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Breaking Travel News investigates: The history of Amanresorts

Breaking Travel News investigates: The history of Amanresorts

The story of Amanresorts spans more than twenty years and is characterised by unique resort development in some of the world’s most beautiful, historic and intriguing destinations.

From the desert sands of Marrakech and the snowy peaks of Wyoming to the jungle-clad ruins of Siem Reap and the palaces of Beijing, the Aman journey which started in Phuket in 1988 is far from over.

In just the past two years the brand has unveiled its second China property in the historic city of Hangzhou, while 2011 saw the official launch of Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro and this summer, a new destination was revealed in Turkey – Amanruya.

If success is measured by room numbers, Amanresorts hasn’t achieved all that much.

It has never focused on being the biggest, having always preferred to think small. Intimate. Engaging.

As founder Adrian Zecha puts it: “It’s not that we are better than big hotels because we are small.

“We are different, that’s all. Amanresorts responds to a contemporary lifestyle. That’s what we offer – a lifestyle experience, without limitations.”

Numbering 24 resorts across 15 countries, each Aman is decidedly different, not only in its location, but in its design, mood and guest experience.

The first, Amanpuri ‘place of peace’, came into being through happy accident.

Looking for a home in Phuket, Zecha came across a beautiful coconut grove.

It made business sense to locate a small resort in the area to recoup part of his investment and thus was Amanpuri conceived.

It opened in January, 1988, with 40 Rooms and 30 Villas Homes.

Today the resort is one of Asia’s hidden gems.

Set on a hillside sloping down to a white-sand beach, the resort’s airy Thai design, its pitched roofs and warm woods, echoes Ayutthaya, Thailand’s ancient capital.

Amanresorts’ first full-service Aman Spa was introduced at Amanpuri in 2001, and a new fully-equipped, two-storey Gym, perched on the hillside with spectacular views, opened in December 2007.

The Aman Spa features six double treatment rooms with private steam rooms and open-air relaxation decks, as well as yoga salas set high on the hillside.

The 350-square metre, glass-walled Gym features state-art-of-the-art gym equipment including Power Plate machines, while the dedicated Pilates Studio offers Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis classes, Group Allegro Pilates and Mat-work Pilates with professional teachers.


Amancruises is the largest resort-based fleet operation in south-east Asia and provides charter and day cruises on the Andaman Sea from Amanpuri.

A resort in Bali followed in 1989: Amandari, ‘peaceful spirits’.

Adrian Zecha believed the real heart of Bali resided not at the beach where tourists thronged, but in the upland rice terraces near the temples and the cooler mountain air.

The same is true two decades later.

Situated near Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital – in the village of Kedewatan above the Ayung River gorge, Amandari reflects Bali’s upcountry culture of art, music and dance.

Styled as a Balinese village, the resort’s open-air lobby is inspired by a wantilan, or village meeting place, and the green-tiled swimming pool mimics the rice terraces below.

The resort’s 30 Suites, 11 with private pools, are connected by river-stone walkways, and a spacious three-bedroom Villa lies adjacent to the resort proper.

With the success of both Amanpuri and Amandari, it was clear that Amanresorts had discovered an alternate path: that it was possible to build environmentally-friendly and aesthetically-pleasing resorts; that small is good for business as well as guests; that less is more.

This is the philosophy behind every one of the resorts which followed, each individually conceived in carefully selected locations, and designed to blend harmoniously into the natural and cultural fabric of the place it inhabits.

Bali saw the addition of two more Aman resorts in 1992, Amankila, ‘peaceful hill’, and Amanusa, ‘peaceful isle’.

Overlooked by Mount Agung, the volcanic mountain sacred to the Balinese, Amankila is a cliff-side eyrie in the Karangasem Regency of East Bali, with views over the Lombok Strait and Bali’s verdant eastern coastline.

Amankila offers 34 Suites, nine of which have private pools.

The resort’s central swimming pool is comprised of three terraced tiers, flowing one into the other, directly below an open-air reception area.

Down at the Beach Club, a 41-metre lap pool is set amidst coconut palms.

Beyond Amankila, guests can discover the rural traditions and royal remains of East Bali’s historic regency, with some of Bali’s finest touring and hiking.

