Monday / Feb 17 / 2014

Amanyara main reflecting pond, Turks and Caicos, luxury resort, Caribbean, travel
Fig Amanyara main reflecting pond

Aman Resorts is a collection of unique and truly romantic luxury resorts in the most beautiful destinations across the world. The Aman philosophy is dedicated to offering an enriching, enlightening and rewarding “lifestyle” experience. As a result, Aman junkies–those who appreciate the creative and elegant–abound.

After driving down a secluded, country road, the landscape changes. Manicured bushes line the roads and guests are greeted by staff at a large reception pavilion. This opens onto a central reflection pond, surrounded by mahogany trees. The pond is framed on one side by the Library and Boutique, and on the other side by the Restaurant and Bar.

The Bar at the Amanyara, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean, luxury resort
Fig The Bar at the Amanyara

While looking for a home in Phuket in 1988, Adrian Zecha came across a beautiful coconut grove overlooking the Andaman Sea. He built a small resort to recoup part of his investment, and Amanpuri (“place of peace”), the first Aman resort, opened in January 1988.

In 2006, the Amanyara opened in Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort draws its name from aman, the Sanskrit-derived word for “peace”, and yara, the word for “place” in the language of the Arawak Amerindians, one of the region’s first indigenous groups. Part of the British West Indies, Turks and Caicos is named after the indigenous Turk’s Head “fez” cactus and the Lucayan Amerindian phrase “caya bico,” meaning “string of islands”. Columbus is said to have discovered the islands in 1492.

The circular Bar features a dramatic soaring ceiling, a central service bar with a number of over-sized lounging daybeds on its perimeter, and sea views fronted by the 50-meter main swimming pool.

Amanyara swimming pool at sunset, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean, luxury resort
Fig Amanyara swimming pool at sunset

Surrounded by an expansive timber deck and sun loungers and with uninterrupted views of the ocean, the pool is framed by two lounging salas.

Romantic dining for two at Amanyara's Ocean Cove, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean, luxury resort
Fig Romantic dining for two at Amanyara’s Ocean Cove

The Restaurant provides a choice of dining settings—one open to sea breezes and the other air-conditioned–and its menu focuses on classic Asian and modern Mediterranean dishes, with an emphasis on fresh seafood.

You can also have a romantic dinner for two on the rocks, surrounded only by crashing waves.

Amanyara Resort Yoga Sala, Turks and Caicos, luxury resort, travel, Caribbean
Fig Amanyara Resort Yoga Sala

Today Aman Resorts owns and manages 26 small resorts and hotels worldwide.  Every Aman  is unique but certain elements characterise all Aman resorts – a beautiful natural location, outstanding facilities, exceptional service and a small number of rooms to ensure exclusivity and privacy. The décor of each Aman makes use of locally-sourced materials, reflecting the resort’s natural surroundings and the traditions of local cultures.