Monday, September 16, 2019

Stories of the Sea – The Second Chapter at The Manor



An enhanced ocean-inspired culinary journey

The Dining Room at The Manor 

The latest evolution of The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central’s ocean-inspired dining experiences has arrived at The Manor with Stories of the Sea – The Second Chapter offering diners an exquisite six-course set dinner menu featuring a selection of new dishes and a range of enhancements to the awe-inspiring menu.

Bluefin tuna rib by Balfego Sapin with blackberry, Sichuan pepper, kale

Chocolate from Valrhona, 5 curated textures finished with Japanese whiskey

‘Glacier 51’ Toothfish with parmesan risoni, chamomile tea 

Building on the success of the first iteration of the Stories of the Sea menu, the team of culinary artisans at The Manor, led by Chef David King, our Director of Culinary, have refined the menu even further to showcase a new range of the finest ingredients from the sea, including, Sicilian red prawns and Bluefin tuna from Spain.

The signature dish of the Stories of the Sea – The Second Chapter menu is the Balfegó Bluefin Tuna from Spain with its distinctive full flavor and firm texture. Served lightly marinated with balsamic vinegar, and served with kale, the tuna is then finished off with Sichuan pepper oil to draw out its inherent richness.

Hokkaido sea urchin, ocean trout roe with cauliflower

Sicilian red prawns with apple and sunflower honey, plankton and avocado oil, chervil

Spanish Octopus in Char Siu-style 

Among the other dishes that form part of the six-course dining experience is the Hokkaido Sea Urchin with Ocean Trout Roe, the Sicilian Red Prawn with green apple purée, sunflower honey and avocado oil, Spanish Octopus served Char Siu-style. The much adored ‘Glacier 51’ Toothfish is now offered with a delicate parmesan risoni and chamomile foam.

The journey is capped off with an element of theatre for dessert with a multi-layered Valrhona Chocolate sphere that is ignited with Japanese whiskey at the table. The Stories of the Sea menu is available with an enhanced paired wine and cocktail package featuring premium wines from America, Portugal and Italy, and have been selected specifically to highlight the freshness of the sea ingredients and enhance the flavour experience.

The Stories of the Sea – The Second Chapter set dinner menu is available daily from 6:00PM – 11:00PM and priced at MOP788+ per person, or MOP1,188+ per person with the paired wine package.

The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central

For more information, please visit www.themanormacao.com. 
For reservation, please call +853 2882 8898 or send email to The Manor themanor.macao@stregis.com.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Looking for Bali’s best bread? You’ll find it at Farine Sourdough Bakery



With a bounty of artisanal sourdoughs and decadent pastries, it’s no wonder this Berawa bakery has become an island favourite.


Bali may not have traditionally have been known for its bread, but that looks set to change with the burgeoning presence of Berawa favourite Farine. The bakery was launched by Mexicola Group Executive Chef Steve Skelly as a side-project of sorts, inspired by a demand for quality, artisanal sourdough that he couldn’t quite find on the island. 

“I was opening a fine dining seafood restaurant and was spending all my time sourcing the very best product I could find,” he says of the time. “I was designing plates, kitchens and menus. The last task on my list after sea salt was sourdough. I have tried bakeries all over the country but not one had bread that I was confident in.”




“I decided to start my own culture, or starter. This is what gives the bread its character, its point of difference. The idea behind Farine was simply to fill the gap of Artisanal sourdough baking in Bali.” The result is a booming bakery which specialises in San Francisco-style sourdough baked fresh seven days a week. 



Farine Bakery’s secret weapon is its natural dough process of yeast free sourdough loaves, these are long-fermented for up to 20 hours before baked, revealing a caramelised dark crust and flavorsome sour taste. But it’s not just bread that you’ll find at Farine, though loaves of multi-grain, hearty rye, and crusty sourdough still abound, but the range has expanded into bagels, French-style pastries and decadently stuffed doughnuts filled with tropical fruit jam. 

While Berawa is host to the only stand-alone location of Farine at present, the bakery’s goods can be found at a selection of all of the best cafes, restaurants and hotels around the island. 




You’ll find a sample of the current Farine menu below:

Classic Spelt Sourdough (1kg), Miche/dark rye Sourdough (1kg), Small classic spelt sourdough (750gr), Small miche/dark rye sourdough (750gr), Flax/Sunflower seed sourdough, Mixed seed Sourdough (1kg),  Small mixed seed Sourdough, Sesame Sourdough, Turkish Sourdough,  Baguette Sourdough, Bagel Sourdough, Doughnuts,  Croissant, Pain au chocolate (Chocolate tin), Hotdog buns/burger buns, Brioche, Banana cake, Brownie (piece), Sausage rolls.

