Making an Aman Entrance

Aman destinations are amid some of the most diverse natural and historical landscapes, promising a memorable guest experience commencing long before check in.

From journeys by seaplane over the turquoise Flores Sea to reach the wilderness hideaway of Amanwana on Moyo Island, to crossing a dramatic 60 metre suspension bridge over Mochhu River to reach Amankora’s Punakha lodge, each Aman arrival experience is designed to introduce guests to the drama and magnificence of its destination even before they step foot in the resort.

In true Aman tradition and despite Amanwana’s seclusion, the journey is made seamless with recently launched seaplane transfers from Denpasar, Bali. The eight-passenger seaplane takes in spectacular aerial panoramas during the 65-minute journey before the plane touches down on the waters of Moyo Island’s secluded bay, where guests step off the plane onto a jetty, seconds from Amanwana’s 20 luxurious tents.

A pine-forest trail leading to Amankora’s Paro lodge, with Mount Jomolhari towering beyond it, ensures the arrival is both visually arresting and redolent with the earthy fragrance of pine needles, setting the tone for a serene back-to-nature stay. The route to Punakha lodge is thrillingly dramatic, as guests cross a purpose-built 60-metre suspension bridge across the Mo Chhu river, used only by Aman guests, local villagers and the occasional curious cow. Upon reaching the other side, guests are transported the 1km distance to the lodge by open-air buggy, passing blue pine forests, rice plantations and a sacred carved boulder. A stone staircase leads to the lodge, where a refreshing drink of wild mint and home-grown pomegranate awaits.

Travelling from the city of Yogyakarta to Amanjiwo involves a journey through the centre of Java’s spiritual heartland, with a horizon framed by mountains and the smouldering volcanic peaks of Merapi as well as the Prambanan Valley, home to an astonishing array of Hindu temples, dating back to mid-9th Century.

Accessible only by private plane, Amanpulo on Pamalican Island in the Philippines feels a world away. Upon arriving in Manila, guests are warmly greeted and taken to Amanpulo’s private lounge where a 70-minute journey aboard a turboprop aircraft treats them to astonishing topography of caldera lakes of Taal, Laguna de Bay (the country’s largest) and the coral atolls of Apologetics’s Reef before the Quiniluban Islands sweep into view.

Aman Venice
Guests are elegantly transported in Aman Venice’s appointed water taxi past the iconic briccole – the wooden guideposts that jut from the water, the legendary glass-making island of Murano and the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan’s bronze interpretation of La Divina Commedia – Dante’s Bridge.

Aman Sveti Stefan
The charmed coastal retreat of Aman Sveti Stefan is set on a 15th Century islet, attached to the coast by a narrow strip of land called an isthmus with the most magnificent arrival to the terracotta-roofed village resort through a 40-minute helicopter journey from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Overlooking the Aegean Sea from a remote hilltop surrounded by undulating olive groves in the Peloponnese, Amanzoe is best reached by helicopter, just 25-minutes from Athens.

Situated on 600 acres in Canyon Point, Amangiri is a pocket of modernist luxury in the wild and wind-carved Utah landscape. The panoramic drive to Amangiri from the main road to the hotel is part of the experience – from St. George, Flagstaff, Phoenix or Las Vegas, the drive passes through the region’s national parks and every turn takes in spectacular eroded rock formations, which stretch back 180 million years. Before entering, guests are greeted with a perfectly framed view of the Entrada Sandstone Mesa through the resort’s iconic breezeway.

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