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The much anticipated second Caribbean offering from Aman has found its home on the stunning shore of Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic.
With a sweeping golden sand beach - renowned as one of the best in the region - to the east, a world class golf course to the west, azure ocean to the front and verdant tropical jungle behind, the setting of Amanera will appeal to beach lovers, adventurers, water babies and golfers alike, and with the usual serene Aman Spa facilities on offer, it's the perfect hideaway for those simply looking to escape and unwind.
The residences, or Casitas, at Amanera are scattered from the coastline back up a gently sloping hillside, ensuring that all offer ocean views from a private terrace. All are designed in the familiar Aman Resort style, with floor to ceiling windows to ensure plenty of natural light, lofty ceilings and hardwood furnishings, with every necessary amenity squirreled away to retain an uncluttered calm within.
All Casitas boast sumptuous king sized beds, luxurious en suite bathrooms with twin vanity, shower and separate freestanding bathtub, television and wifi, and all but the Casita and Hill Casita also offer private swimming pools. For families, the two-bedroom Bay View Casa is the perfect retreat.
The Restaurant sits at the heart of the resort, and specialises in fresh, organic dishes which are best enjoyed al fresco overlooking the mile-long stretch of beach, and tailed by a post dinner tipple at the ocean-view second floor bar. A selection of private dining experiences have been curated for guests too, from candlelit dinners under the stars, to a post hike barbeque by a cascading waterfall in the jungle, whilst cookery classes with the chef, mixology lessons with the bar team, and private tours of a nearby rum distillery are also available.
Why we love it
Although Amanera is the 30th hotel in the Aman Resorts collection, it is the first resort to be paired with a golf course, and what a course it is - 18 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr, with ten of these directly on the coast. For the less golf-inclined, there are plenty of other activities on offer to keep guests occupied, from kitesurfing and deep-sea fishing, to canyoning and horse riding, and a serene Aman Spa to retreat to after a busy day in the sun.
Will, Original Traveller