Amanera in Dominican Republic
Sitting on the north coast of the serene Dominican Republic, Amanera lies between the two small villages of Río San Juan and Cabrera. Further to the west lies the town of Cabarete, one of the world’s top-rated windsurfing and kiteboarding destinations, while eastward is the natural deep-water port of Samana, famous for the humpback whales that roam its warm waters during winter. Ocean meets abundant tropical jungle courtesy of the uninterrupted golden sands of Playa Grande. Watersports including kayaking and kiteboarding take place in front of a dramatic mountainous background. The Dominican Republic’s cultural riches are within easy reach, including colonial architecture and quaint fishing villages, while the resort is home to one of the premier Caribbean golf courses.
Amanera’s Casitas dot the lush coastline with unobstructed ocean views. Overhanging eaves shade expansive terraces with outdoor dining and lounging areas, while inside, the floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to rooms specially positioned to maximise views. All Casitas feature lofty ceilings and warm wooden finishes, while a selection offer private swimming pools. Our dining facilities are open to guests and non-residents. The Restaurant, specializing in fresh, organic dishes, features a terrace overlooking the uninterrupted mile-long golden strand of Playa Grande beach. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure expansive views from indoors, and the second-storey bar is the perfect spot for an aperitif. Other dining options include Club de Playa, set on the beach, and the Clubhouse restaurant at Playa Grande Golf Course. Inspired by the shamanic healing traditions of the Dominican Republic, spa therapies use locally grown plants and herbs, as well as the Aman range of all-natural products. Massages, facials, scrubs and wraps join signature Spa Journeys as part of a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Location of Amanera
Nearest Airport: POP, PUJ, SDQ
Amenities for Amanera
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- Wellness Center
- Beach Access
- In-Room Amenities
- Private Pools
- Private Terraces
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Amanera
OK. So I'm an admitted AMANJunkie and have stayed at 23 Aman properties. I love them for the service, locations, and cultural interest. This one is one of Aman's newer properties. Often the food can be forgettable in these, often remote, locations. But, this was an Aman first for me. I also took the time to read the negative reviews. Please note that these reviews took place near to its opening and are not seem to be relevant to the Amanera of today. Now the basics: Immediately upon arrival we were greeted by a hotel manager and cool refreshing towels. We were immediately shown to our rooms after a brief orientation to the property. The architecture, I must say, is impressive and beautiful. Clean lines is the rule of the day but ample cushioned seating everywhere makes it feel cozy and welcoming. The rooms are spacious and pristinely cleaned. Everything was in perfect working order. The rooms were able to be cooled adequately, all used drinks were replenished immediately and the housekeeping was just perfect. Well done! The staff was exceptionally friendly. Though I speak a little Spanish, I found that there were plenty of staff available who spoke English. I didn't pass one person who didn't either say hello, hola, good morning or good afternoon. The staff and managers rotated around frequently to see that their guests were well taken care of. After our first full day, the food and beverage manager had arranged a torch and candle lit dinner for us on the beach. Excellent food and service, and we were elated to choose from the Mexican menu designed in part by the Sous Chef who is from Mexico. Everything was fantastic. It rained all day, but I was happy to use the gym (which has weights now and machines) and luckily was the only person there at the time. The only issue I had here was that the refrigerator was not stocked with water and I had to ask for it (I took 5 steps outside and received bottles immediately from the staff at the restaurant--no big deal here). The second day was spectacular. We had a sunny day and by the time we reached the beach, they had a group of three chairs available for us. The staff helped us move chairs when we needed to and also took drink orders, etc. No issues here. There was always someone available when we needed them. Again...very helpful, courteous, and most importantly, PRESENT! We had talked with the Food & Beverage manager, Ray, who has been to a several Aman properties. This guy is 100% nice. Personable, friendly, attentive...a great conversationalist, well-travelled, and speaks several languages. Well, we told him we had been to his first Aman property before, Amanpulo...and told him about a favorite dish that we had there...and before you know it, he offered to make it up for us for dinner this evening. Truth be told, I was blown away by this kind and labor-intensive gesture (it takes all day to prepare this particular dish...). So we decided to go to dinner early and everything was ready. He had prepared his own ceviche which was perfectly seasoned which was followed by his main dish. I actually became emotional, because I hadn't tasted this since I was in Amanpulo and was moved that someone would take the time to do something like this for a guest. We all ate and loved it and to this day is the most amazing thing that any Aman Manager has ever done for us. Thank you, Thank you, Ray for making our stay so incredibly memorable and going out of your way to take care of us. Some other staff to note: Managers Laura, Caroline, and Nick (from Amanzoe) were super nice and attentive and helpful. Laura has greeted us every morning to ask how our stay is going, Caroline met with us this evening, and Nick has arranged all of the activities during our stay. Last night we had a turn down service with drawn bath, rose petals, and candles. So far, super awesome and we have three more nights to go! I'm so happy to stay here longer. SO....as an AmanJunkie, this location is floating right to the top of my experiences in Aman to date and the food is simply superb to my palate. Also, this is not an Aman that includes laundry (I miss that). The rooms DO have TV's. And they don't have "Aman fold-ed" towels hanging on the walls here. But they do have nightly local and cultural gifts left on the bed. Two thumbs up! And if you get to meet Ray, you will be a lucky (and happy) hotel guest!
