AMAN RESORTS

AMAN RESORTS

13 April, 2017
Wellness Retreats
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With 31 luxury accommodation sites in 20 countries, Aman continues to be renowned for its space, privacy, as well as its perfect assimilation with its natural and historical surroundings. Derived from the Sanskrit word, Amanpuri, meaning ‘place of peace’, Aman was founded to provide intimate retreats resembling the warm hospitality of staying at a friend’s abode. After their major success with Aman Wellness group retreats in 2016, we are delighted that Aman has once again prepared an extensive calendar of group retreats, and for the first time ever, private jet wellness journeys for 2017! Led by globally acclaimed health specialists, the retreats combine life-changing travel experiences with wellbeing journeys that are sure to rejuvenate the mind, spirit and body as well as help you reach that elusive inner peace.

April 10 – May 25: 7-Night In Pursuit of Happiness Retreat
Bhutan (Amankora)
Inspired by Bhutan’s measure of prosperity and development through happiness, this seven-night retreat focuses on inner healing in the breathtaking surrounds of Amankora’s lodges in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. A holistic experience immersing guests in the natural splendor and rich culture of Bhutan, ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ encourages a journey of personal discovery through mindful consultations and spiritual healing treatments. Retreat specialists include Reiki and massage therapist, Virginie Claret; Craniosacral therapy, massage and reconnective healing specialist, Robert Hyrsky and intuitive and reconnective healing therapist Stephen Jeanes.

April 10-22: 5-Day Healing and Movement Retreat
Indonesia (Amandari)
Absorb the peaceful energy and lush natural beauty of Bali’s cultural capital while restoring alignment of both physical and mental health with the five-day ‘Healing and Movement’ retreat at Amandari. Set amid Ubud’s rice terraces overlooking the Ayung River Gorge, the resort’s village-like setting is ideal for this restorative and energising retreat. In addition to a special wellness dinner at Amandari’s hilltop bale, the retreat includes daily morning group yoga, two one-to-one private yoga sessions with Agustin and one private healing art session with Vijay tailored to the guest’s needs.

April 10 – 25: 3-Night Energy Retreat
Turks and Caicos, Providenciales (Amanyara)
Strengthen body and mind with specialist trainers in fitness, yoga and the healing arts on the serene shores of Providenciales with Jessica Lambert, a specialist in osteopathy, acupuncture and yoga; Jared Power, specialist in structural integration also known as the Rolfing Method; Trayl Aitken-Cade, former sportsman, personal trainer and massage specialist; and boxing mentor, Jimkelly Joseph. ‘Energy’ includes a three-night stay, an energy consultation, nutrition coaching, a guided outdoor or ocean activity, a private yoga session, an ocean detox body wrap and toning massage, private beach boxercise or personal training sessions and massages or spa treatments of choice.

April 24 – May 10: 5-Day Healing and Movement Retreat
Jawa Tengah, Indonesia (Amanjiwo)
Overlooking Borobudur, one of the oldest and largest Buddhist sanctuaries in the world, the resort is a tranquil sanctuary led by wellness experts Vijay and Agustin, and Amanjiwo’s resident anthropologist Patrick Vanhoebrouck. Cultural and spiritual experiences include a personal tour of Borobudur at sunrise, a guided hike through rice terraces to the temple of Selogriyo, a picnic breakfast following yoga by the banks of the Progo River and a traditional dinner at local villager, Pak Bilal’s soulful home, the retreat includes daily morning group yoga, two one-to-one private yoga sessions with Agustin and one private healing art session with Vijay tailored to the guest’s needs, daily evening meditation, a signature ‘Javanese Royal Signature Ritual’ treatment and a Javanese Pijjat or Amanjiwo massage.

May 15-25: 2-Day Heal Body and Mind Retreat
Japan (Amanemu)
Cleanse away the stress of modern life and its negative side effects in the mineral-rich waters of Amanemu’s private onsen baths during this Japanese-inspired wellness retreat. Enjoy the benefits of daily yoga, and Executive Chef Inaba’s healthy macrobiotic cuisine and welcome the positive changes wrought by Esalen, Watsu and ZenNaTai. Specialists in residence over the period will be Dr Buathon, a practitioner of Traditional Chinese and Tibetan Medicine and ZenNaTai; Masako Ota, a specialist in Craniosacral therapy and Esalen bodywork; Watsu specialist Master Takako Hiwatari and yoga and TRX specialist Yuko Yanagi. The retreat includes three specialist sessions per day, a healing therapy, Esalen massage or Watsu spa treatment, yoga classes and a considered nutritional diet plan featuring a macrobiotic base, seasonal vegetables, high protein, vitamins and minimal sugar.

May 23 – 31: 8-Night Meaning of Life Retreat
Bhutan (Amankora)
Gain insight into the mystery of life itself through the remarkable knowledge of His Eminence the 9th Neyphug Trulku Rinpoche of Bhutan’s fabled Neyphug Monastery, who will host a unique eight-night retreat across four of Amankora’s lodges in the valleys of Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro. Immersing guests in ancient wisdom to awaken and rejuvenate the exhausted mind, this highly revered Buddhist reincarnate will lead lectures, meditation, yoga sessions and temple visits, presenting examples from everyday life to simplify the most complex of Buddhist philosophies.

