What is an Amanjunkie and how to become one?

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At the moment: Journey tip: The way to develop into an Amanjunkie?

It’s no secret that I’m a devoted ‘Amanjunkie’ (along with being a Soneva addict). I’m usually utilizing this time period in my weblog and my YouTube movies, however I understand that not all of you could be accustomed to the time period.  The time period contains the century outdated phrase “aman”, which implies “peace, safety, security, shelter, safety” within the Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Ge’ez, Amharic, Urdu and Persian languages. At the moment, Aman is best identified because the world’s most unique lodge model, working 34 uberluxurious resorts and accommodations in 21 locations, starting from the desert sands of Marrakech and the snowy peaks of Wyoming to the jungle-clad ruins of Siem Reap and the white sandy seashores of the Caribbean. You’ll find an summary of all of the Aman Inns & Resorts right here.


The story of Aman goes again to a few a long time in the past, when the corporate was based by the Singapore primarily based, Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zecha. The primary Aman got here into being by means of comfortable accident. In search of a vacation residence in Phuket (Thailand), Zecha got here throughout an impressive coconut grove on the island’s west coast, however his artistic plans quickly developed into an concept to construct a small boutique resort. Zecha and his buddies invested their very own cash within the enterprise as no banks would lend for the undertaking because of the small variety of deliberate rooms, and in 1988 the lodge opened underneath the identify Amanpuri (which means place of peace). A welcome reprieve from the unremarkable mega resorts that dominated the Eighties, Amanpuri was an prompt hit, obtained a number of press, and in addition raised the usual of five-star accommodations to dizzying new heights (with the introduction of a culturally-rooted method to service, personal plunge swimming pools and new facilities like in-room massages, all unprecedented on the time).

Over the subsequent three a long time, the Aman branded slowly expanded with the opening of retreats everywhere in the world, and in addition began growing and breeding a fan base of loyal vacationers who plan their holidays in line with the placement of Aman resorts throughout the globe. Though I don’t know the place this time period comes from, these self-confessed followers grew to become generally known as Amanjunkies. And the time period even gained in recognition lately due to Instagram, the place Amanjunkies attempt to outdo one another with essentially the most artsy and serene pictures of Aman resorts underneath the hashtag #amanjunkie.

Are you an Amanjunkie? If sure, depart a remark about your favourite Aman resort!

There are not any situations to develop into an Amanjunkie. You’ll merely develop into one throughout/after your first keep at an Aman resort. Certainly, when you keep at an Aman resort, you’re hooked for all times (and every little thing else will pale as compared). Each Amanjunkie is aware of that the entire lodge group’s properties have seven issues in widespread that set them other than their opponents:

  • Distinctive areas that may take your breath away, whether or not it’s due to their pure magnificence, city setting or cultural significance.
  • A visually beautiful and sometimes spartan minimalist design that evokes an ultra-sleek but heat and intimate atmosphere.
  • A fabulous pool space, which all the time comes with a number of super-large swimming pools, a peaceable environment, and – more often than not – terrific views.
  • Implausible meals that will not be misplaced in a 3 star Michelin restaurant in Paris, Hong Kong or New York.
  • A small variety of rooms (usually lower than 60), enhancing the personal and unique really feel
  • Personalised actions and excursions that may submerge you within the vacation spot’s genuine vibe.
  • Above all, impeccable service, with the employees all the time understanding what you need even earlier than you do.

Aman resorts are among the many costliest accommodations on this planet, usually charging greater than $2000 USD per evening. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that Aman counts the wealthy and well-known amongst its clientele, together with A listing celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg, Angelina Jolie, the Beckham household, and Invoice Gates. But, Amanjunkies should not solely super-wealthy vacationers; the reality is that many Amanjunkies, together with myself, should not notably rich however want to spend their cash on a few nights at an Aman resort as a substitute of a few weeks at a non-remarkable resort for a similar value. If you keep at Aman, you pay for an expertise unequalled wherever else, but in addition for all times lengthy reminiscences. And regardless of the sky-high charges, friends – the rich and never so rich – preserve coming again: 50% of all bookings at Aman resorts are repeat friends and the variety of properties visited amongst Amanjunkies is one thing to tout and be pleased with.

Sadly, Aman doesn’t have a loyalty program, most likely as a result of their rich and constant friends preserve returning anyway. As well as, the model doesn’t compromise on exclusivity as you can not e book Aman accommodations apart from through the Aman web site, luxurious journey brokers and a few bank card firms. So, it doesn’t make sense to start out in search of the speed of an Aman lodge on aggregator web sites like Hotelscombined and Trivago, since Aman received’t pop up within the search outcomes anyway. Nonetheless, there are some ideas & tips that may prevent a few hundred {dollars} per evening when staying at an Aman lodge, which I defined right here.

It stays to be seen whether or not Aman will have the ability to uphold its legendary fame sooner or later. The model, which constructed a part of its fame on the distant and culturally immersed areas of its accommodations, modified possession prior to now decade and has been slowing down its variety of new lodge openings. One undertaking to be enthusiastic about is Aman’s forthcoming debut within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2023. True to its pioneering spirit, the model will develop three distinct resorts which can supply entry to Saudi Arabia’s unspoilt landscapes and archaeological websites, which have lengthy remained undiscovered. This growth will embrace a tented camp, a resort near Al Ula’s spectacular heritage areas; and a ranch-style desert resort nestled in an otherworldly setting. One other new Aman opening I’m enthusiastic about as an Amanjunkie is Aman New York, which can open this August (bookings will be made right here). Nonetheless, all the opposite lodge openings that Aman has introduced prior to now years appear to capitalize on reasonably properly established vacationer locations, like Bangkok, Miami, Beverly Hills and Cabo San Lucas.


Learn my critiques of Aman accommodations right here:
  • Assessment: Aman Sveti Stefan (Montenegro)
  • Assessment of Amankila, Bali’s greatest luxurious lodge
  • Assessment of Amandari (Ubud, Bali)
  • Assessment: Amanjiwo, Borobudur (Java, Indonesia)
  • amanzoe Assessment: PHENOMENAL Amanzoe (Peloponnese, Greece)
  • Assessment of PHENOMENAL Amanwella (Tangalle, Sri Lanka)
  • Assessment of Amangalla (Fort Galle, Sri Lanka)
  • Assessment: Amanoi, essentially the most unique lodge in Vietnam
  • Resort evaluate: phenomenal Aman Tokyo (Japan)
  • Resort evaluate: Amanemu, Shima Peninsula (Japan)
  • Resort evaluate: ultraluxe Amanpuri, Phuket (Thailand)
  • review aman venice Assessment: Aman Venice (Italy)
  • Resort Assessment: Amanfayun, Hangzhou (China)
  • Resort evaluate: Aman at Summer time Palace, Beijing
  • Resort Assessment: Amanruya, Bodrum (Turkey)
  • Resort evaluate: Amanyara (Turks & Caicos)

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