Immerse Yourself in the Unique Bathing Rituals of Aman Resorts Worldwide
In line of preserving the traditions of purification and connecting with the natural landscapes, Aman Resorts across the globe offers an array of traditionally inspired bathing rituals for its valued guests
Founded more than 30 years ago with a vision of building a collection of intimate and luxurious retreats with a warm hospitality, Aman Resorts has since grown to encompass 38 exquisitely serene hotels and resorts, few of them are still in the pipeline, in 22 countries across the globe. Aman’s concept of connecting the mind, body and spirit of its valued guests are predominantly observed through the incorporation of natural landscapes, environmentally-friendly and meticulous design to evoke beauty and a sense of belonging in the local community, and furthermore with the unique bathing rituals that symbolizes cultural diversity and historical landscapes in each destination. Here, Eat Vacation highlights the bathing rituals in select destinations of Aman Resorts in all over the world.
First stop is Amankora in Bhutan. Here, guests can experience traditional Himalayan Hot Stone Bathing in Amankora’s Gangtey lodge with a backdrop of Bhutanese mountains. In the nearby Tokha Village, guests can revel in the breathtaking views of Phobjikha Valley while soaking in the wooden tub that sits in a stone hut, doused in candlelight. Bath water is also enhanced with mineral river stones that contain high mineral content. Alongside the healing effects of herbs such as natural analgesic Khempa, the bathing ritual promotes ultimate relaxation for the guests.
Secondly, there is Amanoi in Vietnam—which has not only one but two spa houses, Thuy Lien and An Son, which are situated along the coast of Vinh Hy Bay. The exclusive facility offers an entirely private spa experience with personal therapists, 15m swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining areas and extensive spa treatments. At An Son spa house, Amanoi has Banya treatment, a Russian cleansing rituals with oriental healing techniques, beginning with sauna, to ease muscles and encourage detoxification within. This is followed by the gentle Venik—the stroke of bath brushes made of oak and eucalyptus leaves—and a facial mud mask to cleanse the skin, culminating with an ice shower to boost the circulation and the immune system.
Meanwhile, Thuy Lien spa house offers contemporary stone-clad Hammam treatment, influenced by Turkish and Moroccan bathing culture, beginning with a steam to open the pores, followed with a full body scrub, exfoliating and cleansing to allow for further nourishment of the skin with a mud wrap. Both treatments can be followed with hydrotherapy course to relieve sore muscles and revitalize the skin.
Moving on to the United States, Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah, has an expansive 2,322 sqm spa, including a stimulating Floatation Therapy. Following the traditions of Navajo culture, the healing powers comes from four elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Beginning with a sensory journey of soft light and music, salt water and air temperatures are tailored to match the body’s natural temperature, which eases guests into a meditative state. Subsequently, the lights are dimmed into darkness and the music is silenced, which gives an opportunity for guests to focus on their breathing and the lightness of body and mind.
Next, Amangalla in Galle, Sri Lanka is not only rich in history, but also its baths. Each of the bath house two hydrotherapy suites has a sauna, steam room, and hot and cold plunge pools. Acknowledging the purpose of bathing as means of rejuvenation and relaxation, Amangalla tailors experiences to its guests, especially to soothe the mind and restore the body. One of the new establishments which is set to open next month is Aman Kyoto—the resort embraces the Japanese bathing culture, and it has separate onsen pools for male and female, both indoors and outdoors, featuring breathtaking views of the surrounding forest. Not only that, the ethereal landscape of 72-acre forest and 8-acre exquisite garden serves as an ideal location for yoga and meditation sessions, as well as forest bathing or “Shinrin-yoku”. Combining the healing benefits of mindfulness and nature, Shinrin-yoku at Aman Kyoto includes walking mindfully through the forest while absorbing the tranquility of the resort’s vast natural landscape.
Amanemu in Ise-Shima National Park in Japan also honors the tradition of bathing in natural hot springs. The 2,000 sqm Aman Spa has two private onsen pavilions and a large onsen. Guests who experience the resort’s Wellness Immersions will be gently guided to focus around the onsen, targeting recovery, recuperation and well-being while enjoying the natural surroundings and the rich traditions of the local culture. The naturally heated salt-infused spring water in the onsen is widely known for its remedial properties, such as fixing a number of ailments in muscles, joints and nerve pain, as well as softer and regenerated skin.
In the capital city, the Aman Spa at Aman Tokyo is currently the largest one in Japan, an oasis set high above the ground, divided in two floors with a 30-meter heated pool, Japanese hot baths, traditional Japanese showers and steam rooms. Guests may try the signature Misogi treatment, which is an act of purification and meditation based on ancient bathing practices. On the other hand, Amanjena near the vibrant city of Marrakech offers the Hammam or Turkish bath ritual in a heated steam room. The treatment starts with the Sabon Beldi Black Soap, a unique black olive oil soap, followed by an intensive exfoliating process with a kiis or washcloth that leaves the skin fresh and glowing. Next, the traditional Rhassoul, a natural clay from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is applied as a full-body mask for another sixty minutes to nourish and hydrate the skin. While lying down on a heated marble, guests can have a deeper relaxation as the therapist washes the body, removing the mask along with toxins and stresses.
Finally, two Aman properties in Bali, Indonesia, which are Amankila and Amandari. Amankila in Karangasem has the signature Cinta Therapy, an exclusive treatment inspired by love. The treatment comprises of full-body exfoliation with a rose body scrub which cleanses and purifies the body, followed by a rose and flower essence bath to open the chakra, and an aromatherapy full-body massage tailored to each guest’s preference. Moreover, guests can opt to experience the therapy in the privacy of their own suite or in the massage pavilion.
Last but not least, Amandari in Ubud focuses on a spiritual journey. Purification ritual starts from early morning, led by Jero Priestess Luh Manis, at a sacred site in the Kintamani region around the Mount Batur volcano. The session begins with water purification at the Mengening water temple, natural springs which have been around since the 11th century. Afterward, guests are led to discover their spirituality journey in the meditation, where all five elements, earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, come together to enable a connection with the surroundings. Upon finishing their breakfast, guests continue their session with a numerology shaman, where guests are encouraged to delve deep into their mind to reflect and unfold their life’s purposes