Nestled within more than 2,170 acres of pristine Caribbean jungle, Amanera – Playa Grande, Dominican Republic overlooks the ocean from Playa Grande, whose golden sands make it one of the region’s most beautiful beaches.

Developer Dolphin Capital’s Amanera is the second Aman resort to relax the Caribbean (following Amanyara in Turks & Caicos) and its first property with a golf course.

Aman resorts radiate tranquility, space, amenities, and zero-edge pools. At Playa Grande, Amanera’s alfresco ambiance is no different—primed for relaxation via “simple luxury” (though Aman rarely uses the L word).

Amanera architect John Heah’s, organic design blends intimately into the surrounding lush landscape “to feel at one with the dramatic tropical location.” Flat roofs cultivate green gardens, cooling all contemporary living spaces—“blurring the line between dwellings and jungle.” Meanwhile, Heah’s owner villas are designed primarily on personal preference.

At the resort’s apex, “Casa Grande,” (Amanera’s bi-level central lodge) houses the open-air main lobby, indoor and outdoor dining, bars, and chic outdoor lounges. The transparent structure is highlighted by imposing concrete eaves, floating stairs, linear zero-edge entrance pools, and a glimmering infinity swimming pool with direct panoramas of the ocean, cascading 60-foot cliffs, soaring palm trees, and lush mountains whose underground springs supply the area with abundant fresh water.

Nearby, 36 independent hotel suites (called “casitas”) hug the serpentine hillside. Each casita offers privacy via manicured gardens, locally quarried stone walls, and overhanging stone eaves that shade large terraces beautified by daybeds and sporadic zero-edge pools.

Warm interiors feature lofty ceilings, rich Asian wood finishes, skylights, electronic shades, and huge picture windows that frame postcard vistas—including isolated Playa Grande Beach, a one-mile crescent of golden sand stretching all the way to a bluff. On the other side is Playa Preciosa (a.k.a. Playa Navio) and its famous 1500s offshore Spanish shipwreck, a popular surfing, snorkeling and scuba site.

ACCOMMODATION

More than 500 seaside residential homes could ultimately be built along Playa Grande’s nearly seven-mile coastal landscape, with space and privacy to spare for owners. This limited number of exclusive branded villas will grace private enclaves along Playa Grande Golf Course, near the hotel, perched atop scenic cliffs near Playa Preciosa, and elsewhere in future phases.

Seven customized Amanera Founder Villas (under construction) are prominently featured adjacent to the golf course and Casa Grande lodge. Founder Villas showcase three to six bedrooms ranging up to 3,000 square feet on an acre-and-a-half of real estate. More villas will extend along the golf course, all with ocean and mountain views).

Six Two-Bedroom Villas will integrate throughout the Amanera Resort (near Founder Villas, the lodge and hotel) with similar vistas overlooking the golf course, ocean, and beach. Amanera Villa owners receive a lifetime golf course membership, access to Amanera facilities and amenities (Aman Spa, beach club, pool); and four-seater golf buggies for transport around the resort. The serene Aman Spa currently occupies the far end of the golf course but it’s scheduled for a renovation and relocation within a future centrally-located clubhouse.

DINING

The Restaurant, specialising 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. Or, choose to dine right on the beach at Club de Playa, the ocean providing a spectacular backdrop to your dining experience.

WELLNESS & SPA

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.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Coastal Country

Hundreds of kilometers of coastline define the Dominican Republic (DR) – some of it white-sand beaches shaded by rows of palm trees, other parts lined dramatically with rocky cliffs, wind-swept dunes or serene mangrove lagoons. Whether it’s fishing villages with boats moored along the shores, or indulgent tourist playgrounds with aquamarine waters, the sea is the common denominator. Some of the bays and coves where pirates once roamed are the temporary home of thousands of migrating humpback whales, and form part of an extensive network of parks and preserves safeguarding the country’s natural heritage. 

Peaks & Valleys

Beyond the capital, much of the DR is distinctly rural: driving through the vast fertile interior, you’ll see cows and horses grazing alongside the roads, and trucks and burros loaded down with fresh produce. Further inland you’ll encounter vistas reminiscent of the European Alps, rivers carving their way through lush jungle and stunning waterfalls. Four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean rise above the fertile lowlands surrounding Santiago, and remote deserts stretch through the southwest, giving the DR a physical and cultural complexity not found on other islands.

Past & Present

The country’s roller-coaster past is writ large in the physical design of its towns and cities. Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial exudes romance with its beautifully restored monasteries and cobblestone streets along which conquistadors once roamed. The crumbling gingerbread homes of Puerto Plata and Santiago remain from more prosperous eras, and scars from decades of misrule are marked by monuments where today people gather to celebrate. New communities have arisen only a few kilometers from the ruins where Christopher Columbus strode and where the indigenous Taíno people left traces of their presence carved onto rock walls.

People & Culture

The social glue of the DR is the all-night merengue that blasts from colmados (combined corner stores and bars), and this is true everywhere from the capital Santo Domingo to crumbling San Pedro de Macoris to Puerto Plata, where waves crash over the Malecón. Dominicans greatly appreciate their down time and really know how to party, as can be seen at Carnival celebrations held throughout the country and at each town’s own distinctive fiesta. These events are windows into the culture, so take the chance to join the fun and elaborate feasts.

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