The summer season is fast approaching and what better way to enjoy it than a trip to Aman’s properties in and around Europe. From private beaches and intimate chefs table to historic cruises and wellness specialists, Aman offers a host of life enhancing experiences to cultivate a sense of consciousness and to re-connect with the body, mind and soul.
Before a trip, it’s important to prepare the skin for the impact of sun exposure. In preparation, apply the Nourishing Jade Soak and Scrub to rejuvenate skin followed by a generous layer of Nourishing Body Oil and Nourishing Golden Body Serum to ensure the skin is fully hydrated.
To remedy dry skin and breakouts caused by air travel, apply Aman Skincare’s Purifying Marine Face Wash combined with the Purifying Ocean Face Mist andPurifying Hyaluronic Face Hydrator, to transform skin from dull and dehydrated to fresh and glowing. For ultimate stress-free travel pack the Grounding Pulse Point Remedy, essential for keeping calm and balanced, even in the most hectic airports.
Aman Venice, Italy
Overlooking the garden of the 16th-century palazzo, Aman Venice has launched The Palazzo Kitchen Table, an intimate private dining experience. Seating just ten diners, the Palazzo Kitchen Table offers a calendar of themed dinners and culinary events from guest chefs and the hotel’s own Executive Chef Dario Ossola.
Appropriately named ‘Cook the Lagoon’, the private dinners at the Palazzo Kitchen Table will offer guests the opportunity to witness each chef’s culinary interpretation of local ingredients harvested from the Venetian lagoon and its islands. The live cooking sessions will be interactive, allowing guests to partake in the process of creating dishes. The pop-up events include dining experiences from chefs Alfred Russo, Davide Oldani, Aida Koji and Riccardo De Prà.
Re-opening for the season on 3rd April, Amanzoe welcomes a host of new culinary experiences for guests this year. Executive Chef Dimitis Melemenis will guide olive oil tastings, with suggestions of food pairings, and explain why Greece’s most famous export produces different flavours depending on the region. Keeping with the culinary, Amanzoe launches its first product of the month series, which sees the hotel champion local and seasonal ingredients throughout its restaurants. From cherries and asparagus in May to figs and okra in July, special dishes and recipes are created to showcase the finest Greek ingredients at their optimum.
Down at the Amanzoe Beach Club, a new BBQ Brunch is available twice a month from June, offering a feast of souvlaki and grilled fish in a casual setting with feet in the sand.
Opening its doors for another season on 12th April, Amanruya welcomes Executive Chef Cihan Beyit to the hotel. Inspired by old traditions and discovering a true taste of Turkey, Chef Cihan has created a new menu at the Beach Club which is now home to a wood fired oven. Serving Turkish pizza known as pide and lahmacun as well as grilled dishes, the relaxed and informal menu is perfect to enjoy beachside.
In addition, Amanruya opens a new bar for the 2019 season. A perfect sundowner spot, the new bar offers signature cocktails, infused with local herbs, and an extensive list of wines from independent vineyards, all accompanied by live music each evening. With a host of different dining options, Amanruya has introduced their wine cellar as a venue for intimate dinners and events, as well as weekly tastings led by the sommelier. Looking seaward, Amanruya offers a host of new cruise experiences onboard their 40ft yacht which now moors in a marina on the other side of the Bodrum peninsula. This new location allows for tailor-made cruises experiences to the islands of Kos to discover hidden ruins and historic caves.
Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Complete with quiet cobbled streets and stunning ocean views, the island of Sveti Stefan re-opens for the season on 30th April offering a peaceful retreat for the summer. In addition to a new one-bedroom cottage which comes with a spacious private terrace, the spa at Aman Sveti Stefan welcomes three new specialists to the property this year. The first is Osi Geva (15th May – 30th June) who specialises in acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine to help treat digestive problems and regulate imbalance, all while using a personalised prescription for each individual.
For exceptional yoga experiences at the hotel, look no further than Daniela DaSilva who visits from 1st June to 15th September. A certified mindfulness teacher, Daniela guides Yin and Vinyasa Flow practices as well as offering meditation and stress therapy. The third guest specialist is Master Practioner Robert Hyrsky (1st July – 15th September) who offers detox massage, craniosacral therapy and reconnective healing for the mind, body and soul. The hotel’s main pool, aqua yoga classes are now available, and unlike regular yoga, the practice in water has little to no impact on the joints and helps improve balance issues that are usually harder to tackle on land.
Further afield, enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakech with a retro twist at Amanjena, who have welcomed a new fleet of vintage motorbikes. Decorated in racing green, complete with sidecar, the motorbikes offer an exhilarating way to discover off-the-beaten-track Marrakech – a truly unique way to see the Red City. In the Medina’s beautiful maze,through the ancient French neighbourhood or in the mythical palm grove, Marrakech is always full of surprises. The tour takes in hidden treasures of the city from a vivid flea market and secret garden, to old art deco buildings and khettaras in the palm grove, all of which can be enjoyed during the open-air ride. Back at the hotel relax at the pool or enjoy a signature hammam at the spa.
The traditional treatment is performed in a steam heated room where the application of a unique black olive oil soap is applied by a skilled therapist; followed by an intensive exfoliating process with a kiis that leaves the skin radiant and glowing. The traditional and local Rhassoul, a natural clay sourced from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is then applied as a full-body mask to nourish and hydrate the skin.