In Sanskrit, Aman means peace. In reality, Aman means supreme luxury. Known for their esteemed service and architecturally-significant properties that reflect their natural environs, the Singapore-based company just celebrated their 20th anniversary, toasting 18 luxe resorts in 12 countries. The latest sanctuary, Amangiri, set in a private canyon near Lake Powell, will open in May 2009. Appropriately giri describes rock formations in Sanskrit, as the resort nestles into the dramatic limestone and sandstone buttes, bluffs, and arches carved more than 200 million years ago by wind and water. Each of the 34 spacious suites (650 to 1100 feet) will boast private pools, sky beds, and Native American artifacts. A centerpiece pool with dramatic rock formations will anchor the property. Guests have access to tricked-out houseboats that navigate the canyon under a celestial blanket, weightless flotation pools in the Zen-style spa, and yoga classes in ancient caverns. In addition, 31 private villas will be for sale, starting at $8 million, for the ultimate indoor-outdoor canyon living, Aman-style.
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