Since 1988, when flagship Amanpuri opened in Phuket, Thailand, Amanresorts has established resorts in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States of America. It is about these last two destinations that we want to talk about: this year ecoLuxury has welcome in its collection, the ecoLuxury Retreats of the World, Amanyara – Turks and Caicos, Amangiri – Utah, and Amangani – Wyoming.
Amanyara is located on the coast of Northwest Point adjacent to Malcolm’s Beach on the island of Providenciales (or Provo as it is referred to locally). The resort derives its name from “aman”, the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, and “yara”, the word for ‘place’ in the language of the Arawak Amerindians, one of the region’s first indigenous peoples. It enjoys a pristine location well removed from much of the development on the eastern side of the island.
The newly opened Nature Discovery Centre at Amanyara offers an opportunity for both adults and children to learn more about the unparalleled marine environment and unique plants and animals in Turks and Caicos through various Naturalist Programs created by the onsite Naturalist, Lindsay, together with various teachers from the American Museum of Natural History’s Science and Nature Department.
It has recently launched the Amanyara Turtle Initiative, with the funding, capture, satellite tagging and release of Taino, a sub-adult green turtle. The work is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project, a collaborative initiative involving the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources, the University of Exeter and coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society. The satellite tag will provide information never before attained about the migrations of these turtles. In previous years, the Turtle Project focused on tagging adult turtles, but this year’s project involves 3 sub-adult green turtles, Taino being one of them, and is the first study of its kind in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This project, combined with future plans to offer Amanyara guests turtle tagging field trips and workshops with expert turtle scientists, and possible adoption of hatchling turtles for the Nature Discovery Centre, is part of a new environmental stewardship program at the resort.
Amanyara has launched the SEASON OF DISCOVERY, valid for travel from June to October 31: a great package that includes all meals daily, massages after 5 nights and 7th night for free.
Amangiri is located in the southwest region of the USA also known as the Four Corners. Boasting one of the most dramatic landscapes in the USA with deep canyons and towering plateaus, the region has been home for centuries to the native Navajo and Hopi tribes yet is sparsely populated and presents the raw landscape for which the American Southwest has become famous.
Amangiri has ethanol eco-friendly burning fireplaces in each of the rooms, runs resort-wide recycling program and employee recycling program offered to offset the limited recycling programs in the town of Page. Amangiri has incentivized a employee-run Green Initiatives Committee. Moreover, re-fillable, non-leaching glass water bottles are used in guest suites at turn down. Onsite villas are harnessing geothermal energy for cooling purposes and they are heated by solar power. Zero Light or Scenic Pollution reduces harm to nocturnal environment and migratory patterns.
On September 1, Amangiri will be offering an outdoor opera performance in a natural rock amphitheatre on property. Scottsale Soprano Anna Vivette joins for the performance followed by an artist reception in the Desert Lounge immediately following. There is also the weekly astronomy program: they are offering a complimentary astronomy night in the Desert Lounge with their resident astronomer for guests once per week.
Amangani, the first Aman resort in North America, opened in October 1998. Boasting 40 suites as well as private homes, Amangani is a 20-minute drive from the Jackson Hole Airport, 10 minutes from the town of Jackson, and 20 minutes from the ski slopes. Amangani sits 700 feet above the valley on a private butte, providing guests with a peaceful and secluded experience and unrivalled panoramic views of the Tetons. Cut into the hillside, the three-storey resort’s design follows the contours of the butte in an all-but-seamless melding with the landscape. Amangani offers a diverse adventure program which includes summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and fly fishing, and winter activities such as skiing, snow shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Since Amangani is located on a migratory path for deer, elk and moose, it offers wildlife excursions for the guests to view the animals that make up the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, which is the last fully in-tact ecosystem in the lower 48 States. Amangani has partnered with the Teton Science Schools to create our “Wolf & Bear Expedition” which takes guests into the Lamar Valley where they can view Grizzly Bear and Grey Wolf, the latter of which was almost extinct until it the Grey Wolf was re-introduced in 1998.
At Amangani, it has started the SEASON OF ENRICHMENT – during Amangani’s fall season we are offering a number of excursions that have a focus on wildlife, including our “Wolf & Bear Excursion” (a wilderness safari into the Lamar Valley to view the greatest concentration of Grey Wolves & Grizzly Bears in North America), a wildlife photography workshop and a fly fishing program.