AMANPURI: THE LEGEND RETURNS TO PHUKET
With its tranquil setting, Amanpuri has served as a sanctuary for guests for over three decades. Soundtracked by the whispers of coconut palms and the sighs of the Andaman Sea, Aman’s first resort presides over its own peninsula, promising space and serenity surrounded by nature. Its pitched-roofed pavilions and villas, Holistic Wellness Centre and pristine secluded beach create an iconic retreat, that is still renowned today as Aman’s flagship. Though the past months have been void of travel for many, Amanpuri reopens its doors on 1 August, and is ready and waiting to welcome guests to enjoy its legendary hospitality once again. From visiting Michelin-starred chefs to the new Sunset Terrace, a host of experiences await, tailored for international travellers seeking solace on Phuket’s shores.
With a holistic focus, the new Journey to Peace: As it is Retreat runs from 19-25 October and will be led by Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Lama (monk) Master Geshe YongDong (Geshe La); one of the few Bon spiritual masters living in the west. During the retreat, Geshe La will guide participants on how to ‘let go’, allowing them to find clarity and solace in the present moment through daily Tsa Lung breathwork and a 90-minute group training session. The programme also includes an Aman Signature spa treatment and a daily 90-minute evening chanting session, mantra recitation and meditation. Accommodation and full board are included, with optional daily group movement classes and airport transfers.
Also focusing on wellness, the resort is offering a new five-night Laguna Phuket Triathlon Retreat, designed specifically for athletes competing in Asia’s longest running triathlon. From 18-23 November, the retreat takes place before the event to prepare individuals for the challenge. Each guest will receive an initial 3D scan and a consultation before gaining access to the resort’s extensive Hydrotherapy facilities and taking part in stretching sessions and guided practice rides. The Amanpuri team will also handle all preparation required, including transport to the event site for race pack collection, bike registration and pre-race briefing. A tailored meal plan will be served throughout the retreat and on the evening prior, participants will enjoy an early dinner, as well as a special turndown service with sleep-improving oils and a sleep mask. To remember the occasion, a photographer will be provided by the resort with a photo framed and presented upon departure. A session with a doctor, an IV energy-boosting drip and Laughter Yoga on the beach follow the event, to help restore the body to optimum health.
Amanpuri’s carefully calibrated Individual Wellness Immersions, will also continue throughout 2021, balancing every aspect of health and wellness. Tailored to meet personal goals, the multi-day programmes are based on thorough testing and assessments and include a customised routine with daily spa and wellness treatments, a considered diet or cleanse, and suggested exercise.
In addition to the reopening, guests can benefit from a range of new offers designed for groups. Ideal for those searching for their own tropical escape, the Amanpuri Villa Experience showcases the best of Phuket and the Amanpuri lifestyle from the comfort of a spacious private villa. Guests staying for a minimum of three nights will enjoy full board with a personal Thai chef and butler, a 60-minute holistic massage, daily group movement classes and full access to the resort’s exceptional facilities such as the Eco-Beach Discovery Centre and digital hub known as the Hot Spot, for children and teenagers.
Alternatively, the Amanpuri Family Escape provides the opportunity for multi-generation groups to reconnect with a variety of activities included, suitable for guests of all ages. A minimum three-night stay will include a family cooking class, as well as non-motorised water sports and daily movement sessions. For younger ones, crafts, skateboarding and the climbing wall at the Eco-Beach Discovery Centre and Hot Spot keep active minds entertained, while breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner are also included for a seamless stay.
For guests looking to celebrate a special occasion, or simply make up for lost time, Amanpuri also welcomes a host of gastronomy experiences this coming season. Whether gathering around the table with friends or enjoying a family event, the new Sunset Terrace offers an idyllic destination for coming together, with breathtaking views across the bay. For 2021, the terrace unveils a new menu, alongside a cocktail list created by Amanpuri’s mixologist and inspired by Thai myths, legends and folk stories. Alternatively, Amanpuri’s newest dining location, the floating platform, is available during high-season (from November onwards) and provides the perfect place to share stories of the day-gone-by. A tiny private island of one’s own, guests have the exclusive opportunity to experience a sense of solace while enjoying dinner adrift in the Andaman Sea.
The resort is also pleased to present a new Gastronomy Series, with Michelin-starred chefs invited to Amanpuri’s restaurant kitchens on selected dates throughout 2021. Confirmed names include Chef Wilfrid Hocquet, Executive Chef at Blue by Alain Ducasse, with many more to come. Each exclusive menu will be served in one of Amanpuri’s spectacular settings, showcasing both local and international cuisine. Other culinary highlights include a Thai Cooking Masterclass with Chef Kannika, a Pasta Making Masterclass ideal for families, and a range of intimate dining experiences such as a private beach barbecue by candlelight and an Andaman Sunset Cruise with a picnic on board the resort’s Mastercraft boat.