Peace and privacy are part of Aman’s DNA, but never more so than when the seasonal tide shifts. During this pin drop-quiet time, as summer stretches out into autumn, escaping feels like a secret shared, providing a moment to pause and a minute to reset. Dappled sunshine dances across the Mediterranean and North Africa lets out a languid sigh. While it’s true that summer sings, autumn undoubtedly whispers.
Moments by the sea
If summer had one last time-stilling sunset it would be the months of September and October across Europe and North Africa. Settle in to soak up the views across the eastern reaches of the Mediterranean.
Indolence in the Aegean
On the Bodrum Peninsula, warm temperatures linger into October and the region’s ancient olive groves and vineyards bristle into life, bringing fresh olive oil and regional wine to the village-like resort of Amanruya. The Aegean, too, is at its warmest – best seen on island-hopping boat trips that skim the resort’s Cypress-studded shoreline.
The exclusive Extend Your Journey experience grants one extra night to enjoy late summer in Turkey, where pavilions with private pools meet a secluded pine-shaded seascape and plates of fresh, locally-inspired fare are served on the shores of the beguiling Beach Club. Couples can also make the most of the seasonal quietude on a three-night Romantic Escape, with a room upgrade, candlelit dinner and spa treatments included.
“While it’s true that summer sings, autumn undoubtably whispers.”
Peace in the Peloponnese
As birthplace of the Olympics, thalassotherapy treatments and the life-lengthening Mediterranean diet, wellness is part of Greece’s history; rooted in ancient philosophies relied upon by all - from elders to the eternally young.
Learn about this age-old tradition at Amanzoe on the fragrant rolling hillside of the Peloponnese. Led by local specialist Konstantinos Chrysikakis, the five-night Optimal Living and Mindfulness Retreat (bookable from 1 September-19 November 2023) provides a comprehensive programme of movement, meditation and massage at the temple-like Aman Spa, helping to improve overall wellbeing for the season ahead. Meanwhile, temperate weather makes way for Lux Tennis Coaching, with personalised programmes led by professional coaches.
After the day’s discoveries, as dusk falls and the late summer haze casts its golden hue, settle in for seasonal seafood at the Restaurant, before retreating to the privacy of one’s own Pool Pavilion or in the exceptionally spacious One-Bedroom Villa with its immersive light installation by James Turrell framing views of ember skies.
Across Europe and North Africa, crowded streets of the summer have dispersed and the quiet hum of everyday life ensues. Slow down, reflect and savour the daily ritual of aperitivo hour on the canals of Venice or retreat to the palm-sheltered reaches of Marrakech.
Sample La Serenissima
Farmers and fishermen stock the seasonal larder at Aman Venice – one of only eight monumental palazzi on the Floating City’s Grand Canal.
Once Rococo artworks, Jean-Michel Gathy interiors and fulsome gardens have been explored – a city break without leaving the grounds – try a Japanese-infused afternoon tea, a pre-dinner Venetian cicchetti, or a ‘Six-Hands’ Dinner of fine-dining fare prepared by three international Aman chefs who will come together at Aman Venice from 18-21 September to present a trio of menus.
In the late summer sun, cocktails in the canal-side garden – at dusk as the gondoliers glide by – are the perfect epilogue to private tours of the ninth-century Palazzo Ducale and nearby islands known for glass-blowing and birdwatching. Free from the crowds, move through silent monasteries with a Mekhitarist monk or picnic amid the vineyards of Isola di Sant’Erasmo in these expert-led excursions.
"If summer had one last time-stilling sunset it would be the months of September and October across Europe and North Africa.”
Romance in the Red City
Artist-created gardens and atmospheric souks make Marrakech Africa’s most romantic city. Adding further flourish are the rose-petal pink walls of Amanjena, pocketed with shaded courtyards and lush surrounds all of its own.
As the Medina quiets down and the desert cools, couples can seize the moment for a Romantic Hideaway that takes in sunset cocktails at the palm-shaded grand bassin, a private Moroccan dinner, massages and more.