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Amanresorts Thread 2019

thread begun by http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/members/amanjunkie.html
New Aman, Azerai, GHM & Ahn Luh Resorts - 2019 edition

aman trip report threads (not posts) in this forum >
(65 reports include multiple hotels [68% of 95 reports])

Ericka
TRIP REPORT: Hotel Grande Bretagne & Amanzoe (Greece)
Trip Report: Four Seasons Sultanahmet & Amanruya (Turkey)
A Very Special Trip Report: Peninsula Hong Kong, Peninsula Manila & Amanpulo
Trip Report: Dar Ahlam & Amanjena (Morocco)
Turks & Caicos Trip Report: Grace Bay Club & Amanyara
Trip Report: St. Regis SIN, Amandari, Amanwana, Amanusa
India Trip Report – Imperial, Aman-i-Khas, Amanbagh, Oberoi Amarvilas
Trip Report: Amansara (Cambodia) & Both Four Seasons Maldives
Singapore (RC) & Java (Amanjiwo) Trip Report
Amangani Trip Report - Jackson Hole, WY
Amanpulo, Singapore Airlines, Manila Pen and Shangri-La Trip Report
Singapore/Bali Trip Report - Amankila, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Etc.

Musken
Trip report India: Amanbagh, Aman i Khas and Rambagh Palace
Trip report Shanghai (Peninsula), Hangzhou (Amanfayun) and Hong Kong (FS)
Road trip California, SW US and LV incl. FS SF, MO LV, Amangiri, Bel Air, Shutters +
Trip report Vietnam: 4 nights Park Hyatt Saigon, 9 nights Amanoi
Trip Report - Amantaka (Laos) and Amansara (Cambodia)
AMANKILA and AMANUSA – impressions March 2013
Trip report: Four Seasons Bosphorus, Instanbul and Amanruya
Trip report Philippines: One night Peninsula Manila and 12 nights Amanpulo
Trip report: Amanpuri and Trisara, Phuket, Thalland
Trip report FS Singapore, Amandari and FS Jimbaran

chinmoylad
Amanjiwo, Borobudur, Indonesia - Hotel Review
Amansara + Belmond La Residence D'Angkor + Siem Reap Site Visits
Trip review: Aman-i-Khas, Amanbagh, The Lodhi - Ranthambore, Ajabargh and Delhi
Short Stay: Six Senses Yao Noi near Phuket, Thailand + Site Visit to Amanpuri
Short stay: Amankila, Bali, Indonesia
Short trip report: Amandari + Amanusa, + site visit to Alila Villas Soori
Trip report: Amanfayun (March 2014)

Londonjetsetter
Trip report - India and Sri Lanka
Trip report - Oberoi, Aman and Taj hotels in India
Trip Report: Amankila, Four Seasons Sayan and Amanusa
Trip Report: Amankila

SwissBelgiantravelers
Aman Sveti Stefan (Montenegro) impressions May`14
South-East Asian Delights Part III, Amanusa
South-East Asian delights, Part II; Amankila tripreport
South-East Asian delights; St. Regis Singapore & Amanjiwo

Fliar
3 *very* different Amans in 3 weeks: Wana, Gani and Zoe (plus Dunton Hot Springs)
Amanyangyun (Shanghai, China): first impressions
Aman at Summer Palace Beijing – and several other hotels

FlyingDoctorwu
Amansara and Amanoi, February 2018
Great Stay at Amanera
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxu...nd-2014-a.html

callmedtop
Trip Report - Amanfayun (December 2017)
Trip Report: Waldorf-Astoria Amsterdam & Aman Sveti Stefan
Review: Upper House, Amanoi, and Amantaka

xracer
Six Senses Con Dao (with comparisons to Amano’i), Vietnam
Trip Report: Raffles Dubai, Park Hyatt Dubai, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Amanzoe
Amanruya Visit

halibahs
Trip report: Aman India Journey and Oberoi Amarvilas
Amantaka trip report
Amandari trip report

Groombridge
TRIP REPORT: Amantaka, Amansara, and Amanpuri
TRIP REPORT: Aman, Oberoi, and Taj resorts in India
TRIP REPORT: The 5 Indonesian Aman Resorts (Bali & Beyond)

chelsea2
Amanzoe - 4 days in May 2017
Trip Report: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Druk Air, Amankora Journey & The Siam

