From 8 to 24 October 2017, embark on an unforgettable journey from the north to the south of Asia by luxury private jet. Discover the treasures of the east on an exclusive adventure covering cities, mountains, jungle and beach; spend your days exploring and your nights in the unsurpassed elegance of Asia’s Aman destinations.
Starting at the stunning new Aman Shanghai, your gateway to China's most cosmopolitan city, continue your 17-day journey to the pretty city of Lijiang and on to the mystic kingdom of Bhutan to discover the sacred secrets of Himalayan Buddhism. Installed in the lush oasis of Amanbagh, explore ancient Indian ruins, and from your luxury tented camp, pursue the Royal Bengal tigers of Ranthambore National Park. Immerse yourself in colonial elegance at Amangalla, built into the stone of the Galle Fort, and utterly unwind in oceanfront opulence on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. This fabulous adventure is available to eight couples who will fly on two Gulfstream G200s, with four couples per jet. Excursions will include a private car, driver and guide for each couple, and evenings will offer fabulous cocktail parties to mingle with your fellow adventurers in fascinating locales.
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Touch down in beautiful Shanghai, China, where you will meet our knowledgeable and friendly team, and be transported directly to the stunning new Aman Shanghai. The glorious, complex architecture and sacred woodland location of this newly constructed haven is certain to amaze and entice your senses. Enjoy a selection of delicious cocktails as you are welcomed, and settle in for an evening of serenity.
Spend the day with your own private car, driver and guide exploring Shanghai. If you wish, join an expert on the history and architecture of Shanghai for a walking tour of the gorgeous Bund waterfront. Or join an expert on the Jewish history of Shanghai to visit the ancient synagogue and the old Jewish “ghetto” and learn about the people who emigrated there in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Stroll along the French Concession streets, where little disrupts the pre-World War II layout, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Yu Gardens - the most celebrated classical Chinese gardens in the city. For the art-lover, no trip to Shanghai should be complete without a visit to M50, and with it the chance to see Chinese contemporary art at its best. Afterwards, return to Aman to relax in the opulent surroundings with drinks and an expertly prepared farewell dinner.
After an early morning private hike or bicycle around the village, be whisked to the airport for your private flight to Lijiang. Spend four hours soaring over the beautiful peaks and valleys of the Chinese landscape, and savor an exquisite gourmet champagne lunch in the sky as you take in the stunning views from above. After landing you will transfer to Amandayan with time to freshen up before cocktails and dinner.
Explore the ancient town of Lijiang with its endless narrow windy cobblestone streets lined with charming shops and pretty inns and fun cafes and bars. Drive outside town to Baisha Village, one of the oldest towns in the area, filled with traditional Chinese culture and visit a herbal doctor and an embroidery workshop. Take a scenic drive to Jade Dragon mountain range for the perfect vantage point from which to observe the snow capped peaks while watching a magnificent outdoor classic Chinese extravaganza with hundreds of performers riding horses, dancing, singing and parading around. Finally, explore a sacred and rarely-explored golden temple before refreshing yourself back at the hotel, ready for dinner and a traditional performance of Peking Opera.
This morning bid farewell to China and climb aboard your Gulfstream G200 once more, bound for the kingdom of Bhutan. Enjoy lunch on your jet as you soar over mountains and valleys before touching down in Paro. You will be met and transferred directly to beautiful Amankora, your luxurious residence in capital city Thimphu. After a cocktail reception and a local art presentation, relax, refresh and explore the resort before a dinner of Bhutanese cuisine, prepared with the freshest local produce in the Amankora's dining room.
Choose from an enticing range of activities today. Spend a leisurely morning browsing Thimphu's central market for Bhutanese handicrafts or visit a local astrology school or a Buddhist monastery to get a sense of the importance of spirituality in this region. Pay your respects at the memorial of Bhutan's third king, explore the country's seat of government or take the opportunity to see the takin - the national animal in a wildlife preserve. After a fascinating day, relax over drinks and another sumptuous dinner.
Spend the morning as you please, taking in the other sights and museums of Thimphu before setting off on a comfortable, scenic drive to Paro, home to many of Bhutan's most treasured historic sites. Check in at Amankora Paro and enjoy a refreshing welcome cocktail. Spend the afternoon discovering Bhutanese treasures. Visit fortresses including Drukgyel Dzong and The Paro Dzong complex, also known as the fortress of the heap of jewels, inside which are temples attended by monks, a wood carved central tower and the district's seat of government. Retire to Amankora Paro later for dinner in the Dining Room, with a view of a mountain stream.
