The transition of winter into spring reveals new possibilities for both adventure and restoration in Aman destinations around the world. From the skiable slopes of the Alps and the Rockies to the sunny shores of Phuket, explore Aman across the shift of the seasons, and discover where to head now for sunshine or snow.
From the heights of the Himalayas to the valleys of the Alps, winter weaves its white magic on every landscape it touches, creating startling scenes and new opportunities for adventure.
The call of Courchevel
With 600km of pristine piste to tackle across Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens, Le Trois Vallées promise exhilarating runs for skiers of every level of ability. Now open for the 2018 season, and equipped with a new and extensive Aman Spa, the ski-in, ski-out Aman Le Melezin in Courchevel 1850 also offers a wealth of other Alpine experiences, ranging from high-adrenaline heli-skiing and ice-climbing to snowshoe treks in fir-tree forests.
Aman Le Melezin, France
Jackson Hole dog-sledding
The Rockies are an all-season adventure playground, but the winter months of January and February transform the Wyoming mountains into a snow-blanketed wilderness, where days can be spent hurtling across the land by ski, sled or sleigh. With around 10 metres of snow falling annually, the thousand-hectare ski area promises perfect powder until April, while the snow-dusted forests can be explored, at speed and in comfort, by dog sled.
Amangani, United States
In winter, the lodges of Amankora offer an introduction to nature at its most raw and bring the wonders of the cosmos into sharp focus. The air is clean and crisp, the sky is clear and cloudless; winter days in Bhutan begin with bracing nature walks across frosty forest floors and end beside roaring fires, a mug of hot cider in hand. The skies are at their most spectacular in this season, shifting from the richest cobalt by day to, at night, an infinite ink-dark ocean shimmering with stars.
As the northern hemisphere grows cold, the islands of the southern seas bask in winter sunshine, promising soft sands, balmy waters and warm, serene evenings alfresco.
Into the Andaman
Winter is dry season in southern Thailand, bringing long sunny days and still turquoise waters to the shores of Phuket – the ideal time to explore the Andaman Sea by swimming and kayaking along the coastline, snorkelling the shallows or diving the deep.
Tigers and temples
In Rajasthan, the beginning of the year is a time of refreshing mornings and balmy afternoons. These are the ideal months for basking beside the pool or venturing into the countryside to explore the relics and ruins of the once-magnificent Mughal empire.
Whale watching from Playa Grande
Between December and March, when the weather is warm and the seas calm, Atlantic humpbacks congregate in the Caribbean to breed. The northern shores of the Dominican Republic are ideally positioned to catch these ocean giants at play.
Saplings emerging from the soil and branches heavy with blossom: be it in the city or mountains, spring is when to witness the transformative magic of nature
Japan in bloom
In April in Ise Shima, warm days segue into cool nights, triggering the blossoming of cherry trees – an enchanting eruption of pink across the peninsula. Make the most of this calm and contemplative time by exploring ancient shrines and sinking into soothing hot-spring baths.
Springtime in the Red City
Before the baking heat of the Moroccan summer comes the pleasant warmth of the spring. In the golden months of March and April, Marrakech is open to exploration all day long, whether navigating the spice-fragranced souks, or whiling away an afternoon on the sweeping green fairways of the Almekis golf course.
Irresistible La Serenissima
Venice in the springtime is a city of colour and culture, as the trees hang heavy with flowers, the air carries notes of distant music along the canals and across the squares, and the calendar of arts festivals commences. As winter fades, the weather grows warmer but the city remains relatively quiet and uncrowded – a perfect balance of sunshine and serenity.