December 22 2010
Few hotel brands are as worshipped as Aman Resorts (any one that can beget a fanbase proud to carry the moniker “junkie” has got to be doing something right). Stretching from the Philippines to Turks & Caicos, from Marrakech to Mayfair (where the Connaught harbours a perfect little Aman spa), the Aman zeitgeist is universally recognised as the benchmark for sleek, Zen chic.
And the benchmark for this among the Aman Resorts themselves is its original flagship in Thailand, Amanpuri, which, despite 21 years of existence, still draws the great, good and Aman-dependent of the high-flying travel monde. And now it’s slated to be even more of a draw, as it introduces several long-awaited new private pool pavilions. In true bring-the-outdoors-in Aman style, each oversized bedroom and bath adjoins a massive alfresco living room, with a lounge area, dining terrace, and a capacious pool.
Indisputably gorgeous, but the real USP is the total privacy afforded guests. The resort is famous for its cinematically gorgeous setting and perfect beaches, but now more than ever you’d be hard-pressed to find a good reason to leave your own little slice of this paradise. www.amanresorts.com, pool pavilions from $1,780.