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Beautiful Bhutan: A Himalayan Kingdom

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Ellie has just returned from beautiful Bhutan, the Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern fringes. She spent a week gallivanting and exploring the very best this breath-taking county has to offer; from monasteries and fortresses, to dzongs and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. Here are her top highlights in a photoblog of her journey…

Photoblog: A Chinese Adventure

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“Ni Hao!” Ellie and Rosie have returned from their particularly thorough 3-week recce of China, and now can reflect on their adventures. Three times larger than India, there is little doubt of the plethora of experiences on offer in China, but the difficulty is knowing where to begin. Follow in the footsteps of their journey with this energetic photoblog...

Rosie's day-by-day China blog

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Now that Rosie has returned from her epic Chinese adventure, her spirits have not dampened. She describes her feelings of surprise at her own reaction to China and how positively feeling it has left her, she can’t wait to go back! Here is her day-by-day diary of her action-packed journey through China...

Reporting back from the Aman Tokyo, Japan: Ampersand’s inside view

Enter the slick and shiny realm of the Otemachi Tower in Tokyo’s Financial District and you may struggle to notice the low-key Aman Tokyo welcome desk on the ground floor. The ‘wow’ moment happens when you exit the elevator at the 33rd floor and are drawn into a place of pure drama: a breath-taking atrium lobby with sky-high ceilings, a central water feature with an ikebana-styled tree rising from it and miniature Japanese rock gardens at either side. Designed by Kerry Hill Architects to…

China vs Japan: Two Far Eastern heavyweights go head to head...

The Far East has always had an exotic allure, with images of Geisha, Samurai, glowing red lanterns and Chinese dragons floating into mind. After centuries as closed kingdoms, Japan and China have come to embrace outside visitors and new luxury properties are opening their doors every month. The Chinese Olympics of 2008 and the upcoming Japan Olympics of 2020 have also boosted the cosmopolitan development of these nations, and we are thrilled to now…

Reporting back from Aman Resort's newest opening: Amandayan in Lijiang, China

Ampersand’s China specialist, Charlie Walker, was extremely fortunate to be one of Amandayan’s first guests. In typically effortless Aman style, there were none of the teething issues that are usually par for the course for a new opening – in fact, Amandayan turned out to be Charlie’s favourite of the three Aman Resorts in China, if not his favourite hotel in China! Read on to find out why… Just two weeks after the Amandayan's doors opened, I was lucky enough to find myself walking through…

'Year at Aman'... Travel the World with Ampersand & Aman

Are you an Aman-junkie? Have you ever wondered what the best Aman resort in the world is? Or have you ever wished – in your wildest dreams, perhaps – that you could make your Aman experience go on endlessly? If so, we have a spectacular idea for you… Ampersand Travel & Aman are thrilled to announce our most phenomenal luxury tour to date: it entails a trip of epic proportions journeying across the world staying in every single Aman resort over the course of 1 year. Aman is Sanskrit for…
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