Aman today opened its first property in the Dominican Republic, Amanera. On the island’s remote Playa Grande North Coast, the intimate resort overlooks the seven-mile-long Playa Grande Beach and is surrounded by 2,000 acres of virtually untouched verdant jungle and the island’s dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range. Amanera also boasts the brand’s first integrated Aman golf experience. Spread over 370 acres, the world-class, challenging Playa Grande Golf Course has the highest number of oceanside holes in the Western hemisphere, making each hole–and its views–unique.

The resort itself takes much of the “Aman” aesthetic of blending in seamlessly with dramatic surrounding seriously — it is perched atop 60-foot cliffs and each of the 25 casitas feature green rooftops and all-natural local materials (including Dominican art, stone from local quarries, and handmade Aguayo tiles), blending seamlessly into the Hispaniola landscape.

Each of the one-bedroomed casitas enjoys unobstructed ocean vistas from an expansive terrace, outdoor seating and lounging areas, and a private garden. 13 Casitas feature their own 32-foot private swimming pools. The room to book? The two-bedroomed ‘Bay View Casa’ enjoys the resort’s finest cliff-side position with panoramic views of the ocean and Playa Grande beach. A 65-foot infinity swimming pool stretches across an extensive terrace.

Water is omnipresent the design of Amanera, which draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and era, the word for ‘water’ in Taíno, historically spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean. Amanera will be the second Aman in the Caribbean, following the renowned Amanyara in Turks & Caicos. Amanera will be the first North American Aman opening since Amangiri opened in 2009.
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 at every turn. 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. A discreet reception, serene library, and cigar bar all branch off the Casa Grande, which also leads to Amanera’s signature restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas. Beyond the restaurant, the curved swimming pool cascades down and around the dining areas with daybeds fringing the water’s edge.  A separate private dining pavilion is located to one side of the Casa Grande for more intimate functions and events.The resort’s informal beach club, the Club de Playa, is tucked into a sandy cove on Playa Grande beach, the island’s most beautiful, prized for its broad golden sands and clear, azure seas. 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.

Spread over 370 acres, the world-class Playa Grande Golf Course was originally designed by celebrated architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. His son, Rees Jones, an acclaimed designer in his own right and known as the Open Doctor, for his role in sprucing up many recent U.S Open venues, has gloriously revived his father’s legacy with a full renovation of the course. With 10 holes playing directly on ocean cliffs, it stands as the course with the most holes on the ocean in the Western hemisphere. This 7,085-yard course stretches along the coastline and the multiple bays formed by rugged cliffs make each hole – and its views – unique.

The magnificent canvas of towering cliffs, panoramic mountain-to-sea views and windswept plateaus next to the undulating coastline, will soon be joined by a new Aman Clubhouse. The Clubhouse will include a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the course’s ‘19th’ hole for post-golf refreshments. Other facilities will include a pro shop, fitness centre, tennis courts and an Aman Spa.

Designed as a tranquil sanctuary, the Aman Spa will offer both single and double treatment rooms and will adopt a holistic approach to wellness through relaxation and movement.  The extensive treatment menu will include massages, facials, scrubs and wraps, as well as a number of signature Spa Journeys tailored to individual needs. These will incorporate the Aman range of chemical-free products with a nod to traditional energy-based shamanic healing.

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.

The Dominican Republic’s bucolic north coast, playfully known as the ‘Green Coast’ owing to its lush, wildly varied landscape and its exuberant mix of local culture and history, is home to stretches of virgin rainforest and raw coastline that remain relatively uncrowded and unspoiled—awaiting exploration by a new generation of pioneers.

We’ll be visiting early next year and sure to bring you a full report!
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