Tuesday, November 28, 2017

China’sLiving History



Opening 8th January 2018

A short drive just beyond the city limits of Shanghai stands an ancient camphor forest. At its heart is the Emperor Tree; standing at 17 metres, it is the tallest of its kind in all of China. It has stood for more than 1,000 years – but not here, not in this spot. For in this woodland sanctuary, all is not what it seems.

Amanyangyun is the fourth Aman destination in China, the first in Shanghai, and the only one with its dwellings to have travelled more than 700km. Opening on 8 January, 2018, it is the result of a staggeringly ambitious 15-year conservation initiative, which saw nothing less than the relocation of a forest and the reconstruction of a historic village.


The story begins in the city of Fuzhou in the province of Jiangxi, 700km from Shanghai, where construction of a new reservoir threatened the existence of thousands of camphor trees and dozens of homes dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Over the course of a decade, Fuzhou-born entrepreneur Ma Dadong and Aman worked together to ensure these relics of China’s ancient past would not be lost to history, overseeing the transportation and replanting of 10,000 trees – including the 80-tonne Emperor Tree – and the stone-by-stone disassembly and rebuilding of 50 antique houses.

Reborn 27km southwest of Shanghai, these houses and trees now shape the soul of Amanyangyun, a 10 hectare retreat that presents a tranquil, nature-rich counterpart to the dynamic cosmopolitanism of its neighbouring city, while keeping the attractions and energy of the metropolis within easy reach.


Kerry Hill Architects – also behind Aman Tokyo – have meticulously restored the 50 disassembled antique houses to create 26 ancient dwellings for Amanyangyun, seamlessly integrating contemporary comfort into the 400-year-old fabric of the buildings. Many of the Antique Villas still bear the legacy of their bygone owners, in the form of ornate stone carvings and inscriptions that depict family hopes and histories. Thirteen of the antique dwellings, now four-bedroom Antique Villas, measure between 800 and 1,000sq m, and include a private pool and Jacuzzi, as well as a courtyard – a signature feature of Chinese buildings of this age. Twelve of the historic homes rescued and restored from Jiangxi have been converted into refined Aman Residences to own. The result is a harmonious blend of modernity and tradition, and a living monument to the natural and human history of Jiangxi.

As well as the Antique Villas, Amanyangyun provides 24 newly created Ming Courtyard Suites that harmoniously complement their historic counterparts, offering guests expansive, light-flooded bedrooms and living areas characterised by refined wooden interiors and Aman’s signature Asian-inflected minimalist design aesthetic. Crafted to balance old and new, these 65sq m spaces each pay tribute to the structure of the classic Chinese courtyard home, with two spacious private courtyards attached to each.

The spiritual heart of Amanyangyun is Nan Shu Fang. Named after the royal reading pavilion in the Forbidden City, this cultural complex has been created from the final and most architecturally impressive antique building to have made the journey from Fuzhou. Enhanced with furniture crafted from the nanmu wood characteristic of Ming interiors, the pavilion is a modern-day recreation of the ‘scholars’ studios’ of 17th-century China’s literati – a space to learn, contemplate and practise traditional crafts such as calligraphy, music and painting, or to watch one of Amanyangyun’s frequent Kunqu Opera performances.


Across the courtyard, six dedicated rooms have been created to host traditional tea and incense ceremonies, while, directly facing the entrance, the Emperor Tree stands as a compelling visual reminder of the value of maintaining a connection with history. This is why Amanyangyun’s guests are each invited to nourish the tree with water when they arrive – reflecting the importance of nurturing the past to enrich the future.

More than just a guardian of the past, Amanyangyun offers its guests the opportunity to experience advanced holistic wellness facilities; to explore China’s heritage of arts, culture and philosophy; and to enjoy the finest local and international cuisine at its three headline restaurants.

