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    News bites – 31 March 2022

    New experiences for Aman in Europe and North Africa


    Amanzoe, Greece – Resort, Main Terrace, Fire pit. Image courtesy of Aman Hotels and Resorts

    Aman resorts are offering new experiences from wellness initiatives to culinary discoveries in some of the world’s most alluring destinations.

    Amanzoe, Greece
    Opening for the season on 1 April 2022, Amanzoe’s guest Pavilions, Beach Cabanas and Villas are ready and waiting to welcome guests back to the Peloponnese. With panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Aegean Sea, along with an Aman Spa and a private Beach Club, the resort offers new experiences for guests visiting this season.

    Ideal for those seeking privacy with views of turquoise waters, Amanzoe’s one-to-nine-bedroom Villas feature large private swimming pools, expansive outdoor terraces, and dedicated staff – including private chefs to tend to every need. Surrounded by tranquil olive groves, they offer exclusivity on the peninsula, within close proximity to the resort’s amenities. New for 2022, the resort welcomes an additional two-bedroom villa. The newly constructed villa offers seamless indoor-outdoor living with several exterior terraces, including a large swimming pool and outdoor kitchen area ideal for entertaining. Inside, the villa’s seamless flowing layout welcomes the outdoors in, with airy spaces, alongside two large en-suite bedrooms providing an exceptional family retreat.

    Whether staying in a Villa, Pavilion or Beach Cabana, all guests visiting Amanzoe will be able to enjoy The Garden Table. A new al fresco setting for cooking classes and tastings overlooking the resort’s own organic gardens, The Garden Table celebrates its setting with a rustic outdoor kitchen and wood-fired oven. Tended by a team of gardeners, a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on property throughout the year including tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, bell peppers, parsley, dill and mint. In this new venue, guests can opt for a private dining experience, a private outdoor cooking class with a tour of the gardens, or a cheese, wine or olive oil tasting, arranged upon request.


    Aman Venice, Italy – Ballroom, First Noble Floor. Image courtesy of Aman Hotels and Resorts

    Aman Venice, Italy
    The Grand Canal winds its way through the heart of UNESCO-protected Venice, and it is in one of the gracious palazzos lining this historic waterway that Aman Venice is housed, offering guests a serene retreat in the heart of the floating city.

    Those visiting the property this spring will be invited to experience the city’s rich culture, local cuisine and vibrant arts scene, with several new and unique activities, exclusive to Aman Venice. The first, An Evening with Chef Norbert, invites gastronomy fans to experience the cuisine of three-Michelin star chef Norbert Niederkofler, who will visit Aman Venice on selected dates throughout the season. Hosting a series of ‘Cook the Lagoon’ themed dinners, guests will enjoy a six-course tasting menu with a focus on fresh seasonal produce sourced from the Veneto region and prepared by Chef Norbert himself. Alongside an optional wine pairing, guests can choose to extend the experience with a two-night stay including daily breakfast and a cocktail and cicchetti in the hotel’s iconic bar.

    Art enthusiasts will be able to discover Homo Faber, an art event running from 10 April – 1 May 2022 on St Giorgio Island. With live demonstrations, immersive digital experiences and imaginative displays of handcrafted creations imagined by a team of exceptional curators and designers, Aman Venice will offer daily complimentary tickets to the event, allowing guests to experience some of the world’s finest arts and craftsmanship.


    Amanruya, Turkey – Main Swimming Pool. Image courtesy of Aman Hotels and Resorts

    Amanruya, Turkey
    In a quiet valley on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula, Amanruya overlooks a secluded stretch of pebble beach and is engulfed by a verdant forest reserve. Reopening for the season on 1 April 2022, and inspired by the region’s traditional architecture, the resort’s freestanding Pavilions each offer their own private garden and swimming pool.

    New this season, the resort sees its bar and restaurant scene further enhanced. The exclusive Beach Club is home to a new bar where guests can enjoy a theatrical show from skilled mixologists, while the Poolside Bar has received a design refresh and the addition of a new cigar collection, perfect for after-dinner relaxation. The property also welcomes a new restaurant, Sushi by Amanruya, which will serve freshly prepared, Japanese-inspired cuisine. Guests will have a choice of indoor seating at the sushi bar or al fresco dining surrounded by the resort’s lush greenery, with dishes including hot crispy tempura, temaki (hand rolled) sushi and sashimi. Amanruya has also announced that it will partner with several boutique wineries from the surrounding region this season. Throughout June and July, they will visit Amanruya to showcase their wines by hosting themed dinners with exceptional wine pairings.

