A self-con­fessed Aman junkie, Rus­sian de­vel­oper Vladislav Doronin aims to re­tain the DNA of the luxe ho­tel chain even as he takes the brand to new lo­ca­tion­s俄罗斯房地产大亨弗拉迪斯拉夫·多洛宁从安缦度假酒店的超级铁粉,摇身一变成为酒店的主人后,致力于维特品牌的经营理念。


Long be­fore he came to own Aman Re­sorts, Vladislav Doronin was al­ready an avid fan of the lux­ury ho­tel chain, or “Aman­junkie”, as its devo­tees are known.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with ZBBZ, the Rus­sian real es­tate mogul re­vealed how he first fell in love with Aman’s famed prop­er­ties in the 1990s as a young trader work­ing in Hong Kong.

“My first Aman ex­pe­ri­ence was at Aman­puri in Phuket and I was bowled over by the ex­cep­tional ser­vice,” he re­called. “I quickly be­came an Aman­junkie, vis­it­ing as many of its re­sorts as pos­si­ble.”

When­ever he was due to travel, whether it was for busi­ness or plea­sure, he would check if an Aman ho­tel was avail­able at his des­ti­na­tion. If it was, “I would book it with­out hes­i­ta­tion”.

Born in St Peters­burg, the Lomonosov Moscow State Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate started Cap­i­tal Group, a fu­tures trad­ing com­pany, at age 29. He ven­tured into real es­tate two years later and has come to be dubbed Rus­sia’s Don­ald Trump. To date, his com­pany has de­vel­oped more than 70 high-end res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial projects.

Doronin, 55, has been mak­ing head­lines in the last two years. A ma­jor­ity owner of Aman Re­sorts in 2014, he be­came mired in a pro­tracted le­gal dis­pute with a busi­ness part­ner. He was awarded sole own­er­ship af­ter a court rul­ing in Lon­don last year and is now chair­man of the group.

OKO Group, his United States real-es­tate firm, also drew at­ten­tion when it part­nered de­vel­oper Michael Shvo to buy 20 floors of Man­hat­tan’s iconic Crown Build­ing in 2015, with plans to con­vert the units into ul­tra-luxe apart­ments.

It is no won­der then that Doronin has been pop­ping up in as­sorted power rank­ings in re­cent years.

Forbes’s Rus­sian edi­tion named him one of the “Kings of Rus­sian Real Es­tate” in 2014. The fol­low­ing year, he was ranked among the “20 big­gest power play­ers in New York City real es­tate” by the New York Post. Last year, he made Sur­face mag­a­zine’s Power 100, its an­nual list of in­flu­en­tial fig­ures in var­i­ous fields in­clud­ing the arts, ar­chi­tec­ture, fash­ion and real es­tate.

The man, though, prefers to keep a low pro­file, much Like Aman’s con­cept of dis­creet lux­ury. He rarely grants in­ter­views and agreed to this one on the con­di­tion that the fo­cus stayed solely on Aman.

Founded by In­done­sian busi­ness­man Adrian Zecha in 1988, Aman com­bines im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice, breath­tak­ing lo­ca­tions and painstak­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail to de­liver an un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence to guests who are used to noth­ing but the best.

Aman­puri, its first re­sort, opened in Thai­land’s Phuket is­land and there are now 30 Aman prop­er­ties in 20 coun­tries, in­clud­ing its first ur­ban lo­ca­tion in Tokyo.

The brand has ex­panded quickly since Doronin took over the helm, open­ing four fa­cil­i­ties in two years. There have been con­cerns that the rapid rate of growth might erode Aman’s dis­tinc­tive iden­tity, but Doronin brushes these off.

As “Aman­junkie in chief”, he fully em­braces the Aman spirit and is in sync with the de­mands of Aman’s well-heeled clien­tele.

“Aman is unique and of­fers guests be­spoke ex­pe­ri­ences. Once you have been to an Aman, no other ho­tel or re­sort can com­pare,” he said.

But the ex­clu­sive ho­tel chain is not rest­ing on its lau­rels either.

“At the re­quest of our Aman­junkies, we’re build­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of ur­ban Amans, the first of which was un­veiled in Tokyo in 2014. This has set a clear path for fu­ture ur­ban Amans.”

Still, he in­tends to pre­serve the DNA of Aman, which means peace and quiet in San­skrit. Aman prop­er­ties, he said, will con­tinue to be nes­tled in the world's most beau­ti­ful and his­tor­i­cally mean­ing­ful lo­ca­tions.

“Our ap­proach has re­mained the same from our in­cep­tion. We adapt to the en­vi­ron­ment of each lo­ca­tion and in­still a sense of peace and be­long­ing in each guest. That has not changed and will never change,” he re­it­er­ated

While ques­tions about his per­sonal life were strictly off-lim­its, Doronin, who fa­mously dated supermodel Naomi Camp­bell, was happy to talk about his pas­sion for art.