Set around an impressive central courtyard, the 2,840sq m Aman Spa is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Aman collection. Its ethos and atmosphere draw inspiration from the resort’s name, ‘Yang Yun’, which is taken from an inscription made on a pavilion in Beijing’s Forbidden City three centuries ago, and means ‘nourishing cloud’. The complex houses eight treatment rooms, two double spa suites, extensive relaxation areas, a sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and two swimming pools; indoor and out. Two private Spa Houses each offer a suite of thermal facilities, including a Russian banya and Turkish hammam. All unique to Aman, the treatment programmes and 15 specially developed spa journeys combine the ancient healing practices of traditional Chinese medicine with the pioneering advancements of 21st-century wellbeing technology.

The main spa building is also home to the fitness and movement centre, installed with professional cardio and strength equipment, and houses a Pilates and yoga studio where three walls of floor-to-ceiling glass provide inspiring, serene views over Amanyangyun’s lake and resplendent forest gardens. Through its membership programme, a limited number of Shanghai residents will be granted an exclusive opportunity to escape the city and experience specialist therapies in this peaceful and timeless setting.

Amanyangyun’s Cultural Discovery Centre, a convivial meeting ground for children, will offer a host of experiences, each designed to help the resort’s younger guests unearth the rich culture of China. The club, open from 9am to 5pm, will welcome children aged from five to 12, and will also have a dedicated programme for teenagers. Nature programmes will take young guests on adventures to the resort’s wetland to learn about the unique ecosystem that surrounds them, whilst keen foodies in the making can spend time on Amanyangyun’s own organic herb and vegetable garden to learn about traditional Chinese farming techniques. Chinese lantern making, paper cutting, pottery moulding and tea ceremonies will also be organised, as well as Chinese shadow puppet shows. Children’s yoga and spa treatments can also be arranged, on request, for those who feel that a bit of pampering is in order after a day spent exploring. A light food and beverage menu will be available throughout the day, along with a snack bar.

Positioned throughout the forest to allow guests to experience the rich variety of the landscape, each of Amanyangyun’s five restaurants and bars is designed with a combination of refined modernity, material simplicity and sensitivity to both the local environment and the culinary philosophy of each concept.

The kitchens of Chinese restaurant Lazhu pay homage to Jiangxi province, the original home of Amanyangyun’s camphor trees and Antique Villas, and headed up by the Executive Chef of the resort, Steve Miao, who was born and raised in Shanghai. Combining dishes first conceived during the Ming and Qing Dynasties with Cantonese classics, the menu makes use of the region’s abundant soya plantations to offer an inventive array of tofu-based plates, as well as taking advantage of seasonal produce from Amanyangyun’s 200sq m organic herb and vegetable garden.

At Nama, close to the lake, Executive Chef Keiji Matoba brings the flavour-led simplicity of Japan’s washoku tradition to Amanyangyun. A menu of authentic, uncomplicated and elegant dishes combines the classic techniques of the Japanese kitchen with the finest and freshest ingredients available locally.

At lakeside Arva, Master Chef Andrea Torre – fresh from helming the kitchens of Aman Venice – presides over a menu that draws inspiration from Italy’s farm-to-table gastronomic tradition, showcasing signature dishes and sharing plates in a warm and convivial atmosphere. Here, a bimonthly programme of Italian cookery classes offers guests hands-on instruction in pasta-, pastry- and mozzarella-making, among other culinary arts.

Amanyangyun guests can head to The Bar for expertly crafted cocktails, afternoon tea and a live jazz soundtrack in front of an antique fireplace, or stroll up the picturesque path to the Cigar Lounge. In this copper- and oak-accented space, a selection of fine cigars from Cuba and the Dominican Republic awaits, along with a humidor and temperature-controlled wine cellar where guests may store their personal collection for future visits.

Set in a scenic bamboo grove, the Banqueting Room allows for 200-seat receptions, conferences, weddings and special-occasion feasts with breath-taking views through its floor-to-ceiling windows, while a 25-seat cinema offers classic film screenings.