Farine Sourdough Bakery
Jl. Pantai Berawa No.23

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Amankila Unveils New Infinity Pool Suites and on Property Experiences



Amankila’s unwavering mission to provide a carefully curated programme of energising and mind-broadening experiences continues with the introduction of new activities in and around the hotel alongside a series of property refurbishments. 


Launching three new infinity pool suites, a private cinema and new dining experiences, Amankila seeks to immerse guests in the cultural heritage of the island, exploring the authentic and lesser known east coast of Bali.


Infinity pool suites

August 2019 sees the arrival of new swimming pools in three existing suites. Surrounded by jungle yet with an unobscured ocean view, the Infinity Pool Suites have their own private entrance offering ultimate seclusion. An ideal choice for honeymooners, one of the new suites has an outdoor bale next to the swimming pool with two treatment beds for couples’ massages which can be transformed into a dining area to enjoy an intimate al fresco dining experience.



In addition, all the suites at Amankila have been upgraded with state-of-the-art technology including Bluetooth Bang & Olufsen speakers and, later this year, iPads which will include the guest directory, room service and spa menus so guests can plan their time at the resort seamlessly.  The property has also updated each mini-bar to include homemade cordials and ginger beer, as well as new Nespresso machines that use recyclable stainless-steel capsules. Throughout the hotel, Amankila has introduced sustainably sourced coffee from Java Mountain Coffee, a social enterprise with cooperatives based in Bali and Java, which seek to empower female farmers.


Private cinema

Launching in November 2019, Amankila will offer a private cinema experience in what was once part of the property’s library. Sporting a 55-inch screen and surround sound, the cinema will be available to book for individual screenings, sporting events and family movies and will offer a curated programme of lectures and films on the history and culture of the island.


Cooking classes

Led by Amankila’s team of talented chefs, guests can learn to make some of Amankila’s signature dishes with new cooking classes. Whether it’s Indonesian favourites nasi goreng or satay, the experience starts with a trip to the local market with the chef to select the ingredients. Back at Amankila fresh herbs are collected from its vegetable garden, while a communal table is prepared with all necessities including bumbu – a local spice paste. Available for children too, the classes are collaborative, with chefs teaching new skills and the history behind each recipe, before everyone tucks into the finished product for lunch.






New dining experiences

Amankila enjoys a unique setting on the east coast of Bali and as a result the sunrise from the property is unmissable. To create lasting memories, Amankila puts on sunrise breakfasts on top of Tamasari Hill, where a new bale, in traditional style, has been constructed. With a 360 view of Mount Agung, rice paddies, the villages of Manggis, Lombok island, the ocean, particularly visible in the early morning, guests can experience a picture-perfect vista of Bali in all its splendour. Down by the Beach Club, the hotel offers an evening dining experience on a newly erected deck, which sits over beach and is accessible by a set of steps on the cliff edge. Perfect for an intimate dinner for up to six or a cocktail party for 16, the area is furnished with comfortable lounge chairs, candles and large floor cushions creating an informal and relaxed atmosphere.




Activities

The ideal destination for an active break, Amankila has a whole host of outdoor activities available. From new Schiller bikes at the beach to aqua yoga in the pool, complete with floating mats, and outdoor Lebert Fitness equipment, the resort has plenty to satisfy those wanting to keep fit during their stay. With an in-house Pencak Silat master, guests can learn the traditional Indonesian martial art on demand, showcasing the property’s connection to the culture of the island. Away from the hotel, Amankila now offers ATV drives in the countryside and ancient villages of Manggis as well as rafting on the nearby Telega Waja River. Guests can enjoy stunning unspoilt access to waterfalls as the river moves through a prehistoric gorge, while watching villagers go about their day.





Wellness

The Balinese are renowned for their respect for all living beings and creatures. History is celebrated, and reverence for Bali’s ancestors informs every aspect of daily life. From 19-21 September 2019, Amankila’s guests can delve into the lore and mystery of Bali to learn the secrets of this peaceful way of life, in which every aspect of life is celebrated. The three-night Wellness Within retreat will include trekking on the slopes of Mount Agung to discover the medicinal plants of Eastern Bali, learning the arts of story-telling and meditation from local healers and elders, practicing Balinese yoga, consulting with local spiritual healers, enjoying a sunset journey to reconnect with nature, and surrendering to traditional spa treatments using local ingredients. Life affirming and rejuvenating, this immersion in Balinese culture will share the lessons passed down through the generations on the Island of the Gods.

