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Old Jan 1, 14, 11:50 am
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Amanresorts Thread 2014 (Started by Amanjunkie)

previously (descending) >
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...manjunkie.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...manjunkie.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...0-onwards.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...nd-2009-a.html

upcoming aman/ghm >
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...4-edition.html
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Old Jan 1, 14, 11:51 am
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aman trip report threads in this forum >

Ericka
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...giri-utah.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ya-turkey.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanpulo.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...a-morocco.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanyara.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...a-amanusa.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...amarvilas.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-maldives.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...n-hole-wy.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...rlton-etc.html

Musken
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...g-kong-fs.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-shutters.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ts-amanoi.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-cambodia.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ch-2013-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanruya.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanpulo.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...i-trisara.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-jimbaran.html

SwissBelgiantravelers
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-may-14-a.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...i-amanusa.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ripreport.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanjiwo.html

Londonjetsetter
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...els-india.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ti-stefan.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...n-amanusa.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amankila.html

xracer
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...i-vietnam.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...i-amanzoe.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...uya-visit.html

halibahs
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...amarvilas.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html

Groombridge
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanpuri.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...rts-india.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...li-beyond.html

5khours
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html

deathscar
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...las-soori.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ch-2014-a.html

aa213bb
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...amangalla.html

cjthekid
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...an-palace.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html

blueline7
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html

jkirk
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...as-report.html

zigzag
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ws-please.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ary-party.html

FlyingDoctorwu - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...nd-2014-a.html
ACfly - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
indianenglish - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ks-caicos.html
KI-NRT - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...taka-laos.html
NYflyer1 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
damaxer91 - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amankila.html
Larkin - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
ridefar - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...an-i-khas.html
kurl - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanpulo.html
latinrusso - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...udaivilas.html
Fliar - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...er-hotels.html
rjhunjhu - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...yo-island.html
HKboy - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...-amanjiwo.html
ClefsDor - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
DavidO - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...tion-trip.html (what makes aman)
plumbar - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...gari-bali.html (what makes aman)
opxzaw - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...bali-java.html
SanDiego1K - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html
theaviator - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ka-photos.html

by person, descending by date
if better by property, what about threads with multiple?
please PM/post suggestions/additions/etc
Originally Posted by Musken View Post
For me it is great this way
one of my thoughts was seeing same person's comparisons
Originally Posted by Musken View Post
maybe it is within another thread
right, only trip report threads in this forum (with one exception)

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Originally Posted by blueline7 View Post
I will be focusing a little more on my attempt to unravel the mystery of Aman Resorts. Part of my mission was to find out, 'Why all the fuss about Aman', and I did in fact get to the bottom of this question.
Originally Posted by blueline7 View Post
Upon arrival, I was met after alighting from the Jetbridge, by a private arrival service representative contracted by Amandari, who guided me effortlessly through all the various immigration and security queues in a somewhat chaotic environment. This was an invaluable service and saved a lot of time and a big headache upon arrival. The airport was very, very busy, and being able to jump just about every queue was a god-send. The arrival service is included by Aman, and makes selecting Aman a very good choice, although I understand some arrival services are available for the general public as well. Arrival service in Bali is a must in my opinion.

The arrival service representative assisted me in collecting my luggage, and then passed me along to a white clad Amandari employee who greeted me and assisted me in the rest of the way to the waiting Amandari vehicle. The vehicle was not a luxury vehicle, but was a comfortable and clean mini van, and I was offered a cold cloth, a cold bottle of water, and some peanut snacks for the hour or so drive to Amandari, which is located in Ubud, to the north of the airport. The extremely pleasant and efficient arrival made me feel welcome and extraordinarily well taken care of, and the pleasant drive with a very helpful driver who explained many things about Bali along the way, was an extraordinary way to arrive. It was an appropriate introduction to Aman Resorts.
continued here - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...l#post16681455
and discussion here - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ip-report.html

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Old Jan 1, 14, 11:51 am
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miscellaneous >
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16370159-post491.html room counts incl FS/RC
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/13647791-post110.html opening (puri = xmas '87)
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16460378-post86.html categories
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18219136-post98.html seasons
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16151662-post453.html weddings
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...uests-etc.html weddings etc
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/19945561-post273.html NYE
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/16437938-post124.html some negative
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/10347789-post34.html amanresorts google maps
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/12378394-post877.html kids children @ aman compilation
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post14735893 more kids @ aman since thread closed
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post18501084 2013 rates
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post22607265 2014 rates
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ce-thread.html
aman deal tracking >
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22865562-post210.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post18225059
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post13903856
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post14660296

more history, with legal/financial "translation" >
http://www.legal500.com/developments/11752
The convertible loan notes were to be issued as part of a complex fund raising exercise which involved creditors extending varying loan amounts to Silverlink in exchange for convertible loan notes which contained extensive rights to control the affairs of Silverlink.

