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Aman unveils plans for new resort in the Dominican Republic

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 13, 2015 in Lifestyle
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View from one of the casitas

View from one of the casitas

Luxury resort brand Aman, have recently shared plans for a new resort in the Dominican Republic called Amanera

Scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2015, Amanera will be the first golf-integrated Aman resort. The premises sits on a clifftop that overlooks the crescent-shaped Playa Grande beach, with the Playa Grande Golf Course next door offering the highest number of ocean-side holes in the Western hemisphere. The resort is surrounded by jungle and framed by the dramatic Cordillera Septentrional mountain range.

The golf course sits atop the ocean and beside the verdant jungle

The golf course sits atop the ocean and beside the verdant jungle

Designed by John Heah, the resort covers around 2,000 acres of virtually untouched land. It offers extensive dining, spa and recreational facilities, and 25 Casitas (small houses) each demonstrating a raw, organic design that complement the natural setting. Natural materials have been incorporated into the design wherever possible with stone from local quarries, handmade aguayo tiles and Dominican art and artifacts all being incorporated. Each casita has a flat, biodiverse roof to cultivate green gardens and cool living spaces. They appear to be part of the natural landscape, blurring the lines between dwellings and jungle, and all enjoy their own unobstructed view of the ocean.

Views of the beach can be seen from each casita

Views of the beach can be seen from each casita

In the heart of the resort is Casa Grande, which is constructed to appear as if it is floating above a water feature. Located here are the resort’s signature restaurant, open-air bar, cigar bar and library. Access to the curved pool that surrounds outdoor dining areas can also be gained through here. "Amanera will embody the true spirit of Aman" said Olivier Jolivet, CEO, Aman. He added "It is the perfect example of how we take an unexpected destination and within it, find the most exceptional and dramatic location to create a sybaritic hideaway unlike any other. Amanera will demonstrate our continued commitment to curating resorts of architectural distinction that harmoniously integrate into the pristine environments they occupy."

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