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The Allure of the Open Road – AMAN DRIVING JOURNEYS

5 April 2021
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The allure of the open road is undeniable – the possibilities it holds, the freedom it promises.

An invitation to journey into the unknown, each stretch of road or trail claims its own distinct horizon ready to unfurl. Set in the world’s most beautiful destinations, Aman properties offer unparalleled access to some of the globe’s finest driving terrain, whether through the mountains and canyons of the American West, the wind-carved dunes of the Sahara or the sacred forests of Japan. Taking advantage of this proximity, Aman is proud to announce Aman Driving Journeys, offering the ultimate personalised self-drive road trips.

Bringing Aman’s legendary service to the roads, the new bespoke journeys provide the opportunity for guests to drive impeccable sportscars, SUVs or classic vehicles on supported three to five-day trips using Aman’s incredible locations as a base. Events are ideal for like-minded friends and family members with a passion for motoring and independent travel, with guests also able to use their own vehicles to travel in utmost comfort, with Aman assisting with any shipping required.

With flexible itineraries and between three to five hours of driving per day, guests are free to set off in their own time, exploring and pausing en-route as the mood takes them. Personalised Aman iPhones will be pre-loaded with bespoke guides, recommending off-the-beaten-track stop-off points – from coffee shops and galleries to all the best photo opportunities. Lunch stops range from picnics and casual meals in authentic road-side eateries, to exquisite fine dining when the opportunity arises, all arranged by Aman. Aman GPS systems ensure easy route-finding, and a support vehicle is never far away. For a more relaxed approach, shamrock-style routes even allow for non-drivers to skip a day on the road and spend it relaxing at the resort instead.

Best planned for spring and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, Aman Driving Journeys can be arranged from a number of iconic Aman resorts and hotels worldwide. These include Amangani and Amangiri in the USA, Amanjena in Morocco, Aman Kyoto and Amanemu in Japan, Amanzoe in Greece, Aman Venice and Rosa Alpina in Italy and Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro. No matter where in the world they take place, every experience is tailored to the finest detail to suit individual needs and to ensure the ultimate adventure of a lifetime.
Aman’s properties in the USA offer on and off-road experiences with bespoke itineraries to suit the seasons. From the untamed wilderness of Amangiri in Utah to the wildlife inhabited valleys surrounding Amangani in Wyoming, Aman Driving Experiences in the USA showcase the very best of America’s great roads.

Set on over 200 pristine hectares, Amangiri claims sweeping desert views and access to some of the most breathtaking roads in the world. Driving through Escalante National Park, Monument Valley and around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon the journey can be complemented by a half-day in speedboats on Lake Powell and a helicopter ride up Tower Butte for sunrise yoga, with plenty of time at the end of each day to experience the healing powers of Amangiri’s 2,322 sqm spa and otherworldly surroundings. Built around a central swimming pool with elegant dining areas, indoor and outdoor lounges and just 34 spacious suites and a four-bedroom Mesa Home, the resort reflects the raw beauty of its setting with pared back serenity.

Perched atop East Gros Ventre Butte with awe-inspiring views of the Grand Tetons, Amangani is the perfect base from which to experience the thrill of Wyoming’s open roads. From the wonders of Yellowstone National Park into the long, fast, winding highways of Idaho and around the Palisades Reservoir, the surrounding regions offer a fantastic mix of scenery and wide, smooth roads suited to both sports and classic.