The end of another year approaches, and with it the festive season, a time to relax, reflect and celebrate with family and friends. During this meaningful season, the peace that imbues each Aman resort seems to deepen, creating a tranquil, uplifting and rejuvenating world apart to carry guests into 2022. Southeast Asia, where Aman has its roots, is at its most balmy in December and January. Indonesia in particular is perfect for a sunny tropical Christmas – either on the coast or close to a remarkable World Heritage Site. With five resorts – three on Bali alone – Aman offers a unique opportunity for a journey of discovery around this spectacular archipelago this festive period.
Amankila occupies a breathtaking hillside location on Bali’s east coast, offering a private beach, an iconic three-tiered pool and a year-round programme of cultural and adventure activities ranging from laughing yoga and making canang sari offerings to bicycle tours and sunset cruises.
This festive season, an exciting series of cultural performances (a Legong Keraton dance on Christmas Eve) and distinctive dinners (from Christmas feasts to Beach BBQs) will culminate in a memorable New Year’s Eve night market and fire dance. As the sun sets on 2021, dine poolside on spit-roasted suckling pig, fish satay, spicy grilled duck and other Balinese delicacies before six fire masters present a dazzling Kecak display of movement and coordination accompanied by live music.
Fringed by rice paddies with spectacular views of the Ayung Valley, Amandari is the ideal setting for a serene and utterly secluded end-of-year escape. On the 24th, join our chefs in preparing a traditional Balinese dish for the local village. Later, sip sunset cocktails as the Christmas tree is lit, the children of Kedewatan Village dance, and the aromas of your multi-course dinner mingle with live music in the still evening air.
Cookie and gingerbread decorating, face painting and a rice-paddy experience will entertain little ones over the next few days, while culinary highlights include a Megibung Balinese feast on the 29th; a chocolate tour, bonfire and s’mores on the 30th; and a Balinese market style New Year’s Eve celebration.
On Bali’s southernmost peninsula, famed for its white-sand beaches, ocean-side temples and frangipani-scented hillsides, Aman Villas rest poolside in lush tropical gardens. Each is an Eden-like retreat serviced by two butlers and a private chef, who will ensure that this festive season is unforgettable for every guest.
Santa will visit every Villa on Christmas morning with children’s gifts, and every celebratory meal – whether Christmas Eve Dinner, lunch on Christmas day or a New Year’s Eve banquet, will be utterly bespoke. Degustation menus will be personalised and entertainment – from live acoustic music to Balinese dance performances – arranged on request. The countdown to 2022 will be held at the Beach Club, with fireworks over the Indian Ocean.
Overlooking the ancient Buddhist sanctuary of Borobudur, Amanjiwo is imbued with a similar peaceful ambience – an idyllic setting in which to welcome 2022. This year, anthropologist Patrick Vanhoebrouck will be in residence, offering lectures and acting as a personal guide to the region’s many ancient temples.
Christmas Eve celebrations will start in the Rotunda Bar with afternoon tea accompanied by a string quartet playing Christmas carols. Thereafter, a four-course Italian dinner will be enlivened by the dramatic Javanese Mask Dance, followed by a Journey through Java train experience on Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve will take guests on a cultural journey, with a full programme of traditional dance performances complementing a five-course Italian feast. The countdown to midnight will see everyone toasting Borobudur – glimmering on the horizon like a peaceful talisman for the year ahead.
The only resort on Moyo Island, a nature reserve east of Bali, Amanwana offers unparalleled access to the natural wonders of the region – below the waters with exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving, and above, with lush jungle vegetation, beautiful waterfalls and incredible bird life.
Boasting just 12 luxurious guest tents, the resort usually cares for guests on a full-board basis and the festive season is no different. This year’s itinerary includes Indonesian street food, foraging and fish market lunches; sunset cocktail parties; beach barbeque dinners; and a New Year’s Eve feast with live entertainment, fireworks, and champagne, caviar and oyster stations to welcome in 2022.
As the festive season fast approaches, and with Rooms and Villas in high demand, please contact us to ensure your stay in Indonesia. We look forward to welcoming you.