Aman hotels and resorts offer arguably the best luxury hotels and resorts in the world, so getting a discount or a cheap room is not usually possible. In this article, we outline how to book the best deals at an Aman with free benefits.
In a nutshell, book your next Aman stay via our luxury travel concierge and we can get you free loyalty-style benefits, room upgrades and perks, at the same rates as you would pay by booking direct.
Aman is often considered the world’s most exclusive hotel brand, over and above any other luxury hotels. Expect an ultra high-end experience at these hotels along with an even more amazing experience on the Aman private jet trips.
Many luxury hotel addicts refer to their love of Aman hotels by describing themselves as “Aman Junkies”. You will find numerous pages and threads in the luxury hotel forum on FlyerTalk dedicated to reviews and discussions about the merits of various Aman hotels, Amanjunkies have a deep passion for this brand and many don’t holiday anywhere else.
The first ever Aman was born in 1988 in Phuket. Named Amanpuri, meaning ‘place of peace’, this hotel started a revolution in luxury and today there are more than 30 ultra-luxe hotels in 20 countries. Aman hotels do more than offer a guarantee of room quality and service. They offer a whimsical design, integrating the character of the local area with ultra-luxury furnishings.
If you stay at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice, you are actually staying in a historic palace!
Unlike a more generic luxury hotel brand like the Four Seasons, Aman’s don’t always offer the full spread of amenities because they tend to be boutique properties rather than 100+ room monsters. Taking the Aman Canal Grande as an example, there is no pool here or kids club or club lounge. I am not sure if there was a gym or not. It could have been hidden away down one of the many windy corridors. What it does offer is the ambiance of a private members club overlooking the main canal in Venice.
Like most Aman hotels, You won’t get non-guests at this property as the gates are locked and monitored by a camera. If you are not recognised you can’t come in!
All Aman properties ooze character BUT the fact that this particular hotel is missing the crucial facility of the pool, means that it is worth checking each Aman individually to check that it has the facilities you require. Certainly in Venice, I actually marginally prefer the Belmond Cipriani which has an enormous pool so you can sit out and enjoy the sunshine. Aman Canal Grande has a very small outdoor garden and is not a place to laze for the day.
Wherever you go in the world, Aman rooms will be large and luxurious, the bathrooms, in particular, are always enormous too, even in the base rooms. Their cheapest rooms are still of an excellent size, standard and quality. Whichever room you choose, if you book via our luxury travel concierge we can bump you up a room level for free (subject to availability) as well as offering a bunch of other free benefits!
This level of ultra high quality guarantees you an enjoyable stay at any Aman hotel around the world, whatever room you book. Communal areas are also always immaculate and the staff are always welcoming and often address you by your name and will charge your drinks and sundries to your room without even asking your room number!
Why I Love A Aman Hotel
When you are tired and in an unfamiliar part of the world that is far from home, an Aman hotel will make you feel cossetted and safe. The staff will know where the nearest pharmacy or doctor is, they will have a supply of any toiletries that you forgot, they will cater for your child who refuses to eat egg because “there are black bits in it” (pepper) even if that means redelivering a different version of the same meal twice. But unlike Four Seasons hotels, they are not particularly big on kids clubs and “facilities” instead of being more adult with a room with its own plunge pool priority.
How About Other Luxury Chains?
I tend to feel Aman hotels, Leading Hotels Of The World, Belmond and Four Seasons hotels offer pretty much the top level luxury for hotels. I am also a fan of Langham hotels, particularly their London property and Park Hyatts. The hotel you should choose really depends on what you are after in terms of facilities and the price.
For example, you find Leading Hotels of the World in most major cities, whereas Aman might be only present in some of the main ones like Tokyo, plus there is a new Aman coming to New York. Other major cities like Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and of course resort areas like Hawaii do not offer Aman hotels. In these locations, Four Seasons often offer the best bet.
Having stayed at all of these brands, all these hotel chains have their merits, but there is no doubt that Aman hotels offer some of the finest hotels, resorts and residence clubs at each location.
Aman Hotels Vs Four Seasons?
Aman hotels tend to be one of the most special brands of hotels and tend to offer smaller boutique hotels rather than 100+ room palaces. But do remember this tends to be reflected in the price. Aman hotels tending to be the most expensive of these chains. Aman hotels usually have more of an individual personality than Four Seasons hotels as they are more directly immersed in the local surroundings. But they can miss out on crucial facilities like kids clubs, pools and club lounges when compared to a similar Four Seasons hotel.
Leading Hotels of the World Vs Aman?
Leading Hotels of the World also guarantees a certain level of luxury with local staff and tonnes of character. When we stay at the Hotel Hermitage, our favourite hotel in Monaco, there is no doubt that you are on the Cote D’Azur in the centre of Monte Carlo. It just feels French. The rooms within the hotel differ in size, some with views, some without. The major advantage of Leading Hotels Of The World is that there are so many and in pretty much every city. The Aman experience is likely to have the edge over Leading Hotels but you are far less likely to find an Aman hotel in a convenient location.
How Does The Price Compare?
