Aman sanctuaries around the world to cross over to the Year of the Rabbit
By: Hill Choi Lee
January 16, 2023
As we bid farewell to the Year of the Tiger, Aman’s sanctuaries – from the heart of Central Java to France’s snowcapped peaks – anticipate all the peace and good fortune promised by the upcoming Year of the Rabbit, the fourth animal in the zodiac considered the luckiest of all
Resting on a lush hillside beneath sacred Mount Agung, Amankila’s frangipani-lined walkways wind through the treetops, connecting stilted suites that offer unrivalled views of the Lombok Strait, while a three-tier infinity pool cascades at the property’s heart and the Beach Club leads to a private black-sand beach.
Capturing the elegance and serenity symbolised by the rabbit in Eastern cultures, celebrations begin on the eve of the new moon, the 21 January with guests invited to try their hand at drawing a rabbit on traditional lontar, a type of palm-leaf manuscript, at Amankila. Visit Bali’s first Chinese temple and later experience a Kang Hi Wei dance performance and a family-style banquet beneath the stars.
Enjoy a three-night stay on Bali’s breathtaking coastline filled with celebratory surprises and making memories with loved ones for a fulfilling start to the year ahead. Stays include roundtrip transfers, daily breakfast for two, in-room refreshments, a delicious Lunar New Year dinner for two at The Main Restaurant and either a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment for two or an East Bali Tour, cycling or trekking.
Claiming a spectacular stretch of Vietnam’s coastline within the verdant embrace of Nui Chua National Park and Unesco Biosphere Reserve, Amanoi is a natural paradise overlooking Vinh Hy Bay. From its remote location, the resort’s clifftop restaurants, lakeside Aman Spa and private golden sand beach offer limitless opportunities for cultural immersion and serene moments of reflection ahead of the Lunar New Year.
To celebrate Vietnam’s most important holiday, the team at Amanoi have designed an extensive itinerary that includes daily wellness sessions, traditional performances, cultural children’s activities, and local dining experiences. Begin New Year’s Day with a Buddhist blessing led by local monks at Vinh Hy Pagoda, before enjoying a seafood dinner menu in the Main Restaurant and traditional lion and dragon dance performances throughout the evening. Meanwhile, active hikes in Nui Chua National Park, private Cham sunset blessings and tennis tournaments set the tone for a healthy, prosperous year ahead.
Amantaka rests at the foot of sacred Mount Phousi amid the golden-spired wats and quaint lanes of this charming Unesco World Heritage Site. A stroll from the banks of the mighty Mekong, the resort is set on a historic garden estate with a shimmering pool and serene Aman Spa.
Guests are invited to usher in the Year of the Rabbit in Luang Prabang, where the ancient capital’s slower pace encourages moments of reflection and an altogether restorative start to the New Year. Alongside a programme of specially curated celebrations – including a traditional Lao cooking class on our organic farm, a private sunset cruise on the majestic Mekong and excursions to the most sacred temples – daily dips into Amantaka’s shimmering pool and rejuvenating wellness treatments in Aman Spa ensure the Lunar New Year is welcomed with peace and joy.
Aman Le Melezin, France
Located in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, Aman Le Mélézin offers ski-in, ski-out facilities directly onto the Bellecôte Piste, a comprehensive spa sanctuary with swimming pool, fitness and hydrotherapy areas. With all the boutiques, bars and restaurants of Courchevel 1850 just minutes away, it is the perfect winter retreat for the whole family.
To celebrate Lunar New Year guests are invited to embark on an unforgettable five-night stay which includes daily breakfast, daily à la carte lunch or dinner (at a choice of six restaurants within Courchevel 1850) and a celebratory Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner on 21 January. Dependent on whether a guest is seeking a ski escape or spa retreat, this exclusive offer also includes a choice of either a five-day ski lift pass for Les Trois Vallées or a daily 30-minute yoga session at 9 am, a 50-minute holistic massage and a 30-minute Iyashi Dôme treatment.