When it opens its doors on 8th January 2018, Amanyangyun will stand tribute to one of the boldest conservation projects in China’s history, while offering Aman guests the same standards of design, service, natural beauty and cultural immersion to which they are accustomed. Breathing new life into ancient history, Amanyangyun brings the promise of a soul-easing sanctuary to Shanghai; a place where mindful living, natural splendour and historic wonders interweave and thrive.

Anthony Joshua Trains in the World’s Highest Boxing Ring

The heavyweight boxing champion takes part in the annual Dubai Fitness Challenge on the Top of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Helipad
 

Anthony Joshua put his weight behind Dubai’s drive to become the most active city in the world today, as he took part in a vigorous training session on the iconic helipad of the Burj Al Arab.  

The stunt saw Joshua follow in the footsteps of other sporting greats, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi as he entered the world’s highest boxing ring. 

Dubai is putting physical activity firmly on its national agenda following the launch of the Dubai Fitness Challenge earlier this month.  The Challenge saw almost 800,000 participants commit to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days and take part in a packed calendar of sporting events with over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations across the city.  Launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the initiative was designed to encourage Dubai’s citizens and residents to embrace a more active lifestyle and take advantage of the huge range of sporting facilities across the city.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A City in Action: Crown Prince of Dubai Launches Dubai Fitness Challenge

  • Unprecedented new initiative sees Dubai aiming to be most active city in the world
  • Residents encouraged to champion the movement and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days
  • Free workout classes, pop up fitness locations and weekend family fun carnivals taking place across the city 


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai Sports Council today launched the inaugural Dubai Fitness Challenge with the aim of motivating residents to take up physical activity and making Dubai the most active city in the world. This enterprising new Challenge seeks to inspire Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity by committing to a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days through a wide range of fitness activities, sports or exercise.  

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said: “Dubai aims to set an example for cities around the world in encouraging citizens to give high importance to physical activity and sports. We are very keen to spread a culture of fitness since we strongly believe that making physical activity and sports a part of their daily routines will help people significantly improve the quality of their lives.  The Dubai Fitness Challenge has been designed to motivate people to pursue an active and energetic lifestyle. This complements other initiatives we are pursuing to transform Dubai itself into the world’s happiest city by providing a positive social environment and the conditions for an enriching lifestyle.”   



Running from 20 October to 18 November 2017, the flagship Dubai Fitness Challenge is the Emirate’s only multi-activity, city-wide fitness movement to date. Encompassing all forms of activity – from walking, team sports, intense fitness regimes, paddle-boarding and aerobics to football, yoga, cycling and everything in between – this will be an exciting, action-packed and most importantly personally rewarding month of self-discovery, social interaction and enjoyment for everyone of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. It will also give participants the opportunity to experiment with new and exciting ways to improve their fitness levels, and experience the wide range of sports and exercise programmes that will be showcased across the city that they may not have tried before.   

Highlights of the initiative include five weekend fitness carnivals starting at Safa Park on 20 and 21 October; celebrity guests, motivational experts and fitness professionals will make motivational appearances at various locations, dedicated events and live entertainment.   

In addition to a packed schedule of daily fitness events, free exercise classes and dedicated community activities in each of Dubai’s neighbourhoods, Dubai Fitness Challenge will also feature a number of existing and highly successful partner events including Dubai Color Run, Dubai Mass Swim and Dubai Schools Fitness Games among others. 

His Highness today challenged all government organisations, public sector and educational institutions to be the drivers of change. He called on them to take the lead in spearheading the fitness movement and urged the private sector to be equal contributors in this Year of Giving by supporting their employees to participate through simple actions like time allocated for exercise.  

HE Helal Saeed Almarri – Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing commented: “With the launch of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, we aim to become the most active city in the world, motivating everyone across all ages, and fitness levels, to start with small steps that will benefit them and their families. With just 30 minutes of physical activity each day for 30 days, we are confident that the city will begin to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle as a choice for life.”