5khours
Aman Tokyo - Trip Report
Amanoi (Vietnam) - Trip Report

aa213bb
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxu...ip-report.html
Sri Lanka Trip Report: Tea Trails, Amanwella, Amangalla

cjthekid
Aman India Journey + Oberoi Udaivilas, Amarvilas and Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace
Aman Bali and Beyond Honeymoon Trip Report

blueline7
Amanpulo Trip Report
Thanks Luxury Hotel Forum! Amandari, Amankila, and Al Maha Trip Report (what makes aman)

DavidO
The Luxury Hotels of China
Hong Kong and Bali site inspection trip (what makes aman)

jkirk
Aman New Delhi and Aman-i-Khas trip report
Aman-i-Khas, Amanagh, Oberoi Delhi and Amarvilas report

vienna-resident - Japan TR: Aman Tokyo - Amanemu - St. Regis Osaka
Cityflyer10 - Amankila - Great First Foray into Aman
bhrubin - A wonderful stay at Amanbagh--and an extraordinary excursion to Pratapgarh Fort
theLuxuryTravelExpert - Review: Aman Tokyo & Amanemu (+ video clip)
epitopeX - https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxu...rea-japan.html
IB6825 - trip report Majestic Barrière Cannes & Aman Sveti Stefan
TheBrownPrince - Amandayan mini-review (Lijang, China)
LM225 - Bali Trip Report: Chedi Club Ubud and Amankila
SeamasterLux - TR Sofitel Siem Reap and Nakamanda Krabi (aman sveti stefan)
ACfly - Aman Canal Grande Venice
indianenglish - Amanyara trip report July 2013 : Turks & Caicos
KI-NRT - Trip Report: Amantaka (Laos)
NYflyer1 - Amanpulo Trip Report
damaxer91 - Trip Report: Raffles Hotel Singapore, Amanjiwo & Amankila
ridefar - India Trip Report: Aman New Delhi, Oberoi Amarvillas, Amanbagh, Aman i Khas
kurl - Trip Report: Amanpuri, Trisara, Amanpulo
latinrusso - Rajastan: Amarvilas, Rajvilas, Amanbagh, Aman-i-Khas, Udaivilas
rjhunjhu - Trip report - Bali, Moyo Island
lilnemo - Thank you, thank you, thank you (Amanjena)
HKboy - Trip report: Amankila and Amanjiwo
ClefsDor - Amanusa Trip Report
zigzag - Amanjiwo 10th Anniversary Party
plumbar - Aman Resorts vs. Bulgari Bali (what makes aman)
opxzaw - Trip report Singapore, Bali and Java (what makes aman)
SanDiego1K - 7/2005 - Amangalla, mini-trip report
theaviator - Aman Sri Lanka Photos

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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 (not posts) in this forum

report list first compiled aug 2012
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post19108351

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Old Dec 31, 18, 12:24 pm
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expectations >
Originally Posted by MacMyDay View Post
[zoe]near perfection...great for them to 100% deliver on, and even exceed, those expectations. It was a masterclass in delivering personalised service.
Originally Posted by aa213bb View Post
[amanera] Service was wonderful. Truly. I was shocked, especially as it is the Caribbean
All-in-all, it was one of our favorite Aman stays. I was pleasantly shocked at how much we loved it
Originally Posted by xracer View Post
[amanera] Service was as good as any Aman we've been to, and better than most. All in all, a great stay, and we'd happily go back again.


