To be an Aman destination, there are some boxes that you need to check: a location of exceptional beauty, an atmosphere of tranquility and a host of transformative experiences, be it a UNESCO World Heritage Site or a sensational architectural masterpiece in the heart of a thriving metropolis.
Of course, among its 33 resorts that span 4 continents and 21 different countries, some go above and beyond these already impressive entry-level requirements to be truly exceptional travel destinations. For example, the Aman Tokyo is that jaw-dropping refuse up on the 33rd floor Tokyo’s Otemachi Tower with a soaring lobby that feels infinite and a Zen rock garden, courtesy of architect Kerry Hill. In stark contrast, the Amangiri is a game-changing wilderness hideout in the remote lands of southern Utah with its fossils, arrowheads, and dinosaur bones poking through the earth.
For more information about these Aman Resorts and more, read on…
Come here for: Its wellness scene
Vladislav Doronin, the billionaire chairman of Aman Resorts, left no stone unturned when it came to the design of the Amanpuri, just a few stone steps above Pansea Beach and the Andaman Sea. The resort, where every room comes with orchid-filled vanities in the bathroom and a large terrace for quiet contemplation of the sea, is everything you want in a Thai hideaway, but that’s not what most people come here for. They don’t come here for the bone-warming sunshine or those Thai-style teak villas dotted among lush groves of coconut palms.
They come here for the hotel’s unique spa programmes tailored to three different wellness challenges: weight management, detox and cleansing and stress management. Yes, there are many resorts that offer these services, but what makes the Amanpuri stand out is how its holistic immersion programmes are truly personalized, so much so that participation is limited to just eight guests at any one time for uncompromised individual attention.
Amanyara, Turks & Caicos Islands
Come here for: A coastal wonderland
At the Amanyara in Turks & Caicos, the architecture of the resort, by Jean-Michel Gathy, is everything… It styled in that typical Aman way of villas and clusters of larger buildings scattered around the landscape to make the most of its location running alongside the Northwest Point Marine National Park. Think rooms glassed on three sides with huge, power-operated blinds so you can have as much- or as little privacy- as you’d like, while elsewhere, a huge black-tiled and infinity-edged pool provides the best spot to watch the sun set.
The Amanyara also fully embraces its dramatic setting with experiences like scuba diving and snorkeling, surrounded by one of the world’s longest coral reefs. It’s a place where mantas and sea turtles make for memorable wildlife encounters, while in the evening, freshly caught seafood is the main focus at The Restaurant.
Come here for: The most breathtaking views of the Japanese capital
From the moment you step out into its 33rd-floor lobby, the Aman Tokyo dazzles with a design that creates an overwhelming sense of calmness-and light- in the heart of Tokyo’s busy business district. Maybe it’s the cavernous setting of the reception area, walled in white washi rice paper like a giant shoji lantern or maybe it’s the floor-to-ceiling glass walls with views over the treetops of the Imperial Palace garden and the twinkling buildings of the city skyline, but urban resort, imagined by architect Kerry Hill defies every preconceived notion of Tokyo being a city starved for space.
There is plenty of room here…so much so that at the heart of the lobby is a Zen rock garden and rooms start at 764 square feet- a rarity in Tokyo. From this height, the Aman Tokyo also provides an unparalleled urban backdrop everywhere you look, from the deep furo tubs in the bathrooms to the restaurant with its views over the Imperial Gardens, and across to Mount Fuji on a clear day. If this is not an inspiring way to visit Tokyo, we don’t know what is…