West Meets Tranquil East

Rugged rural Wyoming and steamy French Polynesia may seem worlds apart, but for the owners of luxury hotel group Aman Resorts, both locales share the same key qualities: charisma, tranquillity and unspoiled terrain. So that's how the luxury hotel group better known for its isolated tropical retreats — aman means "peace" in Sanskrit — came to Jackson Hole, its only U.S. property. Building the 40-suite Amangani hotel was a test of endurance, as it took 10 years to acquire the plot, but for the group's founder, Indonesian Adrian Zecha, it was love at first sight.

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