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Our Top 5 Aman Hotels and Resorts Across the World

One of the leading hotel brands in the world, Aman excels in immersing its guests into the local culture and heritage of each of its stunning locations. Discover these 5 Aman hotels from our Collection.

Aman Kyoto, Japan

Sitting at the heart of a secret garden surrounded by 32 acres of forest land, in the north-west of Kyoto, Aman Kyoto is a tribute to the spirit of the ancient capital of Japan.

The hotel is located in the northern district of the city, and is surrounded by important local landmarks, such as the Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion Temple, and the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Designed by the Singapore-based Kerry Hill Architects, Aman Kyoto is deeply rooted in the culture and heritage of the location. Made primarily of wood and stone, the hotel features a contemporary and minimalist design open to the outside that allows the surrounding garden to always be in full view. Whether it is in the common areas, such as the Living Pavilion Restaurant or the onsen bathing pools in the spa, or even throughout the 26 suites with their sober color palette, nature is always at the forefront. The modern interior furnishing, again boasting white wood and cotton coverings, are bathed in an abundance of sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The visual motifs are repeated in the culinary area of the hotel, featuring similar furniture but with a darker color palette. Within the industrial décor of The Living Pavilion, guests are able to enjoy the authentic home-cooked Kyoto-style cuisine alongside an array of Italian and Latin recipes as well. Meanwhile, Taka-An’s darker, more intimate setting makes way for a much more authentic Japanese Omakase experience designed by Executive Chef Shinichiro Takagi, Michelin-starred chef of Zeniya Restaurant. Omakase is a Japanese sentence that literally means “I’ll leave it up to you”, commonly used when dining in Japanese restaurant where the client let the chef surprise him. Aman Kyoto is also home to a traditional Japanese Afternoon Tea served in the al fresco area of The Living Pavilion where guests can sample over 20 kinds of tea, alongside sweet and savory treats.

At the spa, Aman Kyoto offers Shiatsu massages, treatments and a half-day wellness program designed for guests who wish to live in harmony with nature. Aman Spa uses its own line of skin care and anti-stress products. Guests can also enjoy its onsen (hot spring pool), whose water is enhanced with herbs and fragrances.

Address: 1 Okitayama Washimine-Cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto

Transfer: Just under an hour from Osaka International (Itami) Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 1,082

Amangiri, United States of America

On the border between Arizona and Utah, the Amangiri seems to emerge from the red and white rock and offers visitors an immersion in a western landscape with its plateaus, canyons, and gorges.

Surrounded by over 600 hectares of desert land, the hotel’s brutalist architecture and minimalist design by Wendell Burnette Architects is in harmony with its surroundings. The Amangiri blends into the landscape with its sandy exterior. Forming a string of rocks, the pavilions and houses combine the use of materials such as stone, concrete, steel and wood. Inside, the decoration is made of clean lines and rustic wood furniture.

On the culinary front, both Amangiri Dining and Camp Sarika Dining offer a similar menu that introduces guests to the culinary heritage of Native Americans and the American Southwest. In Amangiri Dining’s leather and steel décor, guests can also experience the gourmet cuisine of the region’s five tribes in the Spirit of the Journey tasting menu.

The spa also pays tribute to the region’s Native American heritage. Here, guests can enjoy the wellness program, inspired by the healing methods of the Navajo tribe, one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States.

With the largest concentration of national parks in the world, the Colorado Plateau offers many opportunities for adventure and discovery. Guests can book customized tours to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon or Zion Park. They can also explore the area around the hotel on the Cave Peak via ferrata (a series of cables and rungs attached to the rock face and allowing for steep ascents) which leads to a magnificent panorama. It is also possible to ride through the Utah desert on horseback or to navigate Lake Powell by kayak, jet ski, paddle or even by boat. To dream, the ideal is to fly over the landscape by plane or even by hot air balloon at sunrise.

Address: 1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, United States

Transfer: Just some 30 minutes from Page Municipal Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 2,781

Amanpuri, Thailand

Located on the southwest coast of Phuket, the Amanpuri is historically known for being the very first Aman hotel and for setting a new standard in the luxury hotel industry.

Designed by Ed Tuttle, the Amanpuri was conceived in typical Thai architecture with its curved roofs and wooden colonnades, but in the star architect’s signature minimalist style. The hotel is set in a 76-hectare property that is full of coconut trees and each facility is connected by small stone paths. Inside the common areas and the 40 pavilions and villas, the decoration echoes Buddhist culture. From the solariums and private terraces, guests enjoy private pools that offer stunning views of the ocean or surrounding gardens. Each villa also has a housekeeper and a Thai chef.

