Other recommended activities include giving the gift of water, by assisting local communities in creating proper irrigation channels or alternatively engaging in the Drukgyel Central School’s agricultural programme, where many of the children from the area go to study. Contributing resources such as farming or gardening tools, seeds, saplings or donating directly to the agriculture fund can greatly impact their futures – an extremely fulfilling activity that provides a new kind of happiness for all involved.
A place of untouched beauty and deep Buddhist faith, here guests can discover the lifestyle of Vajrayana Buddhist hermits, who commit to their faith by giving up almost all their possessions to engage in meditation, prayers and spiritual learning.
Amankora’s Quest for Happiness is also designed with sustainability in mind. Throughout the stay, small changes such as using refillable thermos during hikes and creating menus focused on local produce from Amankora’s own gardens, make the entire stay in Bhutan carefully considered, where opportunities to meet local families, farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs and leaders provide a transformative experience for body, mind and soul.
The Quest for Happiness journey will be available to guests visiting Amankora throughout the winter season, from 1 December 2022 to 28 February 2023 and 1 May to 31 August 2023.
There is the opportunity to assist in creating a children’s park on the school’s land.
Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace), in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept and, since then, Aman has grown to encompass 34 exquisitely serene hotels and resorts in 20 destinations across the world, with a further nine projects in the pipeline.
In such spectacular settings, Aman has honed its offering with its transformative influence on mind, body and spirit through harmoniously designed environments transporting guests out of their everyday lives. Twelve properties also offer private branded Residences: sanctuaries that go beyond commonplace notions of luxury allowing a select few to make the Aman way of life a permanent reality.
Small changes such as using refillable thermos during hikes and creating menus focused on local produce from Amankora’s own gardens.
In recent years, Aman has grown to offer its coveted lifestyle beyond the parameters of its havens. In 2018, the introduction of Aman Skincare continued the brand’s holistic influence, offering beautiful, scented formulas using powerful all-natural ingredients and inspired by Aman Spas. The introduction of Sva – a range of supplements designed to help maintain optimum health – and Aman Fine Fragrance in 2020 continued this journey, bringing Aman into the comfort of home. This sentiment was echoed in 2021, with the arrival of a new retail collection, The Essentials by Aman, comprising timeless ready-to-wear pieces that answer the needs of every Aman guest.
With innovation a cornerstone of the brand’s philosophy, in 2020 Aman welcomed a new hotel brand, Janu – meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit. Janu offers a unique take on hospitality where genuine human interaction, playful expression and social wellness are at the core of the experience. Janu aims to bring balance to the head and heart and rekindle the soul. Three forthcoming Janu hotels are already under construction: Tokyo; AlUla in Saudi Arabia and Montenegro.