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 tranquility of Amanbagh was exactly what we craved at the end of our Rajasthan trip.
Just what does it mean to stay at one of the Aman resorts? Travelers who know the brand (hello, fellow Aman Junkies!) would recognize 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 a welcome ceremony. Other than 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 Sankrit song of peace and goodwill. Her voice soaring in the beautiful, high-ceiling lobby gave us goosebumps.
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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 Wyllis jeep-style Mahindra or riding the resort’s colorfully 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 centerpiece of the unusually-shaped bathroom 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 $800 USD
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This rural retreat seduces with a fabulous design and a quietly glamorous atmosphere, and even for the region famed for the level of luxury, it stands out as an exemplary resort.
It's a fantastic place to both relax in sumptuous surroundings and taste the colorful traditions and culture of rural India. We don't hesitate in awarding Amanbagh the Editor's Pick.
Author: Travel+Style. Last updated: 18/01/2020
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