Nature-immersed Caribbean retreat
Backed by verdant jungle with all-encompassing ocean views, Amanera commands a dramatic location on the Dominican Republic’s pristine north coast. Perched above the gold sands of legendary Playa Grande Beach alongside the island’s most exclusive golf course, Amanera is a sleek, secluded sanctuary providing unparalleled access to the area’s incredible outdoors. Relaxation awaits in many guises, from endorphin-boosting water sports and back-to-nature experiences, to immersive spa journeys, all subtly infused with the spice and flavour of Dominican life.
2-Bedroom Bay View Casa
Surrounded by lush gardens, the two-bedroom Bay View Casa is the resort’s premiere accommodation offering panoramic views and a private swimming pool.
Offering outstanding open views of the ocean in a prime location, the 77m2 (829 sq.ft) Casita Amanera opens onto an extensive 159m2 (1,711 sq.ft) terrace which includes a sheltered dining area and a private 30m2 (323 sq.ft) swimming pool with unobstructed ocean views.
Bay View Pool Casita
Offering unobstructed views of the bay from high on the hillside, each 77m2 (829 sq.ft) Bay View Pool Casita opens onto an extensive 159m2 (1,711 sq.ft) terrace which includes a sheltered dining area and a private 30m2 (323 sq.ft) swimming pool with ocean views.
Offering lofty ocean views from high on the hillside, each 77m2 (829 sq.ft) Pool Casita opens onto an extensive 159m2 (1,711 sq.ft) terrace which includes a sheltered dining area and a private 30m2 (323 sq.ft) swimming pool.
Offering lofty sea views from high on the hillside, each 77m2 (829 sq.ft) Hill Casita opens onto an extensive 159m2 (1,711 sq.ft) terrace which includes a sheltered dining area.
Offering ocean views, each 77m2 (829 sq.ft) Casita opens onto an extensive 159m2 (1,711 sq.ft) terrace which includes a sheltered dining area.
Hike a 400-acre nature reserve
Take a guided trek through the protected jungle reserves surrounding Amanera and discover the island’s astonishing biodiversity, including resplendent tropical flora and more than 160 species of birds.
Venture into a nature walk and immerse yourself in the virgin forest to embody Taíno generations of herbal medicine wisdom while observing the flora and fauna leading you to the peaceful Amanera Spa. We will guide you through the journey to embody the sense of a real healer, harvest your own remedy and learn how the moon’s influential forces encourage growth and purity in the herbal healing power.
Discover the birthplace of kitesurfing
West along the coast from Amanera, Cabarete Bay is one of the world’s most celebrated kitesurfing spots. Aman can arrange private lessons with kiting professionals, as well as surfing and SUP sessions.
Learn the Dominican art of cigar rolling
The hand-rolled cigars of the Dominican Republic are prized by connoisseurs. Join chef and Maestro del Cigarro Juan Carlos Alberto for an insightful evening exploring the spectrum of Caribbean cigars, from classic Cubans to the island’s finest.
Visit the mangroves of Laguna Gri Gri
A short distance up the coast from Amanera, a picturesque freshwater lagoon provides a home to a huge swathe of Caribbean birdlife, best spotted in the early morning. The mangrove lined waters are warm, pleasant and still, making them ideal for swimming, snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding
Embark on a jungle adventure
Take a private horseback rides through hundreds of acres of protected forests lining the shore and discover teak plantations, quiet coastal villages and abundant natural spectacle. Those in search of more challenging escapades will find mountains to ascend, canyons to traverse and waterfalls to rappel.
Tee off beside the ocean
Spread over 370 clifftop acres, with 10 ocean-facing holes, the Playa Grande championship golf course is one of the Caribbean’s most celebrated and the world’s most picturesque. Amanera guests enjoy access to the par-72 course at selected tee times daily, and lessons from a PGA professional are available.
Venture offshore on a big-game fishing trip
Ocean giants such as marlin, tuna, wahoo and sailfish are frequent visitors to the seas around the Dominican coast. Amanera can arrange expert-led full- or half-day fishing expeditions from Laguna Gri Gri, 10 minutes from the resort.
Explore humpback whales on their annual migration
Between January and March each year, humpback whales gather to breed in the waters around Samana Bay, a short journey along the coast from Amanera. Private whale-watching trips can be arranged, bringing guests up close and personal with the huge but amiable creatures.
Explore Dominican culture and history
From the historical treasures of the 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe in Puerto Plata to local music performances and architecture tours, the Amanera team can easily arrange private cultural excursions personally tailored to guests’ interests.
Wellness and Fitness at Amanera
Inspired by the shamanic healing traditions of the Taíno Indians, the jungle-cocooned clifftop spa at Amanera combines the Caribbean’s plants and herbs with enriching natural blends from the Aman Skincare range. Amanera’s holistic approach to fitness and wellbeing encompasses a menu of massages, facials, scrubs and wraps, as well as transformative signature Spa Journeys to bring about lasting change.
Larimar and palo santo blessings
Unique to Hispaniola, larimar is a rare blue gemstone believed to encourage physical and emotional healing, closely linked to the phases of the moon. Amanera’s signature lunar journey therapies pair the chakra-balancing influence of larimar with a palo santo smudging ceremony, a traditional Dominican ritual featuring the aromatic smoke of the sacred wood.
Amanera’s holistic wellness programme includes customised yoga sessions at sunrise and/or sunset, instruction in breathing techniques, Thai stretching and guided meditation experiences for all levels, enhancing endurance, balance and connection between body, mind and spirit.
Fitness centre and sports facilities
Equipped with industry-leading gym equipment and served by a dedicated in-house personal trainer, Amanera’s fitness centre enables informed and effective fitness programmes built around individual goals and lifestyles. Other facilities include two clay tennis courts on site, and access to the Playa Grand golf course and clubhouse.
Healing drawn from nature
Used in the Amanera Spa, the Aman Skincare family of products and rituals is built on the knowledge and wisdom of ancient wellness traditions and the healing power of nature. Grouped into three unique formulations – Grounding, Purifying and Nourishing – the product range is available for guests to take home.
Restaurants are open to guests and non-residents
Casa Grande Restaurant
With an alfresco terrace overlooking the Playa Grande and floor-to-ceiling windows bringing the beauty of the outside indoors, Amanera’s main restaurant offers fresh, organic flavours from the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean. The chef draws on the culinary traditions of the Dominican Republic to offer a menu of finely spiced, flavour-rich dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Above the Casa Grande Restaurant, Amanera’s all-day Lounge is perfectly poised to take in the drama of the ocean vista – a panoramic backdrop to complimentary afternoon teas, evening sundowners and private, expert-led rum tastings.
Club de Playa
Down on the beach, tucked into a sandy cove, beach-club restaurant Club de Playa makes the most of its spectacular backdrop, offering local recipes and the classic dishes of South America for lunches, private-dining events and special-occasion dinners.