The price of Leading Hotels of the World hotels and resorts varies massively, particularly when comparing times of the season as you can pick up some really cheap rates at these Leading hotels and also at some Four Seasons hotels out of season. Whereas the price of Aman hotels tends to be much more consistent, with rooms rarely discounted. Instead, Aman hotels sometimes offer three-for-the-price-of-two or four-for-three packages in the low season.
But how do you work out which room to book? How do you know whether the restaurant is good? How do you know if the bar is any good and worth spending the evening?
You see, because Leading Hotels of the World are not Aman hotels, the overall product is inconsistent and some are much better than others.
Aman hotels will always have wonderful large rooms (even the base rooms are great), great bar area, delicious restaurants and are consistently even better than excellent!
I now outline some genuine tips & tricks to save money on your next Aman hotel stay and how to bag your next Aman room at the very cheapest rate.
The Best Way To Get A Aman Room Cheap
Staying at an Aman hotel requires deep pockets with entry room rates usually above $1000 USD per night. Aman does not have a loyalty program, probably because their wealthy and loyal guests keep returning anyway.
That said, benefits such as room upgrades, free breakfasts and credit to spend in the bar, restaurant or spa are easy to get at Aman hotels & resorts if you know how. My first tip is to book your next Aman stay via our luxury travel concierge and we can get you free loyalty-style benefits, room upgrades and perks, at the same rates as you would pay by booking directly on the hotel’s website.
We are not cheaper, we are the same price as the Aman website, but the free benefits we offer (outlined below) are massively valuable.
How do we do this? Aman partners directly with a small number of high-end agencies including our own luxury travel concierge, which means that we can share privileges at all Aman hotels and resorts with clients who make bookings with us.
You will then benefit from the following complimentary VIP perks at every Aman Hotel:
Breakfast for two people per bedroom.
Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in.
A complimentary a la carte lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities.
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability.
Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms.
Complimentary welcome gift.
As an example, when you would book a room for one night via the Aman website, this may cost you $1000 USD per night (excluding breakfast). When you book the same room via our luxury travel concierge, this will cost you $1000 USD per night (identical) but our rate will include breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a room upgrade, and a complimentary lunch for two.
Find Aman Hotels Promotional Offers & Deals
In addition to the perks and upgrades outlined above, there are deals at Aman hotels which can be found on the Aman hotel website exclusives offers page. The perks outlined above can also be combined with the Aman hotel benefits outlined above from our luxury travel concierge.
Other great Aman hotels include Amankora, Bhutan, Amansara Angkor, Cambodia, Aman Summer Palace Beijing, China, Amanfayun Hangzhou, China, Amandayan Lijiang, China, Amanyangyun, Shanghai, China, Aman Villas At Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia, Amandari Bali, Indonesia, Amankila Bali, Indonesia, Amanjiwo Java, Indonesia, Amanwana Moyo Island, Indonesia, Amanbagh Rajasthan, India, Aman-I-Khas Ranthambhore, India, Amanemu Shima-Shi, Japan, Aman Tokyo Tokyo, Japan, Amantaka Luang Prabang, Laos, Amangalla Galle, Sri Lanka, Amanwella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka, Amanpulo Pamalican Island, Philippines, Amanpuri Phuket, Thailand, Amanoi Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam.
In Europe & Africa, you will find the brilliant ski Aman hotel, the Aman Le Mélézin Courchevel 1850, France, Amanzoe Porto Heli, Greece, Aman Venice, Italy mentioned above, Amanjena Marrakech, Morocco, Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, Amanruya Bodrum, Turkey
In America & the Caribbean, you will find Amanera Playa Grande, Dominican Republic, Amanvari Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, Amangiri Canyon Point, USA and Amangani Jackson Hole, USA.
Is There An Aman Loyalty Club I Can Join?
No, although they will send you an Amanjunkie t-shirt if you stay there enough, but there is no official frequent flyer loyalty program.
How About Aggregator Websites?
You can book Aman hotel via the Aman website, but not via aggregator websites like Hotelscombined and Trivago, since Aman won’t appear in the search results.
Is It Worth Booking Your Aman room Via Your Credit Card?
When you own an American Express or a Citi Prestige credit card, you can book almost any Aman hotel via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. The benefits are not usually as good as those you will get by booking via our luxury travel concierge.
For example, you can’t combine the Citi Prestige fourth night free with the benefits offered via Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts and/or Virtuoso. Our benefits tend to be prioritised over Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts as we have direct contact with each hotel and deliver so many bookings that our benefits tend to be prioritised.
Does Aman Have A Loyalty Program?
Aman doesn’t have a revenue-based loyalty program, so you will not earn credits towards free hotel nights. Book via our luxury travel concierge and get all those free benefits at no extra cost.
Why doesn’t Aman reward loyal consumers who book directly via the company’s official website? Who knows, but if you book with our agency this doesn’t need to be a concern, as you get loyalty style benefits for free.
If you are looking for a travel bargain, don’t forget to check out our luxury travel auctions, where hotel stays and useful travel items sell for a fraction of their rack rates!
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