Amanpuri, leading hotel chain Aman's first resort, is set among the sounds of coconut palms and the sighs of the Andaman Sea in Thailand. It presides over its own peninsula, guaranteeing guests peace, serenity, a beautiful white-sand beach, great restaurants, and wellness spaces.
Following a three-month shutdown, Amanpuri reopened on September 1, 2023, with renewed vigour, showcasing an extensive refurbishment ranging from a Kengo Kuma-designed restaurant to a private Spa House and additional experiences.
The New Look
The renowned flagship resort's freestanding Pavilions, which promise isolation and quiet, have all been meticulously reconfigured, enriching its Thai design history. Interior upgrades include new Makha wood flooring, which adds warmth and understated elegance, and new bathroom suites, which provide a fresh and modern vibe. Their exquisite timber roof systems have also been uncovered, producing soaring, vaulted ceilings for an increased sense of space and height.
Outside, in the privacy of each Pavilion, balconies have been upgraded with sand wash flooring, resulting in a brighter, more inviting al fresco setting, while nine Pavilions have seen the addition of their own swimming pools with panoramic ocean views.
An Enriched Culinary Landscape
The resort’s various restaurants have also diversified, introducing new dining options and relocating existing venues, creating a gastronomic journey worldwide.
Nama, Amanpuri’s signature Japanese restaurant, finds its new home in an elevated setting atop the resort’s iconic sweeping staircase. With breathtaking views across the Andaman Sea, visionary architect Kengo Kuma imagined the new, split-level Nama space with inviting izakaya-style seating, intimate omakase counter and central Sake Bar, showcasing some of Japan’s finest sakes. Nama serves as a year-round dining venue, allowing guests to experience the art of Japanese culinary excellence in an airy yet atmospheric setting.
For a more hands-on approach to dining, Amanpuri has launched Sushi Masterclasses, providing the opportunity to experience the art of sushi-making under the expert guidance of Nama’s seasoned sushi masters. A craft of precision and skill, the experience includes selecting the finest ingredients, fish-slicing techniques and hand-rolling before enjoying the creations as a rewarding lunch.
With Nama taking up its new location, the existing beachfront space has been transformed into a new Beach Restaurant. Set to open in December 2023, the open-air oasis will return with a new interactive kitchen, lounge area and additional seating overlooking Pansea Beach. Centred around fresh Mediterranean flavours paired with crisp, fine wines and champagnes, the Beach Restaurant offers the perfect spot for sundowners and laidback lunches directly on the sand. Elsewhere, the existing Sunset Terrace, Pool Terrace and Beach Terrace dining areas benefit from additional seating, creating more space, privacy and the flexibility for guests to dine at leisure.
A Haven Of Holistic Wellbeing
Amanpuri’s Holistic Wellness Centre has long been a sanctuary for those seeking a positive shift, harnessing the ancient healing therapies of Thailand, as well as leading global therapeutic practices. Ever evolving its offering, Amanpuri’s renovation includes adding a new Spa House–a haven of holistic well-being fully immersed in nature. An unparalleled spa experience, the Spa House boasts unrivalled hydrotherapy facilities, a Vichy shower room, a Banya and an Infrared sauna, a steam room, a cold plunge pool and indoor Jacuzzi, complemented by an outdoor lounging deck, swimming pool and a second Jacuzzi overlooking the Andaman Sea. Each experience at the Spa House is complete with a dedicated spa therapist on hand to curate bespoke treatments tailored to individual needs, with the opportunity to spend half a day or a full day relaxing in this private sanctuary.
The resort has also introduced several new wellness and fitness-related experiences. Harnessing the resort’s coastal setting, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga returns to Amanpuri’s programme in November in addition to the Ride the Waves programme–a private surfing experience which focuses on finding balance. Taking place just 15 minutes from the resort on Bangtao Bach, idyllic waves and experienced local surfers make Amanpuri the perfect place for both beginners and those seeking to improve their technique.
Back on land, Cycling Sessions satisfy active adventurers, the fitness-focused and those seeking a complete immersion into the island’s natural beauty. Venturing beyond the resort’s private peninsula, the curated route travels through picturesque villages and scenic coastal paths, accompanied by an experienced guide who provides fascinating insights into Phuket’s rich history, culture and nature.
Aman was founded in 1988 to create a series of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a beautiful and elegant private home. The first, Amanpuri (or place of calm) in Phuket, Thailand, pioneered the concept, and Aman has now expanded to include 34 extraordinarily tranquil hotels and resorts. From the metropolis to the distance, in 20 destinations worldwide, 12 of which have Aman Branded Residences. Aman has a healthy pipeline of future projects, with eleven currently under construction.
Amanpuri lies on a peninsula on the west coast of the Thai island of Phuket and is a 30-minute drive from Phuket International Airport (HKT).