Rise early this morning ready for your trek to the legendary Tiger's Nest, an iconic temple, hugging the cliff face. Tradition has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to Bhutan on a tigress and meditated in the caves here before bringing Buddhism to the people. The hike is challenging and the incline steep, but the view from the halfway point where you will stop to take tea and the achievement of reaching the temple is well worth it. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, exploring Paro or indulging in a traditional treatment in the spa before your final dinner at Amankora.
Transfer to the airport for your private jet flight to Jaipur. Start your Indian adventure discovering the city's most important monuments including the Amber Fort and the Palace of the Winds, and explore city's incredibly colorful bazaars. As dusk falls, transfer to Amanbagh in Alwar, where you'll be greeted with cocktails and local art. In the evening, enjoy dinner at one of the resort's three spectacular restaurants.
This morning, head to the fascinating ancient city of Bhangarh, where your expert guide will tell you about its legendary history and you will have the chance to join a yoga session on the stone pavilion of the ruins. In the afternoon, hop aboard a jeep for an exhilarating Cowdust Tour through the rural villages surrounding Amanbagh while the farmers lead their cattle home from the fields. Along the way, you'll meet and share a cup of chai with some friendly locals. After your Fire Meditation ceremony, enjoy a farewell dinner at Amanbagh.
Depart Amanbagh for a road trip through the dramatic wilds of northern India to Ranthambore National Park, where you will be staying at the Aman-i-Khas luxury tented camp, just outside the park itself. On arrival, head out on a camel safari for a taste of the wildlife surrounding you and a magnificent sunset view over Ranthambore. If dusk has already fallen, take the time to relax and enjoy welcome cocktails around the campfire before dinner and live traditional music around the resort's pool.
It's an early start today with breakfast royal Mughal-style in the tented dining room before you embark on a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park. You'll also have the chance to observe deer, antelope, gazelle and crocodiles in their natural habitat, as well as the exotic birds who call the canopy home. After your afternoon guided safari of choice, return to Aman-i-Khas for a very special bush dinner experience with live cooking and cultural performances.
Say goodbye to Aman-i-Khas and Ranthambore and transfer to the airport for your private jet flight to Sri Lanka with lunch served on board. From capital city Colombo, enjoy the journey in your private chauffered car to the historic port of Galle. Here, at the impressive Amangalla you'll be welcomed with cocktails and given time to refresh and relax before dinner amid the intimate period decor of the Amangalla Dining Room.
Today, rise at your leisure and join your personal butler for a walking tour of Galle's historic fort. Established by Portuguese settlers over 600 years ago and expanded by the Dutch in the mid-17th century, it is still home to government offices and residents today. After your walk, retire to The Baths, Amangalla's opulently-appointed spa, for a relaxing 90-minute treatment; choose from massages, scrubs, beauty therapies and traditional ayurvedic remedies. In the evening, head to Amangalla's own rice paddy for a farewell roti dinner.
Take one more tour of the city, to make the most of Galle's colonial charms, from the national and archeological museums to the gem markets. After lunch, enjoy the short drive along the southern coast to Tangalle, where you will check into the stunning Geoffrey Bawa-designed beachfront Amanwella resort. You will be welcomed with poolside cocktails and canapes and have the rest of the day free to relax on the white sands or by the pool. In the evening, enjoy dinner at Amanwella's Dining Room.
Today is the last full day of your holiday, so start with an invigorating yoga session, and then the choice is yours - either laze the day away on the beach, or enjoy a few leisurely activities. Take a morning or evening nature walk through the jungle trails near Amanwella, where you might see monkeys, monitor lizards, hares, mongoose and exotic birds. Or head early into town to explore Tangalle's bustling market, where farmers and fishermen come to sell their produce. In the evening, round off a truly memorable journey with a beach barbecue at Amanwella, with fire dancing and live traditional music.
After breakfast at Amanwella, transfer back to Colombo from where you can make the connection for your long haul flight back home, after an unforgettable adventure across Asia.
In 2017, Aman opens their fourth property in China, nestled within an idyllic historical village. More than a resort, the new Aman represents a valuable act of cultural preservation as well as an opportunity for guests to experience a piece of China's deep rural history within driving distance of central Shanghai. The hotel's story begins with the construction of a reservoir, whose waters threatened to flood a small, abandoned village in the mountainous countryside of the Jiangxi province. Together, historians and architects worked to delicately relocate 50 Ming and Qing Dynasty houses, some dating back over 2,000 years. A selection of ancient camphor trees, renowned for their beauty and scent, were also relocated and nursed back to full health alongside the homes they shaded for millennia. Aman Shanghai is currently accepting enquiries of interest, and may be tentatively included in Remote Lands itineraries scheduled for late 2017.
