On some of the globe’s finest kitesurfing beaches, Aman’s watersports professionals offer step-by-step tuition to all levels using top-of-the-line kites, harnesses and boards.
Harnessing the wind to power a sea-skimming, adrenaline-fuelled flight over the waves, kitesurfing has taken the watersports community by storm in recent years. Professionals execute graceful, gravity-defying leaps and somersaults between ocean and sky, racing the shadows of their colourful kites. Yet with an experienced teacher, proper equipment and the right conditions, the sport is easier to learn than it looks. Aman now offers kitesurfing at four destinations: Amanpulo in the Philippines; Amanpuri in Thailand; Amanyara in the Turks and Caicos, and Amanera in the Dominican Republic.
The epitome of a tropical-island retreat, Amanpulo encompasses the entire island of Pamalican in the Sulu Sea. This paradise in the Philippines is fringed by beaches and pristine coral reefs and could not be more perfect for kitesurfing. In fact, January 2019 saw the launch of the resort’s new Kite & Surf Centre in celebration of Amanpulo’s 25th anniversary. The centre is located on the island’s eastern side, facing the northeasterly wind known locally as Amihan. Picking up in mid-October and lasting through March with wind speeds from 15 to 35 knots, Amihan provides consistent wind conditions that are ideal for kitesurfing, for beginners and pro riders alike. Kitesurfers can launch right from the beach during these months and hone their skills in Naish kiting gear, the brand established by the windsurfing world champion and world famous kitesurfer Robbie Naish.
Amanpulo’s professional instructors include Paula Rosales, ranked as one of the best female kitesurfers in Asia, and lessons can include video footage from the centre’s waterproof stabilised cameras for reviewing the session.
Phone. +63 2 976 5200
Lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Phuket, Amanpuri is situated on a private peninsula within a grove of swaying coconut palms. A sweep of stone steps descends from the main swimming pool to the white crescent of the secluded beach. From here in high season (November to March), kitesurfers depart in the resort’s new MasterCraft X23, which is the best wakeboarding boat on the market, for the five-minute ride to Bang Tao Bay. This magnificent bay, with its 6km white-sand beach, is known as one of Phuket’s premier kitesurfing destinations, with conditions suited to all levels.
New to 2019, former World Champion kitesurfer Jessica Winkler heads up the watersports team and conducts kitesurfing lessons for Amanpuri guests. An extreme-sports all-rounder, Jessica excels in all aspects of the sport from speed and course racing to freestyle, wave riding and big air. Jessica has travelled the world competing, as well as promoting her book Confessions of a Warrior and conducting motivational rehabilitation programmes.
Phuket – Thailand
Phone. +66 76 324 333
Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Renowned for its crystal-blue water and powder-white sand, Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands is a premier destination for beach and watersports enthusiasts all year round. Set on the serene northwest coast, Amanyara features a Beach Club, Dive Pavilion and Nature Discovery Centre enabling guests to enjoy the resort’s pristine coastal and marine environment to the full.
Kitesurfing at Amanyara takes place from Long Bay Beach. A 30-minute drive from the resort, Long Bay boasts a broad, shallow lagoon along the eastern edge of Providenciales, protected by a fringing reef. A flat-water paradise, it has a sandy bottom and consistent side-shore wind, as well as waist-deep water, making wading back to your board a breeze, when necessary. Apart from the month of September, guests can kitesurf year-round, with Amanyara able to provide transfers and Kite Provo giving the lessons.
Turks & Caicos Islands
Phone. +1 649 941 8133
Amanera, Dominican Republic
The first golf-integrated Aman, Amanera is set on the idyllic north coast of the Dominican Republic. Backed by the dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range, the resort offers breathtaking ocean views and direct access to the exquisite Playa Grande beach. But for kitesurfers, it is the resort’s proximity to Cabarete, where kitesurfing is rumored to have first begun, that makes Amanera such an exciting destination.
A vibrant seaside town renowned as much for its kitesurfing as for its seafood and buzzing nightlife, Cabarete is a 45-minute drive from Amanera. Strong, consistent trade winds blow side-shore and side-onshore all summer (May to October), although June, July and August are regarded as the ideal months for kitesurfing. Amanera has partnered with Kite Club, the largest and most renowned watersports centre in the country to offer guests a superb kiteboarding experience, whether they are at expert level or complete novices. Kite Club’s certified training programmes offer comprehensive private or semi-private lessons with three-hour, to three-day packages available.
Auto. 5 Carretera Rio San Juan – Cabrera
Rio San Juan – Republica Dominicana
Phone: +1 809-589-2888