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Old Jan 5, 14, 4:46 pm
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Mini-luxury-hotels-forum-gathering-amanpuri

Blueline7

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post21778954

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Initially, ainternational and I decided to meet up at Amanpuri. We happened to run into each other at Amanpulo almost exactly a year ago, and had been in touch ever since. Ainternational had been to Amanpuri and Trisara before, but I hadn’t. I had only been to Trisara. Since Amanpuri was ‘where it all started’ for Amanresorts, I decided that as someone who really appreciates Amans, I must certainly visit Amanpuri. Ainternational even sent me the most recent Amanresorts coffee table book as inspiration called, Aman2.

Then, as luck would have it, FlyerEC, The_Daddy, and IndianEnglish all made arrangements to meet us at Amanpuri. In addition, ViennaResident made himself available at a nearby resort, Six Senses Ya Noi, for a visit as well. Ainternational (SFO-based) and I (YYZ based), took separate flights and met up a LHR. I had fun entering the UK with my UK passport (I am a dual Canadian – UK national), which was a breeze. '

Also indianenglish 's impressions in same thread

5khours Amano'i TR really a plus for our Amano'i stay , lovely sunrise here

Our ocean pool ' pavilion ' is lovely - more like Trisara ' s style - minimalist Vietnamese - but better
Stunning views !!

Just wait for ViennaResident 's TR / critique

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some dining including special orders >

multiple >

Originally Posted by Musken View Post
We order off the menu regularly, especially at Amanresorts. The coolest was at Amanruya (Turkey) where we talked to one of the managers who was from Bhutan. We chatted about what kind of food they ate there, and he ended up preparing a Bhutanese meal for us!! Other examples has been full Mexican meals at Amanoi and at Amankila, sushi several places, pizza at Amanjena, Indian and Thai meals at Amanpulo, Belgian Croques at Amanoi etc. etc. Often we chat with the chef and ask where he or she is from and ask them to make something from their home country. Sometimes we have had to ask for such things a day in advance but mostly it is possible even at shorter notice.
bagh >

Originally Posted by Pierre&Cédric View Post
Amanbagh as I was hungry for Asian food (and they prepared excellent fried rice)
kila >

http://baliwriter.com/index.php/soci...-amankila.html
One of the things that prevents Aman Resorts from being stuffy and pretentious is the staff Mostly young, all are committed, enthusiastic and incredibly hospitable. This young Chef is no different and is as happy introducing himself and his philosophies of food as he is cooking.

As General Manager Tracy Atherton puts it, "Our chefs have to be able to talk to the guests; it is part of our service and Guy [Stanaway] fits in well."

The setting for dinner is one of the highlights of Amankila. By day their Beach Club is a destination in itself, by night it can be booked for only one couple at a time - or in our case a group. The table is laid beside the pool and Guy introduces his assistant for the evening (a tongue-in-cheek intro), Amandari’s Executive Chef Christian Hinckley.

What follows is culinary bliss; from a tiny jewel-like, pan-fried scallop to a tuna carpaccia to parmesan-crusted snapper with a lemon miso sauce, to a beautiful duck and foie gras terrine with toasted brioche fingers. Each course was matched to a beautiful wine, carefully deconstructed by the chef for the diners. The finale, a carrot cake unlike any other with a cream cheese frosting ice cream perched on top, was the undoing of many – so rich, so good.

...In just two months at the property Guy has had time to absorb the local flavors, connect with the tastes of his guests and put his own stamp on a menu that needs to satisfy a very discerning clientele...guests are encouraged to let their hair down, take off their shoes and enjoy.

