On the northwest point of Providenciales, out beyond the fishing village of Blue Hills, and far from the development of Grace Bay, Amanyara lives up to its name—a combination of the Sanskrit word for “peace” and Arawak for “place.” Not surprisingly, the feeling is one of secluded serenity, with rooms and public areas designed as pavilions (fortified with hurricane-proof glass) that blur the distinction between indoors and out, and a level of service that borders on telepathy. Situated on the edge of Northwest Point Marine National Park, the resort makes an effort to help guests better understand the natural environment surrounding them, so there’s an on-site Nature Discovery Center with programs that range from a turtle initiative to an Adopt-a-Coral project. But if that seems overly-eco for some guests, they can rest assured that among the routine sounds at Amanyara are the whack of tennis balls and the popping of corks from some of the world’s more expensive wines.
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Some 25 minutes from the airport, in a quiet corner of Providenciales, Amanyara is adjacent to Malcolm’s Road Beach, one of the prettiest and most remote on the island. For those not staying at the resort, the only access is via dirt road, so there are relatively few visitors. To see much of the rest of the island, a rental car would be handy. For a perspective on how other visitors see Provo, check out the strip of hotels along Grace Bay, on the other side of the island, perhaps stopping on the way for an oxtail or chicken curry lunch at the Three Queens Bar & Restaurant (the queens are sisters). The Turks and Caicos isn’t known for its shopping, but the Middle Caicos Co-op has several outlets on Providenciales, including in the departure lounge at the Provo Air Center, where it is possible to buy examples of what is becoming the lost art of Caribbean basket weaving.
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Rooms: 40 rooms, including 2 two-bedroom suites. From $1,350 low season, $2,400 high season. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The main restaurant, simply called the Restaurant, offers indoor and outdoor seating, all with ocean views; the adjacent bar sits under a soaring palapa-like roof. Fresh seafood predominates, with an emphasis on Asian and Mediterranean dishes. In season, more casual meals are served throughout the day at the Beach Club, which sits atop a waterfront dune at the southern end of the property. Spa and gym details: With four double treatment pavilions, the spa overlooks a large reflection pond and has a small pool where guests can relax on sun loungers after treatments. The fitness center, adjacent to the Tennis Clubhouse, was recently extended to include a Pilates studio.
Who’s it for: Although the Balinese-style serenity appeals mostly to couples looking for an escape, families are also welcome, and there are a number of programs designed for younger guests. Our favorite rooms:While all the Ocean Pavilions have sea views and a path leading down to a rocky shore, number 115 has direct access to a secluded cove. Watch for spouts: Guests visiting February through April should keep an eye out for migrating humpback whales, which are often seen right off the shore.