Wellness travel has seen an influx in popularity in recent years, as more and more of us seek to combine adventure, relaxation and rejuvenation. Traveling from 18 September - 3 October 2017, this handcrafted 16-day itinerary manages to cover all bases, with Yamuna Zake providing daily body rolling sessions, health-conscious meals, private travel, luxurious accommodation and all excursions included. Starting on the world-famous holiday destination of Bali, guests make their way to Java by car to explore the cultural and natural gems of this Indonesian island. Then, it’s time to swap four wheels for a private jet, as the trip moves on towards Pamalican island in the Philippines and finally Vinh Hy Bay on Vietnam’s mainland.
Manhattan-based Yamuna Zake is the woman behind the globally recognised Yamuna® Body Rolling method - a movement practice using specially designed balls to work the joints and muscles, promoting health and wellness at any age. Yamuna will be leading the Aman Private Jet wellness immersion, providing intensive daily sessions at each Aman property, along with inflight sessions during transit. Guests will be provided with their own Yamuna Kit of essential apparatus, which includes different-sized balls for Body Rolling. During the retreat, participants will learn the keystones of Yamuna's method - breathing, foot work, and yoga - and Pilates-based movement, all incorporating her Body Rolling technique.
View more details
After touching down at Denpasar Airport, you will be driven approximately 90 minutes north to reach Amandari. The short car journey is your first chance to get a glimpse of Bali’s famed rice paddies and lush highlands - or just catch up on some sleep. A healthy lunch, and dinner at the open-air restaurant await you at the resort.
Suitably rested and ready to kick off this two-week journey, the action starts with some gentle breathing and foot work. After breakfast, you will meet with Yamuna who introduces you to her signature body rolling technique. A sunset meditation session, Balinese dance performance and torch-lit dinner rounds off the day.
This morning sees an early energizing session, followed by more body rolling with Yamuna. A healthy alfresco lunch awaits at Amandari’s kitchen garden, which should see you through the afternoon’s group Chakra meditation session. As well as dinner, the evening gives you plenty of time to take advantage of the spa or relax by the pool.
It’s time check out and head to Bali’s east coast today; along the way, you can stop off for an invigorating ‘melukat’, a traditional water blessing said to have purifying properties. You will arrive at the stunning Amankila in time for lunch, which is followed by the day’s scheduled session with Yamuna. Dinner overlooks the resort’s three-tier pool, although the views from your Ocean Suite room are just as breathtaking.
Wake up with a walking meditation session around the Amankila’s surrounding rice fields. After a wellness breakfast, you’re ready for the today’s three-hour body rolling session which focuses on the back and shoulders. The afternoon is your opportunity to take part in an activity such as snorkeling, paddle-boarding, or you can choose to stay dry with some yoga or spa time.
Today’s main activity is a group cooking class inside the resort. You’ll be using fresh herbs and vegetables plucked from the chef’s own garden and, under the guidance of Amankila’s local culinary team, will learn how to prepare several Indonesian delicacies. After enjoying your own creations (as part of lunch), a body rolling session, evening meditation and farewell dinner conclude the day.
Step aboard your private jet - it is time to take to the skies once again in search of Java. An onboard session with Yamuna will alleviate the effects of flying, while an onboard lunch, prepared by Amankila, will alleviate any side effects of hunger. Touchdown and reach Amanjiwo in time for dinner.
Today begins in a familiar fashion, with a pre-breakfast breathing routine, breakfast and late morning body rolling session. After lunch, trek the Menoreh Hills up to lofty viewpoint looking out over Amanjiwo. You will also meet some of the locals and learn how to make jamu, a widely-consumed healing tonic.
Early risers have the chance to take a tour out to the ancient monument of Borobudur; sunrise over this magnificent Buddhist site is not to be missed. Next, it is back to Amankila for breakfast and body rolling, with an after-lunch tour heading out to Rotunda in search of the secrets behind traditional batik art.
Time to swap Indonesia for the Philippines, where the private jet will fly you across the water, reaching the idyllic Pamalican island in time for lunch, which you will enjoy with a relaxing beach view. For the rest of the day, an island tour and refreshing body rolling session with Yamuna are offered.
Along with your regular session with Yamuna and energy-boosting breakfast, today presents a great opportunity to experience one of the many thrilling activities on the island. Wake up with a sunrise yoga session; don your running shoes for a jog through the jungle; dive into the crystal clear waters with a snorkel or set off a tour boat. After an energetic day, the resort’s spa is waiting should you wish to unwind.
Having undertaken your daily body rolling session, head off on a walking tour of the island - guided by Amanpulo’s very own fitness team. You’ll want to be back at the resort in time for the healthy dinner and wind-down session in the luxurious spa.
Today, Vietnam - the third and final country of this wellness journey - awaits. There is time to fit in an in-flight session with Yamuna while making the surprisingly short hop from Manilla to Cam Ranh Airport. Take time to unwind and enjoy dinner upon arrival at Amanoi in the pretty Vinh Hy Bay.