The Aman Group’s 28th resort in their ever-expanding portfolio of luxurious accommodation just happens to be one of their most impressive to date, spread over a hectare of land on a hill perched above the Old City of Lijiang - a World Heritage Site. The quaint winding lanes of the town below are an image of classic China, and the breathtaking luscious green mountains and snow-capped peaks provide the perfect backdrop. The hotel itself is relatively small; with only 35 suites the resort is kept quiet and peaceful, just like the surrounding countryside and historic town below. Even the smallest of accomondation options here start at close to 800 square feet, and Yunnan pine wood from Shangri-La is used throughout to create an inviting, cozy log-cabin feel. Modern conveniences are in ample supply too, both inside the range of rooms and throughout the rest of the resort. Guests can find no less than three superb dining options including a signature Chinese restaurant, as well as a luxurious spa, an on-site cinema and an impressive indoor heated swimming pool – difficult to resist jumping in after a day of sightseeing in Lijiang.
Amankora Thimpu is located on a hillside in a verdant pine forest far above Bhutan’s capital city. The hotel’s architecture is reminiscent of Bhutanese temples, or dzongs, and incorporates white-washed stone buildings around an enclosed courtyard. Sixteen suites are composed of living and sleeping areas, with views of the forest and nearby streams. The spacious terrazzo-tiled bathrooms have soaking tubs and twin vanities. Guests may dine either in an elegant dining room or on the adjacent terrace, both of which serve Bhutanese and international cuisine. Steam and sauna rooms are available, and massage and spa treatments are offered in private rooms nearby. Traditional hot stone baths can be scheduled. There is no fitness center. Fax and Internet are available. The resort is approximately 30 minutes from the airport in Paro.
Amankora Paro is located just outside of town and features sweeping views of the Paro valley and snow-capped mountains. The hotel, just 30 minutes from Paro airport, has 24 spacious suites designed to evoke a contemporary and minimalist vision of traditional Bhutanese style, incorporating local wood, stone and terrazzo tile. Each suite has a bukhari, or wood-burning stove, and a luxurious bathroom complete with soaking tub. Bhutanese cuisine and international fare are served in the hotel’s great room lounge, dining room, and terrace. The two-level spa contains private areas for massage and treatments, a glass-walled sauna, hot stone baths and a yoga room with a relaxation area. Fax services are available, as is Internet. There is no fitness center or pool, but the Amankora’s idyllic surroundings are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.
The sumptuous Amanbagh hotel is located in the remote Alwar region of Rajasthan on one of the sites used long ago by the Maharajah of Alwar for his mobile tiger hunting camps. With 32 rooms and suites, Amanbagh, which translates as "peaceful garden" is designed as a contemporary interpretation of the great palaces built during India's golden age of architecture. The Restaurant serves a deluxe version of the region's home-style cooking as well as western specialties in a refined atmosphere including indoor and outdoor seating areas. Additionally, there is a courtyard for more casual dining near the pool area. The Bar and Lounge is an intimate place to relax and unwind during the afternoon and into the evening. An ongoing series of lectures on regional art and architecture, history, and philosophy is offered to guests in the hotel's library. Amanbagh has a comprehensive spa program specializing in Ayurvedic treatments as well as a devoted area for the practice and instruction of yoga.
With just 10 luxury tents dotted around a lake, Aman-i-Khás is one of the most exclusive properties in the world. Located near the famed Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i- Khás offers supreme comfort in this rugged area with its dining tent, spa tent with four treatment beds total, lounge tent, a step-well, a traditional shallow wading pool, and wireless Internet access. Each tent has a central living room area, which opens on to three other areas for sleeping, bathing and dressing. The “bedroom” has a king-size bed and two writing desks, while the bathing area includes a shower, soaking tub and separate toilet while the dressing area contains wardrobes and twin vanities. There is a lovely campfire that is lit every evening and surrounded by stone benches with pillows such that guests can socialize with one another and chat about any game sightings over drinks and live music.
Situated in the midst of a coconut grove on a secluded bay, the Amanwella resort is one of the world's most exclusive beach retreats. The resort sits on a perfect crescent of white-sand beach and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, national parks and exotic wildlife and a 5 and 1/2 hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). There are 30 suites, each equipped with a plunge pool, terrace, and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. A number of ocean suites are located further down the hill and have uninterrupted views of the coconut palms and the beach. The Amanwella restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and uses its location next to the ocean to cook up fresh Asian- and Mediterranean-style seafood. The Pool Terrace also serves meals in a more laid-back setting. When not enjoying a safari, snorkeling, or swimming in the pool, there is a library with Internet access and reference books on Sri Lanka. The spa offers massages and traditional therapies using local, natural ingredients, which can be given either in the spa's suite or in selected garden locations. There is no fitness center.