Amanusa and its 35 thatched-roof Suites (eight with private pools) sits on a tranquil garden hillside in southern Bali, only 15 minutes from the international airport and offering sweeping views of Nusa Dua’s coastline and the Indian Ocean.

The resort’s 30-metre swimming pool is bordered by two-storey, paras-stone walls which rise to the Restaurant on one side and the Bar on the other.

Just below the resort lie the greens and fairways of the Bali Golf and Country Club, while Bali’s principal shopping areas are all close by.

Amanusa’s Beach Club, with its nine private bales, spreads across a powder-white beach and offers opportunities for water sports and sunbathing.

Zecha’s second island venture into Indonesia’s archipelago of over 17,000 islands occurred in 1993.


Amanwana, ‘peaceful forest’ was established on Moyo Island, a nature reserve in the Nusa Tenggara island chain.

Amanresorts wanted to protect this pristine environment while allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

As a result, a wilderness hideaway was created. No buildings were constructed, nor trees felled.

The environmentally sound solution was to pitch luxury tents.

Set in a secluded cove, the resort looks out over Amanwana Bay, a protected marine park, and beyond to the Flores Sea.

The camp’s 20 air-conditioned tents are each finished with hardwood flooring, a king-size bed and a large bathroom.

The resort features the Jungle Cove Spa and a music pavilion, and deer and monkeys are frequent sights.

With Amanwana’s own dive operation, both beginners and experienced divers can explore the biologically diverse waters of the Flores Sea, with some of the region’s top dive sites less than ten minutes away by boat.

The seasonal Amanwana Komodo Expedition is a seven-night cruise aboard the newly launched Amanikan, a custom-built 32-metre coastal cruiser featuring three elegantly appointed above-deck cabins, a foredeck with an outdoor dining and bar area and extensive dive facilities.

The cruise explores Nusa Tenggara’s pristine waters with visits to Rinca and Komodo islands to see the Komodo dragon.

The voyage’s final two nights are spent at Amanwana, enjoying wall dives from the beach and treks to jungle waterfalls, as well as spa treatments and a range of water- and nature-based activities.

Amanresorts’ fifth Indonesian resort was launched in 1997, not on the beach, but in Java’s cultural heartland overlooking the 9th century Buddhist sanctuary of Borobudur. 

Amanjiwo, ‘peaceful soul’, is an hour’s drive from Yogyakarta airport and is located within a natural amphitheatre, with the limestone Menoreh Hills rising directly behind and four volcanoes punctuating the horizon.

Amanjiwo offers 36 Suites (14 with private pools) mostly facing Borobudur, and specialises in cultural excursions to Borobudur and the ancient temples that populate Central Java, as well as to the royal capitals of Solo and Yogyakarta.

Moving south to another beautiful archipelago, Amanresorts acquired Hotel Bora Bora in 1989, a resort which had originally opened in 1961.

Facing one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons at pristine Pointe Raititi on the island of Bora Bora, Hotel Bora Bora has become a quintessential symbol of French Polynesia over the years.

Le Mélézin

Looking west to Europe, the ski resort of Le Mélézin was opened as an Aman resort in 1992.

Located in the Alpine village of Courchevel 1850 and rising four storeys into the pine-scented air of the French Alps, it is surrounded by the Trois Vallées, the world’s largest ski area.

Its enviable setting, directly alongside the Bellecôte piste, allows guests to ski in and out of the resort.

With its 31 Rooms, fireplaces, salon, heated indoor swimming pool and Turkish hammam (steam bath), Le Mélézin lends a refined Continental flair to winter activities.

Only 200 metres away in the village centre, a lively mix of après-ski bars, restaurants and boutiques extend further entertainment options.

Amanresorts ventured into the Philippines in 1993 after Adrian Zecha discovered the secluded island of Pamalican, which had previously belonged to a Japanese sugar company.

Bowled over by its beauty and with a view to expanding in Asia, Amanpulo, ‘peaceful island’, was opened soon after.

Embracing the entire sand and coral island, Amanpulo is approximately an hour’s flight from Manila. Its 40 Casitas are modelled after the Philippine bahay kubo (native dwellings), and each comes with an open-sided, motorised cart for getting around the island.

Amanpulo has also recently introduced a number of exclusive Villas to the island, ideal for groups and families.

