In the remote northwest of the Turks and Caicos’ Providenciales Island, the illustrious Amanyara consummates the ultimate Caribbean fantasy. Gracing the crystalline waters and white sands of Malcolm’s Beach and framed by vast acreage of lush, unspoiled flora, Amanyara is a self-contained world of indulgence, excelling in the art of high-style rest and relaxation.
Dotting a secluded beach and proximate lagoons, the sole Aman Resort in the Caribbean surfaces as a series of more than three dozen Asian-inspired, glass-encased, stand-alone pavilions and 20 larger villas, spaced for maximum privacy. These understated masterpieces of high design embrace the splendor of the surrounding nature, enveloped by oceanic and floral serenity, a beauty enhanced by the clean-lined, wood interiors.
Amanyara villa dwellers can enjoy serene evenings poolside.
The exquisite, open-aired design spans beyond the pavilions themselves. A sprawling reflection pond lies at the resort’s core, surrounded by prolific alfresco common spaces, including a principal restaurant and bar and a sleek, volcanic lava stone, infinity-edged swimming pool overlooking the ocean blues. Lined with umbrella-capped loungers, high-rising timber cabanas and fire pits, the pool is at once seductive and sumptuous, often favored over the breathtaking beach that is, in fact, one of the finest in the entire Caribbean and Atlantic. An eye-catching reflection pond also anchors the spa, with treatment rooms branching out to create a floating effect.
For those seeking more than sun-kissed pampering and relaxation, Amanyara’s surroundings foster a wealth of outdoor pursuits. Given its proximate location to Northwest Point Marine National Park, daily complimentary snorkeling trips venture offshore from Malcolm’s Beach to patches of dazzling coral reefs. Divers can head deeper to experience the marine biodiversity of the world’s third-largest barrier reef through either wall or reef dives. Those interested in conservation will want to participate in Amanyara’s Turtle Initiative, one of several programs offered through the resort’s Nature Discovery Centre. As part of the initiative, you’ll catch, tag and release endangered green turtles, collecting valuable scientific data alongside a marine biologist. Back on land, bike and nature trails, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga and exercise classes round out the activities.
Never one to rest on the laurels of its existing excellence, Amanyara continues to enhance its portfolio each year with new additions. This year, a new clubhouse brings games and fun for children and adults alike, with a ping-pong table, shuffleboard and more. A recently unveiled Pilates studio represents the latest chapter in Amanyara’s wellness offerings. The summer 2014 debut of a Jean-Michel Gathy-designed six-bedroom villa enclave—spanning 14,450 square feet and built around its very own reflection pond—has already redefined living large in the Caribbean and quickly become the object of envy among hoteliers and sybarites. What’s next? Another new villa stunner, this time with a private lava-stone, infinity-edged pool boasting an ocean view, opening in spring 2015. Be still, our jet-setting hearts.