Starting at the Amanbagh in picturesque Alwar, India, your 14-day journey (November 2-15 2017) will see you whisked away in luxury through India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Discover the largest tiger population in the area at Ranthambhore National Park, explore historical Sri Lanka in Galle and Tangalle and relax and reflect on your journey of wellness in the Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand - a journey accompanied by and conducted by James D’Silva - founder of the Garuda Pilates Method - and world-renowned Eyal Chehanowski.
Founder of the Garuda Pilates Method, James was raised in Goa, India, before moving to the UK to train as a professional dancer. During a career that saw him performing, choreographing and teaching across the globe, Pilates and body conditioning became integral to his training. Since opening his Pilates studio in London in 2000, James has garnered a loyal following of A-list clients and brings his unique, holistic Garuda Method to the Aman Wellness Journey.
Yoga expert Eyal began his career in New York before travelling the globe to study and train with renowned masters in India, Kiev and London. Along the way he has established two leading yoga studios in Tel Aviv, Israel, and qualified as a therapist in the Structural Integration (Rolfing) technique. He brings more than 20 years' experience and specialist knowledge of a wide variety of disciplines to the Aman Wellness Journey.
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Upon arrival at New Delhi or Jaipur airport, transfer by private car to the lavish Amanbagh or alternatively, opt for a 15-minute picturesque helicopter ride. Relax yourself with a group yoga class that is specially designed to relieve post-travel fatigue. In the evening, enjoy traditional regional dishes in Amanbagh’s opulent restaurant.
Replenish your balance and inner calm with a refreshing morning yoga session, before embarking upon a leisurely stroll through Amanbagh’s Organic and Ayurvedic Garden, to learn how these lush surroundings create exemplary farm-to-fork cuisine. Embark on a cycle through the surrounding countryside, followed by a relaxing 60-minute massage that is adapted to your individual needs. Wind down this evening with a yoga session, after which you may take the opportunity this evening to witness an aarti (worship ritual) at the nearby Hindu temple.
Following a morning yoga session, a local guide will lead you through the scenic town of Ajabgarh to learn about its hidden mysteries. Return to Amanbagh to enjoy a soothing Abhyanga massage before the evening’s yoga session. Tonight, indulge in a private Chattri Dinner on Amanbagh’s rooftop pavilion.
After enjoying a final breakfast at Amanbagh, board your private jet for a three-and-a-half hour journey to the wilderness of Ranthambhore National Park where you will be greeted by staff at Aman-i-Khas. Take part in a group yoga session, before climbing onto a open-top Jeep for a spectacular wildlife expedition. Learn new yoga techniques in your evening session before enjoying dinner at your leisure.
Following your morning yoga session, you will be transported to the nearby village of Dastkar to meet the local women artisans. Take some time out this afternoon to enjoy a special Aman massage treatment. Spend some more time appreciating the outdoors on a Jeep safari and a nature walk, where your naturalist guides will show you the abundant range of flora, fauna, animal life and ancient monuments. You will love this evening’s Camel Ride to a hilltop, where you can enjoy spectacular sunset views and a cocktail before returning to camp. Enjoy a village tour this evening to the surrounding traditional villages.
Partake in a cleansing morning’s yoga class before you embark on the journey to the charismatic city of Galle, Sri Lanka. You will arrive at Amangalla in the evening, where you can take the rest of the day to enjoy its handsome colonial settings at your own leisure.
Enjoy this morning’s breakfast on the verandah overlooking the sprawling tea plantations. Enjoy a morning yoga session and lunch before embarking on a tour of Galle’s legendary fort. This afternoon is all about you, where an Ayurvedic practitioner will diagnose your dosha and prescribe you a personalized menu of meals and treatments. Receive a Buddhist blessing as your visit three nearby temples, before returning to Amangalla to enjoy evening yoga and dinner.
Check out after a morning yoga session before your private car takes you to Amanwella - a modernist marvel on Sri Lanka’s ‘secret’ southern coast. Unwind and take in the sheer surrounding beauty of golden sand beaches and swaying palms before an evening yoga session and dinner.
After your yoga class and a replenishing Ayurvedic breakfast, you will have the option to enjoy a range of activities today and tomorrow. Take a wildlife safari to spot a myriad of incredible species at Udawalawe National Park, or indulge in a range of treatments at Amanwella’s spa. Enjoy a climb to the sunset point at Mulgirigala Rock Temple, which perches on a boulder arising from the exuberant green rainforest. In the evening, you will have a chance to join in an aerobics session in Amanwella’s coconut grove or an evening yoga session.
Take the opportunity today to embark on activities you might have missed yesterday, as you explore deeper into Sri Lanka’s haven of sandy beaches and lush forests. Build up your appetite for this evening’s intimate private beach BBQ, surrounded by coconut palms and atmospheric Sri Lankan torches. You will love the performance of traditional dance by a local troupe, and if you’re lucky, you may even witness turtles arriving at the beach to nest!
A pre-dawn breakfast ensures you have time to witness the rewarding sunrise at Mulkirigala Rock Temple, before returning for a morning yoga session before checking out. Board your private jet once more, and relish the flight to Phuket with an optional pranayama and meditation session. Upon arrival at the beautiful Thai island, take a car to Amanpuri, where you can spend the afternoon as you wish.
Enjoy today at your leisure, powered by a tailormade cleansing lunch created by the experts at Amanpuri. Get pampered with a personalized spa treatment, before climbing on the mat for your evening yoga session. Choose from the range of Amanpuri’s dining venues for your evening’s dinner.
Reserved for rest and relaxation, for you to reflect on your wellness journey, begin the day with a Buddhist Blessing at the local temple, or visit one of the six golf courses in the area. Choose to scour through Amanpuri’s extensive library, or head outside and soak up the sun while enjoying a range of water sports.
Stretch like an expert in a yoga movement session before enjoying a final morning on the terrace. You’ll have time before departure for some retail therapy in the Amanpuri Gallery, abundant with sophisticated Asian souvenirs that are ideal to take home.
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.
Located in the center of a preserved 17th-century Dutch Fort, the sumptuous Amangalla resort is also a beautifully restored UNESCO World Heritage site that perfectly captures the charm of the historic trading port of Galle. Amangalla has 17 rooms, eight suites and the Garden House, a two-story house with treetop views. Rooms are decorated in a style that blends luxurious contemporary amenities with a perfectly rendered colonial-era aesthetic. Sri Lankan curry and other traditional dishes are served in the dining room, and the Veranda is a cool spot to have a drink during the day; the fort's Zaal (Dutch for Great Hall) serves light meals and a classic afternoon tea. The pool is located in the resort's gardens and has five shaded pavilions where you can relax post-swim. A library with Internet access houses information on Sri Lanka and the history of the Fort. The Baths, Amangalla's spa, offers Ayurvedic massage, hydrotherapy pools, and a steam room and sauna, among other treatments. There is also a garden pavilion for yoga practice or meditation. There is no fitness center. The resort is roughly a four-hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
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.
Amanpuri, which means “peaceful place,” is a magnificent resort created by the architect who designed the Winter Palace of the former Shah of Iran. The resort has 40 secluded pavilions, each with a private outdoor terrace overlooking the Andaman Sea, and come with a personal cook and butler. Dining options include The Restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine, and The Terrace, which offers Thai and European specialties. Amanpuri has a Beach Club, with windsurfing and hobie-cats available, a 20-meter lap pool and a starting point for diving, snorkeling or fishing. Other facilities include a business center, floodlit tennis courts, and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular machines and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Wifi is available in all rooms and public areas. The resort is 25 minutes from the airport in Phuket (HKT).