In the Turks and Caicos Islands, this resort comprises a scattering of 20 villas and 28 rooms (‘pavilions’) – but chances are you won’t see another soul during your stay, apart from the fervently attentive but discreet staff, of course. It’s the ultimate relax-and-recharge retreat – despite the plentiful pavilions, you somehow find yourselves on your own the vast majority of the time (and we stayed when the resort was at its full capacity).
Everything is done with ‘peace’ in mind (Amanyara means ‘peaceful place’), from the silent massages overlooking reflection pools in the spa, to a tennis session where the technique is focused entirely on breathing. Not all pavilions overlook the turquoise sea, so upgrading to an Ocean Cove option is a good move, if only for the postcard-worthy sunset. For all-out luxe and ultimate privacy, book the Amanyara Pavilion, where you’ll have your own pool and dedicated host, so you can do everything – or nothing – on your own watch.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
Sip on a signature Amanyara mojito – made with Champagne rather than soda (yep, it’s as lethal as it sounds) – on the totally empty Malcolm’s Beach. Just you, the sun and the sand. GO Amanyara (amanyara.com) offers pavilions from £1,350 per night. British Airways (ba.com) flies via Antigua from £550 per person.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Photo Gallery
THERE IS ONLY ONE THING ON THE MIND
Of this adults-only resort: romance. Its 16 signature ‘love nests’, which dot the coastline, are perfectly secluded. No need to share the beach or views with anyone else – the thatched-roof cabanas and two-loungebed sandy platforms (with ladders that lead straight down to the lagoon) enable you to enjoy uninterrupted views of the northern islands, away from prying eyes. Amble through the resort’s polished gardens and you’ll happen upon its clifftop masterpiece of an infinity pool. It’ll be hard to stay away once you’ve gazed over its edge at Anse La Raie’s aquamarine waters (the peninsula the hotel is perched on really is breathtakingly beautiful). If, like us, you’re a fan of those little extras, book a Club Junior Suite. It’s a tad pricier than the standard Deluxe Room, but the space is huge. Plus, you can spend your mornings fighting over the Nespresso machine before heading down for a light breakfast at the over-water Indigo restaurant – available exclusively to Suites guests. What’s really special about this resort is its size. With just a handful of rooms, the impeccable staff are never overstretched and the communal areas are never crowded. Welcome to a real haven of peace and quiet.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
The couple’s beach massage is divine. It’s delivered in utter seclusion, and you’ll likely doze off to the sound of the lapping waves. GO Hayes & Jarvis (hayesandjarvis.co.uk) offers a seven-night stay in a Deluxe Room from £1,399 per person on a half-board basis, including flights and transfers.