Nestled in a bucolic national park in Vietnam, Amanoi offers peace of mind and body
It took me approximately one full minute to fall in love with Amanoi. Stepping off a short, direct flight from Hong Kong, and after a subsequent 75-minute-long drive along a winding coastal highway, our contingent had been well-primed by the passing verdant scenery, ready to be awed upon arrival by the five-star resort’s vaulted entrance staircase and the staff in their breezy bleached Vietnamese tunics. However, it wasn’t until a beaming attendant handed me a welcome drink – a fragrant, ice-cold ginger beer made in-house – that my mind was truly made.
Indeed, it would take a hardened soul to resist the charms of Amanoi. Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “peace” and the Vietnamese word for “place”, the resort’s location – between the 29,000-hectare Núi Chúa National Park and a pristine marine reserve on Vietnam’s south-central coastline – all but guarantees tranquillity. Contrary to the popular perception of Vietnam as a sweltering tropical country, the national park’s unique microclimate delivers dry, balmy Mediterranean weather and a generous 250 days of sunshine per year.
Designed to make the most of the abundant sun, Amanoi’s 16 villas and 13 free-standing pavilions were conceived by renowned luxury hotel architect JeanMichel Gathy to be minimalist, highly symmetrical and open to the surrounding nature, all the while paying homage to traditional Vietnamese architecture with their gracefully sloping eaves. Peeking out from the ridgeline, their blue-grey roofs resemble monastic hideouts clustered around the grand Central Pavilion, which contains the main restaurant, library and lounge bar.
Given Amanoi’s emphasis on health and wellness, the 20,000sqft Aman Spa is a sight unto itself. It sits on the shore of a lotus lake, from where a yoga pavilion juts out into its centre and plays host to morning fitness classes – a meditation session here, while listening to nothing save for birdsong, does wonders for the soul. The complex offers an array of half- or full-day treatments to shape you into your best self, including such arcane-sounding options as pranayama breathing, reiki and craniosacral therapy.
由知名奢華酒店項目建築師Jean-Michel Gathy設計的16所別墅和13座庭閣以簡潔開揚的設計為主軸，糅合傳統越南屋簷設計和大自然美景，呈現的典雅精緻的建築風格。猶如寺院般的灰藍色屋頂與度假村中心Central Pavilion連成一體，旅客更能到當中的主題餐廳、酒吧和圖畫館盡情享受，放鬆心情。
Health pilgrims should consider the Wellness Immersions, which involve a pre-trip consultation with the spa director who then tailors a holistic programme of dietary, exercise, relaxation and spa treatments based on Asian medicinal practices. The programme is carried out in one of two specialised 1,850sqft Spa Houses featuring a marble-clad hammam and a Russian-style banya sauna respectively. Two benign spa attendants inhabit the latter, eager to alternately subject your body to steamy lashings using imported sheafs of oak leaves and icy plunges into a cold-water pool that induce minor cardiac arrest. The result? Pure corporeal bliss.
The service at Amanoi is world-class: ever-attentive and never caught without smiles on their faces, the attendants lightly flit to and fro in their conical nón lá hats, always ready to offer a lemongrass-scented wet towel or a banh căn rice pancake for afternoon tea. They play a hand in arranging various memorable excursions from a moonlit blessing ceremony conducted by a shaman of the Cham ethnic minority, to a candlelit dinner in the redolent home of a local village chieftain. For the more adventurous, the resort also offers sunrise hikes to the nearby Goga Peak, while a range of water sports can be enjoyed at the picture-perfect Beach Club.
It’s easy to become envious of the staff in any luxury resort, who take for granted what paying guests travel far and wide to experience. As general manager Nicolas Pillet explains over lunch at the Beach Club: “That’s why I love the chance to welcome clients – it allows me to reintroduce this destination to myself, to see it through fresh eyes.” That’s one welcome we’re dreaming of receiving again. //
除了多元化的體驗活動外，貼心的服務同樣教人流連忘返。你會不時看到帶著笠帽的服務員來去衝衝的身影，為賓客準備好檸檬香味的濕巾和烤米餅，安排悠閒舒適的下午茶時光。另外，度假村提供不同類型的文化活動，不論是由當地少數民族占族巫師舉行的月夜祭典活動，又或是到滿載部落特色的家舍享受一頓浪漫的燭光晚餐，也是不二之選。具備冒險精神的旅客不妨參加Goga Peak日出之旅，或到Beach Club一嘗水上活動的樂趣。