Exuding understated luxury, at once grand and intimate, Amanbagh is a glowing Mogul-style palace, set among rugged hills and surrounded by groves of palm, eucalyptus and mango trees. And it’s one of the most peaceful places we had the privilege to check-in to.
By the time our car rolled to a stop in front of the shaded entrance of Amanbagh, we had some 1700 km of dusty India roads behind us. We both felt tired and frankly a little bit ill. The tranquillity of Amanbagh was exactly what we craved at the end of our Rajasthan trip.
The Aman experience
Just what does it mean to stay at one of the Aman resorts? Travellers who know the brand (hello, fellow Aman Junkies!) would recognise the Aman attributes and principles at Amanbagh.
The luxury here is discreet, with exceptional attention to detail and unobtrusive service. The personnel is very well trained, but the genuine sincerity and commitment from each member of staff is the ingredient of hotel experience that particularly stands out.
As with other Aman properties, there is a strong drive at Amanbagh to blend with the local culture. This is evident in the hotel’s design, atmosphere, activities and other elements of the guest experience. Take the welcome ceremony. Other that the usual (shaking hands with the managers, a welcome drink…), there were also three girls dressed in bright orange saris. With closed eyes, one of them sung a Sanskrit song of peace and good will. Her voice soaring in the beautiful, high-ceiling lobby gave us goose bumps.
Destination unto itself
Had we planned to be busy these last few days in India we could have easily filled them with activities, for this rural retreat offers them aplenty. There are nearby sites hardly ever visited by tourists, and the countryside can be explored driving the Willis jeep-style Mahindra or riding the resort’s colourfully dressed up camels.
But at that point in our journey lounging in the shade of our riverside villa, dipping into the private pool from time to time and popping to the restaurant for lunch or dinner was all we really wanted. And for that, Amanbagh is set up perfectly.
We stayed in a pool pavilion, a top-range accommodation with plenty of grandeur and space. The centrepiece of the unusually-shaped bathroom’s is a bathtub, cut from a single piece of green marble. It exudes sheer luxury.
We loved to just chill at the pavilion, but the life of the resort revolves around the main swimming pool, with the hotel’s restaurant nearby in the main building, its pinkish reflection permanently shimmering on the flat surface of the water.
The yellow-pink sandstone at Amanbagh is shaped into grand domes, courtyards, porticos and Havelis. It’s an intrinsic attribute of architecture that looks back to the grandeur of India’s golden age while being infused with contemporary luxury. It is an architecture that embodies Aman’s extraordinary formula of minimalist luxury.
An amalgam of Sanskrit and Hindu words for peace and garden makes for an apt name of the hotel synonymous with relaxation in soothing surroundings. For us, it was a great way of ending the Rajasthan journey—on a high note.
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Number of rooms & suites: 40
Rate per night: From $550
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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