Here's What It's Like To Travel The World With Aman Via Private Jet
October 17, 2017 | BY Coco Marett
When it comes to luxury travel, there's no denying that Aman is in a league of its own. Partnering with leading luxury travel designer Remote Lands, Aman has launched an exclusive Private Jet Expedition that will take place from April 15 to May 6 2018.
The 22-day expedition takes just 16 guests on a private Airbus ACJ 319 for a journey around the world to nine of Aman's most esteemed properties.
From bustling metropolises like Tokyo and Shanghai to spiritual sanctuaries in Bhutan and India before a final flourish of luxury in Montenegro and Venice, here's what it's really like to travel in style:
Aman Tokyo, Japan
First stop is Aman Tokyo, and you’ll be landing just in time for sakura season, where the city turns pink from blooming cherry blossoms. Housed atop the Otemachi Tower in the heart of Ginza, this spectacular property could be described as a modern ryokan in the sky given its use of traditional Japanese design elements.
Options for your itinerary include sushi-making classes, lessons in the sword-fighting martial art known as laido and tea ceremonies, as well as private guided tours of the city’s finest attractions including Tsukiji Fish Market, the widely recognised Asakusa restaurant and the Imperial Palace Gardens.
Amanyangyun, Shanghai, China
From Tokyo, it’s on to another city that strikes a perfect balance between the charm of the old and the excitement of the new —Shanghai. Amanyangyun covers 100 acres on the outskirts of Shanghai, and comprises of contemporary structures that house 24 suites that perfectly complement the 26 antique villas, which were moved stone by stone from Fuzhou, almost 700km away.
Personalised excursions can be arranged for you to explore the beautiful French concession, straddle history and the future as you stroll the bund, and browse the galleries of the city’s M50 Art District, among many others.
Amanoi, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam
With the crystal waters and white sand of Vinh Hy Bay before you, and the dramatic landscape of Nui Chua National Park behind you, it’s hard not to be in awe at Amanoi. The property makes the most of its spectacular setting with plenty spaces that bring the outside in, including standalone guest pavilions, infinity pools and unique spa houses.
If you feel like venturing out, you can cycle through local villages for the rush of the morning markets, snorkel in the pristine coral reefs of the marine reserve or hike to Goga Peak’s heights and simply marvel at.
Amanpuri, Phuket, Thailand
Claiming a private peninsula along Phuket’s west coast, lined with coconut palms and embraced by lapping waves of the Andaman sea, is Amanpuri. The property boasts some of the best cuisine on the island including authentic Thai food made from local produce as well as Japan's UNESCO-recognised tradition of Washoku at Nama.
If you’re feeling adventurous, diving and island hopping can be arranged. Otherwise, stay put at the resort and soak up the sun, sea and sheer luxury of Amanpuri.
Amankora, Thimpu Bhutan
From palm trees to snow-capped peaks and valleys strung with prayer flags, welcome to the majestic Amankora in Bhutan. One of the most well-preserved cultures in the world, Bhutan is a country that values the happiness of its people over its GDP.
Over four nights, stay at two of Amankora’s five lodges and explore the valleys of Thimpu and Paro and marvel at the purity of the Kingdom’s air, its breathtaking natural beauty and inherent spirituality. Visit the region's most treasured historical sites including Taktsang, the fabled Tiger’s Nest Monastery, as well as Kyichu Llakhang, Paro Dzong and other ancient temples and fortresses.
On the final day, experience a blessing with his Eminence Neyphug Trulku Rinpoche, a spiritual master and one of Bhutan’s greatest living teachers.
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Amanbagh, Rajasthan, India
The spiritual journey continues at the spectacular palatial haveli estate of Amanbagh, situated in Rajasthan’s lush Aravalli Hills. The marble floors, domed cupolas, lavish gardens and ancient ruins are a living reminder of the Mughal Era, paired with contemporary decor and modern comforts that are unmistakably Aman.
Get into the thick of it as you explore the "Pink City" of Jaipur by private car, driver and guide, visiting the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Amber Fort and Johri Bazaar, cruise Mansarover Lake in a Kashmiri-built Shikara boat, discover the eerie ruins of deserted Bhanga and witness the Meena way of life in the isolated tribal village of Ajabgarh.
Amanzoe, Kranidi, Greece
Touch down in Athens where a helicopter awaits to take you to Amanzoe in the hills of Peloponnese, home to archaeological icons like ancient Olympia and UNESCO-protected Epidaurus as well as pristine beaches and the chic island of Spetses.
Amanzoe boasts 360-degree hilltop views of the coast and the Aegean Sea, surrounded by olive groves and private beach with its own Beach Club. Take a day to cruise the azure waters of the Argo-Saronic Gulf to Spetses and stroll the historic car-free streets before enjoying a seafood lunch at a local taverna.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
On the charming isle of Sveti Stefan, this Aman property is comprised of Villa Molicer—a former summer residence of Montenegrin royalty—as well as revamped 15th century cottages accessed via stone footpaths and a stunning free-standing Aman Spa, all surrounded by pink-hued beaches.
Explore premier attractions including Skadar Lake, the historic towns of Budva and Perast, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kotor – one of the best-preserved medieval towns on the Adriatic.
Aman Venice, Italy
Housed in a refurbished 16th century palazzo on the Grand Canal, Aman Venice is home to museum-quality treasures including Tiepolo frescoes, Sansovino fireplaces, gilded ceilings and centuries-old leather wall coverings.
The hotel’s knowledgeable guides will help you make the most of your two-night stay, with insights on destinations like St Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace and Rialto Market. Bespoke tours of the city’s impressive art galleries and collections can also be arranged.
A dinner held in one of the palazzo’s opulent dining rooms, overlooking the Grand Canal during sunset, concludes this journey to some of the most incredible corners of the world.
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