The eight four-bedroom Villas, two two-bedroom Villas and the 1-bedroom Honeymoon Suite are all located on the beach.

Each features a private pool, separate living and dining pavilions, an outdoor lounge and a separate kitchen from which the private chef and butler work their magic.

The Villas are also for sale.

Marking Amanresorts’ first foray into North America, Amangani, ‘peaceful home’, was launched in 1998.

Clinging to the edge of East Gros Ventre Butte in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Amangani is located in a high mountain valley at the southern end of two of America’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries – Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone.

At nearly 2,135 metres above sea level, the three-storey resort offers 40 Suites looking out to the Snake River Range and the snow-capped peaks of the Teton Mountains and is a resort for all seasons.

In winter, there’s skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and sleigh rides into the National Elk Refuge.

The rest of the year, guests enjoy wildlife safaris, fly fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, river rafting, ballooning, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Of course, no romantic resort collection would be complete without Morocco.

Amanjena, ‘peaceful paradise’, opened in 2000, and lies within an oasis of palm and olive trees close to the ancient city of Marrakech.

The walled resort is situated alongside an 18-hole golf course, with a second course less than a kilometre away.

Amanjena’s Al Hamra Maison, 32 Pavilions, and six, two-storey Maisons radiate out from an ancient bassin (irrigation pool) and the Health and Beauty Centre features separate hammams for men and women.

The souks of Marrakech lie just past the resort’s pale-pink walls. Memorable day trips include the seaside town of Essaouira and the Berber villages of the High Atlas Mountains.

Back in Asia, Amansara was opened in Siem Reap in December 2002, after the opportunity arose to acquire Villa Princiere, the former guest villa of King Sihanouk.


Located just ten minutes from Angkor’s sprawling 12th century collection of temples, world-renowned as the seat of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer civilisation, Amansara has the gracious ambience of a private home.

The resort offers 24 Suites (12 with private pools) as well as an extensive Aman Spa, a 25-metre lap pool in addition to the main swimming pool and the central Restaurant in a lofty-ceilinged rotunda where King Sihanouk was fond of viewing movies.

Each Amansara Suite has its own remork (moped-powered trishaw) with driver and guide for sightseeing and daily expeditions to the ruins.

Establishing a presence in the vast subcontinent of India had also been under consideration for some time, and in November 2003, Amanresorts opened its first Indian resort, a luxury tented wilderness camp on the outskirts of Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park.

Aman-i-Khás is an adventure camp providing nature lovers a twice-daily opportunity to spot tigers and other wildlife from open-top safari vehicles.

Comprised of ten air-conditioned tents with separate living, sleeping and bathroom areas, Aman-i-Khás also features a separate Dining Tent, Lounge Tent and Spa Tent, as well as a traditional ‘step-well’ pool.

A cushioned seating area around a large fireplace serves as an informal lounge and dining space, ideal for basking in the sun and relaxing under the stars at night.

In July 2004, Amanresorts became the first international resort to open in Bhutan, the Himalayas’ last Buddhist kingdom. Today Amanresorts offer a series of lodges throughout five valleys and is the only resort group to offer this.

The first was Amankora Paro which opened in the Paro Valley.

Combining aman, the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, with kora, the word for ‘circular journey’ in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language, Amankora provides a unique circuit for the discovery of Bhutan’s unique culture and pristine landscapes.

Amankora is a series of guest lodges, located throughout Bhutan’s principal western and central valleys.

Amankora Punakha opened in the temperate Punakha Valley in September 2005. Amankora Gangtey and Amankora Thimphu followed in November and December 2005 respectively.

The fifth lodge Amankora Bumthang opened in November 2007.

The 24-suite Amankora Paro is sheltered within a blue-pine forest. 20 minutes from Bhutan’s international airport and Paro town, the resort lies beneath the ruins of the 17th century Drukyel Dzong (fortress-monastery) at approximately 2,250 metres above sea level.

Amankora Thimphu is a 16-suite lodge situated in the forested Thimphu Valley, home to Bhutan’s capital city.

Providing access to the museums, shops and numerous sites of the capital, it also acts as a quiet retreat, removed from the city’s activities.

Just north of the winter residence of Bhutan’s King is the eight-suite lodge Amankora Punakha.