Lunch Festive @ Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage



When your budget is tight but you still want to indulge, the solution is to hunt a value-for-money deals. Thankfully, there is a good lunch deal at Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage, located in the Upper Dago at Lapangan Golf Dago Atas No. 78 Bandung.

Bancakan Nesi Timbel

Their Swiss-Kitchen Restaurant comes to enhance your lunch experience with the newly promo of “Lunch Festive” set menu on tray at only Rp 85,000 net/set, valid until 20 December 2019.

Japanese Chicken Teriyaki

Wrap up this hearty lunch set with choices of Indonesian or Japanese menu. The selected menu could be choose :

Set 1 - Japanese mixed Tempura Udon for miso soup, mixed tempura, udon, sliced fruit, crème brulee, and iced lemon tea

Set 2 - Japanese Chicken Teriyaki for miso soup, chicken teriyaki, coleslaw, japanese rice, chawn mushi, sliced fruit, yoghurt panna cotta, and iced lemon tea

Set 3 – Bancakan Nasi Timbel for sayur asem, nasi timbel, empal gepuk, karedok leunca, lalapan, peyek, sliced fruit, chocolate pudding, iced lemon tea.

Japanese mixed Tempura Udon

Gather your lunch buddies to enjoy this lavish selection lunch set at Swiss-Kitchen Restaurant, Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage!

For further information, contact +6222 2045 9999, email to prmsrda@swiss-belhotel.com or follow social media for FB

Fanpage : Swiss-Belresort Dago Heritage also Instagram : @swissbelresortdago.

Swiss-Kitchen

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Swiss-Belhotel International currently manages a portfolio of more than 145 hotels, resorts and projects located in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Tanzania.

Awarded Indonesia's Leading Global Hotel Chain for eight years, Swiss-Belhotel International is one of the world's fastest-growing international hotel and hospitality management groups. The Group provides comprehensive and highly professional development and management services in all aspects of hotel, resort and serviced residences. Offices are located in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, China, Europe, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The Third Good Food Summit Together with The Good Food Fund



SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute successfully held the Third Good Food Summit with The Good Food Fund of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation from 15th to 17thAugust 2019. Advocating “Zero Waste”, the Third Good Food Summit with the theme of “Into the 2020s” aimed to brainstorm on the necessary and inspiring solutions and actions for the food industry in the coming decade.

Mr. Eddy Jailani Ram, Managing Director of Hospitality at OCTAVE Institute welcomed all the participants of Good Food Summit including exceptional scholars and entrepreneurs from around the world and gave a keynote speech about the concept of “Low-carbon Sustainable Living in Harmony with Nature” at SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute. A customized mindful culinary program curated by Mr. Paul Then, Executive Chef of SANGHA Retreat, along with resident nutritionist Ms. Gabrielle Luo using premium ingredients sourced from organic farms was also offered to guests to experience at the Summit.



The Zero Waste policy advocated by the Good Food Summit coincides with SANGHA Retreat’s pursuit of sustainable development and deep gratitude and respect for the resources taken from nature. From architectural and interior design to daily operations, SANGHA Retreat actively promotes sustainability through various creative and pragmatic practices. SANGHA Retreat’s long-term commitment to sustainable practices in daily operations include: instead of plastic bottled water, guests will be provided with purified water in reusable glass bottles; the leftover bath amenities in the guest rooms are reused in the laundry room; vegetable stems and roots are used to create juices or soups; used coffee grounds are used as organic fertiliser at the on-site Community Farm.

Key issues and topics discussed during the two-day summit include: how to achieve a plant-based diet; how to improve animal welfare; how to reduce food waste and plastic pollution; what we can do with food to achieve better public health and improve the environment as well as new trends in sustainable development in the global food industry.


About SANGHA Retreat by OCTAVE Institute

Located west of Shanghai on the outskirts of Suzhou, China, SANGHA Retreat combines Eastern philosophies backed by Western science to help people awaken to a life of greater purpose and personal wellbeing. With a focus on raising consciousness, it has been created for the needs of our time by visionary Fred Tsao, fourth-generation steward of a family business that started in The Shanghai Bund before 1906.