    For those seeking a stay oriented around wellness, the resort’s yoga and Pilates studio will be additionally equipped for Gravity Yoga and Reformer Pilates with expert trainers on hand to support each guest’s training program throughout the season.

    To discover the region, guests can now visit the town of Dalyan, with a new excursion to the archaeological ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos offering an insight into the country’s history. The charming coastal town is also home to a sea turtle research and rehabilitation centre, where guests can learn about the endangered local species of the loggerhead sea turtle, supporting conservation efforts. Guests will also be invited to reconnect with the natural world, with the introduction of new itineraries on board the resort’s wooden motor yacht. Trips across the bay will now stop at two islands – the first of which, Küçük Tavşan Adası (Little Rabbit Island), known for its large population of small rabbits, and the second, Mercan Adası (Red Coral Island) named after the distinctive colour of its rocks and stone cliffs.


    Amanjena, Morocco – Swimming Pool. Image courtesy of Aman Hotels and Resorts

    Amanjena, Morocco
    Surrounded by palm and olive trees, Amanjena is a tranquil retreat located near the fabled city of Marrakech. Moorish heritage is reflected throughout the pisé-walled resort, which has 40 guest Pavilions and Maisons, each echoing the style of a sultan’s palace.

    With the arrival of spring in the Palmeraie, Amanjena announces a new partnership with LUX Tennis Academy who will provide private tennis coaching and clinics on the resort’s clay court. Hosted by professional ATP or WTA players, the academy will offer personalised programmes adapted for each guest, based on ability and age. Surrounded by the resort’s private gardens, Amanjena’s new Petanque Court, will offer further opportunity for guests of all ages to experience friendly competition with this classic garden game.

    The resort also introduces new dining experiences, including the addition of a pizza oven in the sun-dappled olive grove. Adding to the al fresco experience in this atmospheric setting, wood-fired pizzas will be served and made using the freshest ingredients, with dishes ranging from the classic Pizza Margherita to the Pizza Essaouira, with tomato, mozzarella, fresh sardines, black olives, and oregano, offering a taste of the Moroccan coast. For 2022, Amanjena’s Teatime will also be served with a twist, themed around the traditional cuisine of Japan. Available daily, the afternoon tea will include spicy edamame, fresh sushi, matcha cheesecake, eclairs with yuzu, lemon, and chocolate cremeaux and sesame rolls.


    Six Senses Brings Families into Focus: Offering Little Ones Big Adventures (and Big Ones Bonus Space)


    Six Senses ZighyBay. Image courtesy of Six Senses resorts

    Six Senses families are well travelled with the children craving as much variety and adventure as the parents. That’s why every detail is carefully considered – from facilities to programming and extra space.

    New – Vooc Village and Water Reserve at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
    Adventure Park at Vooc Village, is the new kids’ club at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam. The Vooc Village keeps its younger guests entertained, whether hanging upside down at the jungle gym, splashing around in the aqua gym, or enjoying games or craft-making in the indoor play centre.

    Programs encompass everything from the active (organic gardening, yoga, little mixologist, being a therapist, junior photographer) to the relaxing (foot massage, herbal ball compress, make your own body scrub), and the creative with a local twist (traditional Vietnamese origami and snacks, Hoi An lantern making and trying to play traditional Vietnamese musical instruments). Never too young to inspire a passion for protecting nature, children can build their own coral reef, be a farmer, make beeswax wraps and homemade soaps, join an essential oil workshop, and learn about langurs (local monkeys) with the resident biologist.

    While journeying through each activity, children will receive a new stamp for their passport, which they receive on arrival, with a final surprise for when they collect enough stamps.

    Stay at the three-bedroom Water Reserve – comprising three free-standing pavilions set on dramatic rock formations right on the water’s edge of a private bay, with uninterrupted sunset views. Completely secluded, the villa can be accessed by a private speedboat or walkway. An infinity-edge pool with a water slide also blends naturally with the horizon and surrounding boulders. A dedicated GEM (Guest Experience Maker) can arrange in-villa dining and spa treatments, private yoga sessions, a poolside barbecue, outdoor cinema screening, or schedule the day’s activities including snorkeling on the house reef.


