AMANERA sets the standard for Caribbean luxury!

Aman Resorts is perhaps the most exclusive luxury hospitality brand in the world and I am an #amanjunkie for sure! Ever since the opening of Amanera was announced last fall, I've been itching to pay a personal visit.

Like most Aman properties, a resort representative will greet you at the gate upon your arrival flight and escort you through immigration then a private transfer to follow. 

Mercedes GL is the standard transfer viehcle and included in the nightly rates

Mercedes GL is the standard transfer viehcle and included in the nightly rates

Once seated in the spacious SUV, chilled hand towels (passion fruit scented, my wife was obsessed) and bottled water was ready for use. Note that while the standard transfer is an hour long car ride, Amanera does offer a more time efficient transfer via a private helicopter for an additional fee.

Entrance to Amanera

Entrance to Amanera

View from the main lobby and it is simply stunning! 

View from the main lobby and it is simply stunning! 

View from the main pool

View from the main pool

Once I regained my composure, we were shown to our Ocean View Pool Casitas for an in room check in. I've been obsessing about my visit over the past year, needless to say, I knew a lot about the resort (room categories, designs, layouts, etc...). Still, nothing can really prepare you to see it in person for the first time (this tend to be a trait that extends to all Aman properties). 

Exterior view of our Pool Casitas 

Exterior view of our Pool Casitas 

No shortage of outdoor lounging space in our Casitas 

No shortage of outdoor lounging space in our Casitas 

Absolutely stunning in the evenings

Absolutely stunning in the evenings

Night view into our Casitas's bedroom

Night view into our Casitas's bedroom

The Casitas are huge by any standards. The indoor space approaches 800sqft with a separate living space. The outdoor space is a whopping 1,700sqft, larger than most people's home/flats. The pool is also appropriately proportioned and not just a 2x2 plunge pool that you can maybe take a quick dip in. 

Living room

Living room

Complimentary mini-bar (Dom not included)

Complimentary mini-bar (Dom not included)

I do love the fact that the mini-bar was complimentary except for Champagne. No one likes to be "nickled and dimed". 

Morning view from the bed...a TV will/can arise from the floor/cabinet, AWESOME!

Morning view from the bed...a TV will/can arise from the floor/cabinet, AWESOME!

Gorgeous bathroom

Gorgeous bathroom

In our pool, pondering ways to extend our stay...

In our pool, pondering ways to extend our stay...

Nothing like room service on a rainy afternoon!

Nothing like room service on a rainy afternoon!

As much as we enjoyed our Pool Caistas and its privacy, we were keen to make time for the beach!

While it's no Maldives, the beach was still fantastic and extremely private. 

While it's no Maldives, the beach was still fantastic and extremely private. 

Looking onto the resort lobby from the beach

Looking onto the resort lobby from the beach

Hill top view of the beach club area

Hill top view of the beach club area

Never having to fight for lounge seats

Never having to fight for lounge seats

While Amanera occupy 2,200 acres of beach and forest, there's only 25 Casitas, accommodating up to 50 guests, max. This means you'll never have to worry about finding a lounge chair on the beach or anywhere else for that matter. The resort was at 50% capacity but we never saw more than a handful of people while onsite. Sometimes, we were the only ones. This type of privacy really elevates the Aman brand to another level and redefines luxury. However, if you enjoy the night life and club scenes during leisure holidays, this may not be the place for you.  

Main restaurant 

Main restaurant 

Beach club 

Beach club 

While the resort had 2 main restaurants, we often dinned at the beach club as it's located on the beach and had great fresh seafood. Also, who doesn't enjoy taking meals in swim suits, on the beach? 

Fresh coconut, octopus ceviche at the beach club...OMG!

Fresh coconut, octopus ceviche at the beach club...OMG!

Dinner at the beach club. 

Dinner at the beach club. 

Last morning coffee in the rain...will return soon! 

Last morning coffee in the rain...will return soon! 

While there is room for improvements from a service aspect, it is still miles ahead of many others in the Caribbean. The staffs were all extremely friendly and genuine.  Like any Aman properties, we were never asked for our names, room number or had to sign for a single bill till departure. 

Overall, we had an amazing stay and I can clearly see why Travel + Leisure ranked Amanera as one of the hottest new resorts in the world. I've already booked few clients at the property and am confident that it will deliver! 

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