The 47-acre retreat, designed by Tsao & McKown, includes AT ONE guest suites; AT ONE Clinic, offering comprehensive wellness assessments and wellbeing programs; AT ONE Healing Spa with extensive spa treatment menu and hydrotherapy circuit; THOUGHT FOR FOOD restaurant; the Meditation Dome; and a seasonal schedule of fitness activities and mindfulness classes designed around the body’s circadian rhythm.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Grab the Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel



Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central is offering travelers its first ever Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes deal, with rates starting at HKD$789++ per night for a spacious Deluxe Room.


It is the first time that the Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes featuring last-minute getaways is offered at Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel and Marriott Bonvoy members are eligible for a range of discounts and benefits.

The Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes sale is strictly limited to five days only and runs from 28 August to 1 September 2019, valid for stays between 29 August and 22 September 2019.



Daniella Tonetto, General Manager of Sales and Marketing of Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, said she was pleased to be able to offer travelers to Macao, the first ever Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes. However, limited number of rooms are on offer and urged travelers to book their escape right away.

“For travelers who are looking for a great value getaway, the Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes is a great opportunity to visit Macao. Guests looking for a romantic getaway, family vacation or reunion with friends should look no further than Macao which has all the fun attractions and activities for everyone,” Ms Tonetto said. “Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel is only less than 10 minutes away from the Macau International Airport and is within walking distance to over 850 shops, 150 dining venues and world class entertainment”, she added.

“The Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes is a great example of the benefits of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program and by signing up as member, you’ll be eligible for the best rates on offer.”



Marriott Bonvoy™ Escapes:

Sale period: 28 August to 1 September 2019
Valid for stays: 29 August to 22 September 2019

Room only rate: from HKD$789++ per night for members
Room only rate: from HKD$838++ per night for non-members

Reservations can be made by calling (853)2880 2000 or email to sheraton.macao@sheraton.com.

For further information, please visit the Offers page on https://sheratongrandmacao.qrd.by/p26ktc.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Aman for The Adventurous



Peace is the main pillar of Aman’s philosophy and the meaning of its Sanskrit-derived name. The diverse natural landscapes that each Aman inhabits foster an environment of restorative escapism with carefully curated programmes of energising activities and mind-broadening experiences, ranging from invigorating cultural immersions to pulse-quickening adventures. 

From kitesurfing in the Philippines to e-biking in the Atlas Mountains or navigating vertiginous mountainsides in the American West and Thai boxing on the Phuket coast, Aman continues its mission to engage and excite with a host of new activities and experiences around the world.

Amankora, Bhutan

Amankora, Bhutan

On 7 September, the 10th anniversary of the Tour of the Dragon sees keen cyclists from around the world pedal to the peaks of Bhutan for one of the most demanding mountain-bike races in the world. The Tour of the Dragon covers 268km of spectacular Himalayan landscape in a single day. From 31 August to 7 September 2019, Aman is inviting competitors to combine the race with a 10-night stay across the five lodges of Amankora, travelling by bike between each one. Providing full support on race day, the stay will include a trip to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a massage to relax tired muscles and all meals.

Amanpuri, Thailand

Amanpuri, Thailand

Alongside the introduction of a state-of-the-art new spa and fitness facilities earlier this year, Amanpuri opened Aman’s first Muay Thai boxing ring. Under the guidance of Amanpuri’s resident coaches, guests can practice ‘the art of eight limbs’, learning how to use their fists, elbows, knees and shins in self-defence – and improve mental and physical health in the process.

At the Beach Club, Amanpuri’s Mastercraft XStar performance boat is primed for wakesurfing adventures, enabling guests to experience the thrill of the waves even in the calmest waters. Specifically engineered for wakesurfing, the craft generates huge waves as it powers through the sea, making it equally suited to other adrenaline-fuelled watersports, including waterskiing and hydrofoil.

Amanpulo, Philippines

Amanpulo, Philippines

The opening of the Amanpulo Kite & Surf Centre this year made the Philippines island resort one of four Aman destinations to offer guests the chance to practice this acrobatic, high-adrenaline aerial watersport. Positioned to take maximum advantage of ‘Amihan’ – the northeasterly wind that brings ideal kitesurfing conditions to the Pamalican island’s lagoon from October to March – the centre is run by a team of seasoned ‘surfers including the renowned athlete Paula Rosales, recognised as one of the very best in Asia.

