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Aman Resorts Goes Once to the Dominican Republic, Six Times to Gabon

January 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

Amanyara, Turks & Caicos

We might have only gotten two out of four hoped-for openings from Aman Resorts last year (that would be Aman Canal Grande in Venice and Amano’i in Vietnam), but despite the wait for Lijiang (China) and Jordan, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for anywhere else Aman might be popping up in the (near) future.

One likely destination is the Dominican Republic, which would make it the second Aman in the Caribbean, next to Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos. Rather than the popular eastern region of Punta Cana, the hotel will be part of the Playa Grande development on the northern coast, east of Puerto Plata and kitesurfer’s paradise Cabarete.

The master plan calls for a 30-pavilion Aman Resort, the renovation of an existing Trent Jones golf course, seven Aman “Founder Villas”, and a beach club. Further expansion with private villas along the golf course is projected in the longer term.

Expansion into sub-Saharan Africa, if all going ahead as envisaged, is being done in an unusual way, by opening six resorts in one country: Gabon, one of the wealthiest and most stable in the region. The country’s official portal reported as far back as late 2012 that agreements were signed between Aman and the Gabonese strategic investment fund to move ahead with the construction of small scale resorts, including: a 30-suite hotel in capital Libreville, a 30-villa resort in the Pongara National Park near the capital, a 20-tent resort to the south of Loango National Park, a 15-tent resort in the Batéké Plateau National Park, - breathe, breathe - a 30-suite hotel in the Lopé National Park, a 30-villa hotel at Kongou Falls and 10-tent resort at Langoué, the latter in the Ivindo National Park.

That little overview sure shored up our knowledge of Gabonese geography; undoubtedly by the time that all six resorts are in operation, there will be itineraries available taking travelers from one to the other to experience them all. Pulling something like this off must be challenging, so we’ll have to be patient for a while before these plans become reality.

We do expect Aman to open – hopefully in addition to Lijiang and Jordan – in Tokyo and, possibly, Portugal this year. We will talk more about that when we can, so stay tuned.

[Photo: Aman Resorts]

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