Aman resorts has just released a series of “Driving Journeys” that will be in hot demand when Australians can travel again.
The bespoke Aman driving journeys allow guests to drive prestige sportscars, SUVs or classic vehicles on three to five-day trips from Aman’s hotels in the USA, Europe and Japan.
If you would rather use your own car, Aman will assist with any shipping required. Aman GPS systems ensure easy route-finding, and a support vehicle is never far away.
Aman will give each driver a personalised iPhone pre-loaded with bespoke guides which will recommend off-the-beaten-track stops including coffee shops, galleries and all the best photo opportunities.
Lunch stops range from picnics and casual meals in authentic road-side eateries to exquisite fine dining.
Guests can set off at their leisure, exploring and pausing en-route as the mood takes them. The flexible itineraries allow for three to five hours of driving per day.
The United States
Aman Driving Journeys in the USA showcase the very best of America’s great roads. You can choose on or off-road experiences and the company has created bespoke itineraries to suit the seasons.
From Amangiri in Utah you can drive some of the most breathtaking roads in the world, through Escalante National Park, Monument Valley and around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Aman has even packaged in a half-day in speedboats on Lake Powell and a helicopter ride up Tower Butte for sunrise yoga.
Amangani is the perfect base from which to experience the thrill of Wyoming’s open roads. You can drive through Yellowstone National Park into the long, fast, winding highways of Idaho and around the Palisades Reservoir. The roads here are suited to both sports and classic cars.
Amanzoe’s hilltop setting in Greece is an island-lovers adventure. The Aman driving journey in Greece showcases the rolling Peloponnese countryside, with 360-degree views of olive groves and the Tripoli Mountains.
You can savour coffee breaks in traditional villages, explore quaint port towns such as Paralios Astos and uncover ancient Greek structures including Epidavros.
Greece isn’t Greece without a little island hopping and Aman has thoughtfully included luxury Riva boat transfers to the small islands of Poros and Hydra.
From Venice, Aman driving journey guests can explore the Padua Hills, the foothills of the Dolomites, Lake Garda and the Valpolicella vineyards. A highlight of this Ama driving journey is a trip to Fiorano, home to Ferrari’s private racing track. Aman guests can devour lunch in the famous Ferrari restaurant before an optional tour of the Ferrari museum.
You can also choose to head to Lake Garda, driving the tunnels featured in James Bond’s Casino Royale en-route.
The Italy Aman driving tour includes an option to spend the second half of the trip driving the roads of the Dolomite mountains from Aman’s partner hotel, Rosa Alpina.
Amanjena on the outskirts of Marrakech offers a 4×4 experience for dedicated drivers and thrill-seekers.
Guests can tackle coastal tracks, rolling hills, cedar forests and vast tracts of desert sand and dune. The terrain is rugged, the scenery magnificent and the roads stretch for miles.
If you make it all the way to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains you can fly back to Amanjena by helicopter.
The roads between Aman Kyoto and Amanemu are some of the most stunning on Earth.
Aman’s Japan driving journey starts and finishes at Aman Kyoto. The two routes on offer travel through the Japanese Alps, cross the Kanto Plain, and include the famous Hakone Turnpike, Venus and Izu Skylines with their twisting turns, huge elevation changes and panoramic views.
Drivers can also experience Japan’s highest road, the mind-blowing Norikura, which rises to 2,700m and offers extraordinary views of the Yatigatake and Hodaka Mountain Ranges.