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Amanyara, Northwest Point, Providenciales Island 

Northwest Point , Providenciales Island
Turks & Caicos
Tel: 866 941 8133 (toll-free)
Tel: 649 941 8133
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With its open, distinctly Asian, architectural style (naturally-finished hardwoods, and reflecting pools all around), and half of its staff Filipino, you could easily forget this resort was in the Caribbean. For the actively inclined, there are tennis courts, diving, and a few boats you can slide off the sand, although this is essentially a place for doing little but hiding from the world for a time, and being looked after by people who, you can tell, were not taught to smile, but were born knowing how to do it. The physical aspect of the resort takes a bit of getting used to. None of the 40 air-conditioned guest pavilions, each with three glass walls that all but the most enthusiastic exhibitionists will want to pull the blinds on before making use of their free-standing bathtub, sit directly on the beach. Some are set back from the jagged coral ironshore along short paths that often lead to hidden, one-couple-sized patches of sand, and some, as the Aman literature so positively describes it, are "nestled in the vegetation". This being the tropics, that of course means you should arm yourself with insect repellent, but it's only really an issue June through October.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Set in the scrubby landscape of Providenciales's Northwest Point Marine National Park, Amanyara balances drama and calm. Soaring main pavilions of Indonesian woods cluster around a reflecting pool, and gazebos flank an infinity pool. The 40 ocean- and pond-facing guest pavilions feel utterly private despite three windowed walls that slide open onto terraces with daybeds and a sunken dining area. The open bathroom has pizza-box-size sinks and a deep tub that fills up lickety-split. The service throughout is smiling and flawless, and extras include a screening room as well as a complimentary minibar, phone calls, and Wi-Fi.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Early spring is less windy.

Which room to book: Ocean pavilions Nos. 104, 105, 107, and 108 are closer to the resort facilities.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Beach, Gym, Pool, Spa

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