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
We stayed at Amanera for eight nights during March. We were at a Bay View Pool Casita (number 4) and it was perched literally just above the beach club. Overall we had an absolutely amazing time and the hotel went out of their way to make sure everything was just perfect. Staff are very friendly and outgoing and our only comment would be with regards to the front desk. When calling to make requests its a bit of a hit and miss sometimes they get it and sometimes they donâ€™t. We found it is best to come and speak to them in person. The casita itself is beautifully laid out and appointed. It is very comfortable and has everything one would expect in an Aman and more. The only thing the Casita could do with is a bit more privacy. Vegetation is setting in well but there is still a fair amount of over looking between the Casitaâ€™s. In addition as our Casita was located just above the beach club the kitchen extraction fans start at about 8am and run for the majority of the day. This creates a mechanical background noise that sometimes spoils the peacefulness of the crashing waves. Other then that the Casitaâ€™s are faultless. Room servicing was also very good although we did bump into the turn down staff a couple of evenings. This is fairly uncommon in Aman as usually they appear and disappear by magic so we were either eating our dinners too fast or they didnâ€™t get straight into our room as soon as we left. There was also a couple of cases of forgotten replenishment of coffee capsules but overall very good. We dined both in the room, at the beach club and in the main restaurant for both lunch and dinner. Overall food quality is superb with plenty of fresh local fish and produce being an absolute delight. There are wide menu options at all venues even when staying for eight nights and with Aman nothing is too difficult so we did ask for off menu items on a couple of occasions. The location of the resort itself is phenomenal. The Playa Granda beach is vast as the name suggests and it is really nice to stroll down it before sunset. Whilst we are not golfers my wife did use the golf course for her morning runs and overall the golf course is vast and gorgeous. We made extensive use of the SPA and really couldnâ€™t fault it. Service was friendly and the treatment quality was superb. The only slight down point is that the SPA is located much further down the golf course so it is a 10 minute buggy ride from the Casita and it appears to have been retro fitted into what was an existing colonial style villa. This is not in line with the rest of the design of the resort and also the SPA Showers / Toilets as a result donâ€™t work particularly well. It is our understanding however that this is a medium term measure and a purpose built Aman spa will be built in due course. Nonetheless all the treatments were professionally conducted and very soothing for mind and soul. We took advantage of the many optional activities that the hotel offers and did the Ceviche cooking class, the Rum Tasting session, drinks by sunset on the golf course, candelit dinner on the beach as well as a 20km bike ride in the mountains with a guide. All were great fun and we left us with wonderful memories. The Amanera Old Fashioned- one of the hotels signature drinks is a must try. The only area requiring further improvement is the beach and beach club. It is still all a bit rough in so far that there is no adult fresh water pool to dunk into and there are no sun loungers on hard surfaces - they are all on the sand. If they mimicked the beach club at Amanzoe in Greece then it would be an outright winner. The one thing to note is this place is not ideal for swimming in the sea. The current is very strong and the waves are generally rather large and aggressive from 10am till 4pm. If you are an intermediate surfer you probably wouldnâ€™t mind it but a couple of times the sheer force of the current really took us by surprise. If the hotel built a man made sea breaker maybe a calmer bay for swimming would form but as things stand this is not the place for those who want to be in salty water all day. Our concluding impression was that this is a gem in the making. In many aspects it is 100% there and Aman shines through and through. In other areas there are room for improvement and issues to iron out but overall for a resort that has only been open for 18 months they have the ingredients here for an incredible recipe which is just starting to take shape. We would definitely be coming back and are very jealous of those living in NYC and Miami and can fly into POP so easily. Our recommendation is go and try for yourselves- you wonâ€™t be disappointed
gadir80 - London, UK
After a visit to Amanzoe (Greece) last July we were totally hooked on Aman. Last month we visited Amanera (Dominican Republic) after a week in Cuba. Amanera doesn't disappoint, it is pure Aman. This property is excellent and the staff are superb. We stayed in a Pool Casita which is worth spending the extra for the private pool, which is large enough for swimming some laps. The Casita is beautifully furnished and very large with wonderful views of the beach and ocean. The bathroom has 2 full sized vanities, a large shower, separate loo, and a bath large enough for 2 overlooking a private garden. The mini bar is complimentary (except for wine) and includes a Nespresso. Internet is free and very fast. There's a separate living room and bedroom, and a large walk in robe with plenty of room for a lot of clothes and luggage. The Casita seemed to be serviced every time we left it, some days 3 times. That's a luxury! There are two restaurants, one in the main resort building and one at the Pool Club. Both were fantastic. One day we were at the Pool Club for lunch and wanted coconut water - so a coconut was cut from a nearby tree, the top cut off, and there we had our coconut water. The F&B Manager, Graziano is from Puglia in Italy and has trained his crew exceptionally well. The staff are amazing and the food is perfection. There's a great international wine list. I am coeliac and require gluten free, which wasn't a problem. There was always freshly baked GF bread (usually 3 types) and anything could be modified. I had one of the best pizzas and an amazing cheeseburger. We were surprised by a private dinner in the Cigar Room on our final night which was amazing. The room was beautifully decorated with candles and the table was set and decorated with the most beautiful shell display which must have taken Oliver hours to do. Thank you Graziano and Oliver. Drinks are amazing at the Bar with very unique cocktails (Graziano has done his research all over the world and used his experience to inspire Amanera's cocktail list). Hiro and Tony are the best bartenders. Two of our favourites were the Dominican Martini and an Old Fashioned made with rum. Best enjoyed with one of Amanera's fine cigars. The spa is superb, of course Aman is renowned for it's spas. The ambience is as you would expect from a high luxury spa and the treatments are superb, however, it's the attention to detail and the fine touches which stand out from the rest. Karina came from the Bel Air Hotel in Beverly HIlls recently and manages the Spa. Her husband Xavier is Amanera's GM. The golf course, Playa Grande is next door and my husband enjoyed a game. Thank you Amanera for a wonderful week, great memories, we will return.