Originally Posted by xracer View Post
[amanera service] Better than Amanzoe and equal to Amanoi. I was honestly surprised at how good the service was, given the location.
Originally Posted by xracer View Post
[amanzoe service] among the best we have ever experienced
Originally Posted by kurl View Post
Amanera...Service...greatly exceeded our expectations...pastry program is outstanding - kind of shockingly so
Originally Posted by Jermyn View Post
exceeded my expectations...Sveti Stefan is quite literally peerless.
Originally Posted by damaxer91 View Post
Amangiri...surpassed even the "Aman Asia expectations"
Originally Posted by callmedtop View Post
Amanfayun...essentially flawless. I was blown away, and can confidently say that this was the best service we’ve received at any Aman property to date, and perhaps any property overall...extremely special property that strongly represents the Aman brand.
Originally Posted by FlyingDoctorwu View Post
level of service at Amansara was higher than any other Aman
Originally Posted by Fliar View Post
my first stay at Amanpulo and - even though this is Aman number 14 - I'm blown away
Originally Posted by Fliar View Post
Aman Venice 10-/10 Wow, wow, wow...It really is a magical place. One of my favourite hotel stays anywhere in the world, ever.
Originally Posted by Groombridge View Post
best stays of 2012 [Amanfayun # 3] Aman-Summer Palace # 4
I was blown away by how personalized the experiences...were, even by Aman's highest of standards.
Originally Posted by Groombridge View Post
We expected...
So the great surprise of the trip was Amantaka which – even given the very high standards we have come to expect from Aman – is setting world-class service standards, and is one of the true jewels in the Aman crown. I’d never met Gary Tyson, Amantaka’s General Manager, before this stay, but given what he’s accomplished at Amantaka, he is someone we will now follow to whatever resort he happens to oversee. What he has done in creating service standards of the utmost polish and skill in a location where there was no former 5-star experience from which to draw, is astounding. (And if you get a chance, have him tell you about the process he went through of hiring and training new employees in a “fake Amantaka” he created to serve as a training site during the construction of the resort.) Aman resorts have spoiled many of us by setting the highest bar in the world for service and housekeeping standards, and even within this stiff competition, Amantaka rises to the very top.
Originally Posted by Musken View Post
Amanbagh...Service was the warmest, friendliest and most personal we have ever experienced at an Amanresort (and we have been to 17)
Originally Posted by Musken View Post
Amanpulo...The best service I have ever experienced after having been at 8 Amans...The most relaxing holiday I have ever been on. A beautiful island with dream beach
Originally Posted by BENLEE View Post
Family outing at the Amanjiwo, by far the most outstanding service I had ever encountered. The outings, the trips, the food, everything is Wow.
Originally Posted by Big_Foot View Post
Amanjiwo...What can I say, a different level of service. You must experience it to understand.
Originally Posted by opxzaw View Post
being there is just breathtaking. Amanjiwo is an architectural masterpiece...The GM was not there during our stay...without a doubt the best hotel we ever stayed at. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Only downside is that I don't think we will be able to top this, but repeat we can and we will.
Originally Posted by opxzaw View Post
GM, here too, was not there during our stay...I refer to my comments about Amanjiwo with regards to the Aman experience only that at Amankila it is even a touch better.
Originally Posted by jantaoYVR View Post
Jiwo was our first Aman...What an absolutely fabulous introduction to the brand, and has made us frequent many more Amans since!
Originally Posted by sfoactuary View Post
for the rest of our lives we will both always remember our first Aman experience at Amangalla. I had been reading about the so-called Aman experience, but the glowing descriptions that people wrote just didn't do it justice.
Originally Posted by gfunkdave View Post
The only hotels I've stayed at where I was wowed were:
Aman i Khas, India
Silky Oaks Lodge, Australia
And really, the Aman was a few notches more amazing than Silky Oaks. But that was mainly because of our personal butler and the fact that there were only about a dozen "rooms"...it's the service that makes a high end hotel.
Originally Posted by msntriathlete View Post
Aman New Delhi...by far the best hotel experience we have had anywhere in the world.
Originally Posted by chelsea2 View Post
Our stay at Amanzoe was incredible - really exceeded expectations.
Originally Posted by jackjesco View Post
Kila exceeded all my expectations. Ernst is a truly wonderful GM.
Originally Posted by chicagocat View Post
Amangani...exceeded our expectations.
Originally Posted by francophile View Post
This was our first Aman stay and I must say now I understand why Aman is so highly praised on this forum. We have now tasted the drug and we want more of it. We can't wait to visit another
Originally Posted by NotHome View Post
AMANKORA...outstanding...we have made the classic mistake, our 1st stay at an Aman resort...logistics preparing the foods that they do are quite astounding
Originally Posted by bearbrick View Post
After several excruciating bouts of internal battles I decided that my choice for THE HOTEL is ... AMANPURI. at least until I stay in the next hotel that will blow my mind even after over 20 odd years.
Originally Posted by plumbar View Post
Amankila...First, the architecture is fabulous and unique. The rooms are luxurious in a "non-western" way. They incorporate their surroundings and environment. They don't try to fight it. Everything about the Amankila is about being in tune with your surroundings. It is very spiritual, too. The service is beyond reproach. I have been to many Four Season and other very high end resorts all over the world. Although they are fabulous too, there is a subtle difference between the way Aman resorts goes about taking care of their guests. They genuinely care about your well being. They never make you feel like they are doing you a favor. They have truly mastered the fine art of service to perfection.
Originally Posted by ngfan View Post
Amankila...Overall an exceptional resort and benchmark in service, staff attitude and overall experience for the rest of the hospitality world.
Originally Posted by epitopeX View Post
Before Awasi I was thinking "I wish all hotels are like Aman", and after Awasi I started to think "I wish all Amans are like Awasi..."
Originally Posted by injian View Post
over and beyond what we expected.
Originally Posted by trach500 View Post
Summer Palace...our first ever Aman...we were definitely blown away...Amanfayun...nicer than the Palace.
Originally Posted by eamus View Post
Amansara was everything I had hoped it would be, and more
Originally Posted by mad07 View Post
exceeded expectations!
Originally Posted by CanuckFlyHigh View Post
Amankila was my favorite hotel stay ever.
Originally Posted by nmuva98 View Post
I found Kila to be my best resort stay ever
Originally Posted by NYflyer1 View Post
Amanpulo...possibly the best beach resort we've ever visited...really loved Amanpulo, and look forward to returning soon
more expectations: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post24698473
unique: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post22805109

