Holidays begin on stepping on a plane. There’s that silent thrill, an inward gasp of finally! before the familiar scene: nimble steps to the seat, belts latched, windows strung open. Those with favourable seats can indulge in the dramatic views of the sky as the plane takes off. Those with none, however, stick to their books and bear the mundane hours, counting the moments to the plane’s next landing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Aman Private Jet’s guests enjoy a swankier seat, one in plush leather, without the crowd, the aisle, and the tasteless food.
A gloriously styled Bombardier Global 5000 generously accommodates 12 passengers andreplicates the full Aman service—from a welcome tea ceremony to the minute details, such as Aman Skincare tucked in the comfort rooms. The private jet pierces through the sky at 574 mph, and while at that, everyone inside can sit cosily and enjoy the intimacy of their company, or a glass of wine. Passengers can choose their in-flight meals ahead of time; there is an option to select vegan routes for the health conscious. Booking is meant to be bespoke, tailor-made to every itinerary. Taking the private jet, therefore, is best for a small group with refined taste, with thoughts of hopping from one Aman destination to another. Luckily, when it comes to Aman resorts, there are plenty.
Divine destinations in Asia
With five properties in the sprawling terrains of Indonesia, flying in between two resorts is a treat. At Amanjiwo, the mythical Borobudur stares back with its magnificent geography. At Nusa Dusa, Aman Villas thrill with the gorgeous, seaside backdrop. Then, head straight to Amanwana, tucked inside the island of Moyo, which revels in the serene archipelago and the pink beach of the Flores Sea.
In China, Aman’s luxury resorts are gracefully nestled within the quiet mountains, making each itinerary a secret destination that can be wondrously reached by air. Imagine the overview stills of temples refined from the interiors. The string of Indochina proposes a tropical vacation in the forested bosom of Laos, Cambodia, the vibrant coasts of Vietnam withAmantaka, Amansara and Amanoi.
Proceed to the Himalayas and soar over the forested holy peaks of Bhutan. Receive blessings from the monks, and then soak into any of the five luxury lodges of Aman. Of course, a plane ride is not the destination, but it’s a treat to scrape unpalatable experiences and make, even in a few minutes, the sky a home. www.aman.com/private-aviation ◼
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© This article was first published online in Jan 2020 – World Travel Magazine.