His in­ter­ests en­com­pass de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture and con­tem­po­rary art. He has amassed works by con­tem­po­rary artists such as Andy Warhol, JeanMichel Basquiat and Jeff Koons, as well as pieces by leg­endary de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects like Mies van der Rohe and Le Cor­bus­ier.

As a child, Doronin said he was ex­posed to many great art­works at the Her­mitage mu­seum in St Peters­burg. Later, he be­gan col­lect­ing works by artists from the Rus­sian art move­ment of Supre­ma­tism and then ac­quired a taste for con­tem­po­rary art.

“The ap­pre­ci­a­tion for this group of artists from the early 20th cen­tury was one of the mu­tu­ally shared pas­sions I shared with my friend Zaha Ha­did,” he re­vealed.

The Iraqi-Bri­tish ar­chi­tect, who died last year, was be­hind the space­ship-like struc­ture that Doronin calls home in the sub­urbs of Moscow.

The Rus­sian de­vel­oper told Sur­face mag­a­zine he had given Ha­did the de­sign brief over lunch. In the in­ter­view pub­lished last year, he re­counted: “I told her, ‘When I wake up, I don’t want to see any neigh­bours. I want to see blue sky and the trees. I want to feel free’.

“She asked, ‘How high are the trees?’ I told her around 30m. So she took a nap­kin and drew. I told her I liked it and we started to de­velop my house from there.”

Doronin had in­tro­duced Ha­did to Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov in the hopes of get­ting the Pritzker Prize win­ner to de­sign some­thing for the city. But the project was even­tu­ally scrapped as the lo­ca­tion was deemed too close to a park zone. Un­de­terred, Doronin asked Ha­did to de­sign his home in­stead. It was the only pri­vate home she ever did.

He is just as pas­sion­ate about green causes. At the up­com­ing Amanyangyun i n Shang­hai, Doronin has man­aged to pre­served a num­ber of old struc­tures dat­ing back to the Ming and Qing dy­nas­ties. The struc­tures had been slated to make way for dams.

Over in In­done­sia, he has led the Aman team on projects to clean beaches and wa­ter­ways.

“At all Aman des­ti­na­tions, we work to pro­tect threat­ened and en­dan­gered species,” he noted. For in­stance, to pro­tect the lo­cal Rusa deer around Aman­wana in In­done­sia’s Moyo Is­land from poach­ers, Aman cre­ated a sanc­tu­ary for the deer.

It is also in­volved in a com­mu­nity ser­vice project at Amankora in Bhutan, which raises funds for en­dan­gered tigers via an ul­tra-marathon moun­tain bike race through the Hi­malayas.

Doronin sees much syn­ergy be­tween his ven­tures in real es­tate and hos­pi­tal­ity. “With my 24 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and the help of my new lead­er­ship team, the Aman brand can move for­ward in a ‘gen­tle evo­lu­tion’.”

Amanyangyun, which is open­ing soon in the out­skirts of Shang­hai, will be the chain’s 31st re­sort and its fourth in China. The group is also scout­ing for lo­ca­tions in New York, Lon­don, Paris, Hong Kong and South Amer­ica, “very pos­si­bly in Sao Paulo”.

Aman junkies here have good rea­son to cheer too: An Aman prop­erty is on the cards.

“Yes, it i s our plan to build an Aman in Sin­ga­pore,” Doronin said when asked.


出生于圣彼得堡的多洛宁毕业自莫斯科国立大学,29岁那年白手起家创立期货交易公司Cap­i­tal Group,两年后大举进军房地产市场,无往不利,至今已有超过70个高档住宅与商业项目。







针对这一点,多洛宁说,他对安缦的业务就像对其他业务一样充满热忱,作为一个安缦痴,他绝对明白安缦的精神以及安缦痴的要求。他说:“安缦是独特的,体验过的人就会明白没有其他酒店或度假村能相比。但我也清楚安缦不能停滞不前,在许多安缦痴的要求下,城市安缦的概念开始萌芽, 2014年开业的安缦东京为日后安缦‘城市化’铺开了康庄大道。”

他强调,安缦是一个有独特发展方向的品牌,地点必定在世界最美丽、最具历史特色、最迷人之处。无拘无束、独一无二、不盲从、不跟风、低调奢华、远离喧嚣、宁静与平和,是安缦的特点。“追求与自然文化遗产的融会贯通,营造安宁、原生态的 度假胜地,是整个安缦酒店管理集团的经营理念,这一点没有改变也不会改变。”







多洛宁当初将哈迪德介绍给莫斯科市长Yury Luzhkov,原本希望哈迪德能为城市打造一座建筑,但由于地点过于接近一个园区,拿不到发展准证而作废。多洛宁不甘心,索性邀请哈迪德为他设计私人住宅,这也是哈迪德设计的唯一属于个人的私人住宅。




Vladislav Doronin’s home in the sub­urbs of Moscow, de­signed by Zaha Ha­did, is the only pri­vate home by the late ar­chi­tect.


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