All About Aman
On first thought one would probably think an Aman Resort should only be visited without children in tow. I understand it. When my husband suggested visiting Amanera in the Dominican Republic with our kids, I said "no way" within a millisecond. Thinking, what would the kids do there?
After a four day jaunt to this hidden gem an hour and a half outside of Puerto Plata, I soon realized that Amanera was an antidote to the over-programmed world we typically live in. Call me old fashioned, but a long weekend with no cell phones, iPads, and no physical "Kids Club" is actually why I would return.
This is a place where just a sprinkle of concentrated kids activities is enough; pizza making class, cookie decorating, an Easter egg hunt, or a sand castle building class. All other hours for our family were filled with genuine quality time; walks on the beach, digging in the sand, riding the waves, napping on the beach, swimming in the pool, and playing Go Fish, seaside.
Babysitters are on demand if you want to enjoy a solo evening. A kids program director who can coordinate anything your children would like to partake in. Older kids enjoy kite surfing in neighboring Cabarete, horseback riding, boogie boarding, or snorkeling. This uber friendly and super accommodating staff makes every moment here with or without your children seamless.
Our Hillside Casita with a pool was a fabulous home away from home — sliding doors separating the bedroom and the living area where the kids slept. A refreshing infinity pool for early morning and late afternoon swims made this casita a real treat!
Fresh smoothies, homemade plantain and yuca chips daily with a glass of rose was our afternoon staple. Both on-property restaurants were terrific menus and the settings were perfection. Our favorite was dinner on the beach, in the sand, with live music on select evenings. The kids were running free in the sunset while we enjoyed every bite of Chef Manuel's memorable Mexican fare.
We will always be a family who will be mindful of what the kids' experiences will be at any given destination — Kids Clubs, water slides, activities, etc. However, one should never underestimate the value of a serene spot for families. It just might be the best 96 hours you've spent with your kids in quite some time.
ITK BÉBÉS BENEFITS:
- Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
- Complimentary full American Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
- A complimentary la carte lunch for up to two people per room, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi