The master plan calls for a 30-pavilion Aman Resort, the renovation of an existing Trent Jones golf course, seven Aman “Founder Villas”, and a beach club. Further expansion with private villas along the golf course is projected in the longer term.
Expansion into sub-Saharan Africa, if all going ahead as envisaged, is being done in an unusual way, by opening six resorts in one country: Gabon, one of the wealthiest and most stable in the region. The country’s official portal reported as far back as late 2012 that agreements were signed between Aman and the Gabonese strategic investment fund to move ahead with the construction of small scale resorts, including: a 30-suite hotel in capital Libreville, a 30-villa resort in the Pongara National Park near the capital, a 20-tent resort to the south of Loango National Park, a 15-tent resort in the Batéké Plateau National Park, - breathe, breathe - a 30-suite hotel in the Lopé National Park, a 30-villa hotel at Kongou Falls and 10-tent resort at Langoué, the latter in the Ivindo National Park.
That little overview sure shored up our knowledge of Gabonese geography; undoubtedly by the time that all six resorts are in operation, there will be itineraries available taking travelers from one to the other to experience them all. Pulling something like this off must be challenging, so we’ll have to be patient for a while before these plans become reality.
We do expect Aman to open – hopefully in addition to Lijiang and Jordan – in Tokyo and, possibly, Portugal this year. We will talk more about that when we can, so stay tuned.
[Photo: Aman Resorts]