- Detailed Review
- Facts & Amenities
Nestled within acres and acres of pristine Caribbean jungle, the Bali-inspired Amanera overlooks the ocean from Playa Grande, whose golden sands make it one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. It’s a two-hour drive from the capital, Santo Domingo, and about an hour and a half drive from both Puerto Plata and El Catay Samaná International airports.
The glass-and-teak main house highlights the nature all around, as do the 25 casitas (little houses) and the two-bedroom, clifftop villa; most feature personal pools facing the sands with unobstructed ocean views. Overhanging eaves shade expansive terraces with outdoor dining and lounging areas, while inside, the floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to rooms that are specially positioned to maximise views. All casitas feature lofty ceilings and warm wooden finishes.
The resort has just one restaurant where locally-inspired dishes are sure to please. Other than that, meals can be arranged on the beach or anywhere else that appeals inside the resort. After dinner, guests can have a leisurely digestif at the beach club, and then later enjoy a hand-rolled pure Dominican in the cigar lounge.
Guests lucky enough to be here between January and March may catch sight of a Humpback whale as they migrate to nearby Samaná Bay between January and March.
A first for Aman is the dramatic Playa Grande golf course here, par 72, 7085 yards, including 10 holes ranged along coastal cliffs. Other sporting offerings include tennis, watersports, expeditions into the protected tropical jungle led by naturalists, canyoning, and waterfall rappelling. There’s also yoga sessions offered every morning and a gym where a personal trainer can be organised to inspire you to go the extra mile.
The Wellness Casa also offers a variety of spa treatments that may also be arranged in the privacy of your casita should you prefer.
The Dominican Republic may be regarded as a destination for a specific type of traveller – in the past for those seeking mid-range, all-inclusive packages. But Amanera and one or two others have changed all that. And as the second-largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba) on the second-largest Caribbean island of Hispaniola (also behind Cuba) that it shares with Haiti, the Dominican Republic with more than 30 golf courses may be witnessing a nirvana. And you may need to jump on the bandwagon before everyone else does.
How to get here
1 hour and 15 minutes by road from Puerto Plata Airport