If a special meal is on your list of things to do in Bali, make this stop in East Bali.
Originally Posted by Musken View Post
we soon found out that they would make whatever we asked for. One evening our son wished for Mexican food, and they prepared a perfect meal for us in just a bit more than one hour. Perfect. Loved the home made granola for breakfast and the banana pancakes. Fantastic sate evening up in the hills in a bale one evening we will remember very long. A must do!
Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
from [BENLEE] TA report
I suddenly craved for fried chicken wings wasn’t in the menu. The staff at the beach club was nice enough to get the kitchen to make for me. It goes without saying that it’s very delicious.
wana >

Originally Posted by FlyerEC View Post
had delicious meals & off menu too.. Am super picky with allergies as the Aman GMs will know. We dined at different locations other than the dining ' area '. Like in all Amans we have been to, one gets to dine ' anywhere ' one fancies
Originally Posted by Ericka View Post
or order something else altogether
nusa >

Originally Posted by Ericka View Post
When we knew we’d have several hours between our seaplane transfer and our departure from Bali, we contacted Amanusa GM Monty and arranged a day rate.

lunch...they did a great job with one of my special orders.
yara >

Originally Posted by indianenglish View Post
Every single morning at breakfast we asked for custom off-menu items, such as
Benedict with smoked salmon instead of canadian bacon or ham
Turkey bacon
Breakfast chicken patty with thyme and spanish paprika - specially made for my wife
Fresh arugula with truffle oil
Originally Posted by indianenglish View Post
special dinner for my son’s birthday at the famed Villa 33 –complete with a Moroccan chef where we had authentic Chicken Tajine, Bisteeya, Couscous and eggplant followed by crepes and another Moroccan dessert...Because we stayed for so long, the F&B Manager N organized Mexican and Indian dinner for us at no extra charge, since he surmised we were a bit tired of the items on the menu.
Originally Posted by Kagehitokiri View Post
kitchen, which employs chefs from Indonesia, Thailand, Italy, Macedonia, Switzerland, and Morocco, is prepared to cook anything within the scope of human craving. Menus are deliberately small, because it is not expected that anyone will order from them.
"Menus are deliberately small, because it is not expected that anyone will order from them."

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http://www.amanresorts.com/amanoi/rates.aspx
may rates up

http://www.amanresorts.com/amangani/rates.aspx
has simplified rates

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not sure how to post this ' correctly '
you could edit your post (click here > http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/editp...ost&p=22090629)
and replace ' with [QUOTE=blueline7;21778937] and [/quote] (you can copy/paste that)

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http://www.amanresorts.com/exclusive...&LangType=1033
http://www.amanresorts.com/uploadedF...ourney2014.pdf
11-20 February 2014 • Limited Availability

join acclaimed photographer Basil Pao...took the photos for the books that accompanied...BBC travel documentaries...also the author of ‘China Revealed’, ‘Hands’, ‘Yi Jing – The Book of Changes’ and numerous other photographic books, including Aman’s Bhutan book and two anniversary books.

...Basil will share his travel experiences and photographic tips during informal workshops and outdoor excursions. Many of these will be at sunrise and sunset when the light is particularly good. Participants should be competent with their own equipment, as the journey will be more about opening eyes to photographic possibilities than dwelling on technical details.
http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play...rything-590040
http://thefreemanview.com/featured_p...pao-interview/
http://www.basilpao.com/

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http://www.amanresorts.com/exclusive...&LangType=1033
giri exclusive through mar 15
http://www.amanresorts.com/exclusive...&LangType=1033
giri yoga retreats (3 days of 4.5 hours yoga per day) jan 15, feb 9, mar 6
giri offers daily 2 group hikes, 1 group yoga, 1 group pilates year-round right?

yara extended 5 nt half board through apr 10 (high season)
usual seasonal half board at jena, usual seasonal full board at villa milocer, and half board at gani
gani also doing activity package - http://www.amanresorts.com/exclusive...&LangType=1033

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Aman Tokyo to open this summer - the only new Aman for 2014.
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Aman Tokyo to open this summer - the only new Aman for 2014.
Good grief, what on Earth is the delay for Jordan?
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Good grief, what on Earth is the delay for Jordan?
Sounds as though work has stopped again there, maybe due to the region's current problems.
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Sounds as though work has stopped again there, maybe due to the region's current problems.
Dear vuittons, dear aa213bb, dear all,

please be so nice and post anything concerning Amanresorts planning/Amanresorts opening in the "New Amanresorts"-thread:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...4-edition.html

Thank you very much!

