A bringer of life and a keeper of secrets, water has fascinated painters and explorers, naturalists and engineers since the earliest days of civilisation. In summer, we are drawn to the beauty and mystery of the ocean as much as we are to the sunlight-bathed serenity of the beach. Water soothes and enriches us, reducing stress, encouraging clarity and enhancing wellbeing. For those seeking castaway isolation on golden sands, the rainbow vibrance of undersea life or the simple, soul-easing proximity of the sea, Aman awaits.
Shores of serenity
Beside the sea, we are on the threshold of the infinite – everyday cares melt away the closer we get to the ocean, creating space for fresh perspectives. Hidden Vietnamese coves, Indonesian islands – these landscapes inspire calmer ends and simpler living
An homage to water
Cascading down a cliffside in northeastern Bali, the three-tiered infinity pool of Amankila has become an icon of Aman design. Created over a quarter of a century ago by architect Ed Tuttle, the rice-paddy-like pools are a tribute to the nearby water palace of Tirta Gangga – a spectacular terraced garden complex of ornamental ponds and pools. Below the pools, thatched balés look out onto Lombok Strait, where guests can take to the waters in kayaks, Hobie Cats or sailing vessels, or stick to the black-sand shore and take in the wide-horizon views and enriching ocean air.
Soul of the sea
Set on a coastal ridge between the rugged beauty of Núi Chúa National Park and the coral sea of Vinh Hy Bay, Amanoi presides over one of the only private beaches in Vietnam. Its golden sands segue into warm, still waters, sheltered by the curve of the cove – an ideal spot to swim, snorkel or explore the coast by kayak. In this evergreen and picturesque region, warmed and watered by its own microclimate, the landscape is shaped by the sea – as is Amanoi itself, which is designed to integrate water into every aspect of its aesthetic. In such a meditative setting, peace and privacy are inescapable.
An island state of mind
The experience of this remote island begins in the air. The archipelago’s only seaplane makes its 65-minute journey from Denpasar airport in Bali, above the smouldering peak of Lombok’s volcanic Mount Rinjani and over the scattering of islands in the Flores Sea, to touch down in the ocean beside Moyo. All but undisturbed by human civilisation, the island still belongs to nature, and its surrounding waters nourish vast undersea coral cities – home to more than 1,000 species of tropical fish. On its western shore, the Ocean Tents of Amanwana fringe the sands and life is lived to the steady rhythm of the waves.
Turks & Caicos
The pristine waters of Providenciales are some of the region’s most diverse – a vibrant underwater wonderland of coral reefs running parallel to Amanyara’s secluded 800-metre beach. Hawksbill turtles, humpback whales, bonefish and hundreds of migratory bird species are frequent visitors to the waters. At Amanyara, guests don’t just have opportunities to discover wildlife; they also play an active part in preserving it, thanks to the Amanyara Sea Turtle Initiative. On land, exploration safaris delve into the dry tropical forest and coastal ecosystem
Voyages of discovery
The first seafarers discovered untouched shores, crossing the frontiers of human experience. Today, there may be few areas of the map left unmarked, but the thrill of setting forth across the water in search of distant shores remains undiminished.
Ancient Greek epic
The rugged headlands of the Peloponnese peninsula reach into the Mediterranean like outstretched fingers, roughly hewn from rock. Breath-haltingly picturesque and steeped in history and myth, the cinematic landscape is riddled with coves and caves that reward ocean-bound explorers. Set sail across the Aegean to the storied, car-free islands of Spetses or Hydra, or take a cruise beyond the bay to swim in secret coves or toast the sunset with cocktails. Back at the colonnaded sanctuary of Amanzoe, discover the healing power of water first-hand, with massaging Watsu therapies at the Aman Spa.
Into the deep
Leave land behind and encounter extraordinary scenes among Indonesia’s most remote archipelagos aboard Amanikan and Amandira. Booked exclusively and crewed with a private chef and dive master, these traditional Indonesian vessels invite adventurers to explore the Komodo Islands, the Spice Islands and the underwater kingdoms of Raja Ampat on a seafaring voyage like no other. Venture into the realm of the komodo dragons, dive with mantas, bask in rose-hued sunsets, and discover the astonishing biodiversity of a unique marine region on the threshold of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Adrenaline and adventure
With a breeze in the air and a crest on a wave, the ocean becomes a playground of possibility. From classic watersports such as windsurfing and kayaking to more contemporary forms of thrill-seeking, Aman invites adventurous souls to the surf
Kitesurfing the Caribbean
Spilling from the rainforest onto the mile-long sands of Playa Grande – one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular beaches – Amanera is imbued with the spirit of the sea (even its name, ‘peaceful water’, pays tribute to this ocean inspiration). Designed to ensure that the sweeping sea-meets-sky horizon touches everywhere within the resort – including the unique clifftop golf course – Amanera is one of the finest destinations for watersports in the region, offering perfect conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, and the high-adrenaline aerial adventures of kitesurfing.
Cycling on the sea
Play castaway in the Philippines on a private reef-fringed island in the turquoise Sulu Sea. Step from a 6.5-kilometre ring of coral sand to snorkel or dive among the corals that lie just offshore. The pontoon bar and butler service on the beach may offer an argument to stay ashore but, here, the call of the ocean is hard to resist, with sailing expeditions, fishing trips and cruises luring guests into the waves, and Amanpulo’s new fleet of Schiller waterbikes (a pioneering blend of bicycle and catamaran) offering a unique opportunity to pedal across the shimmering surf.
Offshore in the Aegean
With the Aegean Sea in high-definition, and sea views at their bluest, the Bodrum Peninsula in summer is one of Europe’s most compelling stretches of coastline, where the scent of pine and ocean mingle in the air. A green headland protects the scallop-shell bay of Amanruya, keeping the waters still and serene – ideal for sailing and canoeing, paddling from the pebble beach, or swimming and snorkelling from the offshore pontoon. Beyond the bay, the wider waters of the Aegean invite explorers to discover Bodrum by motor yacht, or to man the masts of a traditional Turkish gulet.