Amangiri, USA

Amangiri, USA

Amangiri has introduced a host of new ways to explore the rocky drama of the Utah desert. Aman’s network of Via Ferrata scrambling routes has been enhanced with the aptly named ‘Vertigo’ – a new route set to challenge even the most agile of climbers. As well as the usual metal-rung path along the rockface, Vertigo features a steep ladder climb and a head-spinning crossing over a bridge just six-inches wide. The reward for the effort – other than the rush of adrenaline – is 360o of spectacular desert panorama at the top.

For a more down-to-earth adventure, guests can now sign up to half- and full-day boat tours on Lake Powell, exploring the reservoir’s lesser-visited slot canyons by kayak or paddleboard. Back on land, a new fleet of e-bikes enables Amangiri’s guests to reach places that normal pedal-powered bicycles couldn’t – as well as making tours a possibility for less experienced riders. A three-hour guided ride takes in the ghost town of Paria and the spectacular Chinle Formation, where the badlands terrain is too difficult for unassisted bikes. Amangiri’s five-hour option takes riders out to Alstrom Point, one of the most astonishing lookout points over Lake Powell.

When deciding how to offer Thai boxing, Amangiri looked to nature. Unlike the Muay Thai ring at Amanpuri, the resort uses the spectacular natural area in Tower Butte. Reached in a scenic helicopter trip, the butte makes a breathtaking setting to practice the art of Thai boxing, led by Amangiri’s expert instructors.

Amangani, USA

Amangani, USA

At Amangani, explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape of Jackson Hole Mountain resort by Via Ferrata – the newly plotted ‘iron path’ climbing route high above the valley floor. Attached to a steel cable cross canyons on narrow suspended bridges, traverse sheer walls of granite on iron rungs, and experience the beauty of the alpine terrain along the way.

For Amangani’s guests who prefer to stick to ground level, the Jackson Hole area is criss-crossed with mountain biking trails of every level of difficulty, enabling guests to explore sections of the Grand Tetons National Park that are beyond the reach of cars or on foot. Amangani can also arrange horse riding along routes such as East Gros Ventre Butte, which affords superlative views of the Tetons and Jackson Hole, or further into the wilderness of the Rockies, for a taste of the Old West.

While staying at Amangani, diehard adrenaline junkies can experience the dizzying thrills of whitewater rafting on the Snake River or experience the horizon-expanding majesty of a tandem paraglide, descending from the highest reaches of Jackson Hole. Seen from the sky, the Wyoming wilderness becomes a patchwork of rugged granite bluffs, wildflower meadows and thick forest – the ultimate outdoor tailormade adventure.

Amanjena, Marrakech

Amanjena, Marrakech

In the peaceful Palmeraie on the edge of Marrakech, the modern Moroccan palace of Amanjena is the gateway to the Atlas Mountains, which guests can now explore with ease using the resort’s new fleet of e-bikes.

Multilingual local expert Pierre-Alain leads e-bike excursions to the Atlas, taking in the rough and rugged terrain of the mountains, the lush beauty of the Kik Plateau and the peaceful and scenic lake of Lalla Takerkoust.

Amankila, Bali

Amankila, Bali

On Bali’s eastern coast, Amankila has enhanced its Beach Club with a stash of new watersports equipment, allowing guests to try their skills at stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) or boogie boarding in the blue waters of the Lombok Strait. Surfers ranging from beginners to warriors of the waves can make the most of Bali’s year-round breaks, thanks to expert-led sessions from East Bali Surf and Sail.

Kayaks are available for guests keen to explore the unspoilt coastline and – this year – the resort introduces a fleet of Schiller Bikes (the recently invented aquatic cycle that resembles a cross between conventional bicycle and catamaran), which guests can use to glide across the waters at their leisure.

For thrill-seekers, Amankila is now offering white water rafting on the Telagawaja River, a classified IV river, located 45-minutes from the resort. The rafting is around two and a half hours long and available for anyone over the age of twelve.

For those looking for adventure on land, Amankila will arrange ATV tours (quad bikes), beginning just 10 minutes’ drive from the property. The two-hour tours take in the beautiful and varied landscape of East Bali, including mountain slopes, jungle trails, rice paddy hillsides and unspoilt local villages.

Amandari, Bali

Amandari, Bali

Central Bali and the Ubud region form a land of mountain and jungle, offering guests of the resort endless opportunity to venture into the wilds and explore. A trio of mountain peaks are accessible from Amandari, offering a challenge to amateur ramblers and sturdier-thighed mountaineers alike. The 1,717m summit of Mount Batur – the most popular in Bali – rewards the two-hour dawn trek with mesmerising sunrise views across rolling green valleys to Mount Ayung in East Bali.

