Amanyara - Turks & Caicos
On my recent trip to the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, I was invited to a site inspection and dinner party at Amanyara. Remotely located on the island of Providenciales, part of the British West Indies, this is by far the most spectacular property I have ever visited, seen or stayed at.
As we waited at our hotel for the driver to pick us up we wondered what to expect. I had heard this was a nice resort. Apparently, you can’t describe it unless you have actually been there. That said I will try my best to put into words just how magnificent the resort is.
A beautiful brand new Land Rover pulls up to pick us up and out steps the driver to open our doors. He is polite and very accommodating. Once seated in the car, he hands us a leather bound portfolio, which contains our choices for music while we are driving to the resort. We make our choice and off we go to Amanyara.
The resort is tucked far, far into a National Park and can only be accessed by the resort’s drivers. If you are staying there, they pick you up at the airport. Once you arrive at the resort, it’s a long ride, about 15 minutes, down a bumpy road. You are surrounded by nothing other than nature. Upon arrival, you see a beautiful set of structures with ocean views glistening behind the resort. We were greeted at the large reception pavilion by members of the staff, including the resort manager. They served us some wonderful cold beverages and welcomed us whole heartedly. They were even dressed island style, with linen pants and shirts. The reception Pavilion opens into a central reflecting pond, giving you the feeling of serenity the moment you arrive. Surrounded by mahogany trees, the pond is framed on one side by the library and boutique and on the other side by the restaurant and bar. The circular bar offers a dramatic soaring roof and sea views fronted by the 164 foot main swimming pool and sun deck.
I was given a tour of the property via golf cart since everything is sprawling and covers a large area. The guest accommodations are called Pavilions. They are all identical in layout and design, yet differentiated by location. Arrival to your Pavilion is via an entrance terrace that houses two daybeds. Sliding glass doors open to reveal the room’s interior featuring a central king-size bed behind which sits a writing desk and chair. Beyond that is a cabinet containing a personal bar with refreshments. Positioned in the corners of the room are a reading chair with a footstool and an entertainment unit including a flat screen television and DVD/CD player with surround sound. The combined bedroom and living room also opens onto two additional terraces, the first with twin banquettes for lounging or dining and the second featuring a sunken table with cushions and two sunning mats. The bathroom area is separated from the main room by a decorative wooden screen and features an elegant, free-standing bathtub with adjacent ottoman. Twin vanities are located on either end along with a separate rain-shower room and a toilet. Leading off from the bathroom is a dressing area, storage space and personal safe. The Pavilions incorporate a simple palette of colors and materials. Pavilions are situated on the edge of tranquil ponds with timber sun decks extending over the water. Ocean Pavilions are positioned along the oceanfront with views of the sea. Pool Pavilions feature a 40 foot infinity-edge swimming pool surrounded by teak decking and natural vegetation. Pool Pavilion Suites comprise two bedroom Pavilions connected by a relaxation and dining lounge, facing a private infinity swimming pool. The Pool Pavilion Suite also includes a gym, nanny accommodations and four-seat club cars.
To be honest, each one was beautiful. I prefer a view of the ocean, while some people would rather have a pool view and enjoy their own private infinity style pool. Each of the Pavilions is very private and the resort prides themselves on being discreet and honoring people’s wish to have a private and intimate experience. They have many high-profile guests here so this is a must.
The Turks & Caicos are blessed with crystal clear turquoise waters and powder white-sand beaches. A short walk from any of the Pavilions lands you on the most unbelievable beach you have ever seen. It is so private; I actually did not see any other guests out there. This is the premier destination for beach and water sports enthusiasts. If you want to relax on the beach, the staff will accommodate your needs and bring you towels, set up umbrellas and provide a nice lunch or snack for you. If you are feeling adventurous, there are more than 1,000 square miles of coral reefs encircling the islands and the warm climate ensures a rich and diverse range of marine life.
A variety of equipment is available including Hobie cats, boogie boards, paddle boards and ocean kayaks. Breezes typically originate from the southeast from May until September, ideal for water sports and sailing. From October through April, strong breezes prevail from the northeast, bringing cooler temperatures and occasional waves.
The Spa is Amanyara’s wellness facility, featuring four double treatment pavilions, relaxation pavilion, 108 square-foot swimming pool lined with chaise lounge chairs and an outdoor yoga sala. Spread out over 1 ½ acres and bordering a tranquil pond, guests can choose from a variety of massages, scrubs, wraps, facials and beauty treatments, all of which may also be enjoyed in the privacy of your own guest Pavilion. A Master in Residence will help guide guests through the latest in holistic healing practices and private Pilates, yoga, and mediation.
After touring the entire property, we sat down to enjoy drinks and appetizers by the pool before dinner. The main pool is an infinity-style pool and overlooks the ocean. It is simply breathtaking. After two Mojitos and some delicious bites, we set inside to have our dinner. The food is amazing, fresh and artfully prepared. What stands out the most is the service. You don’t ever need to ask for anything as they anticipate your need and take care of everything. I had sea bass with vegetables and it was divine. They paired our dinner with wine and it was truly a magnificent experience. Normally, one would not want to dine inside at an ocean front resort; however, the interior is so stunning that you don’t mind this at all. It’s all open-air, so it gives you the feeling of being outside.
I’m so absolutely beyond impressed with Amanyara. I highly, highly recommend it for anyone that is looking for a super special, , over-the-top, something different type of vacation. Nothing else compares to this. It would make a perfect spot for an island wedding, honeymoon or any other type of celebration. I myself cannot wait to go back!
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