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Dear vuittons, dear aa213bb, dear all,

please be so nice and post anything concerning Amanresorts planning/Amanresorts opening in the "New Amanresorts"-thread:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...4-edition.html

Thank you very much!

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Sorry! It can get a touch confusing!
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positive comments on alila villas >

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...orts-bali.html

very interesting >

Originally Posted by crazycrab955 View Post
Considering that Alila was founded by ex-Aman folks
while Guy Heywood has been discussed here - recap >
alila COO since dec 2010
1997-2007 GM amankila, amanusa, amangani (and regional manager)
1993-1997 FS
1991-1992 regent

thats not who/what crazycrab955 is referring to. and i dont recall this ever coming up here, although a handful of people here must be aware of the following background of alila team >

https://web.archive.org/web/20021003...om/management/
Franky Tjahjadikarta
founding partner of the Nusa Pacific Group...founding partner of GHM Indonesia...currently a director of both Amanjiwo and Amankila.

Mark A. Edleson
founder of the Nusa Pacific Group that owns several well-regarded upscale hotel properties in Indonesia. He was also a founding partner of GHM Indonesia...He is President of the owning company of the Amanjiwo
http://www.itb-kongress.de/Kongressp...ersonId=206537
Franky Tjahyadikarta
part of the development team behind...Amanjiwo, Amankila and the Chedi Bandung...cofounder of GHM Indonesia
https://web.archive.org/web/20090414...com/management
Taufik Rachman


spent more than 5 years at The Chedi Bandung, the very first GHM hotel, before joining the pre-opening team at Alila Jakarta in 2001
GHM opened chedi bandung and datai in 1993 (both kerry hill, datai construction began in 1991 - http://www.akdn.org/architecture/pdf/1687_Mal.pdf, also http://www.tfb.com.au/index.htm)

and 2 GHM - original chedi ubud Payangan & serai Manggis (both kerry hill) - became alila on nov 1 2001
http://www.travelweeklyweb.com/bali-...xpansion/41538
GHM marketed the Chedi and the Serai as two different brands: Chedi four-star plus, and Serai as a basic four-star.

opened Alila Jakarta in July, 2001
quotes from Mark A. Edleson, still alila President >
http://luxurysociety.com/articles/20...hotels-resorts
Everything I know about hotels I learned at Aman Resorts and GHM
http://www.thephuketinsider.com/gaze...ut-journey.php
champion of a Chedi brand vision
http://www.greenhotelier.org/our-the...otels-resorts/
experience of mine, and my Indonesian partners, developing properties with Amanresorts and partnering with GHM for hotel management in Indonesia. Having worked with some of the most creative and innovative players in Asian hospitality
and some other history >

ftp://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/academic/p...993/ba9310.txt
STRAND HOTELS INTERNATIONAL, the British Virgin Island incorporated company, which is renovating the Strand Hotel, the Inya Lake Hotel and the Thamada

GENERAL HOTELS MANAGEMENT LTD formed in 1992, by Adriaan Zecha and others was to manage the 3 hotels being renovated in Rangoon by Strand Hotels International (Hong Kong). However, it was reported in Jan.93 that Zecha's other partners wanted to give the management contract to a company controlled by Hong Kong's New World Group

PIONEER INDUSTRIES Chairman and Managing Director Anthony Gaw is a Burma-born American businessman who bought Strand Hotels International shares from J F Asia Select in 1992, to block the management contract for the 3 hotels in Rangoon going to Zecha
seem to recall mention here of aman managing at some point after strand opened in 1993 before GHM took over in 1999

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I heard that Franky Tjahyadikarta is intent on bettering Aman. In his dreams. Alila is a very poor substitute, from my experience. Not even GHM level.

I remember when Banyan Tree thought they could better Aman.....

Nobody has done it yet and I suspect nobody will because nobody really understands how Aman works. There are no manuals, no operating instructions, no real hierarchy. Aman is a very right brain business (intuitive, creative), whereas most, if not all others are totally left brain (logical).
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