Surrounded by paddy fields and fruit plantations, guest facilities occupy a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, while Guest Suites are set in a nearby orange orchard. Located in the spacious, seldom-visited valley of Phobjikha near the quaint village of Gangtey, is the eight-suite Amankora Gangtey.

On a forested knoll, the lodge has broad views of the valley floor and the impressive 16th century Gangtey Goemba.

Adjacent to the King of Bhutan’s Palace, Amankora Bumthang lies within the town of Jakar in the Choekhor Valley, known for its cottage industries that produce the sought-after Bumthang butter, Gouda and Emmenthal cheeses, honey and a variety of intriguing fruit spirits and brandies.

For guests staying seven nights or longer in Bhutan, a tailor-made Amankora Journey can be created based on preferred length of stay (from US$7,700 for single occupancy for seven nights).

This includes all accommodation and meals, road permits, private transport with driver and guide between the different lodges and the airport, plus a 60-minute massage at any Amankora Spa.

Back in India, Amanbagh followed Aman-i-Khás in the dramatic frontier state of Rajasthan in February 2005.


Combining aman with bagh, ‘garden’ in Hindi, the lush grounds of Amanbagh lie within a walled compound, formerly used as a staging area for royal tiger hunts by the Maharajah of Alwar.

A verdant oasis of mature palm, eucalyptus and fruit trees in this starkly beautiful region, Amanbagh evokes the grandeur of Moghul architecture in its domed cupolas and inner courtyards, and the use of makrana (pink marble) and sandstone pays homage to palatial haveli mansions.

Amanbagh offers a gateway to the rich cultural heritage of the region. Accommodation is divided between 16 Pool Pavilions and 24 Haveli Suites situated in two-storey structures either side of the central swimming pool, and on the secluded perimeter of the resort.

At approximately the same time that Amanbagh opened, long-standing plans for Amanresorts to develop a presence in Sri Lanka came to fruition with the opening of Amangalla in February 2005 and Amanwella in March 2005.

In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla is housed within the ramparts of the 17th century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The oldest operating hotel in Asia, having first opened its doors as the New Oriental Hotel in 1863, Amangalla’s fin de siècle ceilings, overhead fans and shady verandas speaks of bygone days.

Accommodation is in 28 Rooms, Chambers and Suites, as well as the two-storey Garden House.

Other facilities include a swimming pool in the 200-year-old gardens, the resort’s Spa ‘The Baths’, and yoga/meditation pavilions.

The Baths offers holistic treatments and hydrotherapy pools, as well as an in-house Ayurvedic practitioner who leads complete 7- and 14-day Ayurvedic programmes.

Amangalla provides a comfortable base for leisurely exploration of the Fort, the town, and the surrounding countryside featuring tea plantations and ancient temples.

Amanwella is a contemporary beachfront resort two hours drive east of Amangalla, near the village of Tangalle.

Situated in a mature stand of coconut trees fronting a crescent-shaped beach, Amanwella offers 30 air-conditioned Suites, each featuring a plunge pool and terrace.

With sliding panels that open to cooling sea breezes, Suites are linked by pathways along a landscaped rise and enjoy views of the coconut grove, the beach and the ocean.

A Beach Club provides options for water sports and casual dining, while the Restaurant specialises in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on freshly-caught seafood.

Short strolls reveal village life and just an hour or two’s drive away, ancient temples and national wildlife reserves provide yet more opportunities to explore Sri Lanka’s rich cultural and natural landscape. 

Aman Summer Palace

Amanyara was launched in 2006, a secluded Caribbean resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Located on the secluded west coast of the main island of Providenciales, adjacent to the remarkable reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, the 40-suite resort enjoys a pristine location, just a 25-minute drive from the international airport.

Entry to the resort is through a large reception pavilion that opens onto a central reflecting pond, framed by the Library, Bar and Restaurant.

The circular Bar offers a dramatic soaring roof and sea views, and is fronted by a 50-metre swimming pool and sun deck.

A new addition in 2008 was The Serenity Villa, a 13,000 square-foot wellness facility including a reception area, four treatment pavilions and a dedicated Pilates Studio, centred by a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers.

Amanyara’s 40 timber-shingled Pavilions are identical in layout and design, situated either on the edge of tranquil ponds or nestled in the vegetation along the oceanfront.

