Around the world with Aman
Aman Resorts stand for luxury, exclusivity and – above all – space, and are happily found everywhere in the world we want to discover.
As Aman prepares to celebrate the opening of its 30th resort since Amanpuri in 1988, we look at how you can craft an around-the-world journey with just some of these tranquil retreats.
We’ll begin in South-East Asia, where the very first Aman property opened on the shores of Phuket in the 1980s…
This beachfront getaway, or ‘place of peace’, as its name means, continues to impress, with 40 pavilions and villas spread among a plantation of mature coconut palms. Each is a perfect example of Aman’s philosophy of combining local architectural styles (in this case, Ancient Ayutthayan) with beautifully curated materials and tranquil, spacious rooms with a hint of modern minimalism. Follow the stone stairs down to the beach and commune with the beauty of the Andaman Sea or retreat to the holistic spa.
Discover where it all began at Amanpuri here.
Nestled in a national park above Vinh Hy Bay, Amanoi is a modern retreat where tranquillity is key. The Central Pavilion sits on a lofty hillside, commanding views for its dining venues and the Library. Many of the 31 Pavilions include private pools, although a spell at the Cliff Pool shouldn’t be missed. The Aman Spa also takes pride of place, featuring five double treatment rooms, two hydrotherapy suites with relaxation lounges, hand and foot therapy rooms, and a hair and finishing salon, leading down towards a lakeside yoga pavilion.
Relax in Vietnam at Amanoi and The Nam Hai with C. James Dale and family here.
Flying in to this secluded resort is the start of something truly beautiful. Located on a private island in the Cuyo Archipelago, Amanpulo is the epitome of an island paradise, complete with turquoise waters and an endless selection of water activities. Choose from Casitas, tucked into the hillside, treetops or beachfront, and sprawling Villas, each with a dedicated buggy to help you explore the island. Dine on Asian and Continental cuisine in the Restaurant, fresh seafood at the Beach Club or revel in alfresco fare in the Picnic Grove.
Amanpulo is a celebrity favourite. Just ask Emily VanCamp from the hit show ‘Revenge’.
One look at the incredible limestone rotunda that forms the centre of this hilltop Aman, with arches comprising the resort’s 36 suites rippling out into the rice terraces beyond, and your soul will be at peace. Located on the island of Java, the grand entrance gives way to views of the ancient Buddhist monument of Borobudur, the Kedu Plain stretching out below. Be sure to linger beside the 40-metre pool; it’s lined with Yogya limestone and offers views of two volcanic peaks – not to mention light lunches at the Pool Club.
Amanjiwo is also just one of five Aman properties in Indonesia; three are located in Bali (Amankila in Manggis, Amanusa in Nusa Dua, and Amandari in Ubud) while the fourth, Amanwana, is located in West Sumbawa Regency.
On to South Asia, where Aman meets the jungle and a colonial past…
Guests sleep under canvas at this luxe camp on the edge of Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Just 10 tents, lavishly outfitted with Aman’s signature minimal approach, offer you a chance to get up-close to the Indian wilderness, featuring twice-daily open-top safaris, and the opportunity to recount your adventures under the stars around the communal fireplace. Private dining experiences in locales such as Ranthambore Fort top off this indulgent wildlife experience.
Amangalla, Sri Lanka
This heritage grand dame is a landmark of the city of Galle, a unique melting pot in the former Dutch port city that saw cultures as diverse as those of China, Persia and Portugal visit its shores. Take tea on the stately verandah while admiring Galle Fort, or enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the Dining Room, surrounded by touches of the colonial past. At night, bed down in one of 28 Bedrooms, Chambers and Suites, the two-bedroom Amangalla Suite or the two-storey Garden House.
Make your way to Europe, and choose from the beach, the snow and the canals of Venice…
The Peloponnese (and the beaches of Porto Heli) are to where well-heeled Greeks flee when they need an escape from Athens. But while most resorts are concentrated along the coast, Aman perches its retreat on a hillside, with paths winding down to the sea. Thirty-eight suites, exclusive Aman Villas and a truly indulgent spa comprise this elegant escape, made grand with a hint of Classic architecture. There are views to the countryside, as well as the sea, where guests can linger in the privacy of Amanzo’e’s Beach Club.
For more about Amanzo’e, follow Tiffany Dowd’s adventures on the beaches of Porto Heli here.
Aman Le Mélézin, France
For a ski hotel with a difference, head to this refined chalet in Courchevel 1850, one of the most prestigious winter resorts in the French Alps. Its 31 rooms and suites offer easy access to the slopes of Bellecôte and the nearby village of Courchevel itself. Instead of the modern design that characterises most Aman properties, you’ll find a respect for the centuries-old wooden beams and classic touches, including the parquet floor. To revive after a hard day in the powder, head to the Aman Spa for Thai-inspired treatments.