    Pinnacle Mansion Bedroom. Image courtesy of Six Senses resorts

    Watery Delights at Six Senses Laamu
    They say you can dust the sand off toes but not souls. Just some of the on-land activities at The Den include planting seeds in coconut shells, a fitness scavenger hunt, junior Zumba, healthy cookie making, face mask workshops, and a volcano explosion. Due to the location of this family-friendly resort on a private atoll, the real magic happens in the water. Budding conservationists aged six and up can complete exciting science experiments, explore the ocean in snorkeling adventures, and learn to make their own conservation videos as part of the Junior Marine Biology program.

    The Family Villa offers beachfront living, with a panoramic upper deck, a personal pool, and an outdoor bathtub for fun bath times. There’s even a treetop deck offering comfortable seating, a dining area, and front row seats to keep an eye on any passing marine life too.

    Wellies On and Capes Ready at Six Senses Yao Noi
    Following themes of Farm, Nature and Re-creation, the three-day Junior Eco Warrior program at Six Senses Yao Noi aims to educate future change-makers through hands-on experiences and outdoor adventures. Children can collect fresh eggs, meet Kevin the goat, spend time sowing seeds, and head to the beach to learn the importance of keeping marine ecosystems clean. They can also have fun turning trash into treasure in a 3Rs Workshop and try their hand at building villas for the resort’s resident hornbills out of recycled timber.

    With views overlooking the iconic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay, the three-bedroom Ocean Retreat has the option of a connecting one-bedroom Ocean Deluxe Pool Villa.


    Six Senses Ninh Van Bay The Water Reserve. Image courtesy of Six Senses resorts

    Larger Accommodations in Ibiza, Portugal, and Oman
    Nostradamus once said, “Ibiza will be Earth’s final refuge”. Maybe he had his eye on the split-level ten-bedroom Pinnacle at Six Senses Ibiza, a mansion complete with open plan kitchen, spacious living room, ballroom, degustation room, and cinema. The garage and private parking lead to a separate and independent entrance, private pool, and private garden with sunset terrace. The three-level, five-bedroom Cliffhanger mansion, which combines a traditional Finca aesthetic with all the modern comforts, is located right on the honeycomb cliffs of Xarraca Bay. Outside there is a private pool and multiple terraces for lounging, sun salutations and sundowners. For larger parties, there’s also the flexible option to link to a four-bedroom Townhouse, enhancing the Cliffhanger to nine bedrooms and opening access to a spacious rooftop terrace.

    From this Summer, Six Senses Douro Valley will open a range of new villa options for families seeking additional space. Featuring locally inspired architecture and furnishings, enhanced with an array of modern comforts and amenities, the one-bedroom and two-bedroom Pool Villas have a fully appointed kitchen, separate dining and living areas, fireplace, and wine fridge. Outside, there’s a separate entrance, heated pool, and private sundeck with day beds overlooking the vineyard. In addition, there are nine separate Villa Rooms and Suites sharing a plunge pool, lawn, and sundeck with vineyard views. These may be reserved individually or together to offer up to nine bedrooms.

    Renovations are now complete on the Beachfront Retreats and Reserve at Six Senses Zighy Bay. The two three-bedroom Beachfront Retreats, built in a traditional Omani village style, are located at either end of the beach, overlooking the sea. They each feature an oversized infinity-edge pool, expansive outdoor seating area, new furnishings including handwoven fabrics and well furnishings, and modern amenities. This makes them ideal for bringing the whole tribe or – why not – leaving the tribe at home and luxuriating in one’s own company. The Reserve is a true Arabian palace of wonders, the largest of its kind in the Middle East. It offers four separate villas serving as bedrooms within the enclave of the property and is located on the tip of Zighy Bay, away from the main resort, on its own stretch of private beach. Along with a variety of separate living and dining areas for entertaining, groups can enjoy a self-sufficient vacation with a private spa suite, wine cellar, separate staff quarters, infinity swimming pool and playroom with oversized pool table, private cinema, and bar.

    Happy Homes for VIP Residents
    In addition to human hospitality, Six Senses provides homes for ten species that are listed as endangered or critically endangered, including marine life (green and hawksbill turtles, ornate eagle rays, gray reef sharks, whale sharks, giant guitarfish, and Napoleon wrasses), land animals (Fijian crested iguanas and black-shanked douc langurs) and birdlife (Bali starlings). What’s more, in 2021 alone, 151 coral fragments were successfully replanted, chickens across the group enjoyed surround sound in their coops for happy laying conditions, resulting in 70,000 eggs, and Junior Eco Warriors continued the construction of Hornbill Villas at Six Senses Yao Noi.

     

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