Aman Opens New Hotel in Historic Shanghai Dwellings

Amanyangun is comprised of ancient dwellings that have been relocated to a forest just outside of Shanghai.

Aman junkies, get ready, your favorite brand is launching in Shanghai in what the hotel company is considering its most ambitious effort so far.

That’s because the resort, just outside the city, is actually a village comprising historic, relocated and restored Ming- and Qing-dynasty houses. If that’s not enough, it’s all surrounded by an ancient and sacred camphor forest of 10,000 trees. Sweet.

This, Aman’s fourth resort in China, is scheduled to open this fall. The 26 restored antique dwellings are meant to be the core of Amanyangun. We hear the most notable of all is “Nan Shufang,” set in a garden designed for contemplation, learning and discussion. It will also serve as a hub for cultural activities such as ancient calligraphy and Chinese tea ceremonies.

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The resort is actually a village comprising historic, relocated and restored Ming- and Qing-dynasty houses. 

Thirteen of the antique dwellings, now four-bedroom Antique Villas with pools, together with 24 contemporary one-bedroom Club Suites make up the resort’s room inventory. Antique Villas and Club Suites have fireplaces and courtyards, and were designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the team behind Aman’s recent openings in Japan. Bottom line? The vibe here is minimalistic, clean and light-filled. Very Aman, we say. Love it a lot? The remaining 12 historic homes, plus a number of new residences, can be purchased. The resort will have six dining venues, and of course an Aman Spa devoted to holistic health, fitness and well-being.

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