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Aman as a solo traveler

Old Nov 4, 17, 3:42 am
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Aman as a solo traveler

Hi all,

I'd be interested in getting people's views about staying at Aman properties as a solo traveler. I've never stayed at an Aman before, and my concern is that a combination of the remote locations and smaller sizes might make them too isolated for a solo traveler, and better for a couples trip. Specifically, I'm considering the Amans in Java, Bali, and Cambodia.

As background, I'm in the beginning stages of planning a birthday trip next fall to Southeast Asia. While it's possible I'd end up taking someone, my current plan is to do it solo. In that light, if anyone had recommendations for any other non-Aman luxury hotel/resort in that "neighborhood" (broad, I know) I'd also be interested in hearing it. Loosely considering stops at FS Golden Triangle, Peninsula Bangkok, and Raffles Singapore if it has reopened by then too (I did review prior threads on those). Thank you.
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Old Nov 4, 17, 3:56 am
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Amans provide a lot of activities that can be done by yourself. The locations aren't THAT remote.
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Old Nov 4, 17, 5:39 am
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Many years ago I went to Amankila on a solo trip for relaxation and quite enjoyed my stay there. The staying guests were mostly couples and families but some single travelers too. I got the resort to hire a local guide for me and explore the surrounding villages as well as explore some beautiful natural scenery in the vicinity. I also partake in some of the local activities that the hotel organized for staying guests.

Just let the resort know what you are interested in. Amankila have breath-taking views as it faces the cliff and the ocean. If you are into photography like me, that alone will make this destination worth going.

So by all means go for it.
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Old Nov 4, 17, 6:38 am
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Have stayed at various Amans alone either before others arrived or extending my stay as really can relax in their locations and environments . Aman living up to her name
Have met others staying on their own too .

Have fun prepping and a wonderful trip , amazing Aman stays

Doubt Raffles will reopen in time for your trip .
In BKK , am usually at MOBKK

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I agree with everyone else: if you like to travel alone, you will like traveling alone even more when staying with Aman.

I would think the same elements that make Aman so amazing to a couple or family are just as impactful, if not more impactful, for a solo traveler. The Aman serenity will be particularly enjoyable.

If you should desire any company at any time while at an Aman, you always can do a private tour at any time, arrange a workout with an instructor, try a dining experience with a local family or in a local restaurant where you may interact with locals, try a fine dining experience with the chef at the Aman, etc. Aman would be a perfect place so you always have options.
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I often travel alone, and Aman is a great option. You can keep to yourself or if the concierge sees an opportunity to put you in with a group on an excursion, they can set that up.

One thing to consider: on a full board rate, you don't get any reduction even though there is only one person eating/drinking.
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Old Nov 5, 17, 5:17 am
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Originally Posted by paterwdb View Post
I often travel alone, and Aman is a great option. You can keep to yourself or if the concierge sees an opportunity to put you in with a group on an excursion, they can set that up.

One thing to consider: on a full board rate, you don't get any reduction even though there is only one person eating/drinking.
Amansara does have different rates for 1 vs 2 persons....

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Old Nov 5, 17, 7:25 am
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I travelled alone for a while and donīt think there are really more or less suitable properties. I stayed alone at so called "couple" properties and had no problems. I must say, that I like to do things on my own and donīt Need any special care. But thatīs my very personal POV.
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Old Nov 6, 17, 9:01 am
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aman offers a lot more custom options than others (but few amans do partying)

recent change under new corp ownership, last i looked >
wana no longer single occupancy discount, had begun at one point
still single discount = sara , taka , galla - have any others begun?
experimentation with rates/inclusions began long before aman sold
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Old Nov 6, 17, 10:59 am
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I do not recommend this, unless you are a serious (and experienced) loner and/or have some sort of ulterior motive. The only Aman in your target region where you even have a chance of meeting a single other English speaking non-employee is Aman Tokyo*. I've done three entire stays at ASP and only once did I even SEE another person, let alone have a conversation. You wouldn't see anybody at 'Pulo, or 'Noi. Same for 'Yara and 'Gani although those are out of your target area. We did have a conversation with other guests at 'Giri, but that place was at 100% capacity and not handling it well. Also, it is creepy to be the *only* person in a restaurant. I had THAT issue at all my meals at ASP and the service was still poor. My SO, for example, took >1000 pictures at Amanpulo, and I can only find a single other person in two photos.

