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.
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.
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).
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.
I do love the fact that the mini-bar was complimentary except for Champagne. No one likes to be "nickled and dimed".
As much as we enjoyed our Pool Caistas and its privacy, we were keen to make time for the beach!
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.
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?
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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