When Amanyara opened in Turks and Caicos in 2006, its goal was to be different from everywhere else. Amanresorts first and only Caribbean property foreswore Providenciales 12-mile-long Grace Bay Beach, and built instead on 99 acres off Northwest Point, alongside an 18,000-acre nature preserve and comparatively modest half-mile beach. On the one hand, this spared its guests the Grace Bay commotion (think: a nearly endless coastline flanked by a nearly endless string of luxury resorts). On the other, this left Amanyaras guests just a five-minute boat ride from Northwest Point Marine National Park, one of the best places to scuba dive in the entire 40-island archipelago, where getting stuck inside a spiral of 60 horse-eye jacks along the 7,000-foot-deep coral wall while Caribbean reef sharks fin past is fairly typical. Guests at other hotels can expect an hour-long ride each way to those same dive sites.
Of course, all that assumes youve come as a couple. But if youre daring to relax with a half-dozen or more family or friends in tow, Amanyara also has three-, four-, and five-pavilion villas, each with its own black stone pools, fleets of golf carts, private dining rooms/living rooms, private staff, and private chefs. If you cant imagine ever heading home after such professional resting, you can buy one of the few remaining villas for about $12 million, and then not have to. But most of the villas are part of a rental pool, so you can also take your relaxing seriously for just a few nights. This might not come cheap expect to pay upwards of $6,000 per day but you can also expect the team of full-time attendants to make sure everything meets your wildest dreams. But be warned: if you eventually wake up and venture into that dreamy and enchanting ocean, the fish have a mind of their own. www.amanresorts.com
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