Amanyara also offers a select number of private Villas available for rent or purchase.

Opened in October 2008, Amanresort’s 20th anniversary year, Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is located adjacent to one of China’s most remarkable sites.

Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace – the beautiful 290-hectare garden estate built in 1750 as an imperial retreat for the Qing Dynasty – Aman at Summer Palace is housed in a series of dwellings, some of which were the original guest quarters for those awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi at the turn of the last century.

Aman at Summer Palace offers 18 Guestrooms, 32 Suites and The Imperial Suite (comprising three separate dwellings), as well as an array of dining options in peaceful courtyards.

An extensive underground facility houses the comprehensive Aman Spa with nine double treatment rooms, a kimrobinson Hair Studio offering unique hair spa treatments and Kim Robinson’s signature cuts, and a dedicated Pilates Studio.

Other wellness facilities on offer include two squash courts, a state-of-the-art Gymnasium staffed with full-time personal trainers, a 25-metre indoor pool and a Juice Bar.

The elegant library hosts regular calligraphy demonstrations and the 37-seat Cinema is ideal for the screening of movies or business presentations.

Moving to the Adriatic coast, another Aman opening in late 2008 was Villa Miločer, phase one of the resort Aman Sveti Stefan on Montenegro’s dramatic coastline.


A graceful former royal summer residence, Villa Miločer offers six Suites and two 1-bedroom Queen Marija Suites on the Villa’s grounds, as well as a number of dining venues.

Fronting a pink-sand beach, Villa Miločer looks out towards the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan, a 15th century fortified village.

The island officially opened in the summer of 2011 as the second phase of Aman Sveti Stefan.

It houses 50 Guest Rooms and Suites and offers diverse dining options in a uniquely atmospheric setting reminiscent of the island’s fabled past – The Piazza.

This open-air square is the heart and soul of the island’s village setting and features a Taverna, an Enoteca, a Pasticceria, an Antipasti Bar and a Cigar Room.

On the mainland are three other Aman Sveti Stefan dining venues: Queen’s Chair, Olive Restaurant and the Beach Café.

Aman Sveti Stefan guests can enjoy a range of massage and body treatments in one of the six spa cottages scattered over the island.

There is also a fully-equipped Gymnasium and the Cliff Pool which offers dramatic views of the Adriatic and a casual dining venue for light meals and drinks.

Following on from Aman-i-Khás and Amanbagh in Rajasthan, April 2009 saw the opening of Aman New Delhi, Amanresorts’ third Indian property.

Located on the edge of Lutyens Delhi, just minutes away from numerous iconic sites such as Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Qila and India Gate, the six-acre resort provides an essential respite in spacious surrounds – the ideal base from which to explore the city’s many diverse charms.

39 Aman Rooms and Suites are housed in a dramatic nine-storey structure, each offering its own private plunge pool – a unique feature in an urban retreat.

In addition, an elegant, low-rise, five-storey building overlooking a manicured courtyard houses 28 one-, two- and three-bedroom Lodhi Suites, most of which also feature private pools.

The Lodhi and The Aman provide guests with dining options ranging from authentic Catalan-inspired cuisine and tapas, to Indian and European comfort food, as well as French/Japanese kaiseki cuisine served at the Naoki counter.

Other facilities include the Aman Spa, a kimrobinson Hair Studio, the Library, a 50-metre pool, tennis and squash courts and an extensive Gymnasium.

The Bar and Cigar Lounge serve as ideal meeting places for guests and Delhi residents alike.

Yet another opening occurred 2009, with the mid-year launch of Amantaka in the heart of Luang Prabang.

This sleepy town in the north of Laos was declared a World Heritage Site for its exquisite architecture, intact culture and outstanding natural beauty in 1995.

Amantaka features 40 spacious Suites, many with private plunge pools and outdoor relaxing areas.

A large central courtyard contains the main swimming pool, while dining options range from authentic Lao cuisine to French-influenced international fare.

Amantaka’s Aman Spa offers four private treatment rooms, and other fitness facilities include a Gymnasium, a Yoga Studio and a tennis court.

There is also be a Library, a Boutique and an Art Gallery in which to relax or browse.

The second half of 2009 saw Amanresorts opening its second property in North America at the heart of the Four Corners region, where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet.