After a breathing and foot work session, followed by the body rolling session, prepare to head out for lunch on a floating restaurant on Vinh Hy Bay. Freshly-caught fish, wild lobster and a glass of chilled wine make this one of the trip’s most memorable lunches. There is more leisure time in the evening with a cocktail reception and live entertainment back at Amanoi.
Your final full day sees three separate wellness sessions, focusing on breathing, stretching, exercise and body rolling techniques. Time permitting, enjoy another group cooking session (you’ll be making Vietnamese specialties this time), spa relaxation and a couple’s movement session.
Rise early for a gentle 45-minute walk to Temple Cove; the viewpoint at the end of the trail affords some superb views across the rocky shoreline to Nui Chua National Park. After breakfast is your final chance to reap the benefits of one of Yamuna’s sessions at the resort. A final lunch is served before you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Amandari welcomes you to stay in central Bali at its 30-suite luxury property designed to resemble a traditional Balinese-style village with coconut wood posts, Javanese marble and volcanic stone. The suites come with a private garden, courtyard and outdoor sunken marble bath. The open-air restaurant serves Indonesian and Western cuisine with views of the lush gorge. Amenities at Amandari include a swimming pool, fitness center with state-of-the-art machines, private outdoor yoga classes, tennis courts and a library. Wi-fi is available in all rooms and public areas.The spa is surrounded by a lotus pond and has a beauty room, sauna, steam room and two bales (gazebos) for outdoor treatments. Amandari is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Denpasar Airport (DPS) in Bali.
Amankila is perched on a cliff overlooking Lombok Strait and the private beach just below the resort. The 34 thatched-roof suites have walkways that wind through vegetation, attaching them to restaurants and public areas. The restaurant overlooks the pools and the sea and serves Western and Indonesian cuisine; private dining in the suites is available all day. Amankila’s Beach Club is located at the base of the cliff where there is a large pool in addition to the three-tiered pool on the cliff side. The club offers a range of activities; windsurfers, kayaks, boogie boards and Hobie cats are all available for use. Yoga classes are available at the Beach Club, or taught privately in your suite. There is no fitness center and no business center, however wi-fi is available in all rooms and public areas. The spa offers beauty and Balinese massage treatments on the beach, hidden away among coconut trees, in your suite or in a massage pavilion. The resort is one hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
In the heart of Central Java lies Amanjiwo, built from Yogya, the area’s famed local limestone. The bell-shaped rotunda of the main building echoes the nearby Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia’s most visited sites. The resort offers unspoiled views of this wonder, in addition to the fertile paddyfields of Kedu Plain. Indonesian and Western cuisine are served in the Dining Room, which is opulently decorated with gold-leaf murals of scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and breakfast, lunch and light snacks can also be served in the colonnaded Pool Club that extends into the rice fields. Other places for guests to unwind include the library, art gallery, spa, tennis center and outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool. Amanjiwo’s 36 suites are arranged in two crescents, which frame the main building. Each suite is topped with a traditional volcanic ash tinted roof and interiors include hand-carved coconut wood furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings. Wireless broadband access is available in all public spaces and in all accommodations.
Located on a private island, Amanpulo is possibly the perfect beach escape. Pamalican island is secluded and offers a variety of sea, sand and tropical-retreat pleasures, in exclusive comfort and in traditionally styled accommodation. The 40 Beach, Hillside and Treetop Casitas are modeled on local bahay kubo dwellings, and each has its own golf cart for island exploration. All casitas come with a flat-screen satellite television, DVD/CD player and iPod dock, all connected to a surround-sound system. This romantically remote island caters to those who wish to 'hammock' and beach-comb during their days in paradise, and also to those who seek a more active agenda of ocean adventures. There are tennis courts, a high-tech, air-conditioned gym, and a serene, 100-foot pool. The open-air Garden and Beach Salas are discreetly secluded and offer holistic body treatments. Wi-fi is available throughout the property. Amanpulo is a one-hour flight on the resort's private plane from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila. Flights are scheduled throughout the day to meet arriving guests.
Amanoi, open in September 2013, is located in the stunning conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most sought-after coasts. Its contemporary rooms, suites, and villas, are extremely well-appointed, providing not only stunning coastal views, but also modern comforts effortlessly blended with traditional Vietnamese touches to lend the entire resort a strong sense of place amidst luxurious surroundings. The restaurant, bar, and beach club, serve up some of Vietnam’s finest and freshest foods, along with a tempting selection of cocktails and other refreshments. Guests can spend some time in the resort’s breathtaking spa, in its state-of-the-art-gym, and enjoying a languid swim in its pools and ocean to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and best of all, totally relaxed. Snorkeling is a crowd favorite in Vinh Hy Bay, and the resort is fully-equipped for those who wish to partake.