Peaceful Paradise: The Amanyara Resort
The unusually hot Northern European weather of July and August seems a long time ago now. Time to look for somewhere with a gentler all-year climate, somewhere around 13 hours away in the Caribbean; the Amanyara resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Amanyara (‘peaceful place’ in Sanskrit) is located on the secluded western shore of Northwest Point on Providenciales, one of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Bordering the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, the resort is an hour’s flight south-west of Miami and a 25-minute drive from the international airport. Forty timber shingled guest ‘Pavilions’ are designed and set out by the famous architect Jean Michel Gathy. Nestled in the vegetation along the oceanfront approximately 20ft (6m) above the waterline, paths lead from Ocean Pavilions out to the ironshore headlands.
The Pond Pavilions enjoy a timber sundeck which extends over the edge of the tranquil ponds. All pavilions have dramatic overhanging rooflines that create shaded areas on three sides, accessed through large glass doors that open to cooling sea breezes. Pavilions are equipped with a king-size bed, writing desk and reading chair with foot stool. A cabinet contains a private bar with refreshments and a safe, while an entertainment console houses a TV, DVD and surround-sound system. Secluded by a decorative wooden screen, bathrooms feature a dressing area, hanging space and a free-standing bathtub with adjacent ottoman.
Turks and Caicos is a destination for beach and water sports enthusiasts. Amanyara’s Beach Club provides equipment from Hobie cats and Laser sailboats to ocean kayaks and snorkelling gear. With some of the world’s most acclaimed reefs just 590ft (180m) offshore, the Dive Centre at Amanyara offers introductory to advanced scuba diving. Beyond the beach, tennis courts lit for night play join a fully-equipped Fitness Centre. Spa beauty treatments from skilled therapists are enjoyed in the privacy of guest pavilions.
The Restaurant provides a choice of dining settings, the first open to sea breezes and the second air-conditioned. The open setting descends to a terrace with seating beneath two large trees, while the air-conditioned area can be opened to an outdoor balcony with views across the reflection pool. Menus feature Asian and Mediterranean fare emphasising fresh seafood.
Prices for this island paradise start at 1,100 EURO. As well as the Pavilions there is also the possibility of buying large purpose-built luxury houses in the 40 hectare estate. Prices for these start at 6,000,000 EURO with a maintenance charge of 95,000 EURO a year.
For further information please visit www.amanyara.com.
Text: Classic Driver
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