古雅的酒店,距离圣达菲广场、总督宫和峡谷路艺术区仅有一个街口。其粘土建筑和当地艺术品都反映出圣达菲的精神。拥有136间套房、一个屡获殊荣的水疗中心(强烈推荐神圣之旅疗程)、以及酒店内的画廊和精品店,这里绝对会为您在圣达菲的旅程锦上添花。

洛雷托的Luminaria餐厅提供小小的菜单,只有十几款主菜选择,前菜选择更少。这里的墨西哥风味玉米饼浓汤令人惊艳,而牛排是一道测试一家餐厅实力的好菜式,而Luminaria绝对是游刃有余。www.destinationhotels.com

日出温泉水疗渡假村

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