Aman Canal Grande Venice, Italy
This elegant abode places you on the watery doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage city, enveloping you in the lavish surrounds of the 18th-century Palazzo Papadopoli. In straying (once more) from its trademark contemporary design, Aman opts for regal, neo-Renaissance dark woods, frescoes and tapestries. As well as offering just 24 rooms, Aman Venice is also host of outdoor courtyards, gardens and private cruise boats that offer an exclusive snapshot into the true essence of Venice.
Stop off in Morocco, home to the only Aman in Africa…
After a three-month refresh, Aman’s hideaway just outside Marrakech reopened with a new two-bedroom Maison Jardin and two innovative restaurants, offering views of the Atlas Mountains. These additions join the existing 32 Pavilions, two-storey Maisons and the Al Hamra Maison, all rendered in sun-faded red in homage to the beautiful Moorish architecture that defines the Moroccan landscape. Courtyards, gardens and a 30-metre pool finished in handcut green-glazed tiles complete this exotic retreat.
Skip over to the Americas, for luxury escapes that break the mould…
Amanera, Dominican Republic
The newest Aman to open is perched on the golden beach of Playa Grande, considered one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful, and surrounded by jungle. It is also the first to integrate a golf course, making it the perfect destination for those working on their swing. Even if you’re not into golfing, this sunny locale welcomes you with 24 Casitas and the two-bedroom Bay View Casa, a spa (or enjoy a treatment from the comfort of your Casita).
Get to know all the essentials of Amanera here.
Amangiri, Utah, USA
The starkly beautiful desert setting of Amangiri is one of the brand’s more unusual locales. Sweeping curves of rock envelop the clean lines of the resort, designed to blend into the scenery; even the pool has been moulded around the solid landscape. The main Pavilion centres on the pool and the open-air Desert Lounge, with two wings comprising 34 suites stretching out into the plain beyond. Each suite features a bathroom with two rain showers and large bathtub with a view.
Check into Amangiri here, one of our picks for the finest American hotels beyond the city.
Amangani, Wyoming, USA
Imposing in rock and redwood, this retreat in Grand Teton National Park offers year-round delight. In summer, watch elk roam the plains, while in winter, strap in for a skiing and snowboarding adventure in nearby Jackson Hole, topped off with a hint of cowboy style. Amangani similarly embraces the legend of the Wild West, accenting its 40 suites with cowhide, leather and rattan. Admire the views of Snake River Range and Spring Gulch from the comfort of the Lounge, or venture out to the pool terrace.
Your worldwide odyssey is almost at the end. Round back to East Asia for a fitting finale at soon-to-open #30…
Aman’s third property in China is set above the city of Lijiang, once thought to be a strong candidate for the fabled town of Shangri La, thanks to its position amid snowcapped mountains, blend of cultures and location in south-wesetern Yunnan province, the ‘Land of Eternal Spring’. The hotel itself houses 35 suites, each boasting understated furnishings embellished with wood carvings typical of the region. Heritage buildings surrounding courtyards are at the centre of the resort, a place that attracts nature-lovers and culturally minded travellers.
See Amandayan blossom in China here.
Aman Tokyo, Japan
Perched in the top six floors of The Otemachi Tower in the heart of Tokyo’s business district, Aman’s first truly city-based hotel is a fascinating blend of the brand’s contemporary aesthetic and the principles of Japanese design. Soaring ceilings and stone pillars combine with the delicacy of washi paper, flowers and the spirit of hospitality to create a refined urban sanctuary. The 84 rooms and suites all feature a furo – a deep-soaking tub to honour the ritual of bathing.
Self-confessed Aman junkie, C. James Dale, checks into city-central Aman Tokyo.
Yes, #30 has nearly arrived and you’re at the end of your whirlwind journey. The latest member of the family is set above Ago Bay in Honshu, a region known for its pearl cultivation, and it is set to redefine luxury in rural Japan when it opens in March. As a perfect complement to Aman Tokyo, the new resort will celebrate the ancient customs of onsen, surrounded by the forests of Ise Shima National Park. Private mineral hot springs in each of the property’s 24 suites allow you to immerse yourself in the local onsen tradition, with two additional onsen bathing pavilions found in the Aman Spa for good measure.
Book your Aman escape through Kiwi Collection and take advantage of extra Kiwi perks and Visa benefits, available on nearly all of the Aman properties.