The pleasure of travel is the joy of discovery and the delight of the new. Wherever we venture in the world, we hope to return enriched by our experiences – the things we have seen, the people we have met, and the simple act of stepping outside our everyday lives. Each Aman destination is shaped by the history and character of the people, landscape and nature that surround it. Whether guests are seeking to connect with the creative traditions of the local cultures, come face to face with remarkable wildlife, or enjoy the sun and splendour of sea and shore, the perfect destination awaits.
Arts & Architecture
From eye-opening insights into regional craft traditions nurtured over centuries to celebrating the innovations that will shape the cities of the future, Aman invites guests to tap into the world’s diverse creative cultures.
Inside the scholar's studio
The idea of the refined artist – living in nature, practising painting, calligraphy and music – has helped shape Chinese culture for hundreds of years. In the 17th century, the literary elite of the Ming dynasty, inspired by the romance of the exiled court artist from the Song and Tang dynasties, created ‘scholar’s studios’ within cities, furnished with antiques, instruments, the tools for creative pursuits and tea ceremonies. Named after the royal reading pavilion in the Forbidden City, Amanyangyun’s Nan Shufang cultural complex preserves this tradition, recreating Ming interiors and providing space for contemplation, craft and Chinese art.
Building tomorrow in Venice
Venice is an architectural marvel at any time, but every two years the city’s historic palazzi and ornate basilicas turn from centrepiece to sideshow as the Biennale Architettura shifts the focus to cutting-edge structural concepts and the buildings of the future. The 2018 festival runs from 26 May to 25 November, and brings architects from 65 countries to explore the theme of ‘Freespace’ – the relationship between architecture, its environment and the human interactions with each. After a day of exploration, retreat to Aman Venice's canal-side garden to enjoy the seasonal spoils at Arva.
The mask makers of Sri Lanka
A short way along the coast from Amangalla is the town of Ambalangoda, the centre of Sri Lanka’s unique mask-making tradition. Here, families have passed down the unique artisanal trade from generation to generation, creating the wooden masks at the heart of one of the world’s most atmospheric folk rituals. Carved from wood, often from rukkattana and diyakanduru trees, and coloured with natural dyes and resins, the masks represent wicked spirits and the ailments they inflict, and are worn by the performers of the Yakkun Natima – Sri Lanka’s remarkable ‘devil dance’ of horror, humour and healing.
Flora & Fauna
The sands of the Caribbean, the wilderness plains of the American West, the peaks of the Himalayas – in these spectacular landscapes, Aman offers close encounters with natural wonders and a window into the life of the wild.
Turtle tagging at Amanyara
At Amanyara, guests don’t just have opportunities to discover wildlife; they also play an active part in preserving it, thanks to the Amanyara Sea Turtle Initiative. By joining the resort naturalist to flipper-tag the islands’ green and hawksbill turtles, and attach satellite tags to teenage specimens, Aman guests help universities and conservation organisations around the world understand migration patterns, and ensure these beautiful but endangered animals have a future.
The garden of the grizzly
Every season is a spectacle in the 22-million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that surrounds Amangani. As winter shifts into spring, the magnificent bighorn sheep and huge herds of elk leave the valley floor to summer in the mountains, while black and grizzly bears awaken from hibernation and roam the unspoilt wilderness. Late May or early June, when the valley is carpeted with a rainbow of wildflowers, are the best months to glimpse bears and wolves before they shy away from the summer crowds.
Flower of the Himalayas
Although its inhospitable terrain might suggest otherwise, the mountain kingdom is one of the world’s most biodiverse places. As summer approaches, the slopes erupt into colour as a carpet of Bhutan’s endemic red, pink and white poppies turns the Haa area into the world’s highest-altitude flower show. Amankora guests can witness the unique seasonal spectacle on guided overnight treks between the lodges of Thimphu and Paro, when they might also spy the metallic shimmer of multicoloured monal pheasants, and bharal (Himalayan blue sheep) perched on seemingly sheer mountainsides.
Sand & Sea
The meeting point of land and water is alive with both the possibility of adventure and the promise of serenity. Take time out basking on the beach, set sail for adrenaline thrills and journeys of coastal discovery.
An homage to water
Cascading down a cliffside in northeastern Bali, the three-tiered infinity pool of Amankila has become an icon of Aman design. Created over a quarter of a century ago by architect Ed Tuttle, the rice-paddy-like pools are a tribute to the nearby water palace of Tirta Gangga – a spectacular terraced garden complex of ornamental ponds. Thatched balés look out onto Lombok Strait, where guests can take to the waters in kayaks, Hobie Cats or sailing vessels, or stick to the black-sand shore and take in the wide-horizon views and enriching ocean air.
Cycling on the sea
Play castaway in the Philippines on a private reef-fringed island in the turquoise Sulu Sea. Step from a 6.5-kilometre ring of coral sand to snorkel or dive among the corals that lie just offshore. The pontoon bar and butler service on the beach may offer an argument to stay on terra firma but, here, the call of the ocean is hard to resist, with sailing expeditions, fishing trips and cruises luring guests into the waves, and Amanpulo’s new fleet of Schiller waterbikes (a pioneering blend of bicycle and catamaran) are a unique opportunity to pedal across the shimmering surf.
Offshore in the Aegean
With the Aegean Sea in high definition, and sea views at their bluest, the Bodrum Peninsula in summer is one of Europe’s most compelling stretches of coastline, where the scent of pine and ocean mingle in the air. A green headland protects the scallop-shell bay of Amanruya, keeping the waters still and serene – ideal for sailing and canoeing, paddling from the pebble beach, or swimming and snorkelling from the offshore pontoon. Beyond the bay, the wider waters of the Aegean invite explorers to discover Bodrum by motor yacht, or to man the masts of a traditional Turkish gulet.