Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
Part of the acclaimed Aman portfolio, Amanera opened in November 2015. From lush Caribbean jungle this luxury resort overlooks the crystal waters of the north Dominican Republic's Playa Grande beach and neighboring verdant Playa Grande Golf Course.
At a Glance
Aman's first resort to be combined with a golf course; the Playa Grande Golf course has the most ocean side holes in the Western Hemisphere
Situated above the golden sands and crystal waters of one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the region
Features just 25 spacious residences, 13 with private pools
Curved swimming pool with daybeds surrounds the dining area of the signature restaurant
Amanera is arranged on a hillside in tiers and has been related to an amphitheater, the golden sands and aquamarine waters of the Dominican Republic forming the stage below. Its name comes from "era" a Taino (indigenous people of the Caribbean) word which translates to 'peaceful water', an apt ending to the name of a resort which looks to the ocean. Secluded in 2,000 acres of ancient jungle and landscaped gardens, Amanera is surrounded by a landscape comprising green hills and provincial towns waiting to be explored.
Through its tiered layout, all 25 of Amanera's residences afford panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, private gardens with access paths and terraces and some their own swimming pool. Closest to the beach, the Amanera Casita and Bay View Casa have the finest views, the latter is the largest residence with two separate bedrooms and its own infinity pool. Further up the hillside are the Bay View Casitas and Hill Casitas and close to the main lodge a further two Casitas are located.
This is the first Aman resort to be combined with a golf course, one that boasts the most ocean side holes in the western hemisphere and therefore some of the best views on the green. However if this is not your game, try watersports, horse riding on the beach, a trip to the spa or merely lay in a hammock by the Club de Playa where barefoot dining is encouraged.
For more formal options, at the heart of the resort is the Casa Grande, an impressively constructed main lodge above a three-tiered water feature where you can find the open air bar, lounge, library and cigar bar and the signature restaurant which uses the freshest local ingredients. The layout of this part of the resort means the curved main swimming pool elegantly cascades around the dining areas with the option of a pavilion for a more intimate venue.
There are six residence categories available at Amanera, two are exclusive residences and one of these is a two bedroom option. Private swimming pools are available in all but the Casita and Hill Casita categories. All residences maximize views of the ocean through indoor and outdoor living space, floor-to-ceiling windows and bio-diverse roofs so as to blend into the surrounding jungle. Inside, local art and materials are found alongside Aman standard furnishings, king-size beds and the latest technological amenities. Amanera residences are fitted with televisions that rise from the floor when in use, WiFi, sound system, safe and personal bar.
|The Amanera Casita||
In a prime location on the edge of the cliff right above the beach, the 76m² Amanera Casita is surrounded by tropical gardens a private swimming pool and terrace with sheltered dining area. This Casita boasts the finest ocean views, both indoor and outdoor dining and lounge space, king-size bed, walk-in closet, bathroom with skylight, sliding doors and freestanding bathtub.
|Bay View Casa||
The ultimate luxury retreat at Amanera, the Bay View Casa is the closest residence to the coast and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the beach and ocean beyond. Over 225m², the Bay View Casa has 2 free-standing king-size bedroom pavilions each with ensuite bathrooms (including dual showers and oversized bathtubs). A 20m long infinity swimming pool, expansive sundecks/terraces, further 3 WCs, living and dining areas inside and out and 4 private landscaped courtyards are at your disposal during a stay here. Also available are 3 TVs and a buggy. A chef who can use the on-site finishing kitchen can also attend upon request.
|Bay View Casita with Pool||
High on the hillside overlooking the ocean these Casitas, like all Amanera residences, have spacious outdoor and indoor space. Outside guests can relax in private, lush tropical gardens or their own private 30m² swimming pool with superb ocean views. Inside the Casita there is a bedroom area with a king-size bed, living area, bathroom with skylights, freestanding bathtub, twin vanities, separate shower and WC and walk-in closet.