June 21: International Yoga Day
Utah, USA (Amangiri)
To celebrate International Yoga Day, Amangiri has created a menu of yoga sessions for guests taking them to some of the most picturesque and awe-inspiring settings for a day of yoga with spectacular panoramic views. Amongst the options are an early morning session atop Tower Butte, an impressive monolith soaring 5,000ft above sea level and accessed only via helicopter, an introduction to yoga, which blends martial arts with the ancient discipline to restore mindfulness, and a session of sunset yoga performed at the summit of a secluded rock platform surrounded by 165 million-year-old Mesas of Amangiri.

June 22 – 25: 4-Day Tennis and Living the Effortless Way
Turks and Caicos, Providenciales (Amanyara)
Discover a precise and enjoyable way to achieve desired results, with this innovative tennis and wellness retreat in Turks and Caicos. Combining an idyllic setting with state-of-the-art pro-tennis facilities, Amanyara offers an ideal environment for this unique tennis programme – a four-day tennis course featuring The EffortlessTM Life Operating System (TELOSTM) and RekineticsTM method. Designed to clarify and fulfill guests’ personal tennis and wellness agenda, as well as reduce and remove physical restrictions and pain, the programme is led by former professional tennis player Peter Rennert, once ranked amongst in the world’s top ten doubles players, and top 40 singles players.

Sept 1 – 30: 5-Day Healing and Movement Retreat
Bali, Indonesia (Amankila)
Breathe deeper and more easily with a lighter heart and clearer mind following Amankila’s five-day retreat on Bali’s eastern shores. Perched above the Lombok Strait beneath towering Mount Agung. Amankila’s multiple secluded spots provide nurturing spaces in which wellness experts Vijay and Agustin will guide guests on a journey of flexibility for all areas in one’s life. As well as excursions to the region’s spiritual royal water palaces, visits to local craft villages and guided treks, the retreat includes daily morning group yoga, two one-to-one private yoga sessions with Agustin and one private healing art session with Vijay and daily evening meditation, complemented by signature spa treatments at the resort’s serene spa.

Sept 10 – 18: 8-Night Meaning of Life Retreat
Gain insight into the mystery of life itself through the remarkable knowledge of His Eminence the 9th Neyphug Trulku Rinpoche of Bhutan’s fabled Neyphug Monastery, who will host a unique eight-night retreat across four of Amankora’s lodges in the valleys of Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro. Immersing guests in ancient wisdom to awaken and rejuvenate the exhausted mind, this highly revered Buddhist reincarnate will lead lectures, meditation, yoga sessions and temple visits, presenting examples from everyday life to simplify the most complex of Buddhist philosophies.

Sept 18 – Oct 3: 16-Day Pan Asia Private Jet Wellness Journey
Indonesia (Amandari, Amankila, and Amanjiwo), Philippines (Amanpulo) and Vietnam (Amanoi)
This exceptional 16-day journey will open doors to cultural and spiritual discovery whilst delivering profound health benefits. Wellness trailblazer and founder of the Yamuna body rolling method, Yamuna Zake will lead guests on a body and mind balancing private jet adventure across Asia with a tailored wellness programme which includes Pilates, yoga, breathwork, footwork and body rolling.

Sept 15 – Nov 15: 8-Night Reflections from Within Retreat
Bhutan (Amankora)
This deeply reflective eight-night retreat in the Kingdom of Bhutan will journey within and teach guests to listen to their body and to appreciate the workings of the mind. Led by Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist Zoe Nash; hypnotherapist Tim Stoneman; founder of The Brito Way, Patti Brito and acupuncture and moxibustion specialist Dr Minae Hata, this retreat will take place across three of Amankora’s lodges in the valleys of Thimpu, Punakha and Paro. The retreat will incorporate Tibetan Sound Healing, Hellerwork, Craniosacral therapy, therapeutic massage, and acupressure, as well as nature excursions, outdoor meditation and yoga.

Oct 1 – 31: 5-Day Healing and Movement Retreat
Bali, Indoneisa (Amanusa)
Set back from Bali’s most beautiful beaches and golf course on the Nusa Dua Peninsula, Amanusa is a tranquil refuge on the vibrant south coast. Amanusa’s five-day retreat will see wellness experts Vijay and Agustin lead each participant on a personalised journey to reinstate balance and confidence from the inside out. As well as sunrise yoga followed by breakfast on the beach and a sunset tour of Uluwatu Temple, the retreat includes daily morning group yoga, two one-to-one private yoga sessions with Agustin and one private healing art session with Vijay tailored to the guest’s needs and daily evening meditation session, a signature spa journey and an Amanusa holistic healing massage.

Nov 2 – 15: 14-Day Pan-Asia Private Jet Wellness
India (Aman-i-Khas), Sri Lanka (Amangalla & Amanwella), and Thailand (Amanpuri)
Guests partaking in this journey will travel by private jet on an extraordinary 14-day adventure to discover some of Asia’s most fascinating destinations while investing in their own wellbeing. Led by the founder of the Garuda Pilates Method James D’Silva and Eyal Chehanowski, a structural Integration (Rolfing Method) expert and yoga specialist, this wellness journey across Asia – both physical and spiritual – combines a personalised programme of yoga, and Garuda Pilates. Cultural experiences and incredible wildlife encounters include a tiger-spotting safari in Rajasthan at Aman-i-Khas; an immersion in Sri Lanka’s unique colonial past at Amangalla and the country’s wild southern coast and national parks from Amanwella’s breezy coastal setting; culminating at serene Amanpuri, located on a secluded beach in Phuket.

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By: Lydia Hon
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