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Old Mar 8, 10, 2:48 am
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Originally Posted by zedthedeadpoet View Post
Thanks, vuittonsofstyle.

Anything I need to know consider with regards to the climate in December for any of these three particular properties?

If we wanted to make a excursion to the Taj Mahal, from which resort would you recommend? I'd imagine we could do it from either Aman New Delhi or Amanbagh. Aman reservations said it was a four-hour trip from Amanbagh. Not sure we want to do an eight-hour trip for what would amount to only a few hours at the Taj Mahal.
I personally think it's crazy to think of doing an excursion to the Taj Mahal, but if you want to get up at dawn, then the best way is to get the train from Delhi to Agra - Shathabi Express (sorry about spelling, but not at home right now) and then back again.

It can be really quite cold in December, so take some warm sweaters and jackets for the evenings. It gets particularly cold in Ranthambhore.
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Originally Posted by vuittonsofstyle View Post
I personally think it's crazy to think of doing an excursion to the Taj Mahal, but if you want to get up at dawn, then the best way is to get the train from Delhi to Agra - Shathabi Express (sorry about spelling, but not at home right now) and then back again.

It can be really quite cold in December, so take some warm sweaters and jackets for the evenings. It gets particularly cold in Ranthambhore.

Aman will gladly with a supplement of USD 250 on your Aman India journey package make the detour via Agra (Taj Mahal) and Fatehpur Sikri - both an absolute must - on your Aman Delhi to Amanbagh transfer. Taking the train without assistance with bags is nonsense.

I left at 0730 and in less than 4 hours was in Agra for a visit to Taj Mahal, then a nice vegatarian buffet lunch at the Taj Hotel (now called gateway) and then on to Fatehpur Sikri. Leaving Fatehpur Sikri at 4 PM the road till Amanbagh was surprisingly good and I arrived by 6:30 PM.

Make sure to have a Terrace Haveli suite at Amanbagh and transferring to Aman-i-khas pass via Amber Fort and Jaipur.

Return from Aman-i-khas to Delhi is convenient and pleasant by train in a private compartment. You will be on time for all evening departures from DEL or another delightful night at extremely well managed (Henry Gray) Aman Delhi.
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Originally Posted by behuman View Post
Aman will gladly with a supplement of USD 250 on your Aman India journey package make the detour via Agra (Taj Mahal) and Fatehpur Sikri - both an absolute must - on your Aman Delhi to Amanbagh transfer. Taking the train without assistance with bags is nonsense.

I left at 0730 and in less than 4 hours was in Agra for a visit to Taj Mahal, then a nice vegatarian buffet lunch at the Taj Hotel (now called gateway) and then on to Fatehpur Sikri. Leaving Fatehpur Sikri at 4 PM the road till Amanbagh was surprisingly good and I arrived by 6:30 PM.

Make sure to have a Terrace Haveli suite at Amanbagh and transferring to Aman-i-khas pass via Amber Fort and Jaipur.

Return from Aman-i-khas to Delhi is convenient and pleasant by train in a private compartment. You will be on time for all evening departures from DEL or another delightful night at extremely well managed (Henry Gray) Aman Delhi.
I am doing exactly this trip in November, but staying a night at the Oberoi in Agra. Glad to hear that the transport was seamless.
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Old Mar 9, 10, 12:23 am
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Originally Posted by zedthedeadpoet View Post
Thanks, vuittonsofstyle.
If we wanted to make a excursion to the Taj Mahal, from which resort would you recommend? I'd imagine we could do it from either Aman New Delhi or Amanbagh. Aman reservations said it was a four-hour trip from Amanbagh. Not sure we want to do an eight-hour trip for what would amount to only a few hours at the Taj Mahal.
If at all possible, I'd avoid day-tripping to the Taj... If you take the train from Delhi, you arrive at the Taj along with a whole train-load of tourists - and just a few minutes before the coach-parties. Driving in the dark is a bad idea in India, so there's no way to get to Agra before the crowds descend.

