Aman has announced plans for a second property in Japan, following the launch of Aman Tokyo in December 2014.
Amanemu will début in the first quarter of 2016 in Ise Shima National Park in Honshu’s Mie Prefecture, central Japan.
It will be the brand’s first hot spring resort. Celebrating Japan’s ancient onsen tradition in natural surrounds, Amanemu is perched on the shores of Ago Bay, known as the ‘Bay of Pearls’.
It will present 24 suites and four two-bedroomed villas all of which have their own onsen, as well as an extensive Aman Spa, a lap pool, restaurant and lounge.
Amanemu lies approximately 300km south-west of Tokyo and is easily accessed via Japan’s high speed rail network.
Amanemu, named after the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’ and nemu meaning ‘joy’ in Japanese, will adopt a classic Japanese aesthetic in the ryokan tradition.
“Following on from the opening of Aman Tokyo and continuing the Aman journey in Japan, we intend to create a true Aman experience that will provide our guests with the very best of Japan’s unique natural beauty, exquisite cuisine and omotenashi, the special spirit of hospitality” said Olivier Jolivet, CEO of Aman.
“Amanemu is in an exceptional location and as per the Aman DNA will be harmoniously blended with its surroundings. This, our first onsen resort, with its nutrient-rich hot springs, will offer an enriching holistic experience that is very much centred on wellness and tradition.”
Vladislav Doronin, Chairman of Aman, said “Amanemu will take the brand to 30 resorts worldwide and will complement Aman Tokyo by offering our guests the opportunity to discover the splendour of Japan, this time in a rural setting. With the design and concept inspired by Japan’s multifaceted culture, Amanemu will seamlessly fuse tradition with modernity, and its onsen facilities, a first for Aman, will further demonstrate our team’s continued commitment to seek out and provide our guests with unrivalled experiences in captivating destinations.”
Amanemu will additionally offer bespoke Aman Journeys, such as the UNESCO-protected pilgrimage routes of Kumano Kodō and Ise-Jingū, Japan’s most sacred Shintō shrine.