“We want everyone to join this inclusive initiative, from those who have never exercised to those that are fitness enthusiasts, from the young to the old and the people of determination, and the entire community including schools, businesses and government organisations across Dubai. It’s the perfect trigger to make a positive change to one’s life, for the less active to challenge themselves to set higher goals, for those already committed to an active lifestyle to push their limits and be the motivators for the wider community. With a packed calendar of fitness events and healthy activities across the month, residents should view this as a fun and interactive way to spend quality time with friends and family for the collective benefit of all.  In this Year of Giving, Dubai Fitness Challenge is an opportunity to give not just to ourselves but also to others, and we are confident that the people of Dubai will get behind this movement wholeheartedly.” 


Encompassing a huge range of sporting events and supported by partners from across the public and private sectors, Dubai Fitness Challenge boasts a packed diary of exciting and inspiring fitness activities throughout the month in locations across the city. With hundreds of events, classes and activities completely free of charge, there’s no excuse not to join in. To register and pledge your commitment to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days, simply visit dubaifitnesschallenge.com. Once the challenge starts, be sure to download the Dubai Fitness Challenge App to track your performance, discover events and unlock exciting rewards. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Spectacular Sunsets: Dubai’s Top Locations for Beachside Sundowners



Dubai is a city known for its dramatic skylines and skyscrapers, sunshine and sunsets, and there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing at a chilled-out spot to watch the city transform from day to night. The tradition of a sundowner is a long-standing one in Dubai, so read on for our pick of some of the city’s most idyllic spots.


Jetty Lounge
An elegant beachside venue tucked away amid chic Arabian architecture in a secluded, dreamy location overlooking The Palm, Jetty Lounge is a Dubai classic. With low-slung seating right on the sand, artfully lit by glowing lamps, this little haven is the ideal place to gaze out over the ocean and watch the sun go down.


Pierchic
Perched at the end of its own private wooden pier that juts out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic sits in a beautifully- designed Arabian-inspired building with a spacious terrace. The view of the adjacent Burj Al Arab is complemented by the soft sound of lapping waves as the sunset floods the sky with golden hues.


360°
Sitting in the middle of the ocean, at the end of its own jetty, is 360°. This unique circular venue is frequently listed as among the best in the world and boasts some of the best views in Dubai – with a sweeping panorama of the iconic Burj Al Arab and the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf.


Nikki Beach
For a true taste of glamour and laid-back sophistication, Nikki Beach, an urban oasis nestled on Pearl Jumeira, offers the ultimate experience. It’s the perfect spot for sundowners – relax on one of the lazy chairs and lap up the magnificent views of the sparkling sea, swaying palm trees and golden setting sun.


101 Lounge – One&Only, The Palm
Located next to the One&Only, The Palm’s private marina, 101 Lounge is an ultra-chic destination – a fashionable hotspot with an overwater lounge taking in far-reaching views of the Dubai Marina skyline and Palm Jumeirah. Far removed from the frenetic pace of the mainland, this stylish hotspot offers a truly unique perspective of the city.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ulu Cliffhouse Grand Opening at Breathtaking Clifftop Venue


Cliffside retreat shakes up the Bali beach club scene with an intimate cliff edge rock bar, world-class F&B offerings led by Chef Diego Muñoz, and creative residence for music artists

Ulu Cliffhouse, the 50,000ft² clifftop playground nestled in Uluwatu, Bali, is set to have its grand opening on Saturday 2 December 2017 with its unparalleled oceanic view, coastal-inspired kitchen creations, and imaginative tropical cocktails.





The Bukit’s clifftop playground showcases a 25-metre infinity pool, a music recording studio, an art space and food and drinks – from its open-air restaurant to cliff side rock bar hanging provocatively over the waves. Tipping its hat to the surfers’ paradise location in Uluwatu, Ulu Cliffhouse also features a resident surfboard shaper.

