13 July 2021 – With its tranquil setting, Amanpuri has served as a sanctuary for guests for over three decades. Soundtracked by the whispers of coconut palms and the sighs of the Andaman Sea, Aman’s first resort presides over its own peninsula, promising space and serenity surrounded by nature. Its pitched-roofed pavilions and villas, Holistic Wellness Centre and pristine secluded beach create an iconic retreat, that is still renowned today as Aman’s flagship. Though the past months have been void of travel for many, Amanpuri reopens its doors on 1 August, and is ready and waiting to welcome guests to enjoy its legendary hospitality once again. From visiting Michelin-starred chefs to the new Sunset Terrace, a host of experiences await, tailored for international travellers seeking solace on Phuket’s shores.
With a holistic focus, the new Journey to Peace: As it is Retreat runs from 19-25 October and will be led by Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Lama (monk) Master Geshe YongDong (Geshe La); one of the few Bon spiritual masters living in the west. During the retreat, Geshe La will guide participants on how to ‘let go’, allowing them to find clarity and solace in the present moment through daily Tsa Lung breathwork and a 90-minute group training session. The programme also includes an Aman Signature spa treatment and a daily 90-minute evening chanting session, mantra recitation and meditation. Accommodation and full board are included, with optional daily group movement classes and airport transfers.
Also focusing on wellness, the resort is offering a new five-night Laguna Phuket Triathlon Retreat, designed specifically for athletes competing in Asia’s longest running triathlon. From 18-23 November, the retreat takes place before the event to prepare individuals for the challenge. Each guest will receive an initial 3D scan and a consultation before gaining access to the resort’s extensive Hydrotherapy facilities and taking part in stretching sessions and guided practice rides. The Amanpuri team will also handle all preparation required, including transport to the event site for race pack collection, bike registration and pre-race briefing. A tailored meal plan will be served throughout the retreat and on the evening prior, participants will enjoy an early dinner, as well as a special turndown service with sleep-improving oils and a sleep mask. To remember the occasion, a photographer will be provided by the resort with a photo framed and presented upon departure. A session with a doctor, an IV energy-boosting drip and Laughter Yoga on the beach follow the event, to help restore the body to optimum health.
Amanpuri’s carefully calibrated Individual Wellness Immersions, will also continue throughout 2021, balancingevery aspect of health and wellness. Tailored to meet personal goals, the multi-day programmes are based on thorough testing and assessments and include a customised routine with daily spa and wellness treatments, a considered diet or cleanse, and suggested exercise.
In addition to the reopening, guests can benefit from a range of new offers designed for groups. Ideal for those searching for their own tropical escape, the Amanpuri Villa Experience showcases the best of Phuket and the Amanpuri lifestyle from the comfort of a spacious private villa. Guests staying for a minimum of three nights will enjoy full board with a personal Thai chef and butler, a 60-minute holistic massage, daily group movement classes and full access to the resort’s exceptional facilities such as the Eco-Beach Discovery Centre and digital hub known as the Hot Spot, for children and teenagers.
Alternatively, the Amanpuri Family Escape provides the opportunity for multi-generation groups to reconnect with a variety of activities included, suitable for guests of all ages. A minimum three-night stay will include a family cooking class, as well as non-motorised water sports and daily movement sessions. For younger ones, crafts, skateboarding and the climbing wall at the Eco-Beach Discovery Centre and Hot Spot keep active minds entertained, while breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner are also included for a seamless stay.
For guests looking to celebrate a special occasion, or simply make up for lost time, Amanpuri also welcomes a host of gastronomy experiences this coming season. Whether gathering around the table with friends or enjoying a family event, the new Sunset Terrace offers an idyllic destination for coming together, with breathtaking views across the bay. For 2021, the terrace unveils a new menu, alongside a cocktail list created by Amanpuri’s mixologist and inspired by Thai myths, legends and folk stories. Alternatively, Amanpuri’s newest dining location, the floating platform, is available during high-season (from November onwards) and provides the perfect place to share stories of the day-gone-by. A tiny private island of one’s own, guests have the exclusive opportunity to experience a sense of solace while enjoying dinner adrift in the Andaman Sea.
The resort is also pleased to present a new Gastronomy Series, with Michelin-starred chefs invited to Amanpuri’s restaurant kitchens on selected dates throughout 2021. Confirmed names include Chef Wilfrid Hocquet, Executive Chef at Blue by Alain Ducasse, with many more to come. Each exclusive menu will be served in one of Amanpuri’s spectacular settings, showcasing both local and international cuisine. Other culinary highlights include a Thai Cooking Masterclass with Chef Kannika, a Pasta Making Masterclass ideal for families, and a range of intimate dining experiences such as a private beach barbecue by candlelight and an Andaman Sunset Cruise with a picnic on board the resort’s Mastercraft boat.
Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept and, since then, Aman has grown to encompass 33 exquisitely serene hotels and resorts in 20 destinations across the world. A further eight properties are under construction, with the next to open in New York (2021). In such spectacular settings, Aman has honed its offering with its transformative influence on mind, body and spirit through harmoniously designed environments transporting guests out of their everyday lives. Twelve properties also offer private branded Residences: sanctuaries that go beyond commonplace notions of luxury allowing a select few to make the Aman way of life a permanent reality.
In recent years, Aman has grown to offer its coveted lifestyle beyond the parameters of its havens. In 2018, the introduction of Aman Skincare continued the brand’s holistic influence, offering beautiful scented formulas using powerful all-natural ingredients and inspired by Aman Spas. The introduction of Sva – a range of supplements designed to help maintain optimum health – and Aman Fine Fragrance in 2020 continued this journey, bringing Aman into the comfort of home. This sentiment was echoed in 2021, with the arrival of a new retail collection, The Essentials by Aman, comprising timeless ready-to-wear pieces that answer the needs of every Aman guest.
With innovation a cornerstone of the brand’s philosophy, in 2020, Aman welcomed a new hotel brand, Janu – meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit. Janu offers a unique take on hospitality where genuine human interaction, playful expression and social wellness are at the core of the experience. Janu aims to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul. Three forthcoming Janu hotels are already under construction: Montenegro (2022), Al Ula in Saudi Arabia (2023) and Tokyo (2023). Janu Montenegro will be the first hotel to incorporate the serviced Residences concept, enabling guests to wholly embrace the Janu’s spirit.