Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Photo courtesy of Amanera
AmaneraAt this luxury resort on the Dominican Republic’s lush northern coast, 25 clifftop casitas (one with two bedrooms and 13 with swimming pools) sit 60 feet above a mile-long stretch of Playa Grande. Each one features floor-to-ceiling windows for taking in the ocean views, plus teak pocket doors between the bedrooms and living areas, huge walk-in closets, and shaded terraces. Surrounded by 2,170 acres of jungle and almost 400 acres of protected rain forest, the resort itself offers spectacular seclusion. In Casa Grande, a building that’s pretty much all glass, you’ll find the lobby as well as a restaurant, library, and terrace overlooking an infinity pool, where you can gaze out over the jungle, ocean, and 18-hole Playa Grande Golf Course (which includes 10 holes atop ocean cliffs).
Down on the beach, there’s Club de Playa for enjoying locally inspired dishes, seafood barbecue, and the catch of the day. Guests here should also make time for spa treatments and tennis on the clay courts. Save for activities like big-game fishing, boating through the mangroves to a hidden swimming cove, and hiking to waterfalls, you may never want to leave the resort.
about 3 years ago
Privacy is king at Amanera, opened in November 2015. Set along the isolated Playa Grande beach on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, the resort is surrounded by 2,000 acres of jungle and mountains. The 25 casitas, set on a cliff top overlooking the crescent beach, are just as discreet: Each has a private garden, and more than half have their own 32-foot swimming pool.