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Aman, a once in a lifetime experience?

Milady A - Saturday, March 05, 2016

February 26, 2015

“ I had the impression of coming home in my own palazzo.”

If there is one thing you should put on your bucket list, it’s a stay in the ĀMAN Hotel in Venice. Experts consider the ĀMAN resorts as the most exclusive on the planet and that consideration is yet an understatement as far as I’m concerned.

The only ĀMAN I’ve stayed in - so far - is the one in Venice, also known as the Palazzo Papadopoli. There are just no words to describe the sensations the place evoked. I think the Palazzo Papadopoli put a spell on me … it’s a fact: Never have I experienced such an extraordinary treasure on earth.

My Mr Big took me there for my 40th birthday and even the arrival in the city of romance was already unique. A stylish water taxi picked us up at the airport and navigated us through the canals of Venice to the little place of heaven on earth, called the ĀMAN. It was striking to see there was no reception desk in the hotel, a
first-timer for us, but that is exactly what makes the whole experience even more exclusive.

Discretion is key in the world of ĀMAN, guests want to enjoy the ultimate privilege and the staff fully understood what that means.

I personally didn’t feel like we arrived at a hotel, I actually had the impression of coming home in my own palazzo. Tourists who never heard of ĀMAN before, will

just leave Venice without having noticed that this beautiful palazzo along Canal Grandehides a grand, majestic fairytale sanctuary for the happy few. As a matter of fact, there is no branding at all, no signs, no occupied reception desk but rather stylish and extremely friendly staff who use ‘discretion’ as their most important value at work. They only tend to come out of the imposing entrance’s hardly visible alcoves, when they spot inquiring looks in the eyes of their guests. When guests don’t need help, staff won’t disturb them on their way to their private rooms.

As of the moment I stepped in our room, I was flabbergasted as the first thing I saw was a Bang & Olufsen. B&O has been my all-time favorite for design sound systems and powerful loudspeakers. With a B&O music installation in our room, I felt even more ‘at home’. The excitement only got bigger when I noticed the ‘Beovision 11’ hanging on the wall, straight in front of our bed.

I was already short of words but it even got more intense to see the lavishly furbished room; nothing but sleek, top quality furniture.

Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015

Entering the bathroom made me feel like entering my personal spa; devoted to my well- being and tranquility. The room had a magnificent rain shower, a detached design bath- tub, overlooking the hotel’s garden and Canal Grande as well as huge mirrors and
monumental bathroom furniture … it all felt like a fairytale … once again.

Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015

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The sky-high ceilings are decorated with sophisticated frescoes, gilded mirrors, Murano chandeliers and acres of fancy decorated stucco.

Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015

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Just everywhere you walk or look around, the ĀMAN reveals new spots of excess, luxury and overindulgence.

A gobsmacking restaurant, elaborately decorated in rococo, with a view on Canal Grande for fine wine & dine moments. The restaurant serves both Italian and Asian Cuisine, yes also for breakfast. Gosh, there are just no words to describe the emotions I accumulated within this temple of excess.

Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015

On the roof, we discovered a lovely terrace looking over the rooftops and waterways of this unique city in the world.

Aman Venice 2015

A duo-massage was planned for us upfront by my Mr Big; amazing opportunity to get galvanized into a peaceful world of serenity in the luxurious spa. Another must.

A spectacular journey; a once-in-a-lifetime experience … although … a ‘once’ in-a-lifetime experience?

I already whispered into the ears of my lovely husband that I most certainly want to return to this Venetian oasis and why not for the Carnival festivities of the city!

Aman Venice 2015
Aman Venice 2015

I read that the ĀMAN offers a unique experience during that time of the year, offering a grand 19th-century experience with Baroque banquets, costumes, food and music in magical Baroque surroundings.

It must be another dream coming true …

Milady A

Aman Venice 2015


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