by Lissa Poirot
For the ultimate in luxury — and for those who do not have budgets — the Amanyara resort in Turks & Caicos is the epitome of vacation pampering at it’s finest. Located on the remote northwest point of the island, guests travel an unpaved road in a comfortable leather-seated SUV with a CD menu to select from on the 25-minute ride to the resort far removed from any other resort, store, or tourist. Part of the world renowned Aman Resorts, aman is Sanskrit for “peace,” while yara comes from the indigenous Arawak languages for “place.”
After arriving through gates, a reception pavilion opens to a central reflecting pool, of which litter the resort in private pool pavilions and around the resort’s open spaces, including the library, boutique, restaurant and bar. A circular bar and the resort’s infinity pool front the sea with unobstructed views. It is this spot where guests and hotel staff alike converge each night, taking in the best sunset views on the island.
Amanyara’s private pavilion accommodations are meant to be secluded, as well as catering to guests, providing 24-chefs, nanny accommodations, private pools, private beach access and complete privacy in general. Here, the world’s wealthiest and most famous hide with their families, including past guests Beyonce and Jay Z and tennis great Rodger Federer.
For families who want the ultimate in luxury, the resort caters well, even offering a children’s program that is actually a Nature Discovery Centre, teaching kids about marine animals in programs led by naturalists. A cross between a zoo program and a classroom, kids actually learn through play. This is not a daycare center with 20 children running in different directions, rather a quiet and reflective place for children fascinated by the trained conch and sea life.
Our Editor Loves
- All-inclusive, luxury resort
- One- to five-bedroom pavilions with nanny rooms
- Nature Discovery Center and Northwest Point Marine National Park
- All Inclusive Rates
Rooms & Rates
Accommodations for the resort are laid out in identical pavilions with ponds and sun decks. Ocean Pavilions feature oceanfront views and are located 20 feet above the shoreline with private pathways to the beach. Pool Pavilions feature 40-foot infinity swimming pools.
Private entrances to pavilions walk guests into an entry terrace with two daybeds. Through sliding glass doors, a king-sized bed with writing desk and chair are central, with a personal bar for refreshments. A reading chair and flat-screen TV and entertainment unit are located in the room corners. More sliding glass doors open onto two more terraces with twin banquettes and a sunken table and sunning mats. Separated from the main room is the bathroom with freestanding tub, twin vanities, rain show, as well as a dressing area and storage space.
Villas are also available for rent, each sitting on 1.5 acres of landscape that creates a compound of three- to five-bedrooms, all in the style of the pavilions, making each bedroom more like its own house within the compound. These feature reflecting ponds and infinity swimming pool surrounded by hardwood decking. Some villas have additional bedrooms that accommodate up to four children and a nanny. Villas also feature a large living and dining pavilion, outdoor dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen manned by 24-hour personal chefs so guests do not actually need to cook. Personal housekeepers are also included, as well as two four-seat golf carts to use around the resort.
While Turks is phenomenal and there are a lot of positives about this hotel, it needs work.
—they should have a texting or button to request the golf carts. The property is confusing and vast. You need transportation.
—each room should have bikes and each morning they should put them back in the room
—the area where you wait outside the room-often 10 minutes-for the golf cart needs a bench
—the showers in the room suck. No lighting. No shaving ledge for ladies. Hot water takes 10 minutes. The overhead shower looks pretty but offers a trickle of water
-should have outdoor shower or plunge pool
—no sunscreen at beach or pool
—pool service doesn’t exist. Period. Had to beg 5x to get a towel.
Maintenance Service to hotel being done all day. Blow the leaves in common areas and clean the poo at 6am
—on the premises why aren’t there showers near the pool and beach with hot water, privacy and soap/shampoo/conditioner
-why are there so few restrooms.
Both the breakfast buffet and tea time food was left out with flies everywhere. Get covers over the food. It’s beyond gross. The staff shrugs when brought up.
Breakfast servers are the worst. Rude. Slow. Forget parts of the order. Tables always had crumbs on them.
When ordering fish, flies everywhere. An easy fix with bringing out the candles but had to ask every time.
The good is most staff is friendly. Ritchie at the beach is phenomenal as is the guy who liked to sing and took us on the boat.
Spa was gorgeous.
There are better hotels. Think Rosewood or Four Seasons. They should be doing more farm to table and have better drink menus. Overall they need a better manager to infuse some quality into this place and prob needs $10M in work. It is not up to the Aman standard.
by Devon R
The second I stepped in the door of the villa, I immediately felt at ease. This is saying a lot for a New Yorker who typically takes a few days to wind down for a trip.
Amanyara is the epitome of luxury. Absolutely everything about this place, from the incredible staff to the impeccable architecture (and lighting design!), in this pristine natural setting made for the perfect trip. I can’t wait to go back.
Beach & Pool
A 2,625-foot white-sand beach leaves plenty of room for privacy, and families can have umbrellas and chairs set up in their private beach or in the resort's shared beach. An infinity pool is located within an oversized terrace overlooking the sea, with shallow and deep entry. Chairs and lounging salas (beds) are first-come, first-serve, but the pool never gets too crowded when many of the guests have their own pools in their pavilions.
Nature Discovery Centre
Led by onsite naturalists, the discovery center teaches children about the marine environment with live animals and exploration of the sea and environment around the resort. As the resort's kids' program, arts and crafts are also available, as well as movies and kid-friendly activities. A small, covered wading pool rests between the classroom and a grassy lawn for play and activities. Programs are geared and catered to the children at the resort that day, and reservations are required in order for the staff to prepare the daily activities. Parents are welcome to attend and learn, as well. One child loved the program so much, she asked her parents if she could go to school there year-round.
A multimedia screening room with 30 leather seats is outfitted with DVD, VHS player, cable TV, and high-speed Internet, so families can watch movies in a private movie theater experience.
Only two hard court tennis courts are available to guests, tucked away near a small fitness center. Rackets, balls and shoes are provided and lessons can be arranged.
The restaurant, aptly named, is divided into indoor and outdoor seating, one with air-conditioning and the other with ocean views and breezes on a terrace. Here, the cuisine is classic Asian combined with modern Mediterranean dishes, both with an emphasis on fresh seafood.
Located on a dune at the southern end of the beach, the Beach Club serves as the casual dining option with a simple grill menu featuring casual beach fare, as well as Asian inspirations.
The sunken, circular bar is located near the resort's main pool and serves afternoon tea daily. Lounging beds make it an ideal spot to take in the sunset views every evening.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Families can inquire about in-room babysitting service and evening babysitting through concierge, at an additional fee.
The resort will childproof rooms, at request.
A very small fitness center provides a place for indoor workouts, and a personal trainer can be arranged for private sessions. It overlooks the also small tennis courts.
More than just a space for treatments, the spa is a wellness facility with four double treatment pavilions with their own showers, lockers and changing areas. A relaxation pavilion and pool lined with chaise loungers surround a lily pad-filled pond. Guests can enjoy massages, body treatments, facials and other treatments, as well as yoga and Pilates.
The Art of Smart Timing
Turks & Caicos dry season runs from November to May, with the holiday season being the island's busiest. June through October may bring afternoon showers, as is typical of a subtropical climate. Average temperatures are between 80 and 90 degrees year-round.
The resort is 25 minutes from Providenciales Airport, which features direct flights from a number of cities in the U.S.
For Mom and Dad
Directly in front of the resort is a coral reef that acts as the wall of Northwest Point Marine National Park. The five-mile reef system is three to five minutes by boat from the resort, with six dive sites adults may explore.