At 2,150m, Mount Abang is Bali’s third highest, and known as ‘the virgin mountain’ for its comparatively untouched slopes. Presenting a more demanding 2.5-hour hike, passing through tropical forest dotted with temples, guests reach the cloud-touching panoramic peak, with its coastline horizon. Taller still is Mount Batukaru – at 2,275m, the second highest in Bali and strictly one for the fittest and most adventurous of hikers.

Visible from Amandari, Batukaru is surrounded by Unesco-protected rice terraces and dense, wildlife-rich jungle. The five-hour trek to the top may be steep, but the coast-to-coast view awaiting at the top is more than worth the effort.

Amanjiwo

Amanjiwo, Indonesia

Deep in Central Java, near the architectural marvel of Borobudur, Mount Prau is one of a circle of volcanoes surrounding Amanjiwo – ‘the ring of fire’. In the cool of the late evening, Aman’s team of Javanese sherpas set off from Amanjiwo, leading the three-hour hike to the summit for a volcanic breakfast. By the time guests reach the final scramble to the peak, dawn is breaking, and the view from the crater as the sun breaches the horizon and bathes the jungle in golden light is among the world’s most memorable. A herbal salt bath and traditional pijat massage await guests on their return to the resort.

Amanbagh, India

Amanbagh, India

Rajasthan’s pink-stone palace is a one-time Mughal royal retreat, making its grounds the perfect venue to discover ‘the sport of kings’: camel polo. Aman’s expert instructors can have even the most inexperienced rider mounted and match-ready in just a short session, primed to put their newfound skills to the test in their first game.

Meanwhile, for those seeking to expand their horizons at a more sedate pace, Amanbagh’s new Yoga & Mindfulness Wellness Immersion combines daily Hatha and Vinyasa yoga with personalised nutrition, spa treatments, mindfulness classes, and enriching experiences including Ayruvedic cookery sessions, sunrise walks and fire meditations.

Amanyara

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

The sunny golden-sand shores of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, have made Amanyara and its paradise-island surroundings renowned for relaxation, but the resort also provides ample opportunity to break a sweat and feel the burn. Guests making use of the Fitness Centre can now take advantage of a range of results-focused group classes, including: boxercise, which uses boxing-inspired exercise principles to deliver an intense workout in the resort’s boxing studio, and aqua therapy at the Spa Pool, an all-over fitness enhancer, using techniques to free the body in water.

Those looking to burn fat, improve endurance, increase speed, and aid weight loss, can try the high-intensity four-minute workouts of Tabata circuit training. For runners, Amanyara can arrange guided trail runs around a range of spellbindingly scenic island routes, matched to any level of fitness and experience. Restorative classes focusing on breathing and stretching are also ideal to ease and comfort both body and mind whilst unwinding tired muscles.

Amanera, Dominican Republic

Amanera, Dominican Republic

Set amidst a tropical nature reserve and above a dramatic sandy coastline framing the Atlantic Ocean, Amanera’s focus is firmly on the outdoors. A new adrenaline-pumping canyoning trip to Rio Blanco in the heart of the mountains includes hiking, swimming, jumping and rappelling (as far as 150ft) amongst lush flora. For those with tired muscles after a couple of hours on the river, a donkey ride awaits to take you one short mile to where a hearty and traditional Dominican lunch will be served.

For those desiring a physically demanding workout within the resort, Amanera’s fitness offering now includes HIIT (High-Intensity Interval training) sessions that draw on elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, running and rowing to deliver rapid results – a total body workout designed to build strength, conditioning and endurance.

Amankora, Bhutan


Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept and, since then, Aman has grown to encompass 37, located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Mexico (2020), Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia (2023), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA (New York 2020) and Vietnam, exquisitely serene hotels and resorts in 22 destinations across the world. Future openings include Aman Kyoto (2019), Aman New York (2020) and Amanvari in Mexico (2020). The introduction of Aman Skincare in 2018 continued the holistic journey beyond the perimeters of Aman’s havens. Offering a soothing journey to a place of beautifully scented repose and respite, Aman Skincare represents the spirit of Aman in a bottle. Cementing Aman’s commitment to providing guests with insightful and unique cultural experiences, Atma, launched in 2019, curates one-off events that are inspired by Aman destinations and designed to connect mind, body and spirit.