Luxury Travel Advisor can officially confirm that Amanusa—the Bali resort designed by Kerry Hill and Danilo Capellini in 1992—will no longer be managed by Aman Resorts starting February 28, 2018.
After 25 years, the management contract with the owning company, Ancora, has ended. Situated in Nusa Dua overlooking the Bali National Golf Club, the exclusive resort has 35 thatched-roof suites with private courtyards and outdoor showers. There’s also a spa, floodlit tennis courts, and an elegant restaurant and bar for enjoying the Bali sunsets. No news yet on whether the resort will close down permanently, but there hasn’t yet been an announcement of a new hotel brand taking over its operation.
Further news will soon be announced regarding Aman’s commitment to Nusa Dua, a destination appealing to travelers who wish to enjoy the surrounding area and its golf, but also as a location that Aman beleives is integral to those who are venturing through Indonesia with Aman on a multi-stop itinerary.
In other news from Aman, the upscale hospitality company is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The brand’s first resort, Amanpuri, opened on the island of Phuket in 1988, and they’ll be celebrating in style. Among its gifts to itself: a new Japanese restaurant, Nama, which means "raw" in Japanese. It will serve sushi, sashimi and grilled dishes. We hear the Kobe-gyu steak grilled over charcoal at your table and served with moshio mineral salt will be among the must-orders. Nama will be led by Japan-native chef Keiji Matoba, who has worked at five-star hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton Osaka, Okura Tokyo and Amsterdam, and The Chedi Andermatt in the Swiss Alps.
What’s more, Aman Resorts’ long-awaited Shanghai property has recently made its debut. To quote Aman: “Amanyangyun is the result of an ambitious 15-year conservation project to relocate a cherished camphor forest and reconstruct an historic village.” The ancient houses, dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, and 1,000-year-old trees were threatened by a new dam, and so began the massive relocation project. The meticulous work was described in a recent Financial Times article: “One of the houses comprised 400 interlocking pieces of wood that, until the crucial peg that secured the entire structure was identified and removed, could not be taken apart.”