Aman Resorts are among my favorite in the world. They have properties in a lot of incredible destinations, with a big focus on nature. While I don’t follow the brand as blindly as I used to, I still think they offer some fantastic hotels.
Currently Aman has 34 resorts, with several more in the pipeline — Aman Kyoto is opening this year, Aman New York is opening in 2020, and Amanvari in Mexico is opening in 2021. On top of that, Aman has signed an agreement to open three properties in Saudi Arabia in 2023.
Aman Kyoto, opening November 2019
Well, it looks like there’s now another city hotel on the horizon.
Aman Bangkok Opening 2022
Aman has signed a partnership with Nai Lert Group to manage a hotel and residence in Bangkok. This will be Aman’s second property in Thailand, after Phuket’s Amanpuri, which was actually Aman’s first-ever resort.
Construction on this property is expected to be completed in 2022.
Aman’s CEO, Vladislav Doronin, had the following to say:
“Thailand holds a special place in our hearts ever since the conception of Amanpuri, and our brand, in Phuket over 30 years ago.
Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will be situated in its namesake iconic central city parkland and will further cement our vision to bring the Aman ethos to global cities. Nestled in the century-old tropical gardens of Nai Lert Park, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will offer a unique connection to the rich heritage and history of Bangkok enhanced by the gracious traditions of Thailand.”
Has Aman Just Gotten Lazy?
A lot of people say that Aman isn’t what it used to be since it was sold to a Russian investment group in 2014. While I’m not sure I’d go that far, I can’t help but feel like most of their new properties under construction are very… uncreative?
Amanjiwo in Java
What has historically made Aman so special is that they’ve had resorts in incredibly secluded places you otherwise wouldn’t visit. With properties currently under construction in Kyoto, New York, Cabo, and Bangkok, I can’t help but feel like they’re just cashing in on the name.
Aman New York
I guess they do have those three properties in Saudi Arabia under construction, but those seem like the other extreme, and might be a bit too off the beaten path for the average Aman traveler.
In the case of Bangkok, I do wonder what kind of rates they’re expecting to sustain. Bangkok has a ton of incredible luxury properties that are reasonably priced, and I just don’t see the market sustaining the rates Aman usually charges, given the alternatives.
What do you make of Aman’s new Bangkok property?