A hidden jewel at Java’s centre Amanjiwo rests in the shadows of the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world, Borobudur, which reopens to visitors from 1 March 2023.
Some stories open your mind, shift your perspective, and change how you think. Aman Camps exist to bring such tales to life. On the campsite, life slows down and everything feels fresh and free. Living without walls amid the theatre of nature, we discover new, extraordinary things about the world and our place within it.
Simplicity and solitude. Adventure and discovery. Amid 600 acres of mesas, slot canyons and ancient rocks, Camp Sarika appears like a mirage in the Utah desert. Although close to Amangiri (and offering access to all the facilities and dining options of the resort), it feels truly set apart from the everyday world – an isolated and deeply private enclave designed to immerse its guests in the drama and spectacle of an ancient landscape. Encircling a lounge, restaurant and main pool, 10 canvas pavilions are spread widely across the camp, each with their own pool, telescope for stargazing, and firepit for sharing s’mores and stories under the moonlit sky.
Camp Sarika invites the intrepid to discover this extraordinary landscape with a four-day itinerary that makes the most of the perspective-broadening adventure, spellbinding scenery and spiritual heritage of the region.
A day of guided hiking and rock climbing in the desert and mountains ends beside the campfire, admiring the stars.
The morning sees guests arrive on the 2,000-mile shoreline of Lake Powell – the vast reservoir renowned for its otherworldly beauty – to explore its rugged banks and hidden bays by stand-up paddleboard, kayak or boat.
The third day immerses guests in the heritage and culture of the Navajo Nation, with a guided tour of Monument Valley Tribal Park, a Navajo tasting menu, and ritual dancing and storytelling by the fire.
Leave the camp refreshed in body and mind, care of a butte-top yoga session high above the desert floor, and a Grounding journey in the Aman Spa.
Once a royal hunting ground, now the kingdom of Rajasthan’s Bengal tigers, Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest and most important wildlife reserves in northern India. On its forest edge, 10 tented suites – each six metres tall – form the safari wildlife camp of Aman-i-Khas, combining the grandeur of the Mughal era with the freedom of being fully immersed in nature. Expert guides – all natural born storytellers – lead open-top expeditions into the park twice a day, and nearby, ancient hill forts and the rural villages of the Aravalli Hills offer enriching glimpses of culture ancient and modern.
A visit to Aman-i-Khas can be eye-opening and soul-soothing in equal measure – an opportunity to slow down and reconnect while discovering the wonder of the wild. A four-day stay offers an introduction to the myriad treasures of Ranthambore and the Aravalli Hills.
Spy leopards, jackals, sambar deer and hundreds of colourful bird species on a guided safari in Ranthambore. The highlight is the chance to glimpse one or more of the 86 Bengal tigers that make their territories in the park.
Embark on a recommended second day of safari adventure, or dedicate your day to restoration and tranquillity in the Aman-i-Khas spa tent, with an Ayurvedic Poornvandana massage to soothe the body and boost circulation, and an aromatherapeutic bath prepared with herbs from the camp’s organic garden.
This mountainous region is dotted with ancient hill forts, built by Rajput kings from the 5th century onwards – discover some of the most magnificent on a guided day trip.
Devote the final day to discovering the wonders of Rajasthani cuisine, with a secluded picnic beside the lake and a personal cookery class with the camp’s chef.
Moyo Island, Indonesia
There are few camps more remote than Amanwana – just 15 luxury tents spread along the jungle shores of Moyo Satonda National Park, a far-flung island on the Indonesian archipelago. The golden sands give way to the impossible azure of the Flores Sea, rich in marine biodiversity and a treasure trove for divers. Inland, its 32,000 jungle hectares are protected from human influence – and the native rusa deer are a regular sight, wandering freely through the camp. On the shoreline, beneath the trees, a sheet of canvas separates each Aman traveller from the sounds of the wild and a sky of infinite stars.
To camp at Amanwana is to step outside the normal world and into a natural Eden. A four-night stay affords opportunities to discover the island’s abundant natural treasures, from the depths of the sea to the heights of the mountains inland.
Visit the camp’s dive centre to gear up for an undersea adventure (and gain PADI certification), and discover a rainbow realm of sea turtles and ornate corals, spotted rays and parrotfish. Alternatively, plan a bespoke excursion to spot whale sharks at Saleh Bay.
Follow the trails through the tropical forest to a spring-fed waterfall at the heart of the island, and swim in the limestone pools. Or, cut through the emerald jungle to explore secret caves, where rare wildlife including monitor lizards make their home.
Following a day of relaxation, take dinner early and, after sunset, step aboard the traditional wooden outrigger Aman X1V, for a starlight cruise a short distance beyond the bay. Engines off, adrift in silence, beneath a mesmerising canopy of stars.
Join Amanwana’s seasoned fishermen for a traditional bottom-fishing experience in the afternoon, then enjoy cocktail at canapés at Sunset Point, before dining on your catch, expertly prepared by the chef.
No request is too great and no detail too small. To begin planning your next Aman adventure, contact our multi-lingual reservations team today.