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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
After only one previous stay at an Aman (Aman Venice â€“ reviewed on this site â€“ not overly impressed), I was very interested to see what Amanera would be like and whether, as a result, my husband and I would become Aman-devotees. This is an entirely different order of resort and we were overwhelmed especially by the personal and kind service and attention we got from everyone. Management are visible throughout the day and evening and we greatly enjoyed meeting Laura, Ray, Caroline and Nick. But the great service isnâ€™t restricted to management: everyone we met was delightful and really keen to make our stay better and were ALL superb ambassadors for what makes Aman different. It seems invidious to mention individuals when everyone was so good but I would especially like to mention Birmaly (who laid out a wonderful special dinner for us one evening), Joelibi (I went through every rum cocktail that he could create and am now addicted to Manjuana) and also great people who drove us around â€“ Vladimir, Daniel and Leonardo. We also enjoyed Jefrisâ€™ impromptu singing one evening and were touched by Oliver changing his days off so that he could meet us (mutual acquaintances). The accommodation is in well-appointed, individual villas and there is plenty of privacy (and theyâ€™re planting more trees right now). The accommodation is excellent with superb attention to detail on things that make a difference to the quality of your experience. This includes: 1) The lighting. So many new luxury hotels now have very dim lighting but at Amanera they have perfected this. You can easily control the lights â€“ inside and outside â€“ and have the choice of bright or dim lighting. 2) The trays on your private poolside patio loungers are so heavy that they stay horizontal regardless of your movement on the lounger - so thoughtful. 3) The bath/ floor mats donâ€™t slide on the floor. Again, a simple observation but they were excellent. 4) Chambermaids ensure your room is made up when you have breakfast and even made the room up on the morning we were checking out. So I now do understand the Aman style and loved the very personal service here â€“ meal times when you want them, no need to book a restaurant etc - although missed having the chance for a casual chat with other guests (you hardly see anyone).My husband reminisced about the Four Seasons Tented Camp which is also small with superb service but more sociable (which we like). I would say that for the price charged, the dinner cooking could be improved. I would so much prefer a simple piece of well-grilled fish than the more elaborate dishes presented, whereas breakfast and lunch were perfectly good. Itâ€™s unlikely that weâ€™ll head back to the Dominican Republic in the foreseeable future but thatâ€™s because there are so many other Amans to go and visit. Consider me sold!
TM99 - Buckinghamshire UK
I have been to a lot of luxury resorts all over the world, however I have never experienced service like this! They make sure everything is perfect at all times for you. It was the ultimate romantic getaway for my husband's and I's nine year anniversary. Upon arrival the manager awaits you to greet you by name and with cold towels. Every time you return to the resort they have someone greet you and give you cold towels. I am not sure how they do it, but all of their employees know you by name and they make everything extra special. I highly recommend you get a massage - one of the best I have ever had. We got one every night. This hotel has the best service I have ever experienced and from now on, every romantic getaway will take place at an Aman resort.
Izabel O - Chicago, Illinois
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!!