The Taj.... it's one of those places which can be either utterly infuriating... when glimpsed through five hundred other tourists in the mid-day boiling sun... or utterly magical - when you visit at first light, maybe a couple dozen other visitors in the whole vast complex. Sit on the steps of one of the old ruined mosques and watch the white marble changing colour in the rising sun... catch a sense of the melancholy strangeness of the place... it was built to be the saddest monument on earth, after all. Amarvilas is the way to go, for a night at least. In the evening, perfect cocktails on the terrace, and the Taj in the distance and the sunset, seemingly all to yourself. Moments that make your trip to India.... Daytrips... well, Aman would handle them brilliantly, but I still think they're to be avoided if at all possible. Never underestimate how tricky and tiring traveling in India can be - four hours on the road there is not like four hours in most other places.
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Some photos and details on The Aman Spa @ The Connaught from an online article:
http://www.etbmice.com/article.asp?articleid=3855

Some nice Amangiri pics here :
http://www.lakepowellrealty.net/2010...amangiri-tour/

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Old Mar 13, 10, 3:10 am
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[QUOTE=behuman;13533189]Aman will gladly with a supplement of USD 250 on your Aman India journey package make the detour via Agra (Taj Mahal) and Fatehpur Sikri - both an absolute must - on your Aman Delhi to Amanbagh transfer. Taking the train without assistance with bags is nonsense.

You have done it, have you? We had plenty of assistance - much more preferable than spending hours on the road, given that the OP was just visiting Agra for the day, not doing a major tour, which, if you include Fatehpur Sikri, would be incredibly tiring.

I do not endorse the concept of travel that is all about ticking the boxes - been here, done that. You see nothing if you rush around India in a whirlwind of sightseeing tours. You need to stop and look up and smell the flowers, but then, I have only been travelling to India for 30 years, so what do I know.
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Amanyara Trio Free At Last?!?!?!?
Anyone heard of this armed robbery? I'm not sure what is more disturbing...the fact that it happened or the fact that whoever did it has not been brought to justice.

http://www.tcweeklynews.com/default....lynews&he=.com
Is this even a legitimate news source?
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wow. makes me wonder about other hotel security. while some countries having little/no liability would be good, there are still other factors. presumably the "best" would be regions where the conflicts/terrorism are far enough away, but close enough to have security with it in mind.
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Amankora have posted this on facebook:

http://www.cooleremail.net/users/debbiechi/Master_030910$Torunn.html

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(missing an "L" on the end >)
http://www.cooleremail.net/users/debbiechi/Master_030910$Torunn.html
(discussing philanthropy)
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Old Mar 14, 10, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
(missing an "L" on the end >)
http://www.cooleremail.net/users/debbiechi/Master_030910$Torunn.html
(discussing philanthropy)
Thanks Kage, I need to stick to the day job!!!
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http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/13353090-post51.html

aman has now blocked the ability to look at the old pages...

from my post i can only gather this - during tsunami discount @ amanpuri > 2BR from $900 and/or 3BR from $1350.

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Thanks Kage, I need to stick to the day job!!!
ive learned from failing @ copy/paste many times. also used to having websites/browsers/etc break links.

found some financial numbers for amanresorts:
2009 - "down 20%"
march 2008 > march 2009 revenue $1.2B net $365MM
march 2007 > march 2008 revenue $1.3B ebitda $793MM net $568MM
march 2006 > march 2007 revenue $315MM ebitda $218MM net $90MM
...
2000 - revenue $61MM ebitda $30MM (ebitda per room = $75K, vs $4K for FS)
1999 - revenue $50MM editda $15MM

(29% > 44% margins )

and another interesting article http://www.forbes.com/global/2000/03...46a_print.html
Harald and Waltra Jrgensen, a retired German couple, proudly call themselves junkies. Each year for the past nine, they have come to Amanpuri and stayed for ten weeks.
they should have bought a villa

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Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
and another interesting article http://www.forbes.com/global/2000/03...46a_print.html

they should have bought a villa
Well found Kage and interesting.

While aman sveti stefan (phase 2) continues slowly it seems that Four Seasons and Banyan Tree are working on projects in Montenegro :
(Page two)
http://www.mipa.co.me/userfiles/file...Letter_ENG.pdf

The tapas lounge at Aman New Delhi might sound strange but the food looks good: http://tomostyle.wordpress.com/2010/...w-delhi-india/

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FS came up in FS thread/etc, tivat port or something? ah, porto montenegro.

nothing on montenegro in BT financials, but found stuff on web, moving to upcoming hotels >
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/13584261-post264.html

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Originally Posted by paul2 View Post
Well found Kage and interesting.

The tapas lounge at Aman New Delhi might sound strange but the food looks good: http://tomostyle.wordpress.com/2010/...w-delhi-india/
It wasn't, but hopefully it has improved now that Henry Gray is there.
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