The Andaman Sea is waiting to be explored on Amanpuris 32-boat fleet or by catamaran, boat, or kayak; excursions lead to coral reefs and secluded island havens.
Aman Resorts’s first property, Amanpuri, opened in 1988 on the west coast of Phuket, Thailand, and continues to be the archetype for the hotel group’s ethos. The beachside property is threaded through a coconut plantation, which creates an immersive, yet transformative sense of place; Thai-style pavilions and villas, designed by Ed Tuttle, fit seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Each private suite (ranging from two to nine bedrooms) offers oceanfront views or garden settings, and encourages indoor and outdoor flow. Though furnishings are minimal, Thai art and antiques match the exterior, where an interpretation of native architecture is defined by ornate sloping roofs constructed from local wood. Thai music plays at the 90-foot infinity pool, where tea is served under a canopy of coconut palms. Experiences range from relaxing to adrenaline-inducing: The Andaman Sea is waiting to be explored on Amanpuri’s 32-boat fleet or by catamaran, boat, or kayak; excursions lead to coral reefs and secluded island havens. Thai royal massages and herbal steam baths top the spa menu. Private yoga, pilates, and meditation classes round out the mesmeric experience that, 27 years on, continues to be synonymous with Aman.