A refined breed of retreat is emerging in the Dominican Republic. The arrival of an Aman property, Amanera, signals that the island (a destination long known for its all-inclusives) is ready for top-tier luxury.
An hour-and-a-half drive from Puerto Plata, surrounded by sleepy towns and untamed jungle, Amanera presides on a dramatic cliff on one end of Playa Grande, a crescent-shaped beach that has a rare, wild beauty. Like other Amans, the resort’s aesthetic of sleek minimalism and the luxury of open space hold true to the brand’s philosophy. Amanera was designed by architect John Heah to be integrated into the environment, and it has a fluid indoor/outdoor layout and a palette of muted stone. Amanera is centred around Casa Grande, which houses the lobby, pool, restaurant, and lounge bar. The two-storey structure, all glass and concrete and Indonesian teak, marries drama with understated effortlessness and boasts floating walkways, infinity pools, and a sweeping ocean view.
Twenty-five casitas occupy a hillside facing the ocean. Each offers a water view and most have their own infinity pool. Aman takes privacy seriously and the spacious, minimalist casitas are surrounded by greenery—200 trees and shrubs were planted each month leading up to the November 2014 opening, and the planting continues—and utterly secluded. The first-ever golf-integrated Aman, Amanera boasts a newly renovated 370-acre golf course, where more often than not, you will be the sole golfer. The Amanera spa is a 10-minute golf cart ride away from the guest casitas; there, signature treatments are inspired by the healing traditions of the Dominican Republic.
Amanera, quiet and ideal for those looking for a private and serene escape.
Amanera, Highway 5, Cabrera Rio San Juan 33300, Dominican Republic, +1 809-589-2888
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