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Aman Hotels & Resorts open its first hotel in Shanghai

Theodore Koumelis - 29 November 2017, 00:13

Kerry Hill Architects  have restored the 50 disassembled antique houses to create 26 ancient dwellings for Amanyangyun, integrating comfort into the 400-year-old fabric of the buildings.

Amanyangyun is the fourth Aman destination in China, the first in Shanghai, and the only one with its dwellings to have travelled more than 700km. Opening on 8 January, 2018, it is the result of a 15-year conservation initiative, which saw nothing less than the relocation of a forest and the reconstruction of a historic village.

Kerry Hill Architects – also behind Aman Tokyo – have restored the 50 disassembled antique houses to create 26 ancient dwellings for Amanyangyun, integrating comfort into the 400-year-old fabric of the buildings. Thirteen of the antique dwellings, now four-bedroom Antique Villas, measure between 800 and 1,000sq m, and include a private pool and Jacuzzi, as well as a courtyard. Twelve of the historic homes rescued and restored from Jiangxi have been converted into Aman Residences to own.

As well as the Antique Villas, Amanyangyun provides 24 newly created Ming Courtyard Suites that complement their historic counterparts, offering guests bedrooms and living areas characterised by wooden interiors and Aman's signature Asian-inflected minimalist design aesthetic. These 65sq m spaces each pay tribute to the structure of the classic Chinese courtyard home, with two spacious private courtyards attached to each.

Across the courtyard, six rooms have been created to host traditional tea and incense ceremonies, while, directly facing the entrance, the Emperor Tree stands as a compelling visual reminder of the value of maintaining a connection with history.

Amanyangyun offers its guests the opportunity to experience holistic wellness facilities; to explore China's heritage of arts, culture and philosophy; and to enjoy the local and international cuisine at its three restaurants.

Amanyangyun's Cultural Discovery Centre, a convivial meeting ground for children, will offer a host of experiences, each designed to help the resort's younger guests unearth the culture of China. The club, open from 9am to 5pm, will welcome children aged from five to 12, and will also have a dedicated programme for teenagers.

Positioned throughout the forest, each of Amanyangyun's restaurants and bars is designed to both the local environment and the culinary philosophy of each concept.

Set in a scenic bamboo grove, the Banqueting Room allows for 200-seat receptions, conferences, weddings and special-occasion feasts with views through its floor-to-ceiling windows, while a 25-seat cinema offers classic film screenings.



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