It’s been a busy 2017. We’ve traveled the world looking for quality hotels to add our collections, so that you, can have more choice the next time you get bit by the travel bug. From the busy streets of Tokyo, to the beaches of Phuket, here are five of our latest finds.
With their minimalist designs, sense soothing spas and exotic locations, the Aman Hotels are the temples of Zen of the hotel world.
So, when rumors of a new Aman hotel started floating about back in 2010, expectations for the setting ran high. A far flung Buddhist temple? A jungle enclave? The Great Wall of China perhaps? No, Tokyo. Right in the thick of the busy Otemachi business district to be precise. The setting just didn’t seem Aman enough and even die hard Aman Junkies were raising an eyebrow.
It’s a surprise which turned out to be a very positive one. Swapping lush jungles for concrete ones do little to affect the Aman’s signature zen aura. In fact, the group’s first city hotel sets the bar for what an “urban retreat” ought to be.
>The Aman Tokyo’s central location and connection to the Otemachi subway station make it the ideal choice for both the business and leisure traveller. Understated Aman designs and a patch of green at the foot of the building dubbed the “Otemachi Forest” where you’ll find oak, ginkgo trees and other species, channel Aman’s connection with nature and offers a quiet place to relax after a day out and about.
Aman Tokyo – Different setting, same sleek and soothing Aman designs
Aman Tokyo – Could this be one of the most beautiful urban pools around?
Aman Tokyo – Beautiful inside and out
Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls, Zambia
“Once-in-a-lifetime-experience” it’s a sexy bit of marketing lingo overused to the point of redundancy. So it’s always refreshing to find something which lives up to the expression. which is why we’re particularly excited about the inclusion of the Royal Livingstone Hotel in our collections.
This new addition to our collections is found right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river and a stay here makes it possible to sip on afternoon tea while being only an arm’s length away from herds of wildebeests and the second largest waterfall in the world.
Every room and suite of the hotel features a private veranda with views of the Zambezi River allowing you to soak in the sights and sounds of the wildlife from the comfort of your room. For those who want to get up close and personal, the hotel organizes river cruises and 4×4 safaris where you can spot the Big Five with the help of an experienced guide.
Who ever said that luxury and the African wilds didn’t go together
Sleek colonial designs to return to after a day in the wilds
Completely in touch with nature
It’s been nearly a year, but for guests of the Andare Manor, the wait for the return of their favorite hotel is nearly over.
Set in the rolling fields of Ireland’s County Limerick, the Adare Manor’s setting is exactly what you escape to Ireland for. Rolling emerald green fields, lush woodland and carefully manicured lawns make this neo-gothic manor feel like a blast from the past unique to Ireland.
Redesigned by ReardonSmith architects ( the same firm behind the renovations of the Lanesborough and the Savoy) the new Adare Manor’s ambition is nothing short of being among the best hotels in the world, and based on the looks and new features, it’s an ambition well within their reach.
The Manor’s many period elements such as its heraldry, original wood carvings and stonework, have been given a new shine, and every room and suite is individually designed and will feature their very own fireplace. Other additions include a new swimming pool, cinema a brand new wing and a Tom Fazio 18-hole golf course designed to be right up their with Europe’s best.
Adare Manor – Great Hall
Does the Amandayan occupy the best spot in China for a modern wellness retreat? Ask the Amanjunkies that flock to it every year, and the answer, is a resounding yes. The hotel overlooks the clay roofs of the 800 year old city of Lijiang and is dwarfed by the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It’s an authentic setting matched by the Amandayan’s signature understated designs created by Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim to emulate the architecture of the local Naxi people. The sleek looks and 34 spacious suites are complemented by an indoor cinema, 20 meter heated pool, and an excellent spa practicing traditional Chinese therapy for a complete sense of zen.
Views of Jade Dragon Mountain
Amandayan – Rooms
Amandayan – views over Lijiang at breakfast
If you need any proof that Phuket is slowly – but surely – shedding its reputation as a place for wild parties and crowds, the Rosewood Phuket, is it. The group’s first hotel in Asia, the Rosewood Phuket promises to be an ideal retreat in Thailand’s Emerald Bay, with 71 villas and 32 tropical residences, where guests can enjoy complete peace and quiet. The hotel is set to open later this year, and is designed to be eco-friendly so as not to harm the surrounding forests.