An idyllic sanctuary on a private peninsula
Laying claim to a palm-studded peninsula and Phuket’s most beautiful arc of white-sand beach, Amanpuri is a rare tableau of days-gone-by Thailand. Designed to evoke the elegant architectural style of an ancient Siamese kingdom and finely tuned to sit in harmony with its natural tropical setting, Aman’s original resort promises all the space, peace and discretion of a private island. Set apart from the body of the resort in their own lushly tropical enclave, Amanpuri’s Villas comprise clusters of individual bedroom pavilions, arranged around private pools.
First conceived as a gathering place to host friends, Amanpuri is also ideally suited to families, with extensive facilities and inspiring activities for every age from toddler to teenager. From enriching immersions in local culture to extreme water sports including flyboarding and Schiller water biking, memorable experiences abound. And, thanks to the Eco Beach Centre, younger guests can take advantage of dedicated facilities for skateboarding, bouldering, filmmaking and more.
Traditional village-style sanctuaries in Ubud's heartland
Of all the resort's village-style paras-stone dwellings, the three-bedroom Amandari Villa is the most extraordinary and the most secluded. Accessed via its own entrance, a minute’s drive from the rest of the resort, the Villa comprises a quintet of freestanding pavilions, set around a two-tiered swimming pool and surrounded by landscaped gardens that give way to cascading rice terraces. Served by two full-time staff and a private vehicle, and overlooking the natural splendour of the Ayung River Valley, the Villa presides over the surrounding landscape – a thatch-roofed jungle palace in the green heart of Bali.
From Amandari, the celebrated art galleries and other cultural riches of Ubud are readily accessible, but for those wishing to spend time apart from civilisation, the local landscape invites intimacy with nature. With or without an expert Aman guide, trek the ridge beside the river, and enjoy banyan-framed views across the gorge; take a mountain bike on a forest trail and discover the local villages, or hike up to Amandari’s hillside bale for a private picnic with an unforgettable panorama.