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    News bites – 13 Nov 2019

    New Mauritius Hotel Opening + Le Chaland Beach = Bliss


    Image courtesy of Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort

    If your dream getaway doesn’t involve Le Chaland Beach as the backdrop, then you might need to rethink your definition of perfection: nestled on the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is very close to it.

    The resort offers 164 guest rooms, each featuring a terrace or balcony with a daybed for ultimate relaxation. The designers, award-winning Ground Kent Architects (Australia) and Abacus Design (Thailand), have collaborated to blend luxury, history and culture, using natural sources like volcanic stone and artisan crafted driftwoods to create a sanctuary.

    The resort offers guests a range of therapeutic treatments, yoga, meditation, chakra healing and other wellness therapy options. Guests can indulge their souls at the spa, and their stomachs at the restaurants. Inspired by the Indian, French, Dutch, Creole and Chinese influences on Mauritius, the resort cuisine is nothing short of a fusion flavour explosion.

    Anyone needing to work off the foodie indulgence can dive, snorkel, kite surf, paddle board, or water ski – just be sure to wait 30 minutes after eating.

    Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is a haven for beach-seeking luxury travellers.

    Secluded Aman Forest Retreat Opening in Kyoto


    Image courtesy of Aman Kyoto

    Following two successful destination resorts in Japan, Aman has unveiled a new ryokan-inspired resort in the heart of a 32-hectare forest near Kyoto. The secluded forest could be Aman Resorts’ best opening yet. Surrounded by lush green forest, winding footpaths and gentle streams, the resort is sure to send visitors into a state of pure Zen.

    The resort offers only 26 guest rooms, and has been positioned within a hidden valley for optimal privacy. Breathe in the fresh air and delicate scent of the Japanese cedar, cypress, camellia and Japanese maple trees.

    In keeping with the design ethos of Aman Tokyo, this resort blends with its surroundings, and brings the outside in. Nature is at the centre of the resort design. The design follows a minimalistic, contemporary style. The colour palette is neutral and enhanced delicately with local artisan crafts and decor.

    There are six room categories. The two ‘presidential suites’, which are found at the highest, and most secluded points of the property, offer guests unparalleled views, en-suite bedrooms, separate living and dining areas, a kitchen and tatami room.

    No Aman Resort would be complete without a spa. The Aman Spa utilises all the wisdom and traditions of Japanese wellness to give guests an experience unlike anywhere else. With the addition of natural springs, access to yoga and Zazen meditation, and acupuncture, guests will walk in and float out (or they’ll beg to stay forever).

    Located just a one-hour drive from Osaka International Airport, a two-hour drive from Kansai International Airport, or a 30-minute drive from Kyoto Station, Aman Kyoto is paradise come to life.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book these incredible holidays, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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