A clifftop retreat in the Dominican Republic
Set above the celebrated golden sands of Playa Grande, Amanera offers access to water sports, top-notch golf and back-to-nature experiences on the north shore of the Dominican Republic.

The golf course, a rebuild of a classic Robert Trent Jones design by his esteemed architect son Rees Jones, has more coastal exposure than any other in the Western Hemisphere, and is arguably the best in the Caribbean.

But the real magic of this luxury beach resort is that many guests don’t even play golf and still love the place. The 2,000-acre property has a huge, gorgeous, private beach, private mountain with hiking trails, and much more, all for just 25 decadent casitas.

Evoking Bali, these are large, beautifully designed and crafted, and full of creature comforts like private pools and outdoor showers. Designed by London-based Heah & Co., main building Casa Grande's pool is an architectural gem that curves around the hillside.

Aman's Dominican outpost delivers beauty, privacy and wonder at every turn, on and off the golf course, complemented by a friendly and well-trained staff.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Known as the “Pebble Beach of the Caribbean,” the golf course is a world-class jaw dropper, with an unprecedented 10 coastal holes, including an unforgettable five-hole cliff-top finale.
  • Amanera owns its own mountain across the road form the main resort, with guided hikes to an open-air thatched lean-to, where a lavish picnic lunch is served with sweeping vistas of the azure Caribbean.
  • Emptiness is the true luxury at this enormous Dominican Republic hotel, intentionally employed throughout the property so you feel like you have run of the place. All restaurants and bars, the lobby infinity pool, and the beach are excessively oversized — any could accommodate all guests at once and still feel uncrowded.
  • Activities abound, and Amanera employs its own guides for hiking, while trainers have group and private yoga classes. Offsite excursions range from deep-sea fishing and kite surfing to rum distillery tours. 
Things to Know
  • You can add on a private transfer in luxury auto, plus an airport meet-and-greet VIP experience where arriving guests are led to a private lounge for drinks while their baggage is retrieved and loaded, then whisked through immigration.
  • Only guests of the Dominican Republic hotel and Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club members can play the golf course.
The Rooms
  • All lodging is in individual freestanding villas, 25 of them. The villas have Balinese architectural influence and generous indoor and outdoor living areas.
  • Vastness is used to accentuate the luxury feel in the villas, which are broken up into multiple indoor and outdoor spaces. Even the smallest one-bedroom casita has two separate outdoor dining areas that could seat 20 and an actual pool, not a plunge style.
  • All airy accommodations have high ceilings, warm wood and glass doors that open up to vast outdoor spaces that put you closer to nature.
The Restaurants
  • The Main Restaurant is the main three-meal-a-day option, with inside and outside seating at Casa Grande. It features organic produce, fresh seafood and modern takes on Dominican traditions.
  • The Beach Club sits down by the resort’s beach, providing lunch and beachside service during the day, then torch-lit dinners on the sand or the open-air structure. It has a heavy emphasis on freshly caught local seafood and ceviche, and even offers ceviche cooking classes.
  • Beyond the beach is popular local park with serval open-air traditional Dominican “beach shack” bar/restaurants. To provide an authentically colorful local experience without worry, the luxury hotel has befriended and vetted the best purveyors and can reserve seats for friendly but VIP treatment.
  • The Lounge Bar specializes in a deep list of Caribbean rums, rum cocktails and has weekly cigar rolling demonstrations by a master craftsman with tastings — Amanera is the first Aman resort with its own private-label cigar brand, custom made exclusively for the bar and adjacent cigar shop.
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Getting There
Highway 5, Cabrera Rio San Juan 33300, Dominican Republic
POP (1 h 25 min)  
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