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The gift of gratitude 

Celebrating culture and community in Indonesia

The act of giving thanks enriches and elevates us. It has been proven that those who show their gratitude and share their light are more likely to be happy – because they are consciously open to the positive. It’s not a matter of personality, but of practice: when we choose to give gratitude, we receive happiness in return. The festive season gives us all a chance to offer the gift of our thanks, to cherish what we love, and to look to the light.

For Aman, the season is a time to celebrate and give back to the communities and natural environments that sustain us. As an Aman guest during the festive season, you are invited to make meaningful connections with local cultures, participate in vital conservation initiatives, and to end the year with thankfulness and positivity. Discover the myriad ways in which Aman destinations are giving thanks and championing their communities this year.
 
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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

GK Chesterton
 
Indonesian woman making alms

Amandari

Interwoven with the village of Kedawatan and the verdant drama of the Ayung Valley landscape, Amandari celebrates the natural beauty and rural culture of inland Bali. This season, guests are invited to personally engage with village life through a number of experiences and encounters, including complimentary cooking classes to prepare traditional Balinese dishes for the villagers; as well as joining the local farmers in the surrounding rice paddies for a hands-on insight into cultivation and harvesting.

Each day, a local villager, Ibu Lipet sets off on the half-hour circuit of the stupas around the resort, making floral offerings (canang sari) to give thanks to the gods and part for good fortune. Guests are invited to join her on her daily journey of gratitude, and to learn to make their own canang sari. Find further floral inspiration with a guided garden tour, picking flowers and foliage to create your own exotic arrangement in an expert-led workshop, or join Bapak Erson, a member of Amandari's landscaping team, as he harvests coconuts from the palms around the resort – and enjoy the fresh taste of coconut water straight from the tree. Amandari’s executive chef Dewi Hersyana introduces guests to the culinary treasures of the organic garden for a special a pick-your-own-ingredients dining experience, including a lesson in blending jamu – a traditional Indonesian herbal elixir.

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Amanjiwo

In the lush forest setting of central Java, Amanjiwo presents guests with cultural experiences that provide economic support to neighbouring communities and play an important role in preserving cultural and artistic traditions. Over the festive period, a variety of dance performances take place at the resort, including the Jathilan dance performed by the children of the local villages; the legends of the Ramayana interpreted in movement by a troupe from the nearby Muntilan Regency; and the ornate and dramatic Javanese mask dance, Topeng – a tradition which Amanjiwo works with local villages to keep alive from generation to generation.

Just 10 minutes from Amanjiwo, the village of Klipoh is a repository of craft knowledge that dates back many centuries, with a rich tradition of ceramics in particular. The studios of local potters will be open to Aman guests, who are also invited to try their skills at the wheel. For those seeking to end the year cleansed and spiritually reinvigorated, the Tolak Balak ritual, performed by a Javanese priest supported by Amanjiwo, is one of a number of ancestral protection and purification customs practised in Java, as the resort’s visiting anthropologist explains in a 90-minute session.  

This year, Amanjiwo is celebrating 10 years of partnership with the Yayasan Badan Wakaf orphanage in its home village of Majaksingi and will continue to do everything possible to contribute to the education, welfare and enrichment of the 100 children it supports. Guests can see this first hand at the twice-monthly art classes that take place in the resort’s Rotunda.  

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Amankila beachside dining area

Amankila

Cascading down East Bali’s coastal cliffside beside the Lombok Strait, the temple-inspired resort of Amankila may have the air of a sanctuary, set apart from the rest of the world, but it has maintained close connections to the local community for over 30 years. This season, guests are invited to join the Amankila team in their support of the neighbouring village of Manggis by donating unwanted books or stationery to the local school. There will also be family-friendly craft sessions making Christmas decorations in the resort lobby, with opportunities to donate to Soul Bali, a charity that supports and empowers communities in East Bali and which Amankila has worked with since its establishment in 2015.

This season, the Amankila team are focusing on cultivating gratitude through various activities and initiatives around the resort, including children’s cookery classes, in which young guests will be encouraged to prepare culinary gifts for their parents as expressions of thanks. All guests are invited to receive complimentary blessings at the hotel’s Hindu temple throughout the festive period and, for guests spending Christmas at the resort, a special mass will be held on site on 24 December.  

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Amanwana lit up under stars

Amanwana

Amanwana’s naturally paradisal setting on Moyo Island is enchanting in all seasons, yet during the festive days and nights, it transforms into a magical hideaway, providing a base on which to make unforgettable memories with loved ones. Enjoy the final moments of 2020 with an itinerary of specially curated events, in a place where Mother Nature reigns supreme.

Children will relish the opportunity to join daily snorkelling trips while adults unwind with an Amanwana massage – a welcome break from the festivities. Elsewhere on the island, cultural performances showcase the region’s heritage, with the opportunity for guests to show appreciation to the local community. Discover the flavours of Moyo with exclusively arranged culinary experiences including a Sumbawa Feast and Kaki Lima Dinner made with homegrown produce, before ending the year on a high with sunset cocktails followed by a New Year’s Eve Dinner and dancing late into the night.

Guests also have the opportunity to show gratitude by supporting the Moyo Conservation Fund. Established as a way for visitors to contribute towards the local community and conservation efforts, the fund’s initiatives range from protecting the coral reefs to building a school in Labuan Aji Village.

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Aman Villas Nusa Dua

Within easy reach of Bali’s Denpasar airport, Aman Villas at Nusa Dua is the go-to retreat for families of all sizes looking for a private spot in the sun for the Christmas period. Inspired by traditional Balinese dwellings, the standalone pool Villas have between one and six bedrooms – each a generously spacious pocket of privacy. With an idyllic white-sand beach close by, and endless bespoke dining options, it’s an ideal destination for families to rest, reconnect, and celebrate the season.

Ten minutes away in Nusa Dua’s Puja Mandala worship complex, the Catholic Church Community is working hard to help local families who have been affected by the pandemic. The Aman Villas team is supporting their efforts, and invites guests to get involved with the community initiative by donating what they can.

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Amandira Private Yacht deck

Amandira, Aman Private Yacht

Of all the places to sequester oneself for the festive season, there are few as atmospheric as the open sea. Manned by a 14-strong crew, including a dive instructor and personal chef Aman’s custom-built twin-masted phinisi can take families of up to 10 on voyages to some of the most beautiful, biodiverse and unspoilt marine environments in the world. At the meeting point of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, discover the pristine islands of Raja Ampat, and the magnificent coral reefs that surround them, spending sun-bright days swimming, diving, snorkelling and kayaking in warm crystal waters, and nights on deck gazing at the star-lit sky.

On its journey through the archipelago, Amandira can call by the West Papua village of Arborek – a renowned pioneer in community-driven marine preservation – to see some of the most extraordinary undersea landscapes simply by diving off the pier; to browse and buy the villager’s intricately crafted hats and string bags (noken); and to witness music and dance performances in exchange for donations of supplies or funding to help locals maintain their precious and pristine marine environment.

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Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.

Rumi