Paradise Found

Amanera is an off-the-beaten path oasis set on the Dominican Republic’s secluded north coast

If the prospect of a Dominican Republic trip evokes images of Punta Cana’s bustling beaches and sugary cocktails, allow yourself to be delighted with Amanera, which aptly means “peaceful water.” Set on the Dominican Republic’s windswept north coast, the resort is the epitome of low-key luxury.

The journey is worth the effort, whether you take the 75-minute scenic drive from Puerto Plata Airport or spring for a helicopter transfer with sweeping aerial views of the country’s lush landscape. Settle into one of the property’s 25 freestanding casitas, each positioned atop 60-foot cliffs for spectacular views of Playa Grande’s gently crashing waves.

It’s easy to soak in the solitude on the 2,000 acres of pristine land, with the rugged Cordillera Septentrional mountain range and lush rainforest behind and wide swaths of royal palm-lined beach. Strike out for a hike amid age-old trees, walk along the ocean, play tennis on the clay courts, luxuriate at the 40-meter-long outdoor swimming pool or simply enjoy doing nothing.

If you need a bit of assistance finding your zen, Amanera’s spa program shines. Beyond the flawlessly executed facials, scrubs and massages, the team offers guided meditation sessions and moon cycle-inspired treatments, based on the shamanic healing traditions of the local Taíno people.

However you choose to spend your time, fueling up at the resort’s culinary offerings is a pleasure, from the main restaurant where pool views set the scene for sustainable ingredients and international preparations to the tropical menu prepared in a stone oven at Beach Club.

For those who fall in love with this unspoiled area of Hispaniola and the top-notch service for which Aman hotels are known worldwide, the property has recently announced Amanera’s Residences. Seven luxury “Founder Villas,” ranging from four to six bedrooms, will be customized with the owners’ input in collaboration with architect John Heah for a spectacular home away from home. No matter how you decide to experience it, Amanera is a delightful escape that feels a world away.