Ultimate Island Seclusion
Amanyara Provindenciales, Turks & Caicos
In addition to the 38 timber-shingled pavilions, guests can stay (or purchase for 6 million plus!) in one of the 20 villas: three to six-bedroom hideaways set on a 1 ½ acres of lush terrain with personal chef and housekeeping staff. Starts at $6,300 per night.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Amanyara, situated on a bluff within Providenciales’ Northwest Point Nature Reserve, is a respite from the rigors and stresses of daily life, as any Caribbean vacation should be. But it’s more than that—it’s a getaway from the standard getaway. Celebs, Internet tycoons, royals, and pro athletes frequent Aman resorts (a 31-property luxury hotel group of which Amanyara is a member) for their unique locations and superlative service.
It’s a 25-minute ride on a coastal road from the sleepy Provo airport in an Aman Land Rover (guests have their own driver and never share a ride), and then the buildings drop away, replaced by dense vegetation, before you arrive at the resort’s open-walled reception pavilion. Smiling staffers welcome you with a fresh-squeezed juice drink and lead you along a meandering walkway, the ocean visible in just about every direction.
Just a short while into your stay, the realization of near-seclusion hits you. Enjoy long, languorous gazes across craggy shores and sandy coves unmarred by human distraction. Even engaging in resort activities—from afternoon tea to a dip in the black volcanic infinity pool to a yoga class on the beach—you’ll only encounter a handful of other guests.
However, that doesn’t mean you’ll want for activity; the world’s third-largest barrier reef is just offshore, and diving (10 dive sites are within an eight-minute boat ride from the beach) and snorkeling (a complimentary snorkeling trip departs daily from the beach) opportunities abound. The resort also has an in-house marine biologist and divemaster, who leads excursions to get up close with sea turtles ($1,800), as well as an Island Discovery Cruise ($1,400) through turquoise bays that includes snorkeling and a stop on a deserted island where guests can bird-watch for herons and egrets.
Bottom line: If it’s blissful tranquility you seek, Amanyara has it in spades. Aman is the Sanskrit word for “peace” and yara is the Arawak Amerindians word for “place”—and, boy, this place lives up to its name.
Guest pavilions start at $1,750 per night.