Back in the days I was vacationing solo I did the Club Med thing until that company got so frenchJERK-customer-hostile I couldn't tolerate it.

Also, do NOT assume that the employees can/will pick up the social slack. Most can't speak English.


* -- I do not accept the assumption here that this is a successful Aman. And I have low expectations for NYC.
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Old Nov 6, 17, 11:03 am
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i didnt see OP mention that, but clearly interests, preferences, details and are critical
(as i do not find stereotypes regarding demographics useful, especially for luxury)

unfortunately next fall isnt holiday nor this year's monthly special events at jiwo/kila

aman is very big on culture and cultural excursions with guides/staff or just a driver

big corporate western chains like FS may try to 'shelter' their western guests, etc

there are many amanjunkies here who have traveled solo or always travel solo

some here have made friends at luxury resorts/hotels, and posted some examples

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Totally agree with everyone above, and especially bhrubin!

I just did Amanjiwo as a solo traveler in september. It was fantastic and such a relaxing trip. Yes, there are a lot of couples / families, but I actually found the whole experience to be really peaceful. I also ended up making some friends (one of whom actually does PR for Aman) so it was great.

I would definitely do Kila alone too (hopefully next time I return to bali)!
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Old Nov 6, 17, 11:17 am
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Originally Posted by mike_la_jolla View Post
I do not recommend this, unless you are a serious (and experienced) loner and/or have some sort of ulterior motive. The only Aman in your target region where you even have a chance of meeting a single other English speaking non-employee is Aman Tokyo*. I've done three entire stays at ASP and only once did I even SEE another person, let alone have a conversation. You wouldn't see anybody at 'Pulo, or 'Noi. Same for 'Yara and 'Gani although those are out of your target area. We did have a conversation with other guests at 'Giri, but that place was at 100% capacity and not handling it well. Also, it is creepy to be the *only* person in a restaurant. I had THAT issue at all my meals at ASP and the service was still poor. My SO, for example, took >1000 pictures at Amanpulo, and I can only find a single other person in two photos.
I can't agree with this enough. If you are looking for true peace and quiet, Aman would be great. That said, it was creepy enough eating in an empty restaurant at Amanoi and Amantaka with my fiancee - I can't imagine doing it alone. At Amanoi the bar was truly empty every single night for the 4 nights we were there - we were the only customers between 8pm and 11pm. That was great for us, as we played board games, chatted, had a personal bartender, etc., but would be a different vibe if you are solo.

It's one thing to want peace and quiet, it's another thing to not see a single guest in an entire day. Sveti Stefan and Amangiri were both much more crowded, but I can't really imagine chatting it up with any of the guests, since most (all?) people there chose Aman for peace and privacy.

As much as I love Aman, the Asian properties I've experienced are eerily quiet, and while that is great for certain situations, I would imagine that being a solo traveler would make it a bit depressing, even if you aren't looking to strike up a new friendship. Ambiance matters.
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Old Nov 6, 17, 11:21 am
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some here specifically mention discussing solo/children with staff, and being accommodated

aman and other small independent properties can be more flexible than chains/larger

edit - as blueheronNC noted, there are many here for 'both' ('opposing') preferences

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Old Nov 6, 17, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by callmedtop View Post
I can't agree with this enough. If you are looking for true peace and quiet, Aman would be great. That said, it was creepy enough eating in an empty restaurant at Amanoi and Amantaka with my fiancee - I can't imagine doing it alone. At Amanoi the bar was truly empty every single night for the 4 nights we were there - we were the only customers between 8pm and 11pm. That was great for us, as we played board games, chatted, had a personal bartender, etc., but would be a different vibe if you are solo.

It's one thing to want peace and quiet, it's another thing to not see a single guest in an entire day.
To be honest, as a family man with a 24/7 career who occasionally looks to travel alone for peace and quiet and to reset, I think what you just described above sounds meditative, wonderful and perfect. I'd sacrifice a lot of time and money to get to a place that afforded me wall-to-wall peaceful contemplative silence. It's like existing in a work of art.
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