The turquoise Aegean laps Amanruya’s private pebble beach, while ancient pine forests scent the air. Resting amid olive groves and cypress trees on the Bodrum Peninsula’s serene north coast, the village-like resort is a secluded retreat offering an abundance of space and privacy.
For 2021, Aman introduces a unique selection of private journeys by road and air. Designed around once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one-of-a-kind encounters, these remarkable expeditions introduce travellers to beautiful locations around the world, seamlessly immersing them in culture and adventure en route. Enjoy all the everything-taken-care-of pleasures of staying at an Aman resort, paired with eye-opening excursions into the extraordinary.
Experienced travellers understand that the journey can be every bit as important as the arrival. There’s a magic that can happen between departure and destination, when, as we venture beyond the confines of our everyday routines, we start to feel truly free.
Aman Driving Journeys
The incredible beauty of the landscape, the endless possibility of the open road, the freedom to explore in one’s own time… Each with an Aman resort as its base, these new five-day driving journeys are designed to capture the poetry and pleasure of the road trip, combined with the privacy, service and imagination that characterises all Aman travel. Whether you get behind the wheel of a dream vintage car, top-of-the-range sports car or choose to bring your own vehicle, each fully customisable itinerary promises to reward the curious with adventure, insight and spectacle in abundance.
The American West
Discover the sublime, almost alien, landscape of Monument Valley, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon on one of the most picturesque drives in the US. Amangiri’s Driving Journey plunges travellers into the heart of Utah’s extraordinary topography, taking in iconic rock formations such as Mexican Hat and Elephant Butte, incorporating breathtaking picnic spots, the wild waters of the Colorado River, and even a ghost town of the Old West. For those thirsting for still more adventures an off-road alternative takes guests down dirt tracks into the depths of canyon country, offering access to otherwise inaccessible landmarks and sites of mind-bending beauty.
A very different landscape can be explored from Amangani in Jackson Hole, gateway to vast National Parks including Yellowstone and Grand Teton. From Old Faithful and the Teton Pass to the Palisades Reservoir and Granite Hot Springs this itinerary takes drivers high and low to some of Wyoming’s most picturesque sights and memorable settings – and offers an unrivalled opportunity to spy a phenomenal range of wildlife, including majestic herds of moose and elk as they move between mountain and plain.
In Europe and North Africa, Aman Driving Journeys offers unparalleled access to extraordinary landscapes ranging from the deserts and mountains of Morocco, to the rugged coasts and scenic islands of Greece’s Peloponnese, and the drama of the hills and mountains outside Venice. From Amanjena, drive across the desert to the oasis city – and film-industry favourite – Ouarzazate; head up to the peaks of the Atlas Mountains for lunch at Kasbah du Toubkal; and, with a short helicopter interlude, take the winding road through the geological wonder of the Dades Gorge.
Amanzoe’s epic itinerary takes in secluded villages, peaceful ports and serene island landscapes, as well as one of the best-preserved Ancient Greek structures in existence, the theatre of Epidaurus. In between, expect dramatic mountain viewpoints, rustic Greek lunches in off-the-beaten-path tavernas, invigorating sea swims and serene boat rides. Aman Venice, meanwhile, is the base for a road to Padua and the volcanic Eugenean hills, home to Fiorano and Ferrari’s private racing track and museum; to Lake Garda and Verona; and to the Unesco-protected natural spectacle of the Dolomites.
Between the serene secret gardens of Aman Kyoto and the hot-spring forest sanctuary of Amanemu, lie some of the most spellbinding landscapes in all of Japan. This itinerary takes guests through the heart of it, on an unforgettable journey packed with enriching cultural and spiritual experiences. South from Kyoto, the Nara Okuyama Driveway is a spellbinding route through the Kasugayama Primeval Forest, to Todaiji Temple, recognised by Unesco as home to one of the world’s biggest wooden buildings. To the north, Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater body in Japan, rewarding visitors with astonishing birdlife, idyllic beaches, and the historic Edo-period castle of Hikone.
A third day’s driving brings drivers through sacred forests of Ise-Shima to the Grand Isle Shrine, the most important sacred site in Japan’s Shinto religion, and along the celebrated Pearl Road over the mountains, and the shimmering waters of Ago Bay beyond. From Amanemu, the whole of Mie Prefecture is ripe for exploration, including the pristine, wildlife-rich Miya River and the renowned Suzuka motor-racing circuit.
Take to the skies and explore the beauty and variety of the Aman world by air. A calendar of curated itineraries for up to 16 passengers is available to book throughout the year. Expeditions lasting one, two or three weeks combine natural landscapes of astonishing diversity, thrilling adventures and activities, and uplifting cultural experiences with stays at several Aman resorts around each region.
Adventures in the extraordinary
Blending art, culture and outdoor adventure with a week-long journey from the golden sands of Caribbean shores to the red rocks of the Utah desert. Including stays at Amanera, Amanyara, Amangiri and Amangani, this expedition allows guests to surf and swim warm Caribbean waters and ski the snow-packed slopes of Jackson Hole all in the same week.
Starting from the camphor-forest retreat of Amangyangyun outside Shanghai, travel across China and into the Himalayas, for a spiritually enriching mountain sojourn in Bhutan before travelling on to the tiger-roamed wilds of Rajasthan in northern India. The journey ends at Amanwella on the palm-fringed tropical shores of Sri Lanka, having taken in extraordinary wildlife, Unesco World Heritage sites, mountain-hugging monasteries, and rich colonial history.
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all," — Helen Keller
AMAN PRIVATE JET
Build your own itinerary
Ideal for groups looking to travel together, Aman’s private jet can be chartered for transfers and multi-destination trips for up to 12 passengers, ensuring safe and seamless travel to and from any destination around the Aman world. Contact the private aviation concierge for a bespoke air-travel experience.