The palpable sense of timelessness that pervades every Aman property is the perfect antidote to the whirlwind of our modern world. Where better than to maximise leap year and give February’s extra day its full weight and worth? At Aman destinations around the globe in 2020, use that extra time you’re always after to learn a new skill, experience a new culture or simply do something unique with those you love. Be it fossil hunting with Amangiri’s Paleontologist in Utah, pottery lessons in Turkey at Amanruya, learning Muay Thai kickboxing at Amanpuri in Phuket, exploring Nui Chua National Park from Amanoi in Vietnam or hand-making incense at Amankora in Bhutan; Aman’s entire ethos is built around making every second count.
Embrace Buddhism at Amantaka, Laos
Deepen your understanding of Buddhism at Amantaka’s new Buddhist Learning Centre right in the heart of the Unesco-protected town of Luang Prabang. At the foot of sacred Mount Phousi, surrounded by the golden spires of ancient temples, absorb the peace within this leafy sanctuary while learning more about the practices and principles of Buddhism. Abbot Sengdao Santikaro offers daily private teachings, explaining Buddhism’s five principles of good living and answering questions. Meditation will be offered daily, and Senior Monk Sombath Watsiphoutthabat will offer personalised tours of Wat Siphoutthabath. Guests can also take part in almsgiving at dawn, when 70 monks walk their daily route past the entrance of Amantaka and its tranquil gardens.
Learn to kite surf at Amanpulo, Philippines
Crystal clear waters and the consistent amihan (northeasterly wind) make Amanpulo a paradise for kite surfers and other water sports enthusiasts. The Amanpulo Kite & Surf Centre is equipped with comprehensive professional gear, and a team certified by the International Kiting Organisation conduct lessons for riders of all levels including complete beginners. For those visiting later in the year, don’t miss the once in a lifetime opportunity to assist in the release of baby turtles, helping to ensure the continued preservation of these endangered species.
Share in Balinese culture at Amandari
Experience the abiding serenity of Balinese culture at Amandari, an intrinsic part of Kedewatan Village near Ubud. Built within Kedewatan, with over 70% of its staff from the village and well- trodden pathways through the resort used by farmers, children and neighbours alike, Amandari is uniquely integrated into local Balinese life. Guests can visit a local medicine practitioner, learn to cook or make floral offerings in the village, hike and cycle with local guides and watch the children’s dance classes that take place at the resort. Amandari is a main sponsor of local temple ceremonies and festivals, and supports the Kesayan Ikang Papa Orphanage, founded in 1983 for disabled children.
Snowshoe in the Alps from Aman Le Melezin
Experience the beauty and serenity of winter in the French Alps through a snowshoeing adventure that takes guests off piste into the untouched terrain of the vast Les Trois Vallees – the largest interconnected ski resort in the world. On returning to Aman Le Melezin, relax with panoramic views over Courchevel or ease the chill of the outdoors in the hotel’s comprehensive Aman Spa.
Create your own perfume with Aman Venice
Surrounded by the romance and history of the floating city, guests can learn about the delicate art of perfume creation and design their own signature scent at the stately Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo. This two-hour experience with the lauded Venetian parfumerie Mavive will offer a fascinating insight into the history of fragrances.
Taste Montenegrin wines with Aman Sveti Stefan
Not far from the iconic islet of Aman Sveti Stefan lie the vineyards of Virpazar, from which the Masanovic family have made the country’s legendary Vranac wine for centuries. Guests of the resort enjoy a personal welcome and tour of the family vineyards, as well as a one of a kind tasting of Vranac Barrique and their exceptional dessert wine accompanied by snacks. These include dried figs and walnuts from the farm’s orchards, and homemade Montenegrin pastries. Brandies distilled from plums, grapes, kiwis, apples and pears are also available for tasting.
Learn a martial art with Aman Tokyo
Laido is one of Japan’s oldest martial arts – incredibly graceful, yet potentially deadly with its long carved katana sword. However, the Laido saying: Saya no uchi de katsu meaning “Obtain victory with your sword still in its scabbard” reveals the art’s focus on cultivating mental and spiritual strength. The 90-minute workshop takes place in a traditional dojo near Aman Tokyo and includes lessons in Samurai etiquette and six kata manoeuvres. The final move taught is a tameshigiri slicing technique with a katana.
Practice yoga at sunrise at Amanbagh
With the sun rising over the atmospheric ruins of the ghost city Bhangarh, discover a peace of mind through meditation and hatha yoga, in absolute silence and privacy. Few travellers find their way to this intriguing, forgotten city, but it is easily accessible from Amanbagh in the Aravalli Hills. After the last sun salutation, enjoy a cleansing vegetarian breakfast and soak in the tranquility of this beautiful spot.
Take a voyage of discovery aboard Amandira or Amanikan
Explore the realm of the Komodo dragon, the storied Spice Islands and the underwater kingdoms of Raja Ampat and the Flores Sea. Climb volcanoes, dive with manta rays and bask in rose-hued sunsets from the decks of Aman’s custom-made expedition vessels – five-cabin Amandira and three-cabin Amanikan. Fully-staffed and yours to command, each yacht will take you on a journey to rarely-seen wonders with every detail personalised.
Play a round of golf at Playa Grande alongside Amanera
With 10 of its 18 holes along the coastline – more than any other course in the western hemisphere – Playa Grande is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Backed by mountains and fringed by the magnificent Playa Grande Beach, the course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior and recently refreshed by his son, Rees. Immediately adjacent to the course, Amanera can arrange on- course instruction with Julio Santos, the first Dominican to play in a PGA tournament.
Improve your photography skills at Amansara
Whether you aspire to photograph at a professional level or purely for pleasure, turn touring of the Angkor temples into a private tutorial with legendary photographer, John McDermott. John will meet guests at Amansara – just 10 minutes from the entrance to the temples – and craft an excursion to specific sacred sites or villages designed to meet your photographic goals. While teaching techniques applicable in any context, he will also reveal Angkor’s most secret and photogenic locations.