Lighting plays such a huge role in creating a “magical” ambience… Candlelight and yellow incandescent lighting really help to “set the stage”… At Amanjena, early evening drew the largest gathering of guests (say 6-8 couples at most) at the large central bassin (pond). In a human equivalent of wild animals at favored watering holes, this bunch of “animals” were rather chic-ly attired in linen or cotton, perfumed with some of the finest fragrances, and like their distant cousins, ready for a drink. :) While we marveled at the lighted arches and columns in the main lobby nearby, the setting for a scene in a recent movie, the waiters hovered with dinner menus…
The sky went from a light to dark blue in the course of half an hour or so, just enough time to have a drink or two and watch the activity surrounding the large bassin at dusk.
Hotel staff lit dozens and dozens of candles around the property every evening. Hundreds of spotlights were also turned on, trained on many of the date palm trees around the property.
Young children were intrigued by the candles, and the huge, beautiful glassed in lanterns to protect the candles from breezes.
Long hallways were lit by dozens of candles in lanterns.
And local musicians set up to play some of the most soothing music during the cocktail hour.
On one section of the lawn, large carpets were laid directly on the grass and low soft seating was added with side tables and candles. Hammered lamps provided more light and the whole effect was just mesmerizing and utterly calming.
You could lounge in this area before or after dinner and it was the perfect place to relax, watch the neighbors walk by, and the moon rise into the pitch dark sky later in the evening.
Cool breezes swayed the branches of the palm trees as the glow of lights were reflected in our own glowing faces…
…the happy result of a wonderful day spent in the hotel or out touring, a delicious meal and a couple of glasses of red wine. Magical indeed.