On the culinary front, Amanpuri invites guests to explore the cuisines of Thailand, Japan, and the flavors of the Mediterranean, accompanied by views of the Phuket coast. Nama, the hotel’s Japanese-themed restaurant, celebrates the Unesco-recognized washoku culinary style, while Arva at Amanpuri highlights the flavors of Italy. Located next to the pool, Buabok is the hotel’s main restaurant and showcases Thailand’s rich gastronomic heritage. Finally, the Sunset Terrace and Beach Terrace are two meeting places where you can enjoy drinks and snacks while admiring the Andaman Sea.

Amanpuri’s holistic wellness center offers customized treatments and massages inspired by Thailand’s healing traditions in one of the most beautiful settings on the island. The spa uses a variety of local ingredients in its products, such as Thai herbs and extra virgin coconut oil, and also offers a special Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment with therapists specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Guests can also choose from a variety of immersions and activities including Muay Thai classes, yoga sessions, Pilates and more.

Address: Pansea Beach, Cherngtalay Thalang District, Phuket

Transfer: Just 35 minutes from the airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 745

Amanwella, Sri Lanka

Lounging along the south-coast of Sri Lanka, basking in the golden sunlight and open to the waves of the Indian Ocean, Amanwella is an exclusive seaside experience that plunges its guests immediately into the rich local culture.

The hotel is located near Sri Lanka’s tea plantations and national parks, with direct access to a private 800-meter beach. With 30 suites, Amanwella features a design inspired by the philosophy and work of Geoffrey Bawa. It features a palette of cream, gray, brown and black tones, with clean lines and many natural materials. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the hotel is open to the elements and offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. Amanwella offers wildlife safaris, surfing sessions with local surfers, fishing with local fishermen, etc.

Amanwella’s restaurant is an exploration of the rich local cuisine. With a varied menu including Asian and Mediterranean dishes, the restaurant caters to all tastes, but Amanwella’s chefs take special care to recreate Sri Lankan recipes using traditional methods. Elsewhere, the Beach Club and Lounge Bar offer an informal, relaxed atmosphere for aperitifs or afternoon teas.

As for its wellness offering, local ingredients such as herbs, plants, and flowers are incorporated within the Amanwella’s Spa signature Ayurvedic treatments based on India’s 5000-year-old alternative medicine traditions. Guests can enjoy such services as in-suite relaxation treatments or even a foot massage on the beach, with views of the ocean. The spa also dispenses yoga and meditation sessions.

Address: Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Mawatha Godellawela, Tangalle 82200

Transfer: some 2.5 hours from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo by car. Possibility to charter a helicopter for a 70-minute flight to Tangalle

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 646

Aman Venice, Italy

Located in the 16th century Palazzo Papadopoli, with interiors designed by the iconic Jean-Michel Gathy and views of the Grand Canal, the Aman Venice offers guests the opportunity to experience Renaissance Italy.

The hotel is accessible by a short, picturesque boat ride to enter through what is known as the Porta d’Acqua.

Once inside, one is struck by the Rococo style of the Palace – with its carved ceilings, huge frescoes on the walls, Murano chandeliers and terrazzo floors – which contrasts with the contemporary furnishings. The 24 rooms and Signature Rooms feature works by great masters such as Sansovino (16th century) and Tiepolo (18th century). The rooms overlook the Grand Canal or the private gardens – rare within the Serenissima – of the palace.

Aman Venice’s culinary offerings include menus designed by Executive Chef Matteo Panfilio and Chef Norbert Niederkolfer. Arva offers authentic Venetian recipes based on fresh seasonal and locally sourced products. The bar, meanwhile, invites guests to a warm and elegant setting where they can enjoy a wide range of cocktails and snacks. Located on the third floor mezzanine, the Aman Spa has three treatment rooms where guests can enjoy Italian treatments designed for the well-being of body and mind, such as the Salsomaggiore Terme with its healing thermal waters or the Tempio Della Salute Lissagio, a traditional purification spa.

Address: Palazzo Papadopoli, Calle Tiepolo, 1364, 30125 Venezia VE

Transfer: Located some 20 minutes from the Venice Marco Polo Airport

Opening period: All year

Cost per night, starting from: US$ 804

Aman Hotels in the Lartisien Collection

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