We booked Amanyara for our honeymoon because we were seeking a secluded luxury hotel and Amanyara is exactly that. The staff is courteous and, for the most part, extremely efficient. There is a little bit of 'island time' with the wait on food orders but it wasn't a big deal b/c there was no where to be hurrying off to anyway. It is 30-40 minutes from the airport and downtown (where all of the other hotels are bunched together) and it's a pretty bumpy ride to get there (other than the complimentary airport transfers, it costs about $90 each way to get to 'town' for outside activities) . However, that being said, you aren't going to have tourists 'stumble by' this place; it is very secluded and private. There were children present but not so much to be bothersome (and the european children were are exceptionally behaved).
You can eat in their restaurants or bars or have the food delivered directly to your room for no additional fee. The food was good, some excellent, some average. Overall, we were pleased with the food. They have a pretty nice wine list but be prepared to pay double the price for what you would pay if dining out at home.
Be warned: there isn't a lot to do here. There is a spa and they offer yoga & pilates. Tennis also (complimentary lessons or the staff will play with you if you have no one to play with and they provide shoes, raquets, & balls). On the beach there is kayaking & hobie cat sailing and two snorkel excursions each day. You will not find parasailing, jet skiing or the like; this simply isn't the place for that! This is truly a place to unwind and relax. In the evening, they do show a movie in their screening room (somewhat newly released DVDs) where they'll serve you popcorn & beverages. Other than that, on Wed/Sat evenings, there is an accoustical guitarist that plays by their beach restaurant. That's about it for nightlife.
The rooms are gorgeous! Beer, soda, & snacks are complimentary. Note: there are no room keys. A safe is provided for your valuables but when you leave your room, you leave via sliding glass doors without locks. There was complimentary champagne upon our arrival and our first night there, turndown service left rose petals on our bed (honeymoon). We opted for the pavillions that had their own private pool. It was amazing. The pool was surrounded by lush vegetation so it is completely private. The ocean view pavillions did not offer private pools but simply an ocean view. Note: the pavillions are essentially glass walls and the ocean view pavillions do not offer the same privacy as the pool pavillions. So make your decision on whether you would prefer privacy versus and ocean view.
The one 'glitch' -- our last evening there, we returned to our room to find turndown service still present; three attendants were working -- the fourth attendant was standing at my vanity -- USING MY COMB to comb through his hair several times. Talk about an invasion of privacy. Gross. I contacted the manager who arrived at our room in no time. I explained the situation and he was quite apalled and certainly apologetic. When we arrived at the concierge desk the next morning, he appeared out of nowhere and informed us that a night's stay would be credited back to our bill -- considering that was amost $2500, it was a significant credit. He also gave us his card and told us to contact him directly if we ever book with ANY Aman property again and that he would personally handle our reservation.
For what it's worth, other reviewer's have mentioned smelling the burning of trash and noise of construction -- we experienced neither of those things. Of course, the construction of property was complete when we were there and I suspect those complaints occured during the time when construction was not yet complete, and rooms, presumably less expensive.
Also -- their photos? Yes, the place is that beautiful!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amanyara is a secluded beachside resort situated on the coast of Northwest Point on the beautiful Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort borders the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park, acclaimed for some of the world's best wall and reef diving. With a contemporary layout and design, the timber-shingled Guest Pavilions and Aman Villas are tucked along the coast or situated inland on the edge of tranquil ponds. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amanyara Hotel Providenciales
- Amanyara Resort Providenciales
- Amanyara Turks Caicos
- Amanyara Turks And Caicos/Providenciales