aman bali
Musken: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post20435671
Ericka: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post12059719
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post20693573

aman
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post22947184
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post24132027
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post18454969
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post26330918

trip reports including discussing how aman is different
Thanks Luxury Hotel Forum! Amandari, Amankila, and Al Maha Trip Report
Hong Kong and Bali site inspection trip
Aman Resorts vs. Bulgari Bali
Trip report Singapore, Bali and Java

also
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxu...l#post18352701
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxu...l#post16820152

Children at Amans
dining: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post22108740
links: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...l#post25953140
previous: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxur...ad-2016-a.html

aman.com/festive
aman.com/resorts/amansara/festive-season
dec 31 2018 , dec 31 2017 Prasat Kravan temple dinner
dec 31 2016 report: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luxu...l#post27720272
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Thanks for doing this, Kage.

For those of you wondering, FS legend and industry veteran Edward Linsley is now based in Turks and Caicos for... Aman! He's one of the best, so they are very lucky to have him. Smart move.

I have a feeling 2019 will be a defining year for Aman.
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Kage, would you be able to add my Amansara review from my stay in November to the original post? Here: Amansara, Siem Reap, Cambodia (combined thread)

Looking forward to 2019 Aman stays: Le Mézélin, Galla, Wella, possibly Pulo. 2nd half 2019 maybe I'll choose another property I won't have been to by then to cross off the list.
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I’d love to see those pics, but nevertheless I find your posts entertaining. Anyone calls you out and their posts get deleted—I just love that.
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Edward Linsley has been named Senior General Manager of the Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas
perhaps current aman on the way to aman cabo , or back to caribbean

wonder if any GM ever moved to adjacent property under same owner

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Thanks for doing this, Kage.

For those of you wondering, FS legend and industry veteran Edward Linsley is now based in Turks and Caicos for... Aman! He's one of the best, so they are very lucky to have him. Smart move.

I have a feeling 2019 will be a defining year for Aman.
Thanks scented . Incentive for making it there possibly , if I can fit it in .

May not start 2019 with Amans but the Lunar New Year at Galla & Wella

Looking forward to more TRs .. mine are not listed / posted above as of now . Happy searching / surfing

Blessed 2019 FTers , lots of MRs , lovely hotels & Aman stays for those on this thread !
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@Kagehitokiri - I should also have an Amanoi review with pics that was already posted on FT if you can find it

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maybe [my report] is within another thread
right, only trip report threads (not posts) in this forum
sorry i do not word this well

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Wondering if anyone has tried The Wellness Retreat aspects at Amans , Puri , .. ?
Will be returning in May or before .

How similar to others including Thai ones like Chiva Som ( no AMAN for sure but some ‘ similarities ‘ ) .
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Thanks for doing this, Kage.

For those of you wondering, FS legend and industry veteran Edward Linsley is now based in Turks and Caicos for... Aman! He's one of the best, so they are very lucky to have him. Smart move.

I have a feeling 2019 will be a defining year for Aman.
Defining year ..
AmanSP still does not have a GM , as with others in country except for YY . Likely will not either if the owners continue in its current modus operandi .
And if more GMs are like many “ new “ ones - YY included , see Pulo thread , then ..

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Just confirmed a booking for a 4 night stay at Amanoi for May 2019. This will be a part of a Hong Kong, Vietnam and Tokyo trip.
Can't wait to try out my first Aman. I first learned about Aman when I did a beijing trip last year, and was looking into the Aman Summer Palace, I ultimately decided to stay at the newly renovated Peninsula Beijing. But this time around, I am excited to try an Aman property.
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Just confirmed a booking for a 4 night stay at Amanoi for May 2019. This will be a part of a Hong Kong, Vietnam and Tokyo trip.
Can't wait to try out my first Aman. I first learned about Aman when I did a beijing trip last year, and was looking into the Aman Summer Palace, I ultimately decided to stay at the newly renovated Peninsula Beijing. But this time around, I am excited to try an Aman property.
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I hope you get better weather than we did in May.
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