10 Aman Destinations To Celebrate The Festive Season In Style
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10 Aman Destinations To Celebrate The Festive Season In Style

As the festive season approaches, Aman properties prepare to begin their celebrations. This festive season guests of Aman can look forward to a calendar of events commencing in December, carefully designed with an assortment of gourmet experiences devised by Aman chefs, one-off masterclasses, craft workshops, exclusive music and dance performances, and fun-packed activities for families.

AMANBAGH, India

The climate of Rajasthan in December presents a dry and delightfully balmy time of year at Amanbagh, where guests will begin their festive celebrations with a candlelit dinner on 24 December accompanied by Rajasthani musicians.

The end of the year will be celebrated with a traditional Indian fair on 31 December; a seven-course dinner enhanced by fortune tellers, fire dancers and Qawaali (a form of Sufi devotional music) singers. The new year begins with ‘the sport of kings’ – a camel polo match. In this exceptional adaptation to the age-old game, the camel, the ‘ship of the desert’ replaces the graceful horse.

AMANJIWO, Java

Christmas eve at Amanjiwo will be celebrated with a Kwali Feast served in traditional clay pots, celebrating the very best of Javanese flavours. The feast will be accompanied by a hypnotic Jatihlan dance performed by a local troupe, with horses made from woven bamboo and elaborately decorated. On 25 December, Makan Malam (festive dinner) will be served in the grand dining room, with a choice of traditional Javanese and turkey options, while dancers and musicians perform excerpts from the 11th-century epic poem, the Ramayana. On 31 December, Amanjiwo’s New Year’s Eve celebrations begin with sunset cocktails overlooking Borobudur and end in the early hours with champagne, live jazz and the release of wish-bearing lanterns into the sky. On New Year’s Day, a sunrise or sunset tour of Borobodur to mark the first day of the year can be arranged. A barbeque brunch with a range of local dishes, cold beers and coconuts will be served by the Pool Club.

AMAN VENICE, Italy

On 24 December, afternoon tea will be accompanied by a piano performance featuring an instrument once used by Chopin, and guests are invited to attend midnight mass in either the spectacular Frari or the Basilica San Marco, with hot chocolate and panettone awaiting their return. On 25 December guests can choose to feast at lunch or dinner and enjoy a leisurely afternoon playing board games or watching films in the palazzo’s renowned Tiepolo Salon, which will be transformed into a screening room. On 26 December, guests of Aman Venice are invited to wrap up warm and set out on the ‘Big Christmas Walk’ across bridges and back streets to the tranquil island of Saint’Elena, returning via the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, home to some of the world’s most important works of modern art.

New Year celebrations commence with an aperitivo, followed by an exquisite dinner on 31 December, after which guests may take the hotel’s boat to watch the fireworks light up the sky over the Salute, before returning to enjoy an Italian new-year tradition, ‘zampone e lenticchie’.

AMANGANI, USA

On 23 December, guests are invited to the Library to join the Amangani team as they decorate the Christmas tree, fuelled by homemade seasonal cookies baked by the resort’s pastry chef. Christmas eve begins with an exclusive opportunity to accompany the General Manager on a morning ski run at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, while the afternoon brings a visit from Santa Claus, followed by a sumptuous traditional dinner in the evening. The annual torchlight parade on the 31 December from the Amangani Ski Lounge marks the beginning of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which include a special dinner with a trio of strings, DJ and balloon drop.

AMANEMU, Japan

Festive season at Amanemu is a gastronomic affair. From 22 December, Executive Chef Masanobu Inaba will serve a special dinner, featuring Wagyu beef, roast chicken and a delicious cook-at-the-table Shabu-Shabu hotpot made with Japanese crab.

The new year begins with sweet sake at sunrise, as guests join the Amanemu family to toast to health and happiness for the year ahead. Other Japanese New Year traditions include: mochitsuki (pounding rice to make sweet cakes, known as mochi) which will be marked with a live demonstration and tasting in the afternoon; and osechi (wooden boxes of auspicious or symbolic foods) which will be prepared by Chef Inaba and served throughout the day.

AMANPURI, Thailand

On 25 December, be ready to welcome Santa Claus from 10am at the Amanpuri eco beach centre followed by the lunch at the Pool Terrace unwind to the notes of a Bossa Nova band.

On 25 December, be ready to welcome Santa Claus from 10am at the Amanpuri eco beach centre followed by the lunch at the Pool Terrace unwind to the notes of a Bossa Nova band.

AMANOI, Vietnam

Located within 29,000 hectares of Nui Chua National Park, Amanoi ensures a memorable stay within the beauty of the surrounding untouched wilderness this festive season. On 25 December, festivities include gingerbread man decorating, a visit from Santa and a festive recital in the Central Pavilion, performed by local children. A set menu dinner featuring local lobster, turkey and homemade mince pies will be served accompanied by a duo of Vietnamese guitarists.

New Year’s Eve begins with a cocktail and canapé reception, leading into a six-course tasting dinner, interspersed with a Carnival Show performance including live jazz, contemporary fan and hat dancers and a lion dance drumming troupe, with a DJ keeping the celebrations going into the early hours. On New Year’s Day, Amanoi’s guests will be invited to join the local Cham people for a sacred blessing in the Central Pavilion to secure their health, happiness and fortune in the year ahead.

AMANSARA, Cambodia

Guests of Amansara can experience the magic of Khmer celebrations this festive season. Located on the fringes of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel’s signature experiences, including exclusive temple visits, monk-led meditation walks through the forest and scenic cruises to floating and stilted villages on Tonlé Sap Lake are especially memorable during the festive period. The particular highlights of the season take place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

On New Year’s Eve, in the beautiful and intimate 10th-century Angkor temple of Prasat Kravan, guests are treated to an immersive culinary and cultural spectacle, with a Cambodian feast accompanied by a showcase of Khmer performing arts, including performances by Phare Circus acrobats and the Sacred Dancers of Angkor, bringing to life the stone apsaras on the temple’s walls. On 1 January, Amansara welcomes the new year with a celebratory garden lunch party.

AMANYARA, Turks & Caicos

Guests can expect to encounter a number of special guests during their stay this season, including Santa Claus, who will be arriving in time for brunch at the Beach Club on 25 December, and a performance from a surprise, iconic music artist, who will headline Amanyara’s celebrations on New Year’s Eve, supported by international DJ Maggy Smiss, spinning the sounds into the early hours of New Year’s Day.

AMANKILA, Bali

Located in east Bali, overlooking the Lombok Strait, Amankila invites its guests to enjoy the wonders and delights of the Karangasem Regency this festive season, including a series of cultural performances and special dinners culminating in an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration.

On 25 December, all children staying at Amankila will be invited down to the beach to see Santa arrive by boat. They will spend the morning together playing a selection of fun activities and enjoying a picnic on Amankila’s beach. In the evening there will be a Cekpung performance by the main pool. This Balinese version of The Princess and the Frog, tells a story of a prince from the Kingdom of Jenggala and will be performed by the Manggis Village Cultural Group. An optional, set-menu festive dinner including spiced pumpkin soup, roast duck and Christmas pudding will be served in the evening.

On New Year’s Eve, there will be a Kecak dance performance. This iconic Balinese dance incorporates a troupe of forty men and depicts a battle from the Ramayana scriptures, where the monkey-like Vanara joins Prince Rama in fighting the evil King Ravana. The performance will be followed by an eight-course French Brasserie-style degustation menu paired with French wines. After dinner, the festivities continue with a poolside fire show accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments. As midnight approaches, bamboo Marimba artists will play on the build up to a firework display as the clock strikes midnight. After midnight, the party will continue in the bar.

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