This year, Aman celebrates its 35th anniversary, marking over three decades as a pioneer of transformational travel. From multi-stop journeys that enrich and awaken body, mind and spirit, to far-flung destinations that offer the Aman benchmarks of peace, privacy and serenity, the year ahead incites the rarest of adventures, with new itineraries designed to suit every kind of Aman traveller.
Aman’s ethos has always been to care for the environments it inhabits, sensitively integrating into its surrounding landscapes, celebrating ancient traditions, and respecting local cultures. With Aman’s multi-property itineraries in one destination, the fabric and intricacies of a single region can be uncovered effortlessly, all in the safety and comfort of Aman.
A solo sojourn in the last Buddhist Kingdom – Amankora
The eastern Himalayas is home to its only surviving Buddhist kingdom and Bhutan has long been a pioneer in this regard, welcoming just a handful of travellers to its pristine mountain realm each year. The first and only hotel brand to offer five lodges across Bhutan’s spectacular central and western valleys, Amankora presents a new adventure throughout 2023, specifically designed for solo travellers to intimately experience one of the most remote environments on Earth. The nine-night stay includes complimentary daily excursions across valleys accompanied by an expert guide, all meals, in house-beverages, passes and permits for the most seamless of solo journeys, ensuring a safe yet culturally enriching experience.
Never before has the escape of travel and discovery – particularly one offering the gentle balm of sun, sand and sea – been quite so appealing. Offering the best of both worlds, Aman’s two properties in Sri Lanka create the most harmonious of journeys, separated by just over an hour’s drive. While Amanwella offers the coastal seclusion for which the island is renowned, the lofty ceilings of Amangalla welcome guests inside the historic Galle Fort with gracious colonial grandeur – perfect for families seeking a trip that balances cultural immersion and relaxation on the beach. The five or seven-night Fort & Beach journey includes daily breakfast, afternoon tea and inter-resort transfers, alongside several experiences to showcase the very best of Sri Lanka, from a guided tour of Galle Fort and a visit to a Cinnamon Plantation with a private picnic, to a 60-minute massage for two.
Journey through Japan – Aman Kyoto, Aman Tokyo and Amanemu
No place is Aman’s appreciation of its environments better demonstrated than at its three properties in Japan, where the country’s outstanding landscapes, unique energy and exceptional approach to hospitality can be experienced wholeheartedly. From the lofty urban sanctuary of Aman Tokyo to the nature-ensconced, cultural havens of Amanemu and Aman Kyoto, the specially curated Aman Japan Journey reveals the beauty of the destination. Connecting all three properties, the journey invites guests to experience an all-encompassing experience across one of the world’s most captivating nations with daily breakfast, room upgrades, complimentary parking or transfers to local train stations for seamless travel.
New for 2023, the Aman Japan Journey can be tailored for health enthusiasts, with a wellness edition, designed for those seeking a wholly rejuvenating experience. Starting with a wellness assessment at Aman Tokyo, recommended sessions combining ancient techniques and fitness recommendations take place at Amanemu and Aman Kyoto, ensuring the stay is as beneficial for health and wellbeing as it is culturally enriching.
A vibrant island nation, the Indonesian archipelago’s spiritual atmosphere, dramatic scenery and renowned community ethos serve as the inspiration for Aman’s properties across the island country, each of which tells its own unique story. From the sweeping coastline of restful Amankila to the Eden-like spiritual retreat of Amanjiwo, guests are invited to uncover the region with the Bali & Beyond adventure. With many of the island’s main attractions still void of crowds, guests can experience the archipelago at its most peaceful, with combined stays at any of Aman’s five Indonesian resorts. When staying eight nights or more, enjoy inter-resort transfers (Bali only) and a choice of exclusive experiences at each – from a guided tour of Borobudur to a special Megibung Dinner.
INTO THE WILD
For all the enrichment cultural immersion can bring, there is much to be gained from nature’s warm embrace. In three tented camps across the globe, serenity and simplicity prevail, with guests invited to reconnect to Mother Nature. From the tiger-inhabited jungle of Ranthambore National Park to the starkly beautiful Utah desert, and a tropical island in Indonesia, each camp offers a sense of escapism and adventure, well-suited to larger groups seeking a special place to come together..
Set on the threshold of Ranthambore National Park, a former hunting ground and home of the Bengal Tiger, Aman-i-Khas is a secluded wilderness camp in rural Rajasthan. Designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the camp’s 10 Mughal-style tents provide airy living spaces, an expansive bedroom and a light-filled bathing area featuring a deep soaking bathtub and shower.
Adventure activities abound from the camp and include two daily Jeep safaris into Ranthambore National Park in search of tigers, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, crocodiles, wild boar, Sambar and spotted deer. In addition, cultural excursions to nearby Ranthambore Fort and Khandar Fort, bird-watching trips along the verdant Banas riverbed, and camel rides through local villages can be arranged. Each tent is assigned a Batman to accompany guests on their explorations of the camp’s surroundings. Further enjoyment awaits back at camp, where guests can relax around the tree-lined swimming pool or at nightfall in the sunken firepit, where the day’s adventures form rich material for storytelling beneath a starlit sky.
A remote 15-tented hideaway, located on Moyo island overlooking the Flores Sea, the open-air seaside sanctuary of Amanwana is steps from a coral-rich shoreline that teams with a kaleidoscopic whirl of vibrant marine life. A natural paradise, in 2022, Moyo Island was designated a National Park by the Indonesian government, ensuring that it’s stunning landscapes and diverse marine life is protected for generations to come. It is this rich marine diversity that enables world-class diving and snorkelling, and the camp’s Dive Centre offers daily excursions to the surrounding coral reefs guided by a team of experienced instructors. Trips into the tranquil water offer encounters with Hawksbill and green sea turtles, blue spotted rays, barracuda, small reef sharks, dolphins, giant manta rays and even whales. Above sea-level excursions are available too and watersports include cruising, fishing, SUPs, kayaking and Hobie Cat sailing.
Whilst the secluded cove in front of Amanwana shelters life below its surface, inner-island exploration uncovers an abundance of nature too. A thick tropical forest of teak, tamarind, fig, coral and banyan trees extends from the shoreline to the heart of the island and provide habitats for Rusa deer, banteng, wild buffalo, boar, Macaque monkeys, and a variety of wild birdlife. Island adventures include excursions to dramatic waterfalls, jungle treks and mountain biking. Adventure-worn guests are able to relax and rejuvenate in the open-air, Jungle Cove Spa. The dedicated spa tent features a double treatment area with a deep-soaking bathtub and standalone shower.