Asian-inspired luxury in the Caribbean
40 Rooms / 20 Villas
It’s hard to imagine a place that feels more secluded and peaceful — or more stunning — than Amanyara, an ultra-luxury resort located on Providenciales, one of eight islands that make up Turks and Caicos. The remote-feeling resort is located next to the 18,000-acre Northwest Point Marine National Park, but is just a 25-minute drive from the isle’s airport. There’s no need to worry about a lack of things to do here, as Amanyara is brimming with activities, from snorkeling trips and whale watching to outdoor yoga and kayaking. In truth, though, this is a place designed for guests to relax in luxury and utterly disconnect from the outside world, be it on the private half-mile white sand beach or on a villa’s secluded sun deck.
Unlike other Caribbean resorts, the look and feel of Amanyara is decidedly Asian, with an indoor/outdoor aesthetic reflected in the modern padoga-style pavilions that dot the property. The minimalist concept was conceived by well-known Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy, and the large central reflecting pool, the 164-foot black volcanic rock infinity-edge pool and the lush vegetation play up the clean-lined architecture.
Guests rooms are not “rooms” at all. The 40 stand-alone timber-shingled pavilions are enclosed by three glass walls, while the 20 villas each sit on one-and-a-half acres each. All guest quarters are minimally decorated in creams and taupes and feature dramatic platform beds, flat-screen TVs, and views of reflecting ponds, gardens or the ocean. Pavilion bathrooms come with rain showers, large dual vanities and a free-standing Philippe Starck–designed bathtub Outdoor areas include ample amounts of teak decking, plus sofas and chairs for lounging. Villas are nothing short of extravagant with three-to-five separate bedroom pavilions, private swimming pools, outdoor showers, and ample room (some 12,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space) to lounge about.
The main restaurant is open to the ocean with alfresco seating beneath large mahogany trees, and an indoor air-conditioned section (both have sweeping views of the sea). Expect both Asian and Mediterranean dishes, with plenty of fresh seafood options. Guest favorites include the tuna maki roll, and for breakfast, the corn fritters with tomato jam. Amanyara’s large bar is ideal for dining throughout the day (hello oversized daybeds) and drinking cocktails such as the Thai lemonade made with Japanese yuzu and acai berry. The range of rums on hand is impressive, some house-infused with local fruits. Bonus: There’s also a seaside eatery serving casual beach fare.
Fitness enthusiasts will not want for activities here between the four clay tennis courts, a Pilates studio, outdoor yoga sala and fitness center. On the beach guests will find kayaks, sailboats, paddleboards, sailing catamarans, and gear for snorkeling. After a soak in the sun, guests can head to the spa pavilion for a variety of treatments including massages, wraps, scrubs, and facials. Those looking to connect with the natural surroundings can learn more about them at the resort’s Nature Discovery Center (book a hike to explore the island on foot with an expert). Should the tropical weather hinder outdoor excursions, you can head to the library, which is stocked with games and books galore, or head to the screening room for a movie any night of the week, popcorn included.