Town & Country (Philippines) - - DESIGN LEXICON - Whit­ney Robin­son

“How many have you been to?” asked a flex­i­ble cou­ple from Ger­many af­ter a par­tic­u­larly gru­el­ing yoga ses­sion around the Olympic-size in­fin­ity pool at Aman­bagh in the Aravalli Hills, near Jaipur. They were re­fer­ring to the num­ber of Aman re­sorts I had vis­ited, in the same way peo­ple used to hum­ble­brag about the num­ber of stamps on their pass­ports. Things are evolv­ing in Aman­world, how­ever. Since open­ing the T&C reader fa­vorite Aman­puri on a once des­o­late stretch of Phuket, Thai­land, in 1988, the re­sort has added 30 prop­er­ties in 20 coun­tries. The rooms at the new­est lo­ca­tion, Amanyangyun, in Shang­hai, are ac­tu­ally Ming and Qing Dy­nasty houses res­cued from aban­doned vil­lages on the Yangtze that were moved 400 miles up­stream and recre­ated on the spot. Aman Le Mélézin, in Courchevel, France, has been re­mod­eled. Two Spa Houses, a new con­cept for the brand, have opened at Amanoi, in Viet­nam. And 2015 brought us the Aman Tokyo, the brand’s first city ho­tel (New York is ru­mored to be next), whose soar­ing rice-pa­pered lobby and 34th-floor basalt­lined pool may be more In­sta­grammed than Mount Fuji. The best-loved (and much-copied) con­ceits, like lo­cally made gifts pre­sented each night at turn­down, those fa­mous in­fin­ity pools, and the indige­nous trop­i­cal mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture cre­ated by Kerry Hill and Ed Tut­tle, re­main. And now, at seven of the sites, in­clud­ing ones in Greece and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, you can call Aman home. That wouldn’t be a big deal apart from the fact that own­ing land in some of Aman’s more far-flung lo­cales, like a pri­vate is­land in the Philip­pines, is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble oth­er­wise. Mean­while, as I work on se­cur­ing funds for a sec­ond home, I look for­ward to the 12th in­stall­ment of my Aman saga.

Amanemu, Japan Aman­pulo Amanyangyun, China Aman­pulo, philip­pines Aman­bagh, in­dia Aman­zoe, Greece

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