Aman offers sole-use of ultra-luxury camps

For the ultimate in privacy, guests can takeover camps in Utah, Indonesia and India

Enveloped beneath soaring canopies and surrounded by unbounded magical scenery, Aman’s three tented camps are serene sanctuaries enabling guests to reap the benefits of connecting with nature. With these properties comes increased mindfulness, reduced stress levels and a clearer headspace – with every convenience and luxury at hand. Designed for escapism, solitude and adventure, each camp offers a unique experience. From the tiger-inhabited jungle of Ranthambore National Park in India to the starkly beautiful Utah desert with its vermillion rock formations and an entire tropical island in Indonesia, life at the camps is defined by their surroundings.

The intimacy, exclusive to each location, and the access to a multitude of adventures, forms an ideal escape for larger groups or families desiring an undisturbed insight into a destination or a special place for an important celebration. All three will now offer guests the opportunity to book the entire camp on an exclusive basis, with the introduction of a new experience titled ‘A Camp of Your Own’. The new offer will enable a stay without constraints with dedicated Aman staff catering to every whim, transporting guests from their everyday lives and creating lasting memories with friends and loved ones.

Aman-i-Khas, India

Set on the threshold of Ranthambore National Park, a former hunting ground and home of the Bengal Tiger, Aman-i-Khas is a secluded wilderness camp in rural Rajasthan. The camp’s 10 Mughal-style tents are 148 square metres and six metres high, providing airy living spaces, an expansive bedroom and a light-filled bathing area featuring a deep soaking bathtub and shower.

Until 31 May 2021, groups catching up with family and friends and desiring a private insight into the destination can now commandeer the camp as their own by booking the 10 tents on an exclusive basis via the new ‘A Camp of Your Own’ experience, through until 31 May 2021.

The cuisine at Aman-i-Khas is influenced by its surroundings and utilises ingredients that have been harvested on nearby farms or sourced from one of the camp’s three organic gardens. All meals are served in a softly lit Dining Tent or in one of the camp’s many sun-dappled outdoor spots and feature both Indian and Western dishes.

The camp’s wellness offerings are defined by nature in every way and include daily alfresco yoga and meditation sessions, as well as a dedicated spa tent. The Spa Tent is centred around a bubbling fountain and houses two double treatment rooms offering an extensive menu of treatments rooted in the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient form of Indian medicinal healing.

Adventure activities abound at Aman-i-Khas and include two daily Jeep safaris into Ranthambore National Park in search of tigers, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, crocodiles, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer. In addition, cultural excursions to nearby Ranthambore Fort and Khandar Fort, bird-watching trips along the verdant Banas riverbed, and camel rides through local villages can be arranged. Each tent is assigned a Batman to accompany guests on their explorations of the camp’s surroundings.

Camp Sarika by Amangiri, USA

Camp Sarika by Amangiri launched earlier this year: a luxury encampment surrounded by 240 hectares of raw wilderness in the heart of the Utah desert. The camp is located a 30-minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri and overlooks iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations. It is surrounded by five national parks as well as numerous national monuments. With just 10 tented-pavilions, the camp enables a unique back-to-nature experience for guests, with a main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Camp Sarika is now offering guests the opportunity to book the remote sanctuary exclusively throughout 2021 for up to 30 people. The ultimate group hideaway, A Camp of Your Own is available on select dates from April to October 2021, for stays of three nights, and enables a private immersion into the destination via bespoke wellness experiences, outdoor excursions and carefully crafted cuisine. Camp Sarika serves as an idyllic backdrop to any intimate celebration, whether with friends or family, and a well-awaited reunion at the camp guarantees new discoveries and an adventure like no other.

The tented pavilions at Camp Sarika feature either one or two bedrooms, as well as a living area, dining area, a bar, a private spacious terrace with a fire pit and an individual heated plunge pool. The five one-bedroom tented pavilions each cover 175 square metres, while the five two-bedroom tented pavilions cover 262 square metres. Interiors are spacious, comprising of natural materials that reflect the light-transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside.

Open throughout the day, the restaurant at Camp Sarika is situated in the main pavilion, with both indoor and outdoor seating offering breathtaking views. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and afternoon tea in between, the restaurant offers a menu that changes daily, incorporating the freshest local produce.

Serving as a springboard for exploration of the area, the camp offers desert and mountain hiking with its own trail system, morning and afternoon wellness experiences indoors and out, its own Via Ferrata route and horseback riding, as well as many other adventure activities. Guests are invited to enjoy a deeper immersion in Native American culture every evening, with storytelling and stargazing around the fire pit. Two spa suites at the camp offer relaxation and rejuvenation with an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices. Yoga and guided meditation are available al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the camp’s surroundings.

Amanwana, Indonesia

The only occupant of Moyo Island in Indonesia, Amanwana is a remote hideaway framed by 32,000 hectares of protected jungle, overlooking the turquoise Flores Sea. From January 2021, Amanwana will offer a new A Camp of Your Own experience for those wishing to book the camp on an exclusive basis. Guests are now able to enjoy a four- or six-night package, with three or five nights spent at Amanwana and one night in a private villa at Aman Villas at Nusa Dua on Bali’s southernmost peninsula.

With unrestricted access to the entire island once at Amanwana, the Camp of Your Own stay includes all meals, as well as a group beach barbecue dinner, daily snorkelling trips and complimentary laundry to ensure a seamless return. To make group stays extra special, visitors are invited on a waterfall excursion to Barry’s Falls, where a cascading limestone waterfall appears through the forest in an unmissable fairytale experience and a guided cave trek, showcasing another of Moyo Island’s hidden gems. In addition, each tent and its guests will receive a couple’s massage to find an equilibrium to the adventure. Those opting for the six-night offer will also experience a complimentary daily diving excursion, a traditional family-style Sumbawa Feast and a cocktail and canapé seaside soirée one evening.

With only 12 guest tents, the open-air seaside sanctuary is located steps from a coral-rich shoreline that teams with a kaleidoscopic whirl of vibrant marine life. It is this rich marine diversity that enables world-class diving and snorkelling, and the camp’s Dive Centre offers daily excursions to the surrounding coral reefs guided by a team of experienced instructors. Trips into the tranquil water offer encounters with Hawksbill and green sea turtles, moray eels, lobsters, parrot fish, banner fish, surgeon fish, trigger fish, tuna, blue-spotted rays, barracuda, small reef sharks, dolphins, giant manta rays and even whales. Above sea-level excursions are available too and water sports include cruising, fishing, SUPs, kayaking and Hobie Cat sailing.

While the secluded cove in front of Amanwana shelters life below its surface, inner-island exploration uncovers an abundance of nature too. A thick tropical forest of teak, tamarind, fig, coral and banyan trees extends from the shoreline to the heart of the island and provide habitats for Rusa deer, banteng, wild buffalo, boar, Macaque monkeys, and a variety of wild birdlife. Island adventures include excursions to dramatic waterfalls, jungle treks and mountain biking. Adventure-worn guests are able to relax and rejuvenate in the open-air Jungle Cove Spa. The dedicated spa tent features a double treatment area with a deep-soaking bathtub and standalone shower.

Each tent at Amanwana is 58 square metres and enjoys a peaceful setting beneath a canopy of tropical forest, with jungle or sea views.

Meals at Amanwana are determined by the island and all are enjoyed alfresco at the beach-side restaurant or in the bar. Cuisine includes Indonesian and Western fare, with produce sourced from the camp’s organic vegetable garden. Guests are often invited to catch their own fish, which can be served along with the catch of the day from local fisherman.

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