Amanera, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Clinging to the towering cliffs overlooking Playa Grande beach in an untouched part of the Caribbean, Amanera is the latest from Aman’s über-luxury collection. It’s also the first to have
an integrated golf course – with sparkling ocean views. Spacious casitas are built into the hill that runs down to the long stretch of palm-fringed sand, their oversized terraces leading to interiors of polished concrete, teak and handmade Aguayo tiles in soft blues. But most dazzling is Casa Grande, the main hotel building, where your gaze takes in split-level water features, an infinity pool and, finally, the sea, in one long sweep. The Beach Club is the feet-in-the-sand place to try blackened tuna with palm-heart salad; or dress up for a clifftop dinner of caramelised mahi-mahi and watch the moon rise into the black night.
Wow Factor The presents at turn-down, from maracas to tiny zemi ancestral spirit sculptures carved from native guayacan wood, will elicit squeals every night.
Go Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) offers seven nights in a Hill Casita from £4,805 per person. Includes flights with British Airways. Flight time: 11 hours, 20 minutes.
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