Principal designer at Denniston Architects, Gathy’s approach to the two properties is said to harmonize the natural setting with contemporary aesthetic. His signature style is evident in both Aman openings, from the elaborate frescos and Rococo ornamentation that streamline down to geometric furnishings at Aman Canal Grande; to the unobtrusively placed villas at the hillside around the Vinh Hy Bay at Amano’i.
Aman Canal Grande is located at San Polo, Venice, Italy. Arriving via the waters of Venice’s Grand Canal, guests are welcomed into the 16th century Palazzo Papadopoli, which houses the hotel. Each of the 24 suites and communal areas boasts textures of the original features like ornate cornicing, carved marble, intricate murals and wood paneling. These are complemented by opalescent fabrics and smooth-lined furnishings.
Key features of the interiors include the restored soaring ceilings, sweeping staircases, gilded ballroom, 300-year-old leather-walled library, and original Murano chandeliers. These sit alongside the modern conveniences and ambient up-lighting. The venue offers views of the Grand Canal and the city. There are also gardens and a spa.
Amano’i, Vinh Hy Bay is located at the Ninh Thuan province in Vietnam. Translated as “peace place”, Amano’i is set within Nui Chua National Park, 29,000 hectares of untouched coastline and marine habitats. The property has the Central Pavilion, inspired by a traditional Vietnamese communal hall, and which houses the restaurant, bar, library and boutique. This is located steps from the hillside, along with the cliff-top pool.
Designed to blend into the environment and echo traditional Vietnamese architecture, the 31 individual pavilions and five villas – some with private pools – have pitched roofs, slatted doors, exposed beams, timber decking and earthy, wood grain hue furnishings. The inside was said to be designed to make the most of the outside by integrating the surroundings and natural heritage. The property also has the Aman Spa, featuring five double treatment rooms with double baths; and the Beach Club area with its pool that parallels the silhouette of the shoreline.