JToddWheeler - Atlanta, Georgia
Yes it is expensive but the rooms are beyond amazing , the property is a secluded paradise. The main lobby is an architectural work of art, the food is great and the views from every single part of the hotel are beautiful
Exceeded our high expectations!! The spectacular views, impeccable attention to detail, the wonderful staff, in particular Franklyn and Jourice, Juan, the pool attendant/swim instructor and everyone else made this an absolutely amazing anniversary vacation. The resort went out of their way to make this an unbelievably special 20th anniversary for us!!
This was our third visit to an Aman Resort (having previously stayed at Amanyara and Amanpuri). We loved Amanera! Once again, Aman comes through for extremely high quality service and an atmosphere of serene tranquility. At Amanera, Rey did an amazing job of making sure we met the chef, Antonio, and took care of all the finer details of our stay. Anything we needed, Rey addressed it for us. Antonio, the head chef, went out of his way to make us feel special. He prepared special meals for us 4 nights in a row â€“ we said, â€śsurprise usâ€ť, and he did! We also had the pleasure of meeting Xavier, the general manager, near the end of our stay. We found him to be very attentive, knowledgeable, and extremely professional. We plan to return to Amanera in the future!!
Dear Amanera Family We wanted to drop in a quick note to say "muchas gracias" for an absolutely amazing stay at the gorgeous Amanera resort! We loved how hospitality industry is truly a small, yet connected world. A special thank you to General Manager, Xavier for his time and company! A big thank you is also extended to the management team, including Laura and Caroline. Our expectations were blown away with the attentiveness and care to our requests. Thank you to your Housekeeping team - that magical "behind the scenes" team is really impressive! It was a delight to walk into our Casita every evening to see the turn-down amenities. Fioridelle, the Restaurant Manager handled every detail around the birthday dinner flawlessly. I loved how she was always readily available, both on email and in person. Rey, the F&B Manager was helpful and knowledgeable with the thoughtful wine recommendations. The suggestions paired nicely with our meals every evening, including Nama's pop-up concept. Ruperto, the server was a sheer delight to speak with. Each of our breakfasts were handled with enthusiasm and care. Even on our early morning diving excursion, Ruperto arranged a set of pastries and sandwiches as a take-away in a matter of minutes with out any delay. Flora, the Reservations Manager was joy to coordinate our stay with. She definitely helped build up the anticipation and excitement even more. Nicolas from Front Office was very courteous to arrange the Eco Hike with Antonio, and the local dinner at Babunuco, despite the multiple schedule changes. The cigar experience was culturally engaging, with Alberto being such a friendly and funny host. The birthday dinner was a major highlight and will be forever remembered. The venue, the table set-up and the stunning panoramic views were spectacular! The BBQ "surf and turf" was an outstanding menu and delicious. Thank you for the recommendations! The cake arrangement was much appreciated, as we were really blown away with details of the evening, even the collectible Lego pieces. We loved the live guitarist and singers, such a lovely local touch. The whole evening went off beautifully. I guess the moment was too perfect to pass up, that my love sneakingly planned to take over the evening with his own surprise. With the evening playing out perfectly, he took his birthday moment to make it extra special, by proposing to me. Please share our thanks also with everyone else we were not able to mention by name. It was truly a spectacular experience, a first of its kind with the Aman brand. As much as it was difficult to say good-bye, we will fondly remember the hospitality, the kindness and friendship that were created on each and every day of our visit by your talented staff and colleagues. We look forward to returning back to the resort. PS. We rented a car, the drive to the resort from Puerta Plata Airport is about 1.5 hrs. The drive was scenic and had good roads. Its quaint to pass through the smaller local towns and country side. Kind regards, H & G
Wonderlust64 - Los Angeles, California