|Playa Grande beach // Photo courtesy of Aman Resorts|
Aman Resorts recently announced the launch of Amanera, which officially opened in the Dominican Republic on November 23.
Located on a cliff top overlooking the crescent-shaped Playa Grande beach, Amanera is surrounded by verdant jungle and framed by the island’s dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range.
The resort is the first golf-integrated Aman, offering the Playa Grande Golf Course, a track distinguished by having the highest number of oceanside holes in the Western hemisphere, according to an Aman news release.
Water is omnipresent and intrinsic in the design of Amanera, which draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for "peace" and "era," the word for "water" in Taino, historically spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean.
The resort is located on 2,000 acres of land comprised of peaks and jungle, with centuries-old trees and royal palms stretching across nearly seven miles of continuous Atlantic seacoast on Hispaniola’s northern shore.
The surrounding region, meanwhile, is notable for being both pristine and sparsely populated, offering a variety of scenery that includes starkly beautiful desert areas, dramatic waterfalls and sleepy towns.
The resort, designed by John Heah, sits atop 60-foot cliffs and is set between the beach and golf course amongst landscaped gardens. It offers extensive dining, spa and recreational facilities, and 25 Casitas each demonstrating a raw, organic design that complement the natural setting.
Each of the one-bedroomed Casitas enjoys unobstructed ocean vistas from an expansive terrace, outdoor seating and lounging areas and through floor-to-ceiling windows from the spacious, high-ceilinged living and sleeping areas. Every Casita is accessed via a winding pathway through a private garden and 13 Casitas feature their own 32-foot private swimming pools.
At the heart of the resort lies "Casa Grande," constructed in such a way that it appears to float above a three-tiered water feature and offers sweeping ocean, golf course and jungle views.
In the center is the lofty open-air bar and lounge with inviting seating nooks. These overlook infinity-edge waterways which merge with the horizon.
The resort’s informal beach club, the Club de Playa, is tucked into a sandy cove on Playa Grande beach. Here guests can enjoy casual feet-in-the-sand dining, relax in a hammock under the coconut palms or take advantage of water sports equipment provided. Open throughout the day, the Club de Playa also offers a children’s club nearby providing creative activities and outdoor adventure.
The resort’s fitness center offers a full range of cardiovascular and strength equipment and a personal training studio. Additional wellness facilities will include a steam room, sauna and relaxation room.