Commanding jaw-dropping views of the ocean, Ulu Cliffhouse is set to be home to Bali’s creative crowd, as well as being a space for wanderlusters to unwind or let loose. Designed by Shed London and Bali's Design Assembly, the beach club draws on the iconic 1950’s Palm Springs aesthetic, enhancing its raw environment with modern edges, effortless chic and youthful cheek.

RESTAURANT

Headed by world-renowned Peruvian Chef Diego Muñoz, who led Astrid & Gaston to #14 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants List and now free rider chef, Ulu Cliffhouse's culinary offering goes beyond the typical beach club menu by incorporating the influence of Diego's travels around the world and Bali's local environment at the same time.







The fresh, fun and locally sourced offerings reflect Chef Diego’s ability to integrate culturally diverse flavours, resulting in a menu that includes a raw bar showcasing his personal take on ceviches, tiraditos, and an array of other culinary delights – all created tastefully to complement Uluwatu's laidback lifestyle.

The restaurant and the bar, with a capacity of 80 and 100 respectively, house timber and rattan pavilions that provide a soft dappled shade, offering tiered dining with a no-filter-necessary view of the Indian Ocean. Against the backdrop of handcrafted furniture layered with bold tropical prints and soft pastel colours, guests can opt to unwind over Ulu Cliffhouse’s delicious menu with two cantilevered terraces that flank the cliff edge with shaded deep sun loungers.

BAR AND THE POOL

For poolside gazing and serious people watching, the centerpiece of Ulu Cliffhouse's upper level is the 25m infinity pool. With a capacity of over 300 and its clean lines, geometric motifs and pastel furniture, revelers are invited to bask in loungers arranged in sets around the pool, with hammocks strung between palms and beds of lush greenery.





After taking a dip in Ulu Cliffhouse’s pool, guests can choose from a formidable menu of beverages. Ulu Cliffhouse’s drink makers have spared no expense to ensure every tipple is set to quench the thirst of both casual drinkers and aficionados. From in-house cold pressed juices including herbs and vegetables from the area, body tonics, kombucha and Jamu made locally in the Bukit peninsula, there is something for everyone.

Authentic Ya Yuan Peking Duck with Chef Yuan Chaoying


JIA, the contemporary Chinese restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, will fly in expert duck roasting chef Yuan Chaoying from Kerry Hotel, Beijing to present the authentic Ya Yuan Peking Duck from 30 November to 3 December 2017.

Guests will be able to watch ‘the master’ at work as Chef Yuan Chaoying – famed for his traditionally prepared wood-fired Peking Duck – works JIA’s open duck oven.

Chef Yuan uses the finest-quality farmed duck and hang grills it to provide a thick, crispy melt-in-the-mouth experience. With over 35 years of experience, Chef Yuan invites guests to indulge in the Ya Yuan Peking Duck style, along with Chinese pancakes and buns, traditional condiments and his signature home-made duck sauce.

The special menus presented include Golden Peking Duck, Deep-Fried Duck Heart with Chilli Oil and Beijing-Style Chicken with Sweet Soya Bean Sauce. Guests may also try other specialties, such as the Four-Treasure Hot-and-Sour Soup and Fresh Stewed Sliced Fish Black Fungus in Glutinous Rice Wine.




About Ya Yuan Peking Duck

Existing since the South-Song dynasty, the Ya Yuan Peking Duck dish was originally named Zhiya. By the Ming dynasty, it was featured as one of the main dishes on imperial court menus. Containing protein, natural fat, carbohydrate, calcium, iron and vitamin B, duck meat is very nutritious and is a popular choice for those who wish to eat healthy food.

The 2.5-kilogram Beijing duck selected from Jinxing Duck Farm is the guarantee of the authenticity and tastiness of Ya Yuan Peking Duck. Authorised as the only raw ingredient, Beijing duck is fed in a special way for the quick accumulation and balanced distribution of lean meat and natural fat. This ensures that, after 70 minutes of roasting, the finished duck is thin, crispy and tender with a fine claret colour.

The traditional ‘hang-grilling’ method of duck roasting dates back 150 years, and Ya Yuan Peking Duck is carefully prepared through an intricate process of gassing, cleansing, scalding, coating, airing and water filling. Every part of the procedure is strictly monitored and carefully undertaken by experienced chefs. In terms of scalding and airing, for example, it is critical that the chefs master the soaking time of the duck in the boiling water and the airing sequence to maintain the duck’s even and well- rounded shape, as well as achieve a crispy taste.

Ya Yuan Peking Duck adopts the use of jujube wood for duck roasting, a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. While heated, the wood gives off a clear and scented smoke that envelops the entire duck; the heat from the strong fire radiates to the top of the custom-made oven and then goes back to the duck. The fire hole is blocked by three red bricks to provide a fair and even roasting.

After 70 minutes, the finished duck is delicately sliced into breast, leg and head portions ready to be served separately. The head is cleaved from the middle, and topped with two fillets. From the head to the leg, the entire duck is presented to the guests.

The roasting and the sale of the duck are seamlessly connected and recirculation of the finished duck is strictly forbidden. Duck slicing usually takes six to eight minutes, with each piece sliced in a willow-leaf shape, 5 centimetres long and 0.2 centimetres thick. The duck is served with condiments, such as lotus-leaf-shaped pancakes, shao bin, spring onions, cucumber sticks, garlic sauce and sugar.


About Chef Yuan
 
Chef Yuan Chaoying has been in the industry for almost 40 years and is a maestro in kitchen operations, especially duck roasting. Prior to joining Kerry Hotel, Beijing, Chef Yuan worked for Quanjude and Ya Yuan Roast Duck Restaurant at City Hotel. During that time, Chef Yuan trained at the Beijing Institute of Nutrition Delicacy for one month and at the Beijing Industrial Technician College for three months. He also attended manager training classes held by the Chinese Cuisine Association.

Chef Yuan joined Kerry Hotel, Beijing in August 2011 and has been promoted to the Beijing area executive Chinese chef overseeing several hotels in the setup of offering authentic Peking Duck at the Chinese restaurants.

He has also participated in several culinary communication and exchange in Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Paris, through which he has presented authentic Roast Duck to the world. He was also privileged to have served several iconic political figures and world celebrities.

In his desire to carry forward the Ya Yuan Peking Duck tradition, Chef Yuan innovates while keeping the essence of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 95 hotels with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Indonesia’s Wellness Heritage @ New Arkipela Spa

Serene wellness center harnesses traditional techniques and herbal ingredients to deliver treatments from all across the archipelago…



Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has unveiled its new Arkipela Spa, a blissful sanctuary of wellness that showcases Indonesia’s rich wellness heritage.

Arkipela Spa weaves age-old recipes and customs handed down from generation to generation to create experiences that leave guests feeling refreshed, revitalised and re-energised. Blending the ancient wisdom of Indonesian wellness with traditional herbal ingredients, the spa reflects the true spirit of the archipelago.

Arkipela Spa celebrated its grand opening on 2 October 2017 and is now open to both in-house guests and outside customers. It can be easily accessed via the Samasta Lifestyle Village, the Balinese-inspired retail mall located adjacent to the resort and Mövenpick Café.

Created by Hadi Prana, the Indonesian design studio, Arkipela Spa features nine tranquil treatment rooms, a sauna and a selection of shiatsu massage rooms. A hair salon will be added at a later date.

“We are delighted to unveil our beautiful Arkipela Spa, providing yet another opportunity for our guests to unwind and soak up the exquisite culture of Bali and the Indonesian archipelago,” said Horst Walther-Jones, General Manager, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali.



“With our perfect location close to Jimbaran Bay, contemporary Balinese design and authentic ambience, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has always aimed to connect guests with the island’s heart and soul. Natural wellness treatments have been practised in Indonesia for centuries and the new Arkipela Spa will allow guests to experience these ancient arts in a luxurious and stylish setting.”

Signature treatments draw inspiration and wisdom from all corners of Indonesia. From Lombok, a traditional “Sasak Massage” incorporates long strokes, stretching, acupressure and aromatherapy to release deep-set tension, while “Oukup Martup” is an ancient Sumatran herbal steam therapy; “Pijat Urat” is a classical Balinese treatment that revives spiritual energy; and Java’s “Ginger Kerokan Treatment” uses local ginger and massage techniques to improve circulation and boost the immune system.

Arkipela Spa has also created a series of wellness journeys. The 90-120 minute “Buatanku Apothecary Experience” uses a blend of seasonal elements and traditional therapies to rebalance the body and mind. This sublime signature experience can be tailored to the specific needs of each guest. Alternatively, the 180 minute “Arkipela Signature Experience” is an intuitive treatment that combines a serene signature massage, body treatment and natural facial to restore balance to the body and leave guests feeling light and revitalised.

Guests seeking corporeal cleansing and renewal can select from a series of body scrubs and wraps that harness the spiritual intelligence of the Indonesian islands. These include the “Kaluku Body Glow” from Sulawesi, “Java Slimming Treatment”, and “Black Borneo Lulur" from Kalimantan. Finally, a choice of facial treatments embrace natural, organic, local ingredients and techniques to leave guests’ complexions feeling smoother and their skin looking radiant.

Arkipela Spa complements the wealth of recreational facilities already offered by Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali owned by PT Summarecon Agung Tbk, including a fitness centre, yoga classes and an amazing lagoon-style swimming pool that winds through the resort and features its own beach.



About Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Designed as a family lifestyle resort, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali features 297 elegantly furnished rooms and suites and invites guests to immerse themselves in Bali’s laidback island lifestyle, vibrant culinary scene and rejuvenating wellness offerings just 100 metres from Jimbaran Beach. Along with five different dining venues offering a varied selection of cuisines, the resort also boasts an exotic pool with swim-up hammocks, pirate-themed Meera Kids Club, invigorating Arkipela Spa and the connected Samasta Lifestyle Village for additional shopping, wining and dining. Mövenpick Resort& Spa Jimbaran Bali and Samasta Lifestyle Village are owned by respected Indonesian developer, PT SummareconAgungTbk.

For more information, please visit movenpick.com/jimbaran-bali

Friday, November 10, 2017

Aman Introduces Seasonal, Sociable Italian Dining Concept, Arva


Continuing its gastronomic evolution and following the successful launch of Nama, a culinary concept based on the Japanese tradition of Washoku earlier this year, Aman is taking strides forward with the launch of Arva. 

Making of Zucca Al Forno

Celebrating the bold flavours and simple ingredients of Italy’s rich culinary heritage, Arva has been conceived by Stefano Artosin, Regional Executive Chef of Amanpuri (Thailand), Amansara (Cambodia) and Amantaka (Laos), and Andrea Torre, recently appointed Executive Chef of Amanyangyun, Aman’s forthcoming property in China. Based on inventive cooking techniques and utilising just a few simple ingredients which take centre stage, Arva launched befittingly at Aman Venice on 1 October, and will be introduced to select Aman destinations over the coming months. Each Arva will offer a warm, convivial and welcoming environment with dishes served family style, paying respect to the roots of Italian culinary traditions.

Chefs Artosin and Torre

Arva embraces the culinary history of Italy which has established a reputation for seasonal and sustainably sourced fare. This style of cuisine draws influence from Italian cooks who concocted dishes solely from what was available in the immediate gardens, forests and seas surrounding them, using their instinctive understanding of flavour and the creativity of necessity to prepare bold, heart-warming dishes that could be shared among family and friends. It is this concept to which Aman pays tribute, both in the name Arva, meaning ‘cultivated land’ in Latin and its philosophy: the shared enjoyment of uncomplicated flavours in a welcoming and congenial atmosphere.

