5 Off-Season Gems with Aman

Aman hotels around the world are magical destinations all year round, exceeding every expectation of popular sights in season, but promising something almost more special once the crowds have dispersed.

1. AMANBAGH, India
Known for its heat, crowds and exotic colour, India comes into its own in the winter months of December to March, as travellers swarm to witness the Taj Mahal at dawn and experience the pink and blue cities of Rajasthan. But tucked away in the Aravalli Hills, Amanbagh is a verdant retreat surrounded by gardens, offering tranquil respite during the main tourist season, it is just as alluring in the fringe months. After the monsoon rains, experience the transformation of the arid Aravalli Hills into a lush green oasis during August and September. It is still warm and humid, with maximum highs of 26 to 30 degrees, but it is an ideal time for photographers to capture the colours of Rajasthan. Many holy festivals take place during these months and pilgrims walk for days to visit temples, receive blessings and collect holy water. Colourful pilgrimage processions pass through rural Rajasthan right past Amanbagh. This is also a good time to hike in the hills surrounding the resort: As there is a lot of water in the area, wildlife is often spotted on early morning walks. October and November are also beautiful, quiet months to visit, with the region still green, but the temperatures and humidity starting to drop.

District Alwar, Ajabgarh,
Rajasthan – India
Phone. +91 1465 223 333

2. AMAN TOKYO, Japan
Visitors flock to Tokyo in spring from March to May, when the parks and gardens of the capital blush pink with cherry blossoms. During the city’s quiet time, the winter months from November to February, crystal clear skies allow for views from Aman Tokyo all the way to Mount Fuji on the horizon. Day trips to the exceptional powder of Nagano for skiing and onsen (hot spring) are possible, just 60-90 minutes away by train from Tokyo Station, located a five-minute walk from Aman Tokyo. The first sumo wrestling tournaments of the year take place in January, and a number of unique festivals take place early in the year, including Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu, Setsubun (the bean-throwing festival) and the Daruma Doll Fair. Gourmet experiences also abound in the winter months, when crabs, oysters, blowfish, yellowtail, sea urchin and sea toad grace tables, and a hot bowl of ramen noodles is the ever-ready antidote to winter’s chill. Then there are the plum blossoms, which bloom almost unlauded in February and can be enjoyed in peaceful seclusion.

Aman Tokyo
The Otemachi Tower,
1-5-6 Otemachi,
Tokyo 100-0004 – Japan
Phone. +81 03 5224 3333

While summer seduces with emerald green waters and the charm of the Lagoon islands, it is in winter when Venice lives up to her name, “La Serenissima” – the most serene one. The cooler months, October to March, offer the opportunity to ride the meandering canals of Venice on Gondolas with ease. Guests can sip hot chocolate in Caffè Florian, the oldest café in the world after strolling through galleries purged of appreciative chatter; Cicheti washed down with ombre in one of the many hidden bacari: This is when the city regains its true identity and once again belongs to Venetians, presenting an idyllic time to explore the Veneto region, home to Treviso’s beautiful city centre and Verona’s wine regions of Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella.

Aman Venice
Palazzo Papadopoli
Calle Tiepolo 1364
Sestiere San Polo
Venezia – Italy
Phone. +39 041 2707333

4. AMANGALLA, Sri Lanka
While Sri Lanka’s high season generally runs from November to April, there is no bad time to visit this tropical island nation. In fact the greater chance of cooling showers from May to October is timed with wilder seas and better surfing on the south coast, as well as the opportunity to experience Galle Fort, the tea plantations inland, and the region’s atmospheric temples without the tourist throng. In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla lies within the ramparts of Sri Lanka’s 17th-century Galle Fort. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fort’s narrow streets are lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings. Just two hours’ drive east along the coast, Amanwella is a contemporary beachside resort overlooking a magnificent crescent-shaped beach. Offering an expansive swimming pool, several dining venues and a Beach Club, each of the resort’s 27 suites boast their own private plunge pool and terrace with beautiful views.

10 Church Street, Fort,
Galle – Sri Lanka
Phone. +94 91 223 3388

One of China’s top tourist destinations due to its rich heritage and natural beauty, Hangzhou is home to West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by gardens and pagodas. It’s also a city praised since the days of Marco Polo for its tea and silk, where ancient Buddhist pilgrimage routes twist through woodland to emerge at picturesque temples. A year-round destination where every season has its own unique charms, Hangzhou’s busiest times are in the spring months of March through to May and autumn, September to November, when the causeway across West Lake is bedecked with spring blossoms or aflame with leaves. June to August is quieter due to the summer heat, but to row across the lake, relax by Amanfayun’s swimming pool or sit in the cool of a peaceful temple holds its own appeal. Winter is perhaps the least obvious season to visit Hangzhou, excluding Chinese New Year, however it does mean that from December through to February there are fewer tourists in the country, allowing Hanghzou’s temples, lakeside and tea plantations to return to their dreamy peace of old, making it an ideal time of year for travellers to visit. Amanfayun is a cosy retreat during the winter months with a comprehensive Aman Spa and several quaint restaurants lining Fayun Pathway. Ethereal in the snow, Amanfayun is a place of stone pathways leading to sunny courtyards and peaceful abodes, like a traditional Chinese village caught in time. Situated on 14 hectares to the west of West Lake, the resort comprises 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields.

22 Fayun Lane, West Lake Street,
West Lake Scenic Area,
Hangzhou – People Republic of China
Phone. +86 571 8732 9999

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