Home for centuries to the native Navajo people, it is now also home to Amangiri, ‘peaceful mountain’, a resort which provides guests with unprecedented access to the area’s geographic, historic and cultural marvels.

Set on a 243-hectare (600-acre) expanse of wilderness and ideally placed for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Colorado River and Bryce and Zion National Parks, Amangiri provides 34 guest suites all with spectacular desert-vista views.

The suites, many with private pools, are housed in two elegant wings that extend north and south from the central Pavilion in which the resort’s Living Room, Gallery, Library, Dining Room and main swimming pool are located.

The resort’s 2,322-square metre (25,000-square feet) Aman Spa is a destination unto itself featuring five treatment rooms and a number of unique treatment venues.

These include a Water Pavilion offering hydrotherapy treatments, a Floatation Pavilion offering colour therapy-enhanced floatation treatment, and generous spaces for working out, yoga and Amanresorts’ unique Pilates programme.

In early in 2010, Amanresort launched its 24th property, Amanfayun.

Named for a Tang Dynasty village which once inhabited the site, Amanfayun will be Amanresorts’ second property in China and will offer guests a unique rural retreat on the outskirts of the historic city of Hangzhou, just a 20-minute drive from the city centre.


Hangzhou is regarded as the most beautiful city in China due to its picturesque West Lake – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, countless pagodas, historic temples, botanical gardens, vast wetland areas and famous Longjing Tea plantations.

Amanfayun lies hidden in a valley to the west of West Lake within a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples.

The resort is comprised of 47 stone courtyard dwellings designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village and surrounded by tea plantations which yield some of the finest green tea in China.

Running the full extent of the property is the 600-metre Fayun Pathway – the village’s main thoroughfare. Most village accommodation, eateries, shops and public houses making up Amanfayun front this pedestrian-only path.

Amanfayun offers 42 rooms, suites and villas, most of which open onto private or semi-private courtyards.

The Restaurant is the resort’s main dining facility and also houses The Bar.

Upstairs is The Meeting Room with two external terraces. Other eateries in the village include the Steam House, Hangzhou House, the Vegetarian House and a traditional Tea House.

Central to the resort is Fayun Place which houses the hotel’s guest assistants, a lounging area where refreshments are served, the Cigar Room and the Library.

Amanfayun’s Aman Spa consists of five buildings set around tranquil courtyards and a swimming pool.

These include a Reception building with traditional reflexology treatments offered upstairs, a Bath House with three treatment rooms, a Movement Studio comprising a Pilates Studio, Gym, Tai Chi Room and juice bar, and a Finishing Salon providing hair and beauty treatments. The last two-storey structure houses the three double and two single treatment rooms.

From a tiny village in China, Amanresorts travelled to the Aegean coastline of Turkey, launching Amanruya in the summer of 2011.

Surrounded by pine forests and ancient olive groves, this new Aman destination overlooks the sea sailed by Homer’s heroes and counts among its ancient neighbours Apollo’s Temple at Didyma, the ruined city of Ephesus and the port of Halicarnassus with its 15th century castle of St. Peter – today the vibrant holiday town of Bodrum.

Inspired by the region’s traditional architecture and building methods, the resort ascends through a series of levels, offering 36 spacious Pool Terrace Cottages, each with a private garden and pool.

Set around a number of courtyards are four dining pavilions serving traditional Turkish foods, fresh seafood, continental fare and Asian-inspired dishes.

Home-baked bread and informal Meze platters make for superb in-suite dining or picnic options. The resort also offers a Terrace and Wine Lounge, and a casual dining venue at the Beach Club.

The Beach Club is situated 500 metres west of the main buildings on a sheltered pebble beach.

Protected by a headland and curled around a number of trees, it consists of a series of terraces with sun loungers overlooking a jetty and offshore swimming pontoon.

Water sports equipment including pedalos and small sailing boats is available.

Amanruya also offers a 50-metre swimming pool, a tennis court, a three-storey library, a boutique, an art gallery and two spa suites.

Amanresorts’ progress over the past two decades has been captured by renowned photographer Basil Pao and published in Aman2 – a beautiful record of a memorable journey.

Stunning photos depict each Aman resort, from Sri Lanka to Indonesia, and show moments which truly convey the warm heart of Amanresorts.

More Information

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