Denise2300 - Newcastle, Australia
This is the 7th Aman I have visited (and the 5th Iâ€™ve stayed at). Overall, this is an excellent property, and I would definitely return. After having some less-than-great experiences at other Amans outside of Asia, I was a bit hesitant to go to Amanera, but my fears were quickly put to rest. Here are some factual observations: THE COST: Amans are expensiveâ€”I get thatâ€”and I donâ€™t mind paying the cost because you generally get what you pay for. However, the alcohol at Amanera is priced very high, even by Aman standards (and exceptionally high relative to the Dominican Republic). I would even go so far as to say they are price-gouging on the alcohol. For example, most cocktails are $25-35 each (then add 28% for service and tax). This just seems out of whack when I can go to a very high-end restaurant in NYC, Tokyo, or London and pay $10-18 for a cocktail. On the flip side, the beers in the mini-bar are free, so maybe things balance out. THE LOCATION: The resort is about 1.5 hours from Puerto Plata airport. The transfer from the airport was smooth and a staff member was waiting for us at the gate of the airplane with a sign. The resort is, of course, in a beautiful and in a unique location as most Amans are. The beach is like something out of a movie and it is very secluded. Beyond that, Iâ€™ll let the pictures speak for themselves. One thing to note: this appears to be the windy side of the island. We were constantly blasted with wind/sand while sitting on the beach to the point that most people left the beach after 15 minutes. And, the waves were much too big to go swimming. Also, sitting outside for any meal was difficult/impossible due to the wind. Obviously, this is not Amaneraâ€™s fault, but just be aware of this if you are expecting a tranquil location. THE ROOM: We had casita 26, which is at the top of the hill in the last row. The casita itself was beautiful of course. The view of the ocean was distant and we could not see the beach. But, this casita was more isolated than others giving us a much more private feeling than I think we would have gotten in other casitas. We had one situation where the AC in the ceiling broke and got part of the room wet, but maintenance took care of it relatively quickly. The hotel offered to move us to another casita, but we preferred the one we had because it was more private. SERVICE: The service was very good. Not quite the same as the Amans in Asia, but the best I have seen outside of Asia. They were very attentive and took care of anything, and were very quick to respond to problems. When the AC broke in our room, they were quick to offer to move us to another Casita and then ultimately comped us another activity because of the problem. My only nit is that sometimes there was a lack of coordination between the staff where the left hand didnâ€™t know what the right hand was doing resulting in confusion, but it wasnâ€™t a big deal. ACTIVITIES: The resort has complimentary mountain bikes that you can ride around on. I did this several times to ride around the golf course, which is spectacular. The loop out and back took about 30 minutes and the entire ride is beautiful! SPA: I got a massage at the spa. The massages were pretty good, but for some reason they shorted us about 10 minutes of our 90 minute massage. After mentioning this to the front desk when checking out they adjusted the price. INTERNET: The Wifi is free and was pretty good, but not great. It worked well enough to do most things, but donâ€™t count on being able to stream video.
tacostuff - New Hampshire
The new manager name is Xavier (not Alexis)... and forgot to review the spa. The best pedicure by Carmen ever in my long life! And the spa staff very eager to do a good job and although a tip is always welcome they have no expectation of that and they do a great job anyway. They will come to your room at a very minimal extra charge for spa services. WE tried their massages and the pedicure. Not sure about the quality of the facials as we had not tried.
rbrooker1111 - Austin, Texas
Amanera is a new property and as such the Casitas are fabulous. Even in a tropical weather where rainstorms can happen, the Casita glass doors which are everywhere are always sparkly clean. Laura the guest manager, Graziano the food and beverage manager, (The hotel is in management transition when we visited so we met Alexis the general manager who seems delightful and I have no doubt he understands Amanera and services very well) all of them will take the extra extra mile to correct any mishap. Mishaps happen as they do everywhere, but the important thing is how one recovers. And I say to all resorts of this type in remote areas or culturally different areas, one has to NOT lower expectations but ADJUST expectations! The important thing is everyone is EAGER for the guests to have the best experiences and they will make it happen. The golf course is gorgeous and will undergo renovations with a very famed company until Novemeber (it will not affect the experience at the resort). The tennis instructor Rolando is a man who plays with heart and is very skilled. He took our 16 year old daughter from level 3 to 7 in 5 days! Meaning, he is a very good instructor if you are looking for that. Taefolo who is the dance instructor and personal trainer is a 'man who does it all with a smile, heart, and skill." He will also go the extra extra mile to make the experience what you wish it to be. Laura constantly checks with the guests about their needs or desires. If you have any 'pickiness' or requests about food, you must always speak to Graziano, the food and beverage manager as he will not only cook it for you but he will make sure you get what you are looking for. We cherished the pirvacy, the service, the scenery (gorgeous), and the exprience all in all was hearty and sincere. You also get a very comfortable car ride with the hotel dirvers from airport. You wait in teh VIP rooms on your way from and to the resort at the airport and they take care of everything for you!
19662014 - Boston, Massachusetts