Aman Debuts in Vietnam with Amano’i

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Named for the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and nơi meaning ‘place’, Amanơi is a tranquil retreat situated on a beautiful white-sand beach overlooking spectacular Vinh Hy Bay.

Situated northeast of Ho Chi Minh City on the coast of Nui Chua National Park, Amanơi provides 31 guest pavilions, a number with private swimming pools, and five Aman Villas, all with magnificent views. Recreational facilities include a full-service Aman Spa and an expansive Beach Club. With the launch of Amanơi, Amanresorts adds Vietnam to its Southeast Asian circuit, with Amanpuri in Thailand, Amantaka in Laos and Amansara in Cambodia already on offer.

Shaped like an elegant seahorse with its back to Laos, its tail embracing Cambodia and its belly curving into the western waters of the East Sea, Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating countries. Its scenic coastline stretches in a sinuous s-shape over 3,200 kilometres from China in the north, to the Mekong Delta and beyond in the south. Famed for its cuisine and its rich history, Vietnam is increasingly gaining recognition for its natural beauty and biodiversity. Nui Chua National Park in particular protects an area of more than 29,000 hectares of pristine coastal and marine habitats in Ninh Thuan Province, and it is on the dramatic coastline of this National Park – one of the country’s largest natural conservation sites – that Amanơi is situated.

After a scenic drive through Nui Chua National Park, guests ascend a broad bank of stairs to Amanơi’s Central Pavilion. On reaching the top, one experiences an unforgettable sense of arrival, as the panoramic views of the sea and coastline spread before one are simply breathtaking. Inspired by a traditional Vietnamese communal hall, the Central Pavilion occupies the hilltop and houses the Restaurant, Bar and an expansive terrace, all making the most of the spectacular views. The resort’s Library offers a range of reading materials in several languages, together with a music collection and board games, while the Boutique features a selection of traditional Vietnamese lacquerware, handmade jewellery and local bronze, copper, pottery and ceramic items. Next to the Central Pavilion is the Cliff Pool, one of two swimming pools. The second is located at the Beach Club.

Overlooked by magnificent granite cliffs, the Beach Club is located on the sandy white beach of Vinh Hy Bay. Designed to maximise the views, the Beach Club offers lounging and dining areas, as well as an expansive rim-flow pool. A complete range of water sports equipment is provided including snorkelling gear and kayaks.

Guest accommodation at Amanơi includes 31 Pavilions, a number with private swimming pools, and five Aman Villas, all positioned on the hillside with impressive views. The design of the Pavilions and Aman Villas fuses contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles, and views are either of Nui Chua National Park, the lake on the property, or Vinh Hy Bay. Pavilions are identical in layout and design, and each offers a combined living and sleeping area, as well as a timber sundeck with sun loungers. Features include a king-size bed, sofa, writing desk, LCD TV with international channels, sound docking system, WiFi, mini-bar and espresso machine. Each Aman Villa consists of four or five free-standing bedroom pavilions, as well as living and dining pavilions and a large private swimming pool. A live-in housekeeper and cook meet all guests’ needs, including the preparation of Vietnamese or Western cuisine in the villa’s private kitchen.

Set beside a lotus-filled lake, Amanơi’s extensive Aman Spa enjoys a prime position on the property, surrounded by the National Park’s rolling hills. A destination unto itself, it provides a serene setting for relaxation and rejuvenation, whether within the spa or outside on the stepped terraces beside the lake. Facilities include five double treatment rooms, all with unique double bathtubs, private dressing areas and showers; two hydrotherapy suites; hand & foot therapy rooms; and a hair & finishing salon where manicures and pedicures can be enjoyed. A number of relaxation lounges with tranquil views are ideal for taking time out before or after a treatment. The extensive Aman Spa menu offers body treatments, scrubs, wraps, facials and hair care using Aman Spa’s chemical-free spa product range. This is complimented by traditional Vietnamese ingredients including aromatic herbs, rice and coffee. Amanơi’s fitness options include a spacious, light-filled Gymnasium, a Pilates Studio and a lakeside Yoga Pavilion. There are also two outdoor tennis courts and a number of scenic walking, running and trekking routes on the property, which allow guests to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the resort’s setting.

Alongside the region’s natural attractions, Ninh Thuan Province is home to the Cham – a key ethnic group in Vietnam. Amanơi provides easy access to all that the region has to offer, allowing guests the chance to explore and discover natural and cultural attractions alike.

Exploring Vinh Hy Bay and the East Sea above the water by kayak or Hobie Cat, and below on a snorkelling expedition, should not be missed. The rugged coastline features many interesting rock formations and secret coves, while the coral reefs fringing the East Sea are rife with delicate staghorn corals and home to a myriad tropical fish. Nui Chua National Park features a diverse flora and fauna system which is typical of a tropical dry forest. This includes at least 1,500 plant species, 160 bird species and 60 species of mammals. A day spent trekking or exploring the park by car will be well worth the effort.

The launch of Amanơi completes an Aman circuit of Southeast Asia which began in 1988 with the opening of Amanpuri on the Andaman coast of Phuket. With the addition of Vietnam, Aman now offers guests the opportunity to journey between four Aman resorts in four Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Amanpuri was followed in 2002 by the launch of Amansara in Siem Reap, close to the temples of Angkor, and by Amantaka in the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang in 2009. Together, these four resorts offer a unique journey around Southeast Asia, taking in the region’s most beautiful beaches, remarkable monuments and fascinating cultures.

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