Kite surfing, eco-hikes and lagoon tours offered in La Republica Dominicana’s beachside mansion
Enclosed by the rugged terrain off the country’s northern coast, Amanera owns an exclusive patch by La Playa Grande, stretching over more than 2,000 acres of lush, green grounds that marries coastal beauty into pristine forests. After its seasonal hiatus on November 1, the hotel finds its way back into the hospitality crowd, a perfect opportunity to unveil its many new surprises gearing in its arsenal.
Among its fresh offerings: three grand new Casitas, all endowed with indulgent private pools and uninterrupted views of sunrise by the beach. Amanera also brings inArva, an Italian-dining concept that seeks to furnish guests with a flavour-focused heritage gourmet, all cooked fresh with sourced ingredients on the island. Unforgettable experiences are pronounced across its thousands-acre property Rancho Magante, an organic farm ripe for viewing and picking.
Amanera, like before, maintains its spread of amusement, whether it is by land or by sea. Eco-hikes lead to the exploration of wildlife and wonders found within 400 acres of a protected nature reserve, spun off with a 3.7-mile loop that ascends to the mountain ridge, and then downwards through the verdant green rainforest. Pause for photographs, then gape at the local fauna to befriend before heading back down to the beach, which treats one to a relaxing feeling while strolling along the warm, golden sand. The adventure ends with a lunch at Club de Playa, or a sumptuous dinner at The Restaurant where freshlymade dishes are served in bold Dominican flavours.
At the nearby district of Cabarete, kitesurfing is a must. The 45-minute drive from Amanera ends with side-shore and on-shore rides all summer long. Surf over the warm waves while soaking under the equally hot sun. For the less adventurous, replace the challenging itineraries by traversing across the mangroves of Laguna GriGri or joining a private cooking class. www.aman.com ◼
© This article was first published online in Aug 2019 – World Travel Magazine.