This week we go back to our friends at SmartFlyer for an on-location review of the much-talked-about Amanyara, Aman Resorts’ outpost in Turks & Caicos.
Giving us the tour is New Jersey native Taylor Methfessel. She moved to New York City in 2010 to attend New York University. There, she studied Cultural Aesthetics and Travel in addition to pursuing a minor in Italian. Taylor has been traveling extensively since a young age; her early travels brought her to the western part of the United States and the Caribbean while her recent travels have been primarily within Europe.
Taylor previously lived in Florence and it was during her time in Italy that she developed a deep passion for the country and the culture. This week she takes us to the Caribbean for a dose of high luxury.
Amanyara sits in the heart of an 18,000-acre nature reserve on the North West Point and features a half-mile private white sand beach. The stand-alone Pavilions dot the rocky coast of the resort, as well as offering lovely lagoon views and some with interior gardens and private pools.
Villas also offer a variety of ocean and lagoon views, with five of the villas sitting directly on the beach. The resort offers many complimentary daily activities as well as non-motorized sports on the beach, including snorkel tours to a reef off the property, and have a year-round educational children’s program, welcoming families to the resort.
The vibe is secluded and private, appealing to those who want to feel like they are a world away. Intimate, chic, romantic, and quiet are all words that come to mind. Taylor Methfessel
Who’s it for? The property is great for honeymooners, couples, and families. The property is absolutely child-friendly and kids are greeted with open arms and warm smiles. Amanyara offers year-round activities and educational camp programs for children operated by Miami’s Frost Science Museum during select times of the year.
In-room amenities are also tailored for families and inclusive of California baby products, a changing area, a crib with a stuffed friend, and a diaper genie to make things even more pleasant. Kids’ meals were delicious and fresh. At night, babysitting services are offered.
Best of all, its location is less than 20 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from Grace Bay on the Northwest point of the island
Amanyara has thirty-six king-bedded Pavilions and two two-bedroom villas and eighteen villas that range from three-to-six bedrooms. The Pavilions are nestled in coastal vegetation, overlooking ponds or the crystal-clear waters and some offer private pools. Villas are laid out in a Balinese compound-style with the living area and the bedrooms set up as separate structures with gorgeous views of the ocean and lagoons. Villas come complete with a private chef and host, as well as two golf carts for easy access around the resort.
Six-Bedroom Amanyara Villa
Consummate privacy can be found at the six-bedroom Amanyara villa, where nature surrounds the 7,885 square feet plot, with views over the ocean and the resort’s own private stretch of sand.
Celebrating the great outdoors, the villa offers families and groups of friends the opportunity to come together around the dramatic infinity-edge swimming pool, in the extensive lounging and dining areas, or under shaded salas.
With a focus on wellness, the villa has its own pilates studio and two four-seater golf buggies to keep Amanyara’s amenities in easy reach. Large picture windows and high ceilings create an open-plan feel, while six bedrooms with en suite bathrooms ensure ample space and seclusion. The master bedroom has an outdoor shower, and the villa also benefits from a dedicated chef and housekeeper.
Six-Bedroom Beach Sala Villa
Offering 6,250 square feet of living space, the six-bedroom Beach Sala Villa features a black infinity swimming pool and approximately 200 feet of private beach frontage. Ideal for groups of family, friends, or colleagues, the villa offers a serene retreat that celebrates its beautiful natural setting overlooking the ocean.
A private beach-front lounging terrace, outdoor dining area and outdoor shower make the most of the postcard views, while a dedicated chef and housekeeper remain on hand to tend to the needs of every guest.
With six en suite bedrooms with free-standing baths, guests have ample space and privacy, alongside numerous social spaces for evenings spent entertaining.
Five-Bedroom Artist Villa
The five-bedroom Artist Villa is Amanyara’s most private residence located in a serene spot overlooking the sea with its very own stretch of private beach. Set within nearly three acres of lush private gardens, this creative retreat features a dramatic infinity swimming pool with views to the horizon, a private yoga pavilion, and a state-of-the-art recording studio/media room, ensuring the whole family is always entertained.
Outside expansive sundecks, terraces and shaded salas encourage outdoor living, while inside the villa’s high ceilings and sliding doors bring nature in. Five bedrooms each with an en suite ensure every guest has their privacy, while a dedicated chef and housekeeper are on hand to tend to every need.
View more villas and pavilions at Amanyara.
Pool and Gym
There is a stunning infinity pool overlooking the crystal-clear ocean for ultimate relaxation. For those who want to stay active, the Fitness Centre features all-encompassing cardio and resistance training equipment.
The Club House has four tennis courts, a multi-sport field, and a volleyball court. Amayara also offers open access to their boxing and pilates studio, as well as complimentary yoga, meditation, and boot camp classes.
Set around a tranquil pond, Amanyara’s Spa encompasses four treatment pavilions, a relaxation pavilion, and an outdoor yoga sala. From the moment guests arrive, there is an immediate calming effect as if you’re transformed even before your treatment.
The Aman Spa’s experienced therapists combine global wellness practices with the traditional healing practices of the islands and natural ingredients sourced from the surroundings and the Caribbean Sea. Various island massage techniques are used in synergy with Provos organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, known for its healing and anti-aging properties.
At The Restaurant, guests can dine either indoors and air-conditioned or outside on the central pond. Freshly caught seafood is the focus from red snapper to tuna and grouper, complemented by fresh organic produce. The Beach Club serves lighter fare including fresh salads, grilled seafood, meats, and ceviche along with a wood-burning pizza oven.
Sip sundowners under the soaring ceiling of the circular bar or watch the sunset out on the cliff overlooking the infinity pool and ocean. A refreshing drink after a long day in the sun, the Basil Dazzle–comprising basil, vodka, lime, and ice–embodies the simple beauty of the beach and landscape.