Aman: The new and improved

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Saturday 17 October 2015 will see the reopening of Amanjena, Morocco, after a three month enhancement project of the public areas and guest pavilions and the addition of a new two-bedroom ‘Maison Jardin’.

In addition, two new restaurants have been introduced; The Japanese Restaurant with its convivial sushi bar and robata grill serving informal izakaya-style cuisine, and The Mediterranean Restaurant with a varied menu tracing culinary traditions from Morocco, Sicily, the South of France and Spain’s historic Al-Andalus region.

Two new lounges are situated on either side of the reception pavilion, one serving afternoon tea and the other post-prandial cigars and shisha. Each lounge features its own fireplace and custom made furniture designed by architect and interior designer Reda Amalou, who has overseen all the design.

Looking ahead, plans will include the development of 17 new Aman Residences which will be available for off-plan purchase and all of which will have views of the Atlas Mountains.

Those wishing to invest in the Aman serviced villas will have the opportunity to contribute towards their design and layout alongside Reda Amalou who will personally oversee the construction.

Measuring 1800m2 in size and with the capacity to house up to six bedrooms, all villas will be adjacent to the hotel whilst maintaining high levels of privacy.

There will be options for clients to personalise their villas to include a private spa with hammam, gym, yoga and Pilates studio and either rooftop or ground floor swimming pool.

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Aman have also announced the following updates:

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Opening: Amanera, Dominican Republic

Amanera, scheduled to debut in the Dominican Republic, will open on Monday 23 November 2015. Amanera will become the first golf-integrated Aman and offer extensive dining, spa and recreational facilities.

The launch of Amanera will precede that of Amanemu, scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2016. A hot spring resort, Amanemu, located in Ise Shima National Park, will be the collection’s second resort in Japan, following on from Aman Tokyo which opened in December 2014.

Aman unveils new website

Aman has unveiled a new website, accessible across all platforms and devices, which offers a mix of imagery, video and texts to showcase each resort and its setting.

“Reflecting the gentle evolution of the brand and in keeping with our philosophy of inspiring guests with insightful journeys, the website is a window on the Aman lifestyle.” CEO of Aman, Olivier Jolivet says.

“Providing a lust for far-away places and the desire for discovery, the image led website will, no doubt, be a catalyst to a journey like no other offering the restorative power of time, space and privacy”.

Aman Private Jet Journeys: China and Indonesia

Aman has announced the launch of Aman Private Jet Journeys. Guests will travel aboard private jets on journeys curated to incorporate the most exclusive excursions at each Aman and adding a personal touch, each trip will be hosted by one of Aman’s General Managers.

The debut journey will take place on 5 March 2016, and for six nights will see just 12 guests embarking on an expedition between the three Aman destinations in China.

Making pit-stops at some of the country’s monuments and natural attractions guests will travel to Beijing and stay at Aman Summer Palace, then on to the recently opened Amandayan in Lijiang and will conclude at Amanfayun in Hangzhou.

The second voyage will explore Aman icons in Indonesia from 9 to 16 April, commencing in Bali, then onto Amanjiwo in Central Java and finally, to Amanwana, a wilderness hideaway on Moyo Island.

A sailing expedition aboard Aman’s traditional Indonesian Phinisi coastal cruisers Amandira or Amanikan to the volcanic isles of Komodo National Park is also a highlight of this  journey.

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Aman Venice appoints Creative Culinary Consultant

This September, Chef Davide Oldani has joined the team at Aman Venice as Creative Culinary Consultant. The award-winning creator of Cucina POP, a contemporary philosophy on cuisine, and the author of seven culinary books, Oldani brings his personal interpretation of Italian gastronomy to the kitchens of Aman Venice alongside Chef Akio Fujita and Sous Chef Riccardo Aliceto.

Oldani’s creations include mackerel ‘in saor’ and raspberry vinegar chickpea tart, Saffron risotto, caramelized onions with hot and cold Grana Padano, spaghetti with Monte Veronese cheese and oysters with sabayon and marrow. Sweet dishes on offer include a white tiramisu and apple compote with thyme-scented ice cream.

“It is a great privilege to bring my experience to Venice and make my debut in this city at Aman Venice, a symbol of elegance and sophistication. It is this elegance that complements my way of thinking about cuisine and which lends itself to the perfect partnership”, says Chef Oldani who has enhanced the existing culinary offering by adding ten dishes to the menu.

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Amangani: USA

To celebrate the milestone 50th anniversary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Amangani will offer its guests the exclusive use of Foil Skis; handmade, elegant performance skis by family-owned Foil. Originating from Northern Italy, each Foil ski offers a completely different skiing experience.

Amangani guests will have access to the use of the Riserva (slalom) and the Classico (allmountain) skis in the comfort of the Amangani Ski Lounge at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and will be amongst the first in the US to experience these handcrafted skis.

The resort will also host a series of Italian-inspired evenings throughout the season featuring wine and cheese tastings for skiers to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

The skis will debut at Amangani on 28 December 2015 and will be available throughout the winter season.

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