Bavarese Alla Noccio

Fresh Tagliatelle

Recently launched at Aman Venice on 1 October, followed by Amanpuri in Phuket, Amanyangyun in Shanghai, Aman Tokyo, and Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro 2018, the approach at each Arva will stay true to its Italian heritage, however each menu will incorporate the finest local ingredients, in keeping with the Aman philosophy of seamless integration with the destination – extracting the best of the surroundings into an unparalleled dining experience, with each restaurant offering their own take on the concept.

Gamber Rossi Di Maz


Arva’s co-creators, Chefs Artosin and Torre, both hail from Italy, and developing the new restaurant concept has been a passion project for them both. Chef Artosin says “For today’s travelers, Arva responds to a growing interest in tradition and provenance, balancing authenticity and sustainability to create dishes that prize flavor and quality above showmanship and theatre, and which are timeless rather than trend-led. Most of all, Arva offers honest, simple dishes which champion the incredible ingredients sourced locally.”

Ingredients of Spoglia Di Pane
Ingredients of Zucca Al Forno

For Aman Venice, and in keeping with the local and familial philosophy of the concept, both chefs have worked with Creative Culinary Consultant for Aman Venice and owner of Michelin-starred D’O restaurant in Milan, Davide Oldani, and built on their relationships with local farmers, fishermen, market traders and niche suppliers to source the freshest Adriatic fish from the waters around Venice, single-source olive oils from Tuscany and Liguria, artisanal pasta, and daily produce from the Rialto market. The result is a considered selection of pastas, risottos, prime meats and seafood, generous sharing dishes, delectable gelati and sorbetti, as well as – in homage to Venice’s globally beloved cicchetti heritage – a wide range of small plates.

Making of Zucotto E Taleggio

Mezzi Pacere

Located adjacent to the hotel’s magnificent ballroom, Arva at Aman Venice features dishes such as chestnut tagliatelle, a hand-made pasta with Chanterelle mushrooms and castelmagno cheese, a red prawn crudo with wild fennel and citronette, and triglia di scoglio, local red mullet with roasted cauliflower and caper leaves.
     
Stefano Artosin was raised in Padua, just outside of Venice, where food was a hearty family affair, and wonderful local flavours went hand in hand with a warm and jovial atmosphere. His professional career has taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens – from St Barths to New York to Sydney and on to Thailand, where he has shaped Amanpuri’s menus for over a decade. He has been immersed in numerous culinary traditions and techniques throughout this period, but Arva is the first opportunity for him to return to the kind of cooking and eating that inspired him in the first place – friendly, familial and uncompromisingly focused on flavour.

Spoglia Di Pane 

Born in Rome, Andrea Torre has been an evangelist for sustainable sourcing and a supporter of the Slow Food movement throughout his career, beginning with his time at Alceste al Buongusto, where he oversaw the making of pasta from sourcing raw ingredients to presenting them on the plate. He brought this philosophy to the kitchens of some of London’s most celebrated Italian restaurants, including Zafferano and Cecconi’s, before returning to Italy to work with Michelin-starred Chef David Oldani, as Head Chef de Cuisine of Aman Venice. Although he is now based in Shanghai, masterminding the gastronomic offering at Amanyangyun (opening winter 2017), he is proud to leave his legacy to Aman Venice on the menus of Arva.

Tagliatelle Alle Castagne

Following the introduction of Nama in March, the opening of Arva marks the second gastronomic launch from Aman. Like Nama, Arva will be gradually unveiled at a succession of Aman destinations: merging Italian culinary concepts with Asian ingredients at Amanyangyun and Amanpuri in November; providing an alternative dining option to guests of Aman Tokyo in January 2018, and taking the authentic tastes of Italy across the Adriatic to Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, later in 2018.

Zucca Al Farno

ABOUT AMAN
Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private residence. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept, and since then, Aman has grown to encompass 31 hotels and resorts located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA, and Vietnam.