The rumors are flying around the Internet: Could it be that luxury goods giant LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) has snatched up Amanresorts? The Sunday Times first reported that the elite hotel chain, launched by hotelier Adrian Zecha in 1988 and now found in 16 countries around the world, was put up for sale for more than $400 million. (Though a small company, Amanresorts has a devoted following of “Amanjunkies” who appreciate the Aman ethos: intimate properties—built with indigenous building materials to reflect the local culture—offering lavish guest villas and top-notch service.)
HotelChatter has stirred the flames with reports from an informant that Amanresorts has already sold to LVMH and the the deal will be officially announced in October. If indeed true, does this mean that Amanresorts will become part of LVMH's soon-to-launch Cheval Blanc hotel collection?
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