Located closest to the main hotel facilities but with equally stunning views of the ocean, these Casitas, like all Amanera residences, have spacious outdoor and indoor space. Outside, guests can relax in private tropical gardens or on both shaded and open-air terraces with lounging and dining areas. Inside the Casita there is a bedroom area with a king-size bed, living area, bathroom with skylights, freestanding bathtub, twin vanities, separate shower and WC and walk-in closet.
Higher than the Bay View Casitas but with equally stunning views of the ocean, these Casitas, like all Amanera residences, have spacious outdoor and indoor space. Outside guests can relax in private, lush tropical gardens or on both shaded and open-air terraces with lounging and dining areas. Inside the Casita there is a bedroom area with a king-size bed, living area, bathroom with skylights, freestanding bathtub, twin vanities, separate shower and WC and walk-in closet. Guests also have a TV that rises from the floor, WiFi, sound system, safe and personal bar at their disposal during their stay.
|Hill Casita with Pool||
Higher than the Bay View Casitas but with equally stunning views of the ocean, these casitas, like all Amanera residences, have spacious outdoor and indoor space. Outside, guests can relax in private tropical gardens with their own private 30m² swimming pool with superb ocean views and a large terrace with lounging and dining areas. Inside the Casita there is a bedroom area with a king-size bed, living area, bathroom with skylights, freestanding bathtub, twin vanities, separate shower, WC and walk-in closet. Guests also have a TV that rises from the floor, WiFi, sound system, safe and personal bar at their disposal during their stay.
The adjoining Playa Grande Golf Course may feature highly on some guests' agenda, however for others, Amanera, like all Aman resorts, has a premier selection of facilities for guests to use during their stay. Above a three-tiered water feature and offering incredible views of the jungle, ocean and golf course is the Casa Grande, home to the signature restaurant, cigar bar, library, lounge and open-air bar. Guests can dine by the main curved swimming pool or more intimately in a pavilion near by. For relaxation, the Wellness Casa offers signature spa treatments, with outdoor massage areas affording panoramic views. There is also a steam room, sauna and relaxation room. Guests looking to stay active can visit the fully equipped gym and consult with a personal trainer, enjoy laps of the 40 meter main pool or play tennis with the resident pro on one of two floodlit, clay tennis courts.
During a stay at Amanera, there are many activities on offer including opportunities to partake in cooking classes, or learn the Merengue, a popular, traditional dance in the Caribbean. You may wish to explore the surrounding area on a hike or mountain bike ride along the trails of the northern shoreline or into the mountains with guided excursions for all levels on offer. The Septentrional Mountain Range is also home to some deep crystal pools with some of the region's most beautiful waterfalls.
Culture seekers can head for the nearby picturesque fishing village of Rio San Juan, the perfect destination to soak up the local art culture, or venture to Santo Domingo, a treasure trove of heritage sites and museums.
No visit to the Caribbean is complete without a spell on the beach and in and around Amanera the stunning shoreline offers more than just sunbathing with excellent watersports including world-class kite-surfing at Cabarete, deep-sea fishing and horse riding. Or simply lounge in a hammock or on a daybed by the pool, or book a relaxing outdoor massage.
Location & Directions
Playa Grande, Dominican Republic
Amanera is located in the Caribbean on the north coast of the Dominican Republic above the immaculate Playa Grande beach and backed by the dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range.
When to go
Offering warm temperatures throughout the year the Caribbean is a perfect year round destination. With an average of 9 hours sunshine a day the peak season runs from December through to April which is the dry season when you can expect very little rainfall. May to November are the slightly wetter months where you will find an increase in rainfall as the summer season goes on and with that some humidity, however the Summer months are still a great time to travel as the temperatures are hot and the rain tends to come in short heavy bursts but not all day long. The wettest months with the most humidity are September and October and these are the most probable months for hurricanes to occur in the region although many islands have not experienced hurricanes for a number of years. The average daily temperatures range from the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime.