Friday 28 January 2011

Aman Spa Debuts at Amanpulo

New York : A private island retreat set in the turquoise waters of the Philippines' Sulu Sea, Amanpulo provides the ideal beach getaway. Now, with the launch of the resort's Aman Spa, the idyll is complete. This new facility includes six spa treatment rooms in three pavilions, a Yoga and Meditation Pavilion, a Pilates Studio, a gymnasium and a Finishing Salon for hair, hand and foot treatments. Two steam rooms with cold plunge pools will open in March.

Amanpulo is situated on the island of Pamalican, 179 miles south of Manila. Fringed by white sand beaches and a coral reef, the entire island is dedicated to the resort, with facilities enjoying a spacious layout and complementing their natural surroundings. The same is true of the new Aman Spa - designed as a peaceful sanctuary in which guests can indulge in pampering beauty treatments and enhance their fitness. Located on a slope above the treetops and with views of the Sulu Sea, the spa is composed of a series of pavilions constructed of native wood and other natural materials.

The spa experience begins with a pick-up by spa valet. Alternatively, guests can drive themselves to the spa as each casita has a private buggy for getting around the island.

Guests are welcomed in the Aman Spa's Reception Pavilion which enjoys panoramic views of the sea. This pavilion includes a lounge and retail space on the entry level, and a Finishing Salon on the floor below for manicures, pedicures and hair appointments.

Three treatment pavilions radiate from this entry point. Each pavilion features two treatment rooms, four of which can accommodate two people. Each treatment room offers a deep-soaking bath tub, washroom, dressing area and steam shower, along with magnificent sea views. Floors are made of native timber and ceilings are layered in capiz (shell). Relaxation salas are situated next to two of the three pavilions and are an idyllic place to rest quietly after a treatment.

The Yoga and Meditation Pavilion enjoys beautiful views of the island and sea and is available for private or group classes.

The Fitness Pavilion, located across the path from the Reception Pavilion, is oriented with south-facing windows overlooking Manamoc Island. The top floor houses an airy gymnasium with state-of-the-art equipment. An external staircase leads to the Pilates Studio which offers Allegro Reformers. The lower floor will house Aman Spa wet areas, including male and female lounges with steam rooms, cold plunge pools and outdoor relaxation verandas tucked into the tree canopy.

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