As the festive season approaches, Aman properties prepare to begin their celebrations. From the snowy mountain wilderness of Wyoming to the sun-blanched shores of Indonesia, every Aman destination will celebrate in its own distinctive way, interweaving the cultural identity of its location with timeless international festive traditions.
1. AMANGANI, USA
Seven thousand feet above sea level, the snow-crested wilderness of Wyoming is one of the most wildly beautiful landscapes in which to celebrate the festive season. Amangani sustains a celebratory atmosphere daily from 21 December, with tastings in the resort’s Zinc Bar every afternoon and live acoustic music played by local musicians in the Lounge in the evenings.
On 23 December, guests are invited to the Library to join the Amangani team as they decorate the Christmas tree, fueled by homemade seasonal cookies baked by the resort’s pastry chef. 24 December begins with an exclusive opportunity to accompany the General Manager on a morning ski run at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, while the afternoon brings a visit from Santa Claus, followed by a sumptuous traditional dinner in the evening.
The annual torchlight parade on the 31 December from the Amangani Ski Lounge marks the beginning of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which include a special dinner with a trio of strings, DJ and balloon drop.
1535 North East Butte Road
Wyoming – USA
Phone. +1 307 734 7333
2. AMANJIWO, Indonesia
24 December at Amanjiwo will be celebrated with a Kwali Feast served in traditional clay pots, celebrating the very best of Javanese flavours. The feast will be accompanied by a hypnotic Jatihlan dance performed by a local troupe, with horses made from woven bamboo and elaborately decorated. On 25 December, Makan Malam (festive dinner) will be served in the grand dining room, with a choice of traditional Javanese and turkey options, while dancers and musicians perform excerpts from the 11th-century epic poem, the Ramayana.
On 31 December, Amanjiwo’s New Year’s Eve celebrations begin with sunset cocktails overlooking Borobudur and end in the early hours with champagne, live jazz and the release of wish-bearing lanterns into the sky. On New Year’s Day, a sunrise or sunset tour of Borobodur to mark the first day of the year can be arranged. A barbeque brunch with a range of local dishes, cold beers and coconuts will be served by the Pool Club.
Ds. Mojaksingi, Borobudur,
Central Java – Indonesia
Phone. +62 293 788 333
3. AMANBAGH, India
Reindeer are few and far between in the Aravelli Hills, so Babu the camel will step into Rudolph’s reins on the 25 December, carrying Santa Claus around Amanbagh’s magnificent gardens. On 26 and 31 December, the local bangle maker will shift his workshop to the garden to teach guests how to mould colourful accessories from lac – a natural material secreted by the tiny red insects that suck resin from trees. A rangoli art session on 28 December explores the ancient tradition of creating intricate patterns on the thresholds of Indian homes; and the practice of henna body art takes centre stage on 30 December.
The end of the year will be celebrated with a traditional Indian fair on 31 December; a seven-course dinner enhanced by fortune tellers, fire dancers and Qawaali singers. 2019 begins with ‘the sport of kings’ – a camel polo match. In this exceptional adaptation to the age-old game, the camel, the ‘ship of the desert’ replaces the graceful horse.
District Alwar, Ajabgarh,
Rajasthan – India
Phone. +91 1465 223 333
4. AMANEMU, Japan
On 31 December, New Year’s Eve celebrations will commence with an insightful talk from local guide Mr Lijma regarding the history of Ise Grande Shrine, one of the most sacred shrines in Japan located close to Amanemu.
In Japan, soba noodles are a New-Year tradition – their long, thin shape is associated with the longevity of life. On the evening of 31 December, Amanemu guests will tuck into a bowl of noodles just before midnight in the Bar Lounge before the champagne begins to flow and the celebrations commence.
2019 begins with sweet sake at sunrise, as guests join the Amanemu family to toast to health and happiness for the year ahead. Other Japanese New Year traditions include: mochitsuki (pounding rice to make sweet cakes, known as mochi) which will be marked with a live demonstration and tasting in the afternoon; and osechi (wooden boxes of auspicious or symbolic foods) which will be prepared by Chef Inaba and served throughout the day.
2165 Hazako Hamajima-cho
Mie 517-0403 – Japan
Phone. +81 599 52 5000
5. AMANKILA, Indonesia
On 25 December, all children staying at Amankila will be invited down to the beach to see Santa arrive by boat. They will spend the morning together playing a selection of fun activities and enjoying a picnic on Amankila’s beach. An optional, set-menu festive dinner including spiced pumpkin soup, roast duck and Christmas pudding will be served in the evening.
On New Year’s Eve, there will be a Kecak dance performance. This iconic Balinese dance incorporates a troupe of forty men and depicts a battle from the Ramayana scriptures. The performance will be followed by an eight course French Brassiere-style Degustation menu paired with French wines. After dinner, the festivities continue with a poolside fire show accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments. As midnight approaches, bamboo Marimba artists will play on the build up to a firework display as the clock strikes midnight. After midnight, the party will continue in